Sat. Mar 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been excused because of a personal matter. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says Puig is permitted to miss baseball activities on Saturday.
Impact: Issues like this will not impact Puig's fantasy status, as he should be good to go for Opening Day, making him one of the best outfielders available.
News: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that Kemp (ankle) is getting close to playing in a Cactus League game, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Kemp went through baserunning simulations Saturday morning, marking the latest step in his recovery. He hasn't been ruled out for the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia on Mar. 22-23 but doesn't seem like a great bet to be ready. The Dodgers' Mar. 30 stateside opener represents a more conservative target date for the veteran outfielder, though there's no guarantee that he'll be ready by then, either.
Hanley Ramirez - #13 - Short Stop - 6'3" - 229lbs
News: Ramirez (forearm) went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in Friday's game against the Rangers.
Impact: The blast followed a game Thursday where Ramirez left early, after getting hit by a pitch on his left forearm. Not surprisingly, the minor ailment didn't impact his availability for long. Ramirez has gone 3-for-18 with a 1:4 BB:K ratio and one homer in seven games this spring.
Brandon League - #43 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: League (shoulder) gave up a run on one hit and a walk in his return to game action Friday.
Impact: While the injury has limited him to just two innings this spring, League should be ready for the start of the season. With the return of Brian Wilson and the addition of Chris Perez, League is no higher than fourth in the pecking order for saves in Los Angeles, and even that position is debatable.
News: Kemp (ankle) performed baserunning simulations Saturday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The workout included taking leads and breaking from second base, the latest step forward in Kemp's attempt to return to the Dodgers following ankle surgery.
News: Greinke (calf) is scheduled to throw 35 pitches in a simulated game setting Saturday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: While Greinke isn't expected to be ready to pitch in the Dodgers' two-game series with the D-Backs in Australia, his progress thus far is encouraging as far as his chances of being ready for the first full week of the regular season back in the States.
News: Puig has been excused from camp Saturday to attend to a personal matter, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Given the nature of his absence, details regarding the reason for Puig's departure for the day are unavailable. He's expected to return to the team Sunday.
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greinke (calf) is scheduled to throw to live hitters on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com reports.
Impact: Greinke has thrown several bullpen sessions since suffering a minor calf strain and will now progress to live hitters. Should everything go well, look for Greinke to return to Cactus League action in the coming weeks. Barring any setbacks, Greinke should be ready for the Dodgers' U.S. opener, as manager Don Mattingly has already said he wouldn't be ready for the team's March 22-23 set in Australia.
News: Greinke (calf) may be ready to throw to batters by Saturday or Sunday, True Blue LA's Eric Stephen reports.
Impact: Greinke seems to be progressing as expected and will likely be ready by the start of April. Assuming he faces live batters over the weekend, a return to Cactus League action would likely be the next step. Greinke is not expected to travel to Australia with the Dodgers for the team's March 22-23 two-game series against the Diamondbacks. He could, however, be an option for the Dodgers' stateside opener against the Padres on March 30.
News: Though he has a trainer-imposed limit of 85 mph, Billingsley (elbow) is rumored to have topped out at 91 mph during Wednesday's bullpen session. The right-hander is feeling better and "appears to be on track for a May return," the Dodgers' official website reports. "My arm feels better than it did a week ago when I started throwing breaking balls," Billingsley said. "I think throwing harder has helped me get extension and loosened up the flexor muscles."
Impact: Billingsley, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2013, was previously said to be targeting a June 1 return. His rehab seems to be coming along a bit better than expected, but a May debut still cannot be assumed. Given the Dodgers' excellent pitching depth, it's unclear where the right-hander will fit in once he's healthy. Injuries and ineffectiveness could provide some clarity once the season begins, but things look muddled for now.
Hyun-Jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 230lbs
News: Ryu will likely start one of the Dodgers' two upcoming games in Australia on March 22-23, the team's official website reports.
Impact: Zach Greinke (elbow) isn't expected to make the trip, leaving Ryu and Clayton Kershaw as the two projected starters against the Diamondbacks in Australia. It won't be surprising if both pitchers are on pitch counts, as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has made it clear that he's not thrilled to be using his frontline starters a week before the rest of the league starts playing.
