We are already down to our last full week of spring training, which is going by quickly due to the shortened ramp up to the season starting.
With Opening Day fast approaching, the Dodgers have named their Opening Day Starter and for the first time since he started the season on the injured list in 2018, it’s not Clayton Kershaw.
Walker Buehler has been named the starter for the first game of the season, in Colorado against the Rockies. This marks the first time that Buehler will be the Opening Day starter in his career, but most likely will not be his last.
“It’s ceremonious,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when he made the announcement Thursday, “and that’s a feather in his cap for what he’s done over the last few years to get to this point. We knew, we hoped it was going to happen at some point. And I just think the timing is perfect.”
The starting rotation after Buehler seems to be lining up as Julio Urías, Kershaw, Andrew Heaney, and Tony Gonsolin. For their parts, Urías and Gonsolin have looked good on the mound so far this spring. Heaney unfortunately has not.
In his outing on Sunday, Heaney allowed five earned runs in 3.0 innings of work, including a home run on the second pitch of the game. The first pitch of the game had resulted in a double. He got it together for a bit, striking out four but got into trouble again in the second and beginning of the fourth inning. His spring training ERA so far is 16.88 over 5.1 innings pitched with six total strikeouts.
Per Jon Heyman on Twitter, MLB is hoping to have a decision made on Trevor Bauer by April 16th, the date his current administrative leave expires. They hope to interview him beforehand, but no indications so far that they have. It is also unknown what condition Bauer is in to rejoin the rotation, if his suspension is lifted.
The Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts have agreed to a three year extension running through 2025, the team announced on Friday.
“To get it done before the season, it’s exciting for me and my family,” Roberts said. “You guys know how excited I am and what it means for me to put this uniform on every day, and really respecting the Dodger tradition and the people that came before me and what it means. For ownership, the organization, Andrew in particular, to entrust me going forward is everything.”
For anyone hoping that the Dodgers would reunite with Albert Pujols, that will not be happening. The slugger will be re-signing with his first team, the St Louis Cardinals on a one year contract. The Cards will be in Los Angeles September 23-25 and “Uncle Tío” will sure to receive a great reception.
On Monday, the San Diego Padres announced that they have acquired first baseman/outfielder Matt Beaty from the Dodgers for RHP River Ryan. Beaty was designated for assignment last week to make room for Freddie Freeman on the 40-man roster. We wish Beaty the best of luck with his new team.