Good News Dept: Ryu’s batters reported he showed good command of his pitches.
As of noon today, the skipper had not yet decided on who would start at first base in tomorrow’s Cactus League opener.
Adrian Gonzalez is still unavailable to play (for at least one more week), and when he does become available, he’ll probably join Team Mexico for the WBC. Combine that with the new “regular rest” policy that manager Roberts will implement in 2017, and the question of who will play first base in Gonzalez’s absence takes on deeper meaning for all involved.
These Spring Training games are essentially tryouts for a critical component of the Dodgers’s 2017 strategy. The skipper’s new strategy will give everyday players scheduled rests throughout the season. Whomever rises to the occasion at first base this spring is likely to become the go-to sub for Gonzalez all season.
For the Cody Bellinger Marching and Chowder Society: Expect to see plenty of Cody this spring. The skipper says Bellinger will see playing time at first base and all three outfield positions.
When we wake up tomorrow morning…it’ll be Cactus league Opening Day!