Clayton Kershaw - #22 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 217lbs
News: Kershaw will likely pitch one of the two games in the Dodgers' season-opening series in Sydney, Australia, the team's official website reports.
Impact: It was previously reported that the Dodgers might hold Kershaw out until their stateside opener, but with Zach Greinke (calf) and Josh Beckett not expected to make the trip, Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will likely start the two games in Australia. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has made it clear that he doesn't want to overwork his superstar left-hander early in the season, so Kershaw may be on a pitch limit in his debut and probably won't be an option to start the Dodgers' stateside opener March 30.
Hanley Ramirez - #13 - Short Stop - 6'3" - 229lbs
News: Ramirez left Thursday's Cactus League game early after being hit by a pitch on his left elbow/forearm area, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Ramirez took his base initially after being hit, but ultimately left the game. Fortunately, the pitch that hit him was an off-speed offering, and the injury is not considered significant. Though Ramirez has had some back luck recently with HBPs, this doesn't figure to jeopardize his status for Opening Day.
News: Greinke (calf) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Greinke returned to a mound Wednesday and got right back at it Thursday, firing 20 pitches out of the stretch and five out of the windup. Manager Don Mattingly said Greinke might soon advance to facing live hitters, which puts an exhibition start next week within the realm of possibility. The right-hander is still not expected to travel to Australia for the team's opening two-game set against the Diamondbacks.
News: Puig (back) is in the lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Angels.
Impact: Puig left Wednesday's exhibition due to back soreness, but it seems his removal was strictly precautionary. He'll be back atop the order Thursday, and while Puig has also dealt with some shoulder issues this spring, the 23-year-old appears to be in pretty good health for the most part.
News: Guerrero homered twice in the Dodgers' spring training win over the Reds on Wednesday night.
Impact: Guerrero is still working on the transition from shortstop to second base, and the fact that he was injured during winter ball works against him, but the decision on where he'll begin the season hasn't been announced by the Dodgers yet. He demonstrated Wednesday night that although he's not a big player, he has good power in that bat.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig left Wednesday's exhibition game against the Reds with back soreness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Puig has had some shoulder issues in the spring and was again spotted with ice on both shoulders after he left the game. He had two at-bats in the game and also said he expects to be able to play as soon as Thursday.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greinke (calf) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, his first since suffering a slight calf strain in his first spring start, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Just three pitches into Greinke's first outing last Thursday, he was forced off the hill due to a mild calf strain. He's resumed mound work less than a week later, but with the Dodgers kicking off the season early (March 22 in Australia), Greinke's not expected to be ready for the official start of the 2014 campaign. That said, it does sound like he still has a chance to be ready for the March 30 stateside opener in San Diego.
Tue. Mar 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guerrero could open the season in the minors, according to Ken Gurnick of the Dodgers' official site.
Impact: It should be noted that Gurnick is basing this assertion on the fact that Guerrero hasn't started at second base in three of the Dodgers' last four spring games, and that the Dodgers haven't said as much. Still, it does seems Dee Gordon is the frontrunner for the starting job, though a platoon may still be an option, as manager Don Mattingly suggested last month. Guerrero's pop makes him an interesting option at second base in fantasy, but owners may want to start making alternative plans, at least to start the year.
Tue. Mar 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford (quadriceps) is back in the lineup for Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Mariners, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A mild quad strain cost Crawford close to a week of action, but he'll return Tuesday and should be full-go moving forward. That said, Crawford's history of lower-body ailments should remain in the back of the minds of prospective fantasy owners.
Scott Elbert - #57 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 210lbs
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Elbert will begin 2014 on the 60-day DL due to recovery from left shoulder surgery.
Impact: Elbert was placed on the DL on Feb. 8.
News: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday that Greinke (calf) will not be ready to throw 90 pitches in time for the Dodgers' March 22-23 series against the Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Mattingly's comments all but rule Greinke out for the opening series, a development that probably sits well with the right-hander. Greinke previously made it clear that he wasn't happy to be opening the season overseas, and he can now adjust his target date to late March or early April, when the Dodgers start the stateside portion of their schedule.
News: Puig (shoulder) returned to the lineup for Sunday's exhibition game against the Padres.
Impact: Puig returned to the leadoff position and played center field in Sunday's Cactus League action after being held out of the lineup Friday. He also skipped batting practice Friday to rest and ice up his shoulders.
