As 2021 Spring Training continues, many eyes will be on the pitchers, all of whom might be considered as the present or the future of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jimmy Nelson will get his second start of the spring against the Reds Tuesday and is more than likely to go the standard two innings that Dodger starters have pitched so far during Cactus League play.
Knebel and Alexander figure to be competing for bullpen spots, while Gray, Pepiot, Knack, and Nelson may not start the year with the big league club.
Pitchers who still have to make their spring debuts are Brusdar Graterol, Joe Kelly, and Brandon Morrow. Kelly has been battling an injury while Graetrol is behind on his throwing. There is no timeline for when Morrow could appear in a game.
Julio Urias performed well in his start yesterday, going three full innings and allowing no hits against the Chicago White Sox. The Dodger pitching staff would go on to pitch a shutout, as David Price made his spring debut, pitching for the first time in nearly a year.
There has been much speculation as to where Price falls in the plans of the Dodgers, but it’s been reported that the veteran lefty has told President of Baseball Operations Andrew Freidman that he is willing to take on any role. As the competition narrows down for those final rotation spots, it will be interesting to see how the Dodgers handle that.
They pretty much have seven pitchers who could be at the top of any rotation of any other MLB team.
In Tuesday’s game, Nelson will face Reds right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray. First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. Pacific time.
The starting lineup has been posted for the Dodgers.
Also, it was announced today that the Dodgers will play before 21,000 fans on Opening Day against the Rockies in Coors Field.
The Dodgers did announce that they will have fans, although that number is still up in the air due to the health measures placed by Los Angeles County Health Officials.