￼We are now exactly three weeks from the Dodgers opening up their 2020 regular season against the San Francisco Giants.
There was a lot of good news on the injury front today. Most importantly, Justin Turner is going to return to the lineup tomorrow. He was hit on the left hand by a pitch thrown by Johnny Cueto in yesterday’s game, but he stayed in the game and proceeded to hit a homer off Cueto his next at bat.￼￼￼ X-rays on his hand were negative. He was out of Thursday’s game as he is currently in an every other game rotation. So far this spring, Turner is batting .417/.563/.750 with one double, one home run, four RBI and three walks over six Cactus League games.
Chris Taylor may return to the lineup sooner than expected. Taylor has been hampered by both forearm and bicep irritation from a check swing, and from being sore in his shoulder when he was hit by a pitch in Saturday’s game. MLB’s Ken Gurnick reported that CT3 may return to game play Friday. It will be a game-time decision as to whether he plays or not.
Dustin May has returned to baseball activities. The No. 2 prospect for the Dodgers was shut down in February after not recovering well from a side issue. He threw from a mound the first day of spring camp, but that has been it. He played catch today and hopefully will be progressing with his recovery soon.
Joc Pederson is still feeling okay swinging the bat. He has been dealing with both side and hip issues. The outfielder should be returning to game action soon, most likely on the minor league side of camp.
Another pitcher who is returning to throwing is Jimmy Nelson. Shut down with back and groin issues, the 30-year-old pitcher has had some setbacks but is once again going to be pitching off the mound tomorrow. If all goes well and he progresses, he will be vying for a spot in the Dodgers bullpen.
Clayton Kershaw had his second outing of the spring, and his curve ball continues to impress. While his fastball was not registering as high on the radar gun as it was in the first game, his curve looked just like the classic curve we’ve come to love. Kershaw pitched three innings in which he struck out four, allowed two singles, and walked none.
Cody Bellinger blasted his first home run of spring training Thursday, a 406-foot bomb that accounted for the only offense in Thursday’s game.
Walker Buehler had his second start of spring training, and it didn’t go quite as well as the first. He allowed a homer to Matt Chapman, leaving in the third inning with runners on second and third, which was then scored by a sacrifice fly. He did sandwich those two innings around a 1-2-3 second frame. He struck out two and issued two walks in 2.1 innings of work.
Kenley Jansen continues to impress in his spring outings. It took 11 batters for one to finally reach base against him, and it was just a single. He struck out one batter in one inning of work.
￼The Dodgers resume Cactus League play Friday evening against the Seattle Mariners at 5:05 PST.