News: Beckett (finger) allowed one hit over two scoreless innings with three strikeouts in Sunday's exhibition game against the Padres.
Impact: Beckett had his first taste of game action in spring training Sunday and pitched very well. He has been out of games since the middle of last season with a nerve impingement that caused him to lose feeling in his hand. He looked sharp with three strikeouts in the start and he should be a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation Opening Day for the Dodgers.
News: Greinke (calf) is without a timetable for a return, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Greinke's first spring outing Thursday was cut short by a right calf strain, and while the team initially deemed it "mild," the right-hander is expected to miss the team's opening series in Australia. He reported improvement with the calf Saturday, but manager Don Mattingly stressed that, "We're still going to be cautious with him." Though there's certainly still a chance Greinke could be ready for the team's stateside opener, Mattingly's words suggest he's not a lock.
News: Billingsley (elbow) said he was sore Sunday after throwing breaking balls off a mound Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Despite the soreness, Billingsley, who had the surgery last April, was still able to play some light catch Sunday and is expected to throw his next bullpen Tuesday. He'll begin incorporating cutters in that session. Billingsley may open the year on the 60-day DL, but once healthy, he could be a rotation option.
News: Kemp (ankle) ran Saturday, albeit not at full speed nor around the bases, the LA Times reports.
Impact: Kemp still doesn't know if he'll be able to play in spring training games, or even when he'll be able to run the bases. However, progress is progress - he's at least moving in the right direction.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greinke reported improvement with his strained calf Saturday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Greinke is set to play catch on flat ground for the second straight day, and if all goes well, a bullpen session could be up next for the right-hander. While he's still expected to be scratched for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series in Australia, that would more than likely be the only scheduled start he would miss due to the calf injury, assuming no further setbacks along the way.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kemp will be allowed to do more baseball drills, including possibly running, after a favorable MRI on Friday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: A return date still hasn't been set for Kemp, but he's now at Step 5 of a seven-step rehab, according to manager Don Mattingly.
News: Kemp had an MRI on his surgically repaired left ankle Thursday instead of Friday.
Impact: The Dodgers expect results this weekend. Kemp had microfracture surgery in October.
Joc Pederson - #65 - Center Field - 6'1" - 185lbs
News: Pederson hit a two-run homer Friday in Cactus League action.
Impact: Pederson was the Dodgers' minor league player of the year in 2012 and was picked for last year's All-Star Futures game. Savvy fantasy owners may want to snap up his rights.
Hyun-jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 230lbs
News: Ryu allowed two hits over two innings in his first spring training start, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
Impact: Ryu, who was 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA as a rookie last year, didn't have a walk or a strikeout.
News: Greinke (calf) will likely miss the Dodgers' opening series in Australia, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Mananger Don Mattingly isn't ready to formally rule Greinke out for the team's two-game set against Arizona, but the right-hander has been scratched from his Saturday bullpen session as well has his next scheduled start Tuesday. That likely puts Greinke too far behind schedule to be ready for the team's March 16 flight to Australia, so Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu seem like the obvious choices for those two games. Perhaps Greinke will be able to build up his pitch count in time for the team's stateside opener.
News: Beckett (finger) will start Sunday's Cactus League game against the Padres, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Beckett will take the mound Sunday for his first taste of competitive action since last May. The right-hander underwent surgery in July to relieve a nerve impingement in his shoulder that was causing numbness in his fingers. Now healthy, Beckett appears to have a good chance to break camp as the club's fifth starter.
A.J. Ellis - #17 - Catcher - 6'2" - 224lbs
News: Ellis (illness) returned to the lineup in Friday's Cactus League game against the White Sox.
Impact: Ellis was sent home Thursday with a case of the flu, but it appears to be a relatively minor issue for the catcher. He went 0-for-2 on Friday and should continue to turn the corner in the next few days.
News: Greinke (calf) is expected to miss his next spring start, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The Dodgers were quick to label Greinke's calf strain mild, but the right-hander will be held out of his bullpen session Saturday and likely his next spring outing as well. There's still time for Greinke to build up his pitch count for the start of the year, but Los Angeles kicks off the season more than a week earlier than most (March 22 in Australia), so he may be cutting it close. Moreover, Greinke has already expressed displeasure regarding the trip to Australia, so this may give the team an excuse to keep him home.
