A Tie Opens the Dodger Spring Schedule

Friday, March 18, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers began their exhibition schedule with a tie against the Milwaukee Brewers.

To surprise everyone, Clayton Kershaw started for the Dodgers and pitched well for 1.1 innings. He used all his pitches even though his control was not his best. Since he has not pitched for five months, having control problems was expected. Kershaw is healthy, and the Dodgers hope he can maintain his health through the season.

On the day when the Dodgers announced their new first baseman Freddie Freeman, they traded Luke Raley to the Tampa Bay Rays for a minor leaguer. Many baseball-knowledgeable people think the Dodgers have two weaknesses – starting rotation and the bench -, but their new general manager Brandon Gomes has tried to address these areas. They signed Jake Lamb, a former third baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but Lamb has struggled in recent years with injuries. They also have signed RHP Jimmy Nelson, LHP Danny Duffy who will not be ready to perform in a Major-League game until June, and LHP Tyler Anderson.

Before Jimmy Nelson needed both Tommy John surgery and right flexor repair in August, he was filthy. He probably cannot compete in a Major-League game in the 2022 season, but the Dodgers have an option for the 2023 season on Nelson.

Anderson, 32, had a 4.35 ERA with 86 strikeouts during the 2021 campaign for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Seattle Mariners. The Dodgers hope he can both start games and be a long man out of their bullpen. With the abbreviated spring training schedule, they will need relievers who can hurl multiple innings during the first month of the regular season.

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