The Los Angeles Dodgers cracked the seal on the 2017 season today, as pitchers and catchers (among others) reported to Camelback Ranch for the first day of Spring Training.
There wasn’t a whole lot of activity, as players spent time getting settled into the facility and stretching out. However, there were several pitchers who threw bullpen sessions today, and a small press conference took place with President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and second-year manager Dave Roberts.
Here are a few notes from the day:
2016 Rookie of the Year Corey Seager was in camp early. It’s good to see the kid’s not resting on his laurels, and he’s itching to get back to work.
Clayton Kershaw threw a bullpen session today. He reports he is 100% healthy, and said he has, “No worries or concerns.”
More Kershaw: “The routine is a little different, but not drastic changes, which is great,” he said. “I feel like I’m still able to get the work in. I’m a little more aware. Instead of my pushing through stuff, I’m just a little more aware. For the most part, not a lot has changed and it’s good.”
Greg Maddux has left the Dodgers’ Spring Training coaching corps to mentor his son, who is pitching for UNLV, so the Dodgers tapped their own World Series hero, Orel Hershiser, to take his place. Today Bulldog put in his first day of work with the young arms in camp.
All reports from Day 1 are that Hyun-Jin Ryu is A-OK. and there are no limitations on his throwing routines. Andrew Freidman hinted in remarks to the press today that Ryu’s starting spot in the rotation is his to lose.
Finally, the skipper joked (??) that he hasn’t decided on an Opening Day starter yet. Let the competition begin!