News: Puig skipped batting practice Friday to rest and ice both of his shoulders, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Puig's absence from Friday's lineup was planned, but the Dodgers went one step further and held the 23-year-old out of batting practice. He's expected to play Saturday, so the shoulders are likely fine, but it will be interesting to see how Puig's lower body holds up to the added weight he put on in the offseason.
News: Greinke is expected to miss his next scheduled start in spring training because of a strained right calf. Greinke was hurt Thursday while throwing only four pitches against Arizona.
Impact: Greinke had been scheduled to start again on Tuesday against Seattle. "As of right now, it doesn't look like he's going to make that," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday.
News: Crawford (quadriceps) said Friday that he feels fine and expects to play Saturday if it doesn't rain, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Lower-body issues continue to haunt Crawford, as his quad tightened up on him while going from first base to home on a Yasiel Puig double Wednesday. That said, the Dodgers are labeling his absences Thursday and Friday as precautionary, so it sounds like he'll be back onto the field before the end of the week.
News: Kemp (ankle) was spotted fielding grounders in the outfield on Friday, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kemp underwent an MRI earlier on Friday to check on the progress of his ankle, and it's likely he wouldn't be active and on his feet if the MRI showed any complications. Previous reports have suggested that Kemp could begin outdoor running if he's cleared on Friday, which would be the next logical step in his return from ankle surgery. He's still a long shot for the team's Australia trip, but the opener in the States might not be out of the question, especially if the MRI reported favorable results.
News: Greinke (calf) could still throw his regularly scheduled bullpen session Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Greinke's calf strain was originally considered to be mild, and throwing his regular session Saturday would certainly reinforce this notion. Greinke will receive treatment Friday, and if all goes well, attempt to stay on his regular schedule by throwing Saturday. Although this is a minor concern, it may be enough for manager Don Mattingly to consider other options when deciding his March 22-23 starters. Greinke has already expressed displeasure regarding the season opener in Australia, and a minor injury would be a perfect reason to delay his start to the season.
News: Guerrero went 2-for-4 with an RBI Thursday in the team's win over Arizona.
Impact: Guerrero is now 2-for-6 in games this spring as he looks to hold off Dee Gordon, Justin Turner and others for the second-base job. He's the overwhelming favorite, but he'll need to hit this spring to win the job.
Jose Dominguez - #60 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 160lbs
News: Dominguez (quad) pitched a scoreless inning in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Dominguez ended the season on the disabled list for the Dodgers after a brief run in the majors in which he totaled a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings. He totaled two strikeouts in the spring game Wednesday in a clean frame. The Dodgers have a reloaded bullpen, so Dominguez will have to impress to guarantee that he grabs a spot for Opening Day.
News: Greinke left Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right calf strain, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Greinke departed from the game with the Dodgers' trainer after only three pitches in his first Cactus League appearance of the spring. It clearly was an obvious issue for the team to be aware, so the team will likely scale back his workload to let the injury heal. Consider him day-to-day with the injury.
News: Greinke left Thursday's exhibition game against the Diamondbacks in the first inning with an injury.
Impact: Greinke had thrown only three pitches in the spring game for the Dodgers before the trainer headed out to visit. It is unclear immediately the exact nature of the injury, but the staff had some indication he was hurting. Consider him day-to-day until more information is available.
News: Greinke's calf strain is thought to be mild, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Greinke wants to see how the injury responds overnight before jumping to any conclusions, but it doesn't sound like something that will keep him out long. However, with the Dodgers opening their season March 22-23 against the Diamondbacks in Australia, the right-hander can't afford any significant delays. The strained calf could thus affect his availability for the season-opening series, even if Greinke is expected to be fine in time for every other team's Opening Day.
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Crawford has been scratched from playing in a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of tightness in his right quadriceps.
Impact: Crawford was not scheduled to play Friday against the Chicago White Sox and is not likely to participate in any running drills until the leg feels better. He was sidelined for 30 games last season because of an injury to his left hamstring.
News: Crawford (leg) will be held out Thursday and Friday as a precaution, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: While booking it from first to home on a Yasiel Puig double Wednesday, Crawford felt his leg tighten up. The Dodgers want to be cautious, and understandably so given Crawford's history of leg troubles, but it sounds like the injury is minor.
