We’ve finally made it to the month of March, when we see real baseball being played once again. There’s just three and a half weeks until the Dodgers roster is whittled down to the 26 men who will start the season with the big club.
Last Thursday, we discussed the depth of the Dodgers roster. And while he probably wasn’t in danger of not making the squad, Enrique Hernandez has turned some heads this spring.￼ The super-utility player has three home runs in the short time spring training has been going on, and he’s not necessarily a power hitter. He has realized that his hip alignment had been detrimental to his swing, and he has worked to fix it. So far, it’s reaping rewards for him in the power department. Something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
David Price had his spring debut today, and it could have gone a little better. A new team, and not having pitched in over six months in a game left Price with nerves and shaking legs. The lefty was slated to go two innings, but was removed after 1-1/3 innings after making 40 pitches. He allowed two runs in the first inning, and gave up three hits, and three walks, combined with three strikeouts. However, Price thought the outing went well.
“I felt good,” he told reporters afterwards. “For where I’m at right now in spring training; after two live BP’s, and now my first outing, it’s very positive for myself.”
Julio Urias also had his first outing of the season. Urías started the third inning of the game on Monday, and allowed two runs on one hit. He also posted one strikeout, one walk and a baebrunner by an error issued to Justin Turner.
“I had a bit of command issues,” Urías told reporters later. “The fastball was kind of running a little bit. There was some other balls I thought might have been strikes, but the umpire didn’t agree with me. It just wasn’t my day.”
Cody Bellinger was scratched before the start of Monday’s game due to side soreness. Dave Roberts downplayed the severity of it, saying that Cody wanted to play and it was all in an abundance of caution. Cody has been out the night before at Top Golf with Mike Trout, Turner and others, but Roberts denied that the golf had had anything to do with the soreness.
The Dodgers have hit 19 home runs so far this spring. Cody Thomas leads the team with four. They also have the most hit batsmen in all of the majors, for a total of 10 times. Just as long as it doesn’t lead to the unfortunate injuries of the past few seasons.
Yadier Alvarez has cleared waivers and will return to Dodgers camp, on the minor league side.