Ah yes, roster cuts, the semi-regular reminder that the season is indeed drawing ever closer by the day.
The Dodgers have cut nine players following today’s game, reassigning RHPs Dylan Covey, Landon Knack, Nick Nastrini, Bryan Hudson, Jordan Yamamoto, and Nick Robertson, LHPs Robbie Erlin and James Jones, and OF Yusniel Diaz to minor-league camp. None of these are remotely surprising, but I could see some serving as valuable depth in the future.
All were a part of the non-roster invitee group, leaving 19 NRIs left in big league camp and 59 total after adding the 40-man roster. There are three players on the 60-day IL right now and don’t count towards the 40-man, but that does not include Gavin Lux and Alex Reyes, both of whom will almost certainly begin the year there, thus making it 57 left in camp for all practical purposes.
Speaking of injuries, Tony Gonsolin‘s wish for a healthy 2023 is off to a rather ominous start.
Also, Justin Bruihl exited today’s game after just two batters with back issues.
Additionally, there were updates on Daniel Hudson and Walker Buehler, one of whom hopes to be back soon and one who hopes to be back at all in 2023.
In terms of performance, hilariously enough, Miguel Rojas has made some sloppy defensive plays but is slugging the hell out of the ball at the moment.
Additionally, Gavin Stone continues to look ready for some kind of MLB debut in 2023.
Gavin Stone Cold Changeups. 👌 pic.twitter.com/lW0iEZQM5Q— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 6, 2023
As mentioned last time, Miguel Vargas continues to look at the very least like a legitimate second baseman.
He’s still not allowed to swing a bat, however. Which I’m telling myself is just precautionary, but every day that passes the thought that the Dodgers just lied or something creeps into my head.
While Noah Syndergaard was perfect today, his velocity was about the same as last time out. At the very least he doesn’t look like he’s gonna be back to prime velocity unless he’s holding back. Last year he averaged 94 mph, remember.
World Baseball Classic starts tomorrow, folks.