GLENDALE, Ariz. — For Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero, news that pitcher Pablo Millan Fernandez agreed to a minor-league deal with the Dodgers (pending a physical) was welcome Monday morning.
“We know each other good,” Guerrero said in Spanish, adding that he’s batted against Fernandez in Cuba.
“Good control, command, great kid, good attitude, that’s all I can say,” Guerrero said by way of a scouting report. “Slider, fastball — the best thing is that he locates them good.”
Fernandez, 25, is married and comes with a reputation of being a mature player. Guerrero called Fernandez a “calm kid” and “humble.”
By all accounts, Fernandez’s final off-field issue should be obtaining his U.S. work visa.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The greater Phoenix area experienced a light but steady rain this morning. The streets were wet, the baseball fields were wet, and Cactus League games were a threat to be postponed. Julio Urias got his jog in outdoors anyway.
In Phoenix, like any good warm-weather climate, drivers aren’t always used to driving on slick pavement. Maybe that’s why the Camelback Road off-ramp was backed up when the Angels team bus was driving into the Dodgers’ spring training home for their Thursday afternoon game. They waited for the congestion to clear up, then they waited for five minutes at a red light. The game started three minutes late.
Dodgers starter Brett Anderson, who had been warming up in anticipation of a 1:05 p.m. start time, threw and threw and threw. At some point he had to sit down — “10 minutes, 12 minutes, just enough time to cool down and then warm back up.”
Anderson wasn’t himself. He allowed seven hits, and retired only five batters against the Angels.
“I’m not using it as an excuse,” Anderson said of the delay. “It’s a weird circumstance but something you have to deal with.”
Here’s more from Anderson postgame:
A couple more notes:
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias threw approximately 40 pitches over two “innings” to live hitters for the first time in spring training Sunday. The 18-year-old left-hander struck out four batters: Alex Guerrero (twice), Chris Heisey and Joc Pederson.
Here’s his three-pitch punchout of Pederson:
Urias then struck out Guerrero and got Heisey to ground out in the area of the second baseman.
Here are all 18 pitches he threw in the second “inning,” including the strikeouts of Guerrero and Heisey. He also faces O’Koyea Dickson in this inning and induces a pop-up toward second base. The inning ends with a planned pitchout as Pederson stands in the box.