GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 20 fastballs off a mound today, a small but noteworthy step forward in his shoulder rehab program.
“It was very good,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “It wasn’t all about the speed. It was more about location and how I felt.”
Ryu, who missed all of last season because of shoulder labrum surgery, had been limited to throwing from flat ground the last couple weeks. The left-hander still believes he can return to game action by May.
Why only fastballs Monday? Ryu said that his changeup and curveball don’t cause him any shoulder pain, but the 20-fastball session was simply the next step in his progression. His next date off a mound is to be determined.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers are playing two games today. One is a regularly-scheduled Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch (lineup on the left). The other is a “B” game against the Chicago White Sox (lineup on the right). You might have heard of Chicago’s starting pitcher, a left-hander named Chris Sale:
You have just as good a chance of catching the “B” game on TV as the “A” game.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw threw five scoreless innings, and a monster home run by Scott Van Slyke led the offense in an 8-4 win over the Rockies today at Salt River Fields.
First baseman Cody Bellinger increased his Cactus League average to .500 with two doubles in two at-bats for the Dodgers (8-2-2). Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore each threw a scoreless inning of relief against the Rockies (6-6).
Here’s what Dave Roberts had to say after the game:
Yasmani Grandal will catch left-hander Scott Kazmir in a “B” game tomorrow, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Sunday at Camelback Ranch,.
“He just wants to get on the other side and just work on some stuff over there,” Roberts said.
Kazmir has made two Cactus League starts and allowed 12 hits and seven runs in 3 ⅔ innings.
The Dodgers’ starter for tomorrow’s game against the Brewers is officially listed as “TBD” in the game notes. Mike Bolsinger is lined up to start on regular rest if needed, making him the most likely candidate.
Update (4:21 p.m.): Roberts confirmed that Bolsinger will start.
H/t to Dodger Talk co-host Tony Gwynn Jr. for the video/audio from Roberts’ morning scrum:
Justin Turner will start at third base tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters this morning Justin Turner will start tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers at third base and likely play four or five innings. Turner is rehabbing from off-season knee surgery and has not played a Major League game this spring.
In recent days, Turner has been taking at-bats against minor league pitchers, running the bases and taking ground balls at third alongside his teammates.