The Dodgers have officially announced who is going to start their first Cactus League game on Saturday, and 26-year-old right-hander Michael Grove is getting the ball. Dave Roberts made the announcement at spring training on Wednesday.
Grove made his major league debut last season, and went up-and-down a few times throughout the year. Overall, Grove made seven appearances (six starts), and went 1-0 with a 4.60 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across 29.1 innings.
He told our very own Doug McKain of Dodgers Nation how excited he is to get the first start of the new year.
“It’s exciting to be the first starter of spring, and get this season kind of going a little bit and just see hitters react to my pitches, and it’ll be a good test for us.”
Grove also said that he added a changeup to his pitch mix this offseason, and wants to just focus on what he’s doing and improving his game so when his name is called in the big leagues, he’s ready to go.
Grove is likely to get a couple innings on Saturday, and will be followed by RHP Matt Andriese and LHP Bryan Hudson, among others.
The first game is Saturday, and first pitch is 12:10 p.m. PT.
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