Posted: 02/11/2013 3:19 PM
The first battery workout at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will be Wednesday. Position players report Friday, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Saturday.
After spending $200 million for winter rotation upgrades Zack Greinke and Korean sensation Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers open camp with eight well-paid starting pitchers –- Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly.
Combined, they will earn $90 million in 2013, although at least one of them figures to earn his pay elsewhere via trade once the health of Billingsley (torn elbow ligament) and Lilly (shoulder surgery) is established.Rick Honeycutt returns for his eighth season as pitching coach, but there's been an offseason tweak with the naming of bullpen coach Ken Howell as assistant pitching coach, and the promotion of Double-A pitching coach Chuck Crim to bullpen coach.
While Crawford and Kemp will be eased into their roles, Hanley Ramirez will be thrown into his. The Dodgers want to see dramatic improvement in his defense at shortstop or will move him to third base. The evaluation window will be compressed, because he's leaving to join Team Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic, where he'll be playing third base.
If Ramirez winds up at third base for the Dodgers, that turns Luis Cruz into a role player, opening up shortstop for Dee Gordon, whose 2012 was ruined by thumb surgery.
The only position player acquired during the offseason expected to make the Opening Day roster is utilityman Skip Schumaker. Mark McGwire, Schumaker's mentor, is the new hitting coach with John Valentin promoted from Triple-A to assist McGwire."http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp ?ymd=20130210&content_id=41522186&c_id=la
Posted: 02/11/2013 4:54 PM
"Watch your step, I'm bleedin blue!"
Posted: 02/12/2013 11:25 AM
skwiggy21 wrote: I will once again be heading to Arizona for a few games and posting pictures. It isn't til the weekend of March 22-24....so I have some waiting to do
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colobrowns wrote: Interesting article about CBills....It is true that he is key to staff....he needs to be healthy and if he is ...Cap and Harang will be gone in a nano second by end of ST.Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Beckett and Cbills...i put them in that order so Cbills gets extra rest days as SP...These SP could be best in MLB...We should easily have top 3 pitching staff in mlb.http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2013/02/06/los-angel es-dodgers-chad-billingsleys-health-the-key-to-how -rotation-shapes-up/I am hoping that Alex C has a good ST and Mattingly gives him a shot vs a vet...Alex would be perfect as LF,RF and or 2b/3b sub and could get 300-400abs.We should start hearing stuff about Lilly and Cbills w/in a few weeks...Kemp and Crawford being ready by Opening day is critical as well.
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Posted: 02/12/2013 7:17 PM
Dodgfan wrote: I agree with marinated, Billingsley is not the key to our success. I think the Dodgers are skeptical of him and are prepared to move on if he ends up having surgery. Kershaw is and will for the foreseeable future be the key to our staff. On paper the same could be said Greinke. This team is deep and the only glaring weaknesses are 3base and 2base, but Hairston provides some decent depth. Go Dodgers!
Posted: 02/12/2013 9:38 PM
IMO, the Giants have won with pitching, timely hitting and some luck. In reference to the latter, guys like Uribe, Scutaro, Renteria, Ross, Huff, Burrell, etc overreached in key situations during their 10' and 12' run.While they deserve a lot of credit for winning 2 titles over the last 3 seasons, pitching aside, can we expect this team to duplicate what guys like Scutaro did down the stretch? I think there is a greater chance of the Dodgers' offense out performing the Giants offense than that occuring again; however, I believe their pitching will rival, if not, superceed our staff in 13'. Cain will once again put up solid numbers and Bumgarner is going to take another step towards becoming the ace of that staff. A major concern for them is going to be Lincecum. If he bounces back, I think they will be difficult to beat, not of because of our chemistry issues but because of their pitching.Just my 2 cents.
Posted: 02/13/2013 9:26 AM
Dodgfan wrote: IMO, the Giants have won with pitching, timely hitting and some luck. In reference to the latter, guys like Uribe, Scutaro, Renteria, Ross, Huff, Burrell, etc overreached in key situations during their 10' and 12' run.While they deserve a lot of credit for winning 2 titles over the last 3 seasons, pitching aside, can we expect this team to duplicate what guys like Scutaro did down the stretch? I think there is a greater chance of the Dodgers' offense out performing the Giants offense than that occuring again; however, I believe their pitching will rival, if not, superceed our staff in 13'. Cain will once again put up solid numbers and Bumgarner is going to take another step towards becoming the ace of that staff. A major concern for them is going to be Lincecum. If he bounces back, I think they will be difficult to beat, not of because of our chemistry issues but because of their pitching.Just my 2 cents.
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Posted: 02/13/2013 10:20 AM
DodgerBlueWarrior wrote: I read that the Giants asked Lincecum to put on some weight over the offseason to help offset the wear and tear on his body which they believe attributed to his decrease in velocity. I believe he has put on close to 15 lbs. and I expect him to bounce back somewhat like he did in the last month of the season in into the post season.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 12:51 PM
Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled to make it through his first conditioning workout in Dodgers camp, according to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Posted: 02/15/2013 10:11 AM
Posted: 02/15/2013 10:31 AM
SPORTFREAK wrote: Magill embraces first big league camp
Posted: 02/15/2013 10:50 AM
The Dodgers have allowed Magill, a high school draftee in 2008, to develop at his own pace and the end result might be a guy who can sit in the middle of a big league rotation in the very near future. He can sometimes touch the mid-90s with his fastball but will sit in the 92-93 mph range. His slider is his out pitch, a hard, sharp breaking ball he’ll throw at any time to any hitter. His changeup is below-average but he does show some feel for it at times. He’s inconsistent with all of his stuff, as well as his command, but he’ll also be pitching at the highest level of the Minors all season at age 23.
Posted: 02/15/2013 12:06 PM
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