Here’s tonight’s news from Week 2 at Camelback Ranch:
Clayton Kershaw tossed live batting practice today. He threw two innings of BP (29 pitches), and according to Andy McCullough from the LA times, Kershaw looked “a lot like Clayton Kershaw”.
Alex Wood also threw live BP. Wood is returning from an elbow injury, so he appears to be ready for what will surely be an open competition for the last two spots in the starting rotation, after Kershaw, Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill.
“This day is always not the most fun. It’s about as low-adrenaline as you can, and you have to try to be competitive,” he said. “Overall, it went OK, and I got it out of the way and can pitch in a real game now. You’ve got to get your work in. It’s necessary. You can’t go bullpens into a game, you need to face hitters before a game. It’s the same progression since I’ve been here.” – Clayton Kershaw
Alex Wood had this to say: “Mechanically, it’s probably the best I’ve felt in years,” said Wood. “I felt like I made big strides last year being where I had always been. I strengthened my front side during the offseason and it’s helped my direction, and I think it could up my velocity a tick or two. I already see it.”
Franklin Gutierrez, who was the man in camp without a home, signed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers. Good luck, Frankie!
Late news from Alanna Rizzo: The Dodgers will break camp with 12 pitchers (that’s 5 starters and 7 relievers) and 13 position players.
We’ll give staff ace Kershaw the final word: ” “We’re going to have a lot of competition around here, and someone is not going to be happy,” ace Clayton Kershaw said. “But it’s going to be good for us in the long run.”