- Darin Ruf never took a swing as a Dodger – The Dodgers freed up a roster spot by urging Darin to sign with the Samsung Lions for a free Galaxy 7 smartphone and $1.1 million bux. One more spot to go…
- According to Doug Padilla “Dodgers starter Julio Urias will not be pushed to the 200-innings mark this year, team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. Urias will proceed this spring, however, just like any other Dodgers starter.” If I translated that correctly, it means that there will be no extended Spring Training for Urias and that he should open the season in the rotation.
- On the subject of Julio Urias, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider quoted Friedman:
“He’s not at the point of his development where he’s going to make 32, 33 starts and throw 200-plus innings,” Friedman said. “So exactly how we manage that and when is what we’ve spent some time talking about this winter, and we’ll continue to talk about it throughout the spring.
“We don’t really have a set innings number. It’s so individualized,” Friedman added. “But I feel confident saying the jump up to 200-plus and being strong throughout October is not viable for 2017. So the question is to how best manage it.”
- According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Kenta Maeda has added muscle and a cutter. Of note too is that he has been training at Dodger Stadium for a month. Could he be even better than last year? I think it’s likely.
- Don’t read anything good or bad into anyone’s velocity this early. It means nothing. This is especially true with Ryu. The Dodgers are having him take it very slow, so the big thing is just health right now. A month from now, let’s see what his velocity is. Some think he will come back. Others think he is toast. Me? I have no opinion. Let’s see how it plays out…
- I heard that Darnell Sweeney was heart-broken when he was traded to Philly. Now that he’s back, I wonder how he will do. I like him…
- Who is next to get dropped off the 40 man?
Jose Miguel Fernandez has officially signed with the Dodgers and will get an invite to big league camp. The 28-year-old infielder last played in Cuba in 2014. — Doug Padilla