Spring Training games begin for Dodgers, Camelback Ranch fun, some injury updates, lefty pen arm added

Hello and welcome to the last post before Spring Training games start at Camelback Ranch for the Dodgers. It’s good to have baseball back.

Surely nobody will overreact to these games, right? Surely.


Fortunately, there hasn’t been much news at Camelback Ranch for the past week or so. Mainly just training and fun videos, which is what we like to see.

Stuff like Shohei Ohtani continuing to get ready with bombs and Yoshinobu Yamamoto throwing live batting practice…

…or Teoscar Hernandez teaching Ohtani and Yamamoto some Spanish, taking us along on photo day, and Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Miguel Rojas, and Will Smith playing some golf.

Also, a late addition, Mookie Betts getting dusted by Kirsten Watson.


As far as the injury front goes, it’s seemingly solid except that Walker Buehler is gonna be a bit.

Hard not to be somewhat concerned about that, though they insist it’s just playing it safe for the purpose of completing rehab and managing his innings.

Throughout the winter, the Dodgers had hinted at the idea of delaying Buehler’s start to the season, hoping to manage the right-hander’s innings total and keep him fresh for a potential October run.

I think my skepticism in anything medical related is well earned by the Dodgers by now, so we’ll see.

Meanwhile, Blake Treinen, J.P. Feyereisen, and Daniel Hudson are all supposed to be on pace to be ready.

If that’s true, it would likely lock in the pen even more than it already is.


On the minor-league free agent signings front, the Dodgers inked left-handed reliever Justin Wilson.

This makes sense when considering Wilson’s track record of success, holding a career ERA of 3.41 with an FIP of 3.45 across 11 seasons and 467 innings. However, he has just 37.2 innings of 5.02 ERA ball since 2020, having Tommy John surgery in June of 2022, then getting injured in July of 2023 when he was warming up for his return outing. Fortunately, it was a lat strain and not something more serious, but he never made it back to the majors that year.

Ryan Yarbrough and Alex Vesia will likely be two lefties guaranteed to make the pen, and Wilson will compete with Matt Gage, T.J. McFarland, and Stephen Gonsalves this Spring for a spot in the pen, or most likely for the right to be the first called up. One thing of note with Wilson is that he’s basically split neutral for his career, giving up a .672 OPS to lefties and a .641 OPS to righties.


Game time.

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