The Dodgers got Kenley Jansen back this week, arguably the most important name on the list of people yet to appear. Dave Roberts also shared that he was expecting a few other names back in his press conference this past Monday.
This afternoon, it was revealed that three players had already made a return, relatively unannounced. AJ Pollock, Pedro Baez, and Scott Alexander have all shown up for the Dodgers’ Summer Camp in preparation for the season.
Baez was seen throwing off of the mound on Monday, so his arrival wasn’t so much of a surprise. But the additions of AJ Pollock and Scott Alexander caught a few of us off guard. Pollock just had a daughter than has had to spend some time in the NICU, while Scott Alexander has Type 1 diabetes. Both of these guys were thought of as prime opt-out candidates for the Dodgers.
Nevertheless, all of these guys are back and camp and seem to have chosen to play this season. Pollock was even spotted taking batting practice with the team ahead of their intrasquad game on Tuesday.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 15, 2020
Scott Alexander reportedly already has thrown a bullpen according to Dave Roberts. Pedro Baez was working on some flat-ground work, but Doc anticipates he will indeed be ready to go by Opening Day. The Dodgers look ready to roll, as the first game is just over a week away.