Dodgers Spring Training: The Sights and Sounds of Camelback Ranch for February 14 and 15

Let’s start something new! For the rest of Spring Training we will be releasing a daily review of news, views, and fun from around Dodgers camp at Camelback Ranch.

Here is what the last couple days looked like:

We’re Back!

Another day at Camelback Ranch is in the books!

The Dodgers are officially underway on their journey to another hopefully successful season in 2019. A lot of important news has come out of the Dodgers camp over the last few days as well as some pretty cool stories and funnies from around the clubhouse.

Around the Horn

First, let’s start off with some news and notes from around the organization.

Gee, I wonder who that could be. Fully expect Clayton Kershaw to take the hill for his ninth-straight Opening Day start.

Corey Seager

The 2016 NL ROY looked good around camp on Friday. He was found doing some running drills and infield work at shortstop on a backfield at CBR.

Moreover, he also grabbed a helmet and bat, much to the excitement of fans.

This is absolutely a fantastic sight. Corey Seager, coming off Tommy John surgery and a major hip surgery, stepped in for 10-15 pitches against Josh Sborz. Early reports out of camp are that Seager is looking more and more likely to start at shortstop for the Dodgers on Opening Day.

Clayton Kershaw on Walker Buehler

Clayton Kershaw had some very nice words to say about the new ace on the staff, Walker Buehler. Joe Davis emphasizing Clayton’s typical unwillingness to elaborate is important here. It is very apparent that Kershaw believes Buehler has the makeup of a long-time ace in the major leagues, something Dodger fans have known for quite awhile.


Buehler’s Workload

Walker Buehler is being handled very carefully this Spring Training as managing his workload is obviously important. The idea that there is no innings limit for him this season is enormous, especially when considering that the team needs as many reliable sources of high-quality innings as possible.

To piggy-back on what Castillo reported about the situation, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register stated something that is really important. The fact that Buehler has already thrown multiple pen sessions before pitchers and catchers reported is a good sign that there is nothing being hidden with a possible injury or the like. A jump from 103 innings in 2017 to 177 innings in 2018 is no small leap. Buehler obviously is integral to the Dodgers’ playoff hopes in 2019 and beyond and managing his innings is a key way to make sure he does not fall off.

Julio Urias

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Another key member of the Dodgers’ future plans, 22-year-old lefty Julio Urias, drew a crowd. Still coming off a major shoulder surgery, Urias is to be handled very carefully and it would make sense that he enter the season with some sort of innings cap. Urias’s future is brightest as a starter but he could find his way into a viable bullpen role this season considering the Dodgers’ plethora of starting pitching options.

However, that time may come with the season underway. Urias still has options so it would make perfect sense for him to get his feet wet at Triple-A Oklahoma City once again to start 2019.

Fun Stuff

The Dodgers celebrated Valentine’s Day in a variety of fashions.

I’m sure that brightened up Dugie’s day as he pushes for the starting left field job.

JT, Belli, and Russ took some time out of their busy preseason schedules to hang out with some young fans. Awesome.

Kiké, being the jokester he is.

Also, here is Kenley having some fun.

Nothing is better than baseball being back. We are now just 40 days away from Opening Day!

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