We’re down to only six days before the start of the abbreviated 2020 regular season, when the Los Angeles Dodgers square off against the San Francisco Giants. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound at Dodger Stadium, with Johnny Cueto doing the same for the Giants.
There still remain some issues with Covid-19 and its protocols. The Dodgers, along with the Washington Nationals, are one of only two teams that play in a city where it’s mandated that people quarantine for 14 days when they’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, even if that person themself does not test positive. That could have a huge rippling effect through the whole team if that happens. The Nationals are exploring alternate sites to play. As of right now, the Dodgers are not.
While everyone has reported to camp who is going to, one player we haven’t heard much about it Walker Buehler. We’ve seen pretty much every other player take the mound during the intrasquad games, with the exception of AJ Ramos, who has thrown off the mound at Dodger Stadium just not yet in a game.
Buehler arrived at camp a tick behind his other pitching counterparts and has yet to build up innings. The righty threw a bullpen on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw two innings in Friday’s final intrasquad game. All expectations at this point, however, are that he will be ready for Opening Day. One would assume though that the bullpen will have to be ready to use a few arms in that second game of the season.
If you’re looking for some ways you can donate to the Los Angeles community, the Dodgers have recently announced two ways you can do so.
On Thursday, the Dodgers organization released a video featuring key players touting the importance of Black Lives Matter. Kershaw bookends the video, which features nine additional players in Buehler, Justin Turner, A.J. Pollock, Gavin Lux, Alex Wood, Kiké Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Ross Stripling, and Cody Bellinger.
Earlier this week, Kershaw, Pederson, Stripling and Turner joined the inspirational leaders of the Brotherhood Crusade, Children’s Defense Fund of California, Brothers, Son, Selves Coalition, and the Community Coalition, four of the 13 organizations in the CFBMOC. The organizations shared the history of racial and social inequalities in Los Angeles, and the players shared how they want to use their social media platforms and resources to amplify and support this important work. The listening session is meant to be just a start of many conversations between players and the community.
During practice today, players will be wearing “In This Together” t-shirts. These shirts are available at Dodgers.com/together and proceeds will go to help all of these much needed organizations.
The Dodgers also announced Wednesday that they will be selling cutouts of fans to be placed in the stands during games. The cutouts are either $149 for placement in the Field or Loge Level, or $299 for placement in the Pavilion Home Run Seats or the Dugout Club. All proceeds will go to the Dodgers Foundation to help needs in the Los Angeles community.