Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger is recovering from a strained oblique muscle. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — First things first. The Dodgers will need a fifth starter once in their first 17 games, April 8 in San Francisco. When I write, and you talk, about the race to be the Dodgers’ fifth starter, what we all really mean is the race to face the Giants on April 8.
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias, center, was re-assigned to minor league camp on Thursday. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers made their second round of roster cuts after a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Top pitching prospects Julio Urias and Jose De Leon were the top names sent out; both were re-assigned to the Dodgers’ minor league camp. So was catcher Jack Murphy.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that he doesn’t expect pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to appear in a Cactus League game this spring.
Ryu, who hasn’t faced live hitters and only recently resumed throwing off a mound, has been progressing slowly in his recovery from shoulder surgery last season.
“Obviously when you’re trying to get ready for a season and you look at the timetable for Ryu, he’s pushed back,” Roberts said. “There’s guys that we have to focus on that are going to be here. I think that right now, where he’s at with the training staff, getting back, we definitely have to put more emphasis on the guys who are going to break with it.”
Ryu has said that he is targeting a May return, but Roberts admitted that timetable appears unrealistic.
“The throwing program takes time,” Roberts said. “I’m not going to put a date on when he comes back.”
Ryu is expected to throw off a mound again in the next few days.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The results, as told by a radar gun and his line score, were not kind to Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir on Monday.
That’s part of the reason why Kazmir chose not to pitch in a Cactus League game, where innings get long and fans groan and unflattering radar-gun readings tend to light up Twitter. Instead, the 32-year-old left-hander threw to Yasmani Grandal in a “B game” on the back fields at Camelback Ranch against the Chicago White Sox.
The game was limited to five innings. Each half-inning was limited to four hitters maximum. There were umpires on the field and coaches, executives and minor-league teammates watching from outside the park. There was also no cost of admission, making the mini-matchup between Kazmir and Chris Sale an unqualified bargain. Kazmir faced mostly minor-league hitters, so the results-may-not-be-not-typical disclaimer applies here.