For the first since October 2021, Dodger baseball is back!
The Dodgers begin Cactus League play on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers; first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Pacific.
Today’s lineup is looking quite nice and is just a glimpse of what it might look like this season. There are some notable absences such as Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts and Max Muncy. The latter two who are both recovering from injuries in 2021.
None other than Clayton Kershaw will get the ball today. Kershaw agreed to a one-year deal worth $17 million with the Dodgers just last week.
The newest star acquisition by the Dodgers also was in the house on Friday morning, as Freeman arrived at Camelback Ranch donning a suit and a baseball glove.
One day after signing the 2020 NL MVP, the Dodgers remained busy. The team agreed to bring back left handed pitcher Danny Duffy on a one year deal. Duffy, who is a Southern California native, was acquired by the Dodgers from the Kansas City Royals at last year’s deadline.
However, Duffy never saw the mound for the Blue Crew. When the Dodgers made the trade, Duffy was on the injured list with a flexor strain in his forearm, an issue that kept him out the rest of the season.
The 33-year-old veteran had another injury this offseason, which means he is expected to be ready to pitch around mid-season. Duffy is expected to have a role in the bullpen instead of joining the rotation. Before his injury last season, Duffy had posted a 2.51 ERA with the Royals in 13 games.
The Dodgers also agreed to terms with right handed reliever Jimmy Nelson this week. Nelson was limited to 28 games for the Dodgers in 2021. The 32 year old posted a 1.86 ERA, allowing six runs in 29 innings pitched.
Nelson was placed on the injured list due to elbow inflammation and had Tommy John surgery to end his season. The deal also includes a team option for 2023. Nelson has been a member of the Dodgers organization since 2020, but has only appeared in 28 games in two seasons due to several injuries.
So several moves that rumored to take place after the lockout have come to fruition. The biggest obviously inking Freeman to a six-year deal. The Dodgers could still be in the market for several other free agents, but the roster is shaping up quite nicely as the team begins Cactus League play and gears up for Opening Day.