Spring Training Preview: Dodgers Go To Bullpen Game Against Padres

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The Los Angeles Dodgers at last hit a day off in their Spring Training schedule Tuesday, though some, including Brett Anderson, kept busy in a Minor League game. The Dodgers were also busy off the field as they reportedly agreed to a deal with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera.

The Dodgers now return to action as they face the San Diego Padres for a second time this spring. With Hyun-Jin Ryu out due to shoulder inflammation for the next few weeks, the Dodgers are left in a slight predicament with their starting rotation.

As such, Juan Nicasio gets the start in what’s expected to be the first of multiple bullpen games in the near future for the Dodgers. The right hander got off to a rough start in his first outing of Spring, but was improved during his appearance in Big League Weekend; recording four strikeouts with no hits in 2.0 innings.

Nicasio is expected to be followed by Yimi Garcia, J.P. Howell, Dustin McGowan, Joel Peralta and Paco Rodriguez.

On the mound for the Padres is 38-year-old left-hander Jason Lane. The San Diego starter has spent a majority of his seven-year career in the Minors aside from one start with the Padres last season. In four games this spring, Lane has made just one start and logged a total of 7.2 innings with a 4.70 ERA.

While the Dodgers got their first look at Matt Kemp in a Padres uniform when the teams met March 11, he isn’t in Wednesday’s lineup. With Wednesday being the last Cactus League meeting between the Dodgers and Padres this year, they’ll next see Kemp on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers lineup:

SS: Jimmy Rollins

DH: Justin Turner

RF: Yasiel Puig

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

2B: Howie Kendrick

C: Yasmani Grandal

LF: Andre Etheir

3B: Juan Uribe

CF: Joc Pederson

P: Juan Nicasio

Padres lineup:

RF: Wil Myers

CF: Cameron Maybin

LF: Will Venable

1B: Carlos Quentin

3B: Yangervis Solarte

C: Derek Norris

SS: Alexi Amarista

2B: Ramiro Pena

P: Jason Lane


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