Yet another cutdown day

The Dodgers sent six players to minor league camp after today’s game, including top prospect Corey Seager:

In addition to Seager, outfielder Scott Schebler was optioned, while infielder Buck Britton, utilityman Darnell Sweeney and catchers Shawn Zarraga and Chris O’Brien were assigned to Minor League camp.

The Dodgers have 42 active players in camp, plus injured pitchers Chris Withrow and Brandon Beachy.

Click the link if only to see what Seager looks like with his hat off. My lord, I think he’s 15 years old.

80 thoughts on “Yet another cutdown day

  1. I have it:
    B. Anderson
    P. Rod

    • I hope this works but I really doubt the Commishioner’s Office will miscount the roster…

      • Oops, Guess one of the relievers will go. Maybe Paco but I would like to keep him. Thanks!

          • That surely would be the case IMO if Kenley stays on the DL. I was just hoping for his return sooner rather than later. Of course this roster is just my opinion. Who knows what this crowd may do?

    • That sounds about right. I can’t see any of the position players listed not making the team. That’s a great bench. Any thoughts about who might take Ryu’s place if he can’t go? Apparently his shoulder is tender again.

      • I hope Ryu does not miss much time as I think he is better than a #3 pitcher. Probably closer to a #2 in my opinion. The Dodgers have a couple of relief pitchers they could try but I would rather see them try to trade for Hamels which they probably will not do. The FO seems to like broken down or problem pitchers and then hope they work out.

      • Understand that they won’t need a 5th until sometime later, so the 4-5 guys just move up for now.

  2. Interesting note from Dodger Insider: On October 4th, last game of the season, ALL games will start at 12PM (Noon) Pacific. To keep any late starting teams from having any competitive advantage. It’ll be nice to see that many games going at once, the crazy sports reporting shows will be tearing their hair out. (Serves them right, insanity is its own reward) Pointless as far as I can see, if there is any advantage in starting times, what about the other 161 games. What about lighting and weather conditions. Next thing they’ll try is an information blackout till all games are completed and no one in the park can have a cell phone. We live in strange times…

    • I imagine MLB is trying to recreate the events of Sept. 28, 2011, when the Red Sox and Braves both lost games they needed to win to get into the playoffs and a little later Evan Longoria hit a homer for the Rays to cap a 7-run comeback after the 8th inning to beat the Yankees and get a wild card berth.

      • I wasn’t objecting to it, just wondering if it really could make a difference. Of course it could change how a manager might use a pitcher, which could go bad if an injury happened. Let’s hope not.

  3. Comment seen elsewhere about Kershaw’s kerplunking:

    After the medical staff rushed to the mound and checked out the situation, they realized the ball was OK after all. ;-])

  4. Well, the tradition continues. DM pooh-phooed reports Ryu might have injury problems, said he expected him to make his next start. Predictably, Ryu does, is now likely to start off on DL.

    Wonder if someone could get Donnie to make stock picks and then short whichever ones he likes. He seems to be a great contrary indicator.

    But then DM has kind of tacitly admitted he’s not always forthright with the media, likely for competitive reasons. Guess he’s in spring training on that too, trying to get the wording down.

    • Ex-player who spent a lot of time trying to minimize his own injuries: “Sure, my back is fine, coach”.

  5. Eric Stephen
    @truebluela after the Dodgers teed off on the Rangers’ starter in last night’s slugfest:

    “Rangers pitcher Anthony Bass is in treble in the first inning”

  6. Hard to believe that there is still 2 more weeks of spring training. I wish it wasn’t so long.

  7. It is time for the Dodger FO to quit being hard headed and get a solid starting pitcher. I suggested that some months ago but of course it did not happen. With the potential of Ryu being out for an extended amount of time and Grienke possibly having a problem plus McCarthy are not known as innings eaters, the Dodgers should make a trade. It appears however that the team will not trade any prospects even above and beyond the big three, Pederson, Seager, and Urias. Now they say that there is not much available. Not much forethought.

  8. I heard we might be acquiring a Cuban side-arm pitcher. Lots of pitches, including a knuckle ball. Anyone else hear this?

    • Saw the announcement but missed the bit about the knuckler. Like to see that and see how he mixes it in with other pitches.