A.J. Ellis - #17 - Catcher - 6'2" - 224lbs
News: Ellis was sent home Thursday with the flu, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Dodgers didn't want Ellis infecting any of his teammates, so they sent him home to rest up. More than likely, the 32-year-old catcher will be back before the end of the week.
News: Puig got his Cactus League season off to a good start, going 2-for-3 Wednesday against Arizona.
Impact: The one time he was retired, it took a good play at third base. Puig reported to camp a bit out of shape, but while it's something to monitor, he should be just fine.
News: Crawford is not in the lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game due to leg tightness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: It's yet another leg injury for Crawford, who's been plagued by similar ailments in recent years, but there's been nothing to suggest to this point that this is especially serious. Crawford felt his leg tighten up while going from first to home on Yasiel Puig's double Wednesday.
Brandon League - #43 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 210lbs
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: League (shoulder) pitched to hitters Wednesday and did not feel any discomfort, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: League has been working back from a lat strain, but is making steady progress. If he does not have any lingering effects following his throwing session Wednesday, then the next step will be a bullpen session Friday or Saturday. Following that, he will then be cleared to return for spring training games.
Paul Maholm - #46 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 220lbs
News: Maholm (elbow) faced live hitters during an intrasquad scrimmage game on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Maholm threw two innings during the contest, marking the first time he's faced game-like action this spring. He expects to pitch again five days from now, barring any soreness on Wednesday, which suggests he is back on track after experiencing elbow soreness earlier in the spring. A healthy Josh Beckett will limit the chances of Maholm to earn the No. 5 starter job, but a productive spring could put him back into contention.
News: Beckett (finger) threw two innings in an intrasquad scrimmage game on Tuesday without experiencing any pain, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Beckett, who had Thoracic Outlet surgery in June, appears to have fully regained feeling in his throwing hand, which is good news for his hopes of earning the Dodgers' fifth starter spot. He expects to pitch again in five days time, suggesting he is nearing full strength, and making him the leading candidate to lock down the final rotation spot.
News: Billingsley's (elbow) rehab from April 2013 Tommy John surgery appears to be going as well as can be expected, with it sounding like he could return as early as sometime in May, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: June 1 was the original timeline, but Billingsley could pitch in a minor league game near the end of spring training and then go on a minor league rehab assignment shortly thereafter.
News: Kemp (ankle) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The Dodgers will check up on Kemp's surgically repaired ankle later this week, and while nothing's official, a recent report suggested the exam could clear Kemp to add outdoor running to his rehab program. The 29-year-old is already hitting, throwing and fielding groundballs, but with the team's opening series less than a month away now, there's likely not going to be enough time for Kemp to get ready to play in Australia. Manager Don Mattingly said last week that he is "not hopeful" Kemp will make the trip.
Clayton Kershaw - #22 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 217lbs
Mon. Feb 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kershaw may not pitch for the Dodgers when they open up their season in Sydney, Australia on March 22, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The way the schedule lines up, Kershaw could theoretically pitch the season opener in Sydney, the regular season opener in San Diego, and the home opener against the Giants, but it doesn't appear that Don Mattingly and company are keen to give their ace that much work, especially this early in the season. Mattingly has yet to officially confirm his starters for the Australia trip, but he claims that everyone other than Josh Beckett (rib) is available. Kershaw did toss 259.1 total innings in 2013, including the postseason, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the team take it easy with him, seeing as he is fresh off a $215 million extension.
Onelki Garcia - #98 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 220lbs
Sat. Feb 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Garcia (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Garcia has been reported as behind schedule in his recovery from a minor surgery on his elbow in the offseason. He only saw action in three games with the Dodgers last season, and given his recovery progress, he is a long shot to make the major league bullpen out of spring training, likely starting the year in the minors.
Wed. Feb 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Guerrero is comfortable with his manager saying a platoon at second base is a possibility.
Impact: Guerrero, whom the Dodgers signed to a four-year, $28 million contract in October, is in camp trying to prove he can be the Dodgers' everyday second baseman. Manager Don Mattingly likes his chances. But the move from shortstop, his primary position in Cuba, to second is just one adjustment among many.