Dodgers minor leaguers: where will they begin the 2017 season?

Josh Fields

Pitcher Josh Fields will report to Triple-A Oklahoma City to begin the season. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

The season-opening rosters for the Dodgers’ minor league affiliate teams were posted today.

Here are the players who will report to the full-season affiliates:

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Scott Kazmir leaves Triple-A rehab game after facing seven batters, recording two outs. Update.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (29) throws to the plate against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir is on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his neck. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir‘s rehab game with Triple-A Oklahoma City ended earlier than expected.

Kazmir faced seven batters and recorded just two outs in the first inning of the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ first-round playoff game against the Nasvhille Sounds. After walking one batter and hitting another to begin the game, Kazmir allowed a three-run home run to Nashville’s Renato Nunez.

After issuing another walk and hitting another batter, Kazmir left the field with Dodgers athletic trainer Greg Harrel.

Update (6:40 p.m.): Kazmir suffered a recurrence of the same right neck/ribcage issue that landed him on the disabled list and will return to Los Angeles for further evaluation.

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The many possibilities for Yasiel Puig suddenly include a trade.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

DENVER >> Yasiel Puig might return to Major League Baseball with another organization before he plays his next game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers by a mystery team Tuesday, according to a report earlier today on the website TodaysKnuckleball.com (and confirmed in subsequent reports that the Marlins, Mariners and Braves did not claim him).

The Dodgers can try to work out a trade with the claiming team, though such trades are rare. It’s possible that a rival team with no interest in Puig claimed him, merely to block him from being traded to a team that was willing to offer the Dodgers something of value. This kind of gamesmanship is not rare in August.

In either case, Puig isn’t among the planned roster call-ups for Sept. 1, when teams can carry up to 40 players on their active roster. Manager Dave Roberts recently said that Austin Barnes and Louis Coleman (who is on the disabled list) would be the first men up, along with Casey Fien, who was activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

So what is the plan for Puig, who’s slashing .369/.414/.631 at Triple-A Oklahoma City?
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Is this Yasiel Puig’s definition of a ‘team bonding activity’?

Yasiel Puig has been playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City for all of two days since he was demoted by the Dodgers at last week’s trade deadline.

Already, Puig has explored the boundaries of “team bonding.”

A sequence of videos posted to Puig’s Snapchat account, and uploaded to Twitter by user @RothOfKhan, show Puig yelling obscenities, listening to loud music, and drinking beer with a sizeable contingent of Oklahoma City Dodgers teammates.

Here are all the videos. They come with a not-suitable-for-work, strong language warning:

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Brett Anderson throws five innings, expected to be final Triple-A tuneup.

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson could join the Dodgers’ starting rotation as early as this weekend. (Associated Press)

Brett Anderson allowed two runs in five innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday in what’s expected to be his final minor league rehabilitation start. The left-hander limited the Iowa Cubs to six hits, all singles, while walking none and striking out two.
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