For as celebrated as the first day of spring training is among fans, it’s actually quite an anticlimactic event around the clubhouse, often being compared to the first day of school. Players arrive, fill out a bunch of paperwork, take their respective physicals, and start throwing around the baseball to some degree.
The first week of Dodgers spring training has come and gone, and the first game of the spring is upon us. The Dodgers will play the Chicago White Sox tomorrow, with whom they share the facilities at Camelback Ranch. Slated to be the starting pitcher is none other than Clayton Kershaw. He is expected to only pitch one inning. Taking their place in line behind him will be Alex Wood, Josh Ravin, Jacob Rhame, and Madison Younginer. Starters are expected to play through two at-bats.
Even though he had the opportunity to suit up in a pinch and sit in the bullpen at one Cactus League game last year, righty pitching prospect Trevor Oaks is still excited for his first official non-roster invite to the big league camp of the Dodgers, and hopes to take advantage of every single moment.
The Dodgers publicly unveiled their 2017 spring training schedule on Wednesday, with their ninth season of Cactus League play beginning on Saturday, February 25 against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.