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.
Dodgers pitcher Erik Bedard could be out until May with a strained left teres major muscle.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — We gained a little clarity about the Dodgers’ fifth starter situation Monday morning.
To recap so far: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy are having healthy springs. Hyun-Jin Ryu is not. He flew back to Los Angeles to get an MRI on his ailing left shoulder and will begin the season on the disabled list.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu is scheduled to meet with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache later today and will fly back to Arizona tomorrow. Mattingly also shared just how irrelevant the fifth starter will be for the Dodgers in April: He’ll start April 13 or 14 against the Seattle Mariners at home, then again April 23 or 24 against the San Francisco Giants.
So, potentially, Ryu can start the season on the disabled list and still miss only one start — two if the injury is serious enough to knock him out for a month.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brandon McCarthy was listed as the Dodgers’ probable starter for this game, but he’ll throw a minor-league game instead. Chris Anderson will come up from the minor-league side to start against the Diamondbacks.
Don Mattingly makes no secret that he’ll hide a player from a divisional opponent when he can. The Dodgers and D-Backs are scheduled to play 19 games against each other this season, all in North America.
Jimmy Rollins SS
Justin Turner 1B
Adrian Gonzalez DH
Howie Kendrick 2B
Andre Ethier LF
Juan Uribe 3B
Chris Heisey RF
A.J. Ellis C
Kiké Hernandez CF
(Chris Anderson RHP)
Bench: Joc Pederson, Darwin Barney, Alex Guerrero.
Bullpen: Adam Libertaore, Daniel Coulombe, Sergio Santos, Pedro Baez.
Update (9:30 a.m.): Several minor leaguers had their names added to the reserve list today: Paul Hoenecke, Peter Lavin, Lars Anderson, Kyle Farmer, Webster Rivas, Ryan Scott, Dillon Moyer, Nate Samson, Casio Grider and Jon Garcia.
Update (12:10 p.m.). The Diamondbacks have announced their lineup:
Ender Inciarte LF
Micah Owings SS
A.J. Pollock CF
Mark Trumbo RF
Jake Lamb 1B
Yasmany Tomas 3B
Aaron Hill 2B
Gerald Laird C
Daniel Hudson RHP
Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin, third from left, speaks with head athletic trainer Stan Conte about a “tweak” sensation in his right biceps area. (Associated Press photo)
When Hyun-Jin Ryu’s first start of the season for the Dodgers was jeopardized by shoulder inflammation
, veterans Erik Bedard
and Chad Gaudin
figured to be among the top candidates to make a spot start if needed.
If you’re coming to Arizona this weekend to see the hottest hitter in the Dodgers’ lineup, keep driving on I-10 for another 13 hours. Eventually you’ll hit San Antontio. If you’re like Joc Pederson, who went 3 for 4 Friday with a home run and two RBIs, you’ll even hit the roof of the Alamodome:
That “baserunning error” was the only blemish on Pederson’s record in the Dodgers’ 11-6 win over the Texas Rangers. He’s leading the Dodgers in OPS (1.353) and is in some fine company among all MLB players in that category — providing for a small sample size caveat, against a hodgepodge of pitching talent, yada, yada, yada.
The Alamodome, you might recall, was built in order to attract an NFL team to San Antonio and served as the home of the NBA’s Spurs from 1993-2002. For baseball, it’s not ideal — 275 feet out to right field with a deceptively low roof. Pederson probably should have had two home runs Friday.
Anyway, the Dodgers didn’t need the help. They scored eight runs in the first inning Friday en route to the victory and they’ll play the Rangers again at 11 a.m. Pacific Time Saturday. The box score is here.