Player News - Dodgers

Date: Team: Pos:

Dodgers placed LHP Julio Urias on the 60-day disabled list with a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim J.T. Chargois. Urias isn't expected to be ready to pitch until the second half after having shoulder surgery last June.
Feb 23 - 2:51 PM

Dodgers claimed RHP J.T. Chargois off waivers from the Twins.

Chargois, 27, has flashed big stuff when he's been healthy but has missed most of last years with elbow troubles. The Dodgers obviously thought he was worth a gamble.
Feb 23 - 2:49 PM

Yasiel Puig was scratched from Friday's Cactus League lineup due to hip soreness.

Puig was breaking in a new pair of cleats and it's believed that's what caused his hip soreness. He's expected to play Saturday.
Feb 23 - 12:19 PM

Rob Segedin (wrist) expects to be cleared for game action next Wednesday.

Segedin had surgery over the winter to fuse two bones in his right wrist. He'll compete for a bench job this spring.
Feb 23 - 11:45 AM

Twins designated RHP J.T. Chargois for assignment.

The 27-year-old Chargois has long been trumpeted as having closer-type stuff, but he missed most of last year with elbow troubles and he's put in just two healthy seasons since being drafted in 2012. There's a decent chance that he'll clear waivers. A more talented righty in a similar situation, Mauricio Cabrera, just cleared waivers for the Braves.
Feb 22 - 4:16 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed Thursday that Austin Barnes came into spring training with some right elbow discomfort.

Roberts told reporters that Barnes could catch and throw if the season started today, but the Dodgers will play it safe and limit him to DH action for the first week of Cactus League games. It's something worth monitoring throughout the spring, though this doesn't sound like an overly serious concern. Barnes is expected to share time at catcher this year with Yasmani Grandal.
Feb 22 - 12:05 PM

Corey Seager (elbow) will DH this weekend in the Dodgers' first few Cactus League games.

Seager had no issues with his right elbow during offseason workouts, but the Dodgers are easing him into full-intensity throwing this spring just to be safe. The 23-year-old star shortstop should be 100 percent on Opening Day.
Feb 21 - 12:10 PM

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he has kept an "open dialogue" with Clayton Kershaw about his contract status.

Kershaw has an opt-out after the 2018 season and figures to exercise it if everything goes smoothly for him this summer. Zaidi wouldn't comment on whether the two parties have already discussed a contract extension. Kershaw, 29