All Dodgers are now present and accountable at Camelback Ranch as spring training is in full tilt. We’re just about a week away from real live baseball being played. It seems almost unreal how fast time flies. It feels almost like yesterday that the Dodgers were being embarrassed in the postseason by an Irish ginger infielder. Oh how the time flies. There’s not a whole lot going on in camp at the moment. There have been a few news and notes to catch up on this week. In case you missed anything, here they are.
Vin Scully has decided he wants to call the Dodger’s opening day game at San Diego on April 4. The game will be also televised on ESPN at 405 pm PST. Scully has expressed his desire to expand his schedule during his farewell season, according to Bill Shaikin Bill Shaikin of the La Times. He wants to make at least one trip to San Diego, San Francisco, and Anaheim. While Scully will call the opening day game he won’t be calling any of the other games in the opening series. Scully will also be calling four exhibition games this season with the first being televised on March 25 against the Giants at Camelback Ranch.
Yasiel Puig missed the first full squad workout on Thursday afternoon. No it wasn’t because he was late or out partying at the hottest nightclub. He actually had a legitimate reason. Puig had two of his wisdom teeth removed. He returned to action on Friday. He’s also thinking about purchasing a helicopter because well he’s Puig.
Other Dodgers battling minor injuries include pitcher Brooks Brown who has a sore shoulder, and Caleb Dirks has a bad back. Josh Ravin is still recovering from having the flu and strep throat which caused him to miss almost a week.
Former Dodger Tony Gwynn Jr. joins Dodgertalk. The son of late hall of famer Tony Gwynn Sr. will join David Vassegh, for the postgame show on AM570. Tim Cates will be hosting the Dodgers on Deck pregame show. Also preparing to make regular appearances will be former GM Ned Colletti, Alanna Rizzo, and broadcasters Charley Steiner and Rick Monday.
The Dodgers signed 41-year old senior Jamey Wright to a minor league contract this week with an invite to major league spring training. Apparently he had been working out with Clayton Kershaw and decided to take his Viagra so he could give making the major league roster one last shot before hitting the old folk’s home. Wright had previously pitched for the Dodgers in 2012, and 2014. So this would be his third stint with the club. However it is highly unlikely he would make the active roster. Fortunately for Jamey most of the spring games start at 1 pm and end early which would allow him to grab the early bird special at Denny’s before bedtime at 9 pm.