When do Winter League seasons begin in Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic?

I talked to Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson yesterday about possibly playing in one of the various Caribbean Winter Leagues. His season is effectively over, so I figured he might want to get some work in this off-season before spring training.

Thompson wouldn’t rule out going if the team asked him to, but he wasn’t sure if he would have the time following his recovery. I wasn’t sure either, since I couldn’t find the schedules anywhere online.

Courtesy of MLB, here they are:
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Trayce Thompson’s season is over, effectively if not officially.

Trayce Thompson

Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson, center, hit 13 home runs in 80 games in his first season in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson hasn’t been told that his season is over. Yet every time he meets with a doctor to discuss his recovery from fractures in his back, he feels it.

“They pretty much have said it without saying it, you know?” Thompson said Monday. “They talk about next year and the timetable, stuff like that. They know how bad I want to play. They know how frustrating it is to have to watch. It’s kind of looking that way.”

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Trayce Thompson’s season isn’t officially over yet.

Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson hasn’t given up on playing this season.

Thompson was encouraged by his last meeting with a team doctor in which he was cleared to “ramp up the volume of some of the rehab stuff soon.” If that goes well, he said he can resume baseball activities.

Thompson has been limited to cardio training in a pool and on an Alter-G treadmill since a diagnosis of multiple fractures in his back more than a month ago. His chances of a return remain slim.

Less than four weeks remain in the regular season, and likely only instructional league games will be available to Thompson if he’s cleared to rehab before the Dodgers’ season ends. Even that, however, hasn’t been discussed with the 25-year-old outfielder yet.

“I’m going to leave that up to (the team),” he said. “I’m not going to lose hope.”

Thompson was batting .225 with a .738 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) when he last played on July 10.

Game 129: Julio Urias takes a step forward in win over Chicago Cubs.

Julio Urias

Julio Urias earned his fifth win of the season in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Julio Urias looked nothing like he did the first time he saw the Chicago Cubs, back in his second major league game, in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win on Saturday. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Outfielder Trayce Thompson is hopeful he can return this season from the stress fractures in his back.

Dave Roberts says Trayce Thompson’s back wasn’t responding to treatment

Trayce Thompson

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Outfielder Trayce Thompson (back) was expected to go on a rehab assignment soon, but manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he doesn’t expect to see Thompson until perhaps Sept. 1.

Roberts said Saturday that Thompson did not re-aggravate his back injury. Rather, he just wasn’t responding all that well to treatment.

“So we did a little bit more imaging and I don’t know the exact diagnosis, but there was stuff prior that we wanted to kind of calm down,” Roberts said. “So with the back, we took a step back on his rehab. I think now it’s limited, if any, baseball activity. But we’re just trying to stabilize his core and back.”