New manager Dave Roberts said he’ll continue the tradition of using Dodger alumni as spring training instructors. Don Newcome (left), Tommy Lasorda (second from right) and Maury Wills (far right) have all coached or spoken to players in recent years. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
PASADENA — Dave Roberts is less than two months into his job as the Dodgers’ manager. Speaking at John Muir High School on Tuesday afternoon, part of the team’s annual community caravan tour, Roberts said he has touched base with most of his players, “quite often actually.”
After his engagement at the high school, Roberts said he planned to pop into Dodger Stadium, where the club’s Player Development staff is holding a leadership camp with select minor leaguers.
There’s still plenty on his docket between now and the time pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training — Feb. 19, a mere 24 days away. To that end, Roberts touched on a few aspects of what lies ahead in his first camp:
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The Dodgers announced the key report dates for their 2016 spring training today:
Feb. 19: Pitchers and catchers report date, physicals
Feb. 20: Pitchers and catchers hold first workout
Feb. 24: Position players report date, physicals
Feb. 25: First full-squad workout
March 3: First spring training game vs. Chicago White Sox
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Zack Greinke had his share of ups and downs Wednesday.
That was the point, really. Greinke needed to stretch his arm up to regular-season standards and he did, throwing 85 pitches over seven innings of a Single-A intrasquad game. The right-hander allowed five hits, including two home runs, walked none and struck out nine.