As the Dodgers prepare for their NLDS matchup against either the Mets or Padres beginning on Tuesday, they’ll begin full-team workouts at Dodger Stadium this afternoon. Manager Dave Roberts said yesterday there will be intrasquad games going on over the next few days, and he also told the media on Wednesday there will be some familiar old faces around the stadium.
Among those old faces will be three minor leaguers who have spent some time in the big leagues this year: Michael Grove, Ryan Pepiot, and James Outman. They’ll also have a couple rehabbing veterans in Victor Gonzalez and Kevin Pillar. While none of these guys are part of Plan A for the postseason, Roberts and the Dodgers have been around the block enough times to know Plans B and C often come into play in the postseason.
So the Dodgers will include Plans B and C in their preparations before sending them and a couple members of the current active roster to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, for “stay-hot camp” during the postseason. As for this weekend? Roberts plans to include these players in the full-team workouts and intrasquad games, at least to some extent.
“They’re gonna face some hitters. Some of those guys will take some at-bats.”
Outman and Pillar could come into play if Chris Taylor’s neck doesn’t respond to treatment and/or if Joey Gallo continues to struggle. The paths for postseason playing time for Gonzalez, Grove, and Pepiot seem less likely, simply because of the number of pitchers ahead of them on the depth chart, but you can never have too many pitchers.
Keep an eye on Dodgers Nation all weekend as we bring you the news and highlights from L.A.’s intrasquad workouts and playoff preparations.
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