Not much news emerged out of Camelback Ranch on Friday, but one bit of information that surfaced was something we began to fear on Thursday evening—the start of the regular season will likely run past the delay that the MLB front office initially anticipated.
Along with the 21-player NRI list the Dodgers released on Thursday came a lot of confusion among fans about where many of these players stand in the organization. Indeed, there were a few headliners like Josiah Gray, Jeter Downs and Jordan Sheffield, but the list contained plenty of names that some fans have never even heard mentioned in the past.
If you happened to miss the news on Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers announced their list of 21 non-roster players who were invited to the big league side of spring training, which happened to be the exact number of NRIs the team welcomed to camp in 2019.
Things seem to moving in the right direction, as far as the Dodgers‘ pitching staff is concerned. On Sunday, Dennis highlighted how Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler are progressing towards Opening Day. On Monday, Kershaw threw an official bullpen for the first time since he was sidelined with a shoulder issue.
On the heels of the second Cactus League contest against the Angels on Sunday, there was a bit of good news coming out of the Dodgers camp, most specifically the health of two key players in Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger.