One other player on the Dodgers’ payroll won a Gold Glove today: Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. The Dodgers agreed to pay Gordon’s 2015 salary ($2.5 million) when they traded him to the Marlins last winter in a three-team deal that helped them acquire Howie Kendrick, Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes. Gordon also led the National League in batting average (.333).
The Dodgers staged simulated games Tuesday and Wednesday as part of their pre-series workouts for the NLDS against the New York Mets. Game 1 is Friday at Dodger Stadium.
On Tuesday, Brett Anderson, Joel Peralta, Juan Nicasio and Carlos Frias faced a group of batters. Wednesday was a bullpen game: Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell, Chris Hatcher, Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia all threw simulated innings. Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez were among the batters.
The sim game ended when Gonzalez hit a home run off Garcia
Here is the (edited for time) video of Jansen’s inning:
SAN FRANCISCO — Adrian Gonzalez‘s bad back, Howie Kendrick‘s strained hamstring, and Justin Turner‘s sore left knee will keep three of the Dodgers’ starting infielders out of the lineup Wednesday, one day after they clinched the National League West title.
Otherwise, the lineup has a fairly normal look. That should be the case for the final five games of the season, manager Don Mattingly said:
The Dodgers’ full lineup against Giants right-hander Mike Leake:
SAN FRANCISCO — Adrian Gonzalez said the pain in his back was so great that he couldn’t bend over Saturday. Back-to-back days off Saturday and Sunday helped, and he’s in the Dodgers’ lineup Monday against the Giants.
“It got me from not being able to play to being able to play,” the first baseman said.
Gonzalez is hitless in his last 12 at-bats.
“I could’ve played yesterday, I’m pretty confident,” he said, “but they wanted to give me another day. Their concern is the same as mine: to be ready for the playoffs.”