Phoenix– Today marks the first official day of spring. As baseball fans know, that means we are on the brink of the regular season, and the semi-trailer parked at the Dodgers complex at Camelback Ranch makes that very evident.
With opening day in sight, the Dodgers must utilize the final week of spring training to make sure their roster is ready.
The Dodgers won in walk-off fashion Sunday against team Japan at Camelback Ranch. Outfielder O’Koyea Dickson hit at two-run walk-off double. “I’ve just grown to really love this guy. He’s going to play in the big leagues. I expect to see him at some point in time this year,” said manager Dave Roberts about the 26-year-old. Japan will face off against the United States tonight in the semifinal of the World Baseball Classic.
After coming down with strep throat, pitcher Julio Urias was sent home from camp. This move almost assures the 20-year-old south paw will not make the opening day rotation.
Outfielder Andre Ethier was poised to make an impact in 2017 after fully recovering from a complex spiral fracture. However, he was scratched late from the team’s exhibition game against team Japan after experiencing lower-back tightness. He is scheduled to have an MRI today.
Clayton Kershaw is expected to start on Thursday against the Rangers at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN