Zach Lee will make his Cactus League debut Friday against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch. (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Right-hander Zach Lee will make his Cactus League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale, while left-hander David Huff will start the Dodgers’ other split-squad game at home against the Seattle Mariners, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday.
Both games begin at noon Pacific Time.
Uber-prospect Julio Urias is scheduled to pitch in relief of Huff at Camelback Ranch, though Mattingly said Wednesday “that could be changed.” Mattingly will manage the game at Camelback Ranch.
Mattingly said tentatively that Brandon McCarthy will start Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear.
For now, the Dodgers starters will get only “four innings, a couple at-bats.” So if you’re coming to any of these games and want to watch someone whose name you’ll recognize, arrive early.
Pitching his fifth major-league game Sunday, 24-year-old right-hander Carlos Frias gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Carlos Gomez, then retired the next 12 Milwaukee Brewers in order.
“That was the first time I’d seen him relax and take a breath, let the ball work,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “After he gives up the home run to Carlos, I talked to him between innings. I wanted to challenge him that he was in a nothing-nothing game and pitch. I wanted to see him pitch. We saw three innings of zeroes where he used the sinker, used the ball down where he should be. When kids come up, everything’s hard-hard-hard-hard-hard, instead of pitch. These guys can hit.
“You can’t just keep firing these balls in waist-high. If you’re a sinker-ball pitcher, you’ve got to sink the ball, you’ve got to change speeds a little bit. The last three innings were real good.”
Frias gave one interview after the game (to LosDodgers.com) and it was in Spanish. Hat tip to Daniel Arreola for the translation:
Not to rub salt in an open wound for Dodgers fans, but …
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was still gushing about the defense of his shortstop Friday, former Dodger Elian Herrera. In the seventh inning Herrera made a brilliant play to dive and catch a line drive by Matt Kemp, then shovel the ball to second base to double off Adrian Gonzalez.
It was only the fifth game Herrera has played at shortstop this season. Roenicke said that Herrera has been “better than OK. He’s really done a nice job.”
Herrera hasn’t made an error in 31 innings at shortstop. In fact, he hasn’t made an error at any of the six positions he’s played this season.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t use Herrera much at shortstop the last two seasons — just three innings total. Herrera saw more time at all three outfield positions, and second and third base, as a Dodger. As a result, Roenicke said he wasn’t really sure how Herrera would fare as Jean Segura‘s backup.
Besides his defense, Herrera is batting .275/.292/.324 in 45 games this season.