  9. “I have the same injury as Kershaw, and I want the same rehab as Kershaw. And the same fastball.” — Dodgers non-roster lefty Erik Bedard, out 4 to 6 weeks with a strained back.

  10. The NY Post (a Murdock publication, so the speculation-to-fact ratio may be high) says TWC is going to write down $1B of its Dodgers channel asset to one that may be more reasonably priced at $3/month, which might get the other carriers to sign on to carry the games this season.

    • I don’t think that will work. The hang-up wasn’t dollar amount so much as TWC trying to force the channel (and payment) on all the cable companies and satellite company’s subscribers to pay for the channel as opposed to offering it ‘ala cart’, to only the fans who are willing to pay for it. There was a widespread consumer revolt already about the companies forcing people to pay for channels, especially Sports Networks, that they didn’t really want, driving up the cable bills. Too little, too late, another year with no games. I’m supporting the cable companies on this…

  11. Not sure why the Dodgers wanted Olivera instead of Moncada except for the tax on Moncada. Olivera has had injury issues and is a little older than some of the other Cuban players. It may be a mistake but the FO deserves credit for attempting to make a top notch signing. Ya know, looking forward for 2016 it could be the Dodgers will put Olivera at 3rd for Uribe, Seager for Rollins and Guerrero for Kendrick.

  12. So this is the Dodgers version of Hector and the Search for Happiness. I imagine that Hector is happy. The question remains as to whether the Dodgers and all the fans will be!

    • Did you know that I co-wrote the movie of Hector and the Search for Happiness, or was this just a lucky guess?

        • You’re not alone. Came and went very fast! Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, etc. (Okay, now I’m feeling weird for bringing it up on a Dodger blog…)

          • Okay – wait, wait just a minute. I had family in town for the week and missed posting here for a couple of days. But RBI – you co-wrote the screenplay? That is amazing! You rocked that job. It is such a wonderful book and you handled the humour and the playfulness of it really well.

          • How great that a) you saw Hector and b) you liked it! We got to premiere it at TIFF, (bucket-list time for moi) and the audience there was absolutely delightful.

          • Regrettably, only “The First Rule of Ten” is available in my statewide library system. I’ve reserved it. Now I’ll have to look in the used bookstores I wander through more or less weekly.

          • If you give me your address, I’ll mail ’em to you! Consider it a thank you for keeping Dodger Thoughts from disappearing into the void.

  13. Eric Stephen points out that Olivera may need TJ, but that’s not such a big deal for position players, and the free agent market for 3Bs next year is very poor. It sounds like early Xmas shopping.

  14. Still spring and all that, but the Dodgers smashed 4 HR v the Pads today. Joc, Turner, Stache vanSmash, and…

    Puig. His went clear OUT of Camelback. has video of all, or at least did.

  15. TBLA notes that the Dodgers’ 37 HR in 24 games is most in the majors this spring.

  16. From foxsports. Found while looking around under Package’s link below…

    Old friend Edwin Jackson missed his start Tuesday and landed in Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s doghouse. Jackson went to the wrong ballpark because he followed directions on his Google Map app, which sent him to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Trouble is, the game was being played at Hohokam Stadium, just 3.6 miles from where the Cubs train.

    Shades of Braves pitcher Pascual Perez, who circled Atlanta on I-285 years back and missed his game. But he didn’t have GPS technology to blame back then. Thereafter known as “Perimeter” Perez.

    This link should refresh memories. Perez was colorful, to understate. Regrettably, he was killed in the DR in 2012.

    “Perez was known as much for his off-the field exploits as his pitching skills which included plenty of bean balls, Ephus pitches, looking through his legs at runners and shooting batters down with an imaginary finger gun…”

    And in today’s game, folks find fault with the comparatively tame antics of Puig.

  17. TWC made an “offer” to the other cable companies and satellite companies of $3 per month. Since I can’t detect anyone running to accept that offer, without any authority at all, I’d like to make a counter offer to TWC. How about $8 per month Ala Cart? That is, Dodger fans only pay to watch the games and the other 90% who don’t like baseball don’t have to pay for it. Sounds fair to me.

  18. League out for 2 months or more. So, another signing, perhaps a trade. With the increasing rash of injuries, especially pitching injuries, a 28 man roster is desperately needed. Now, don’t wait till the next agreement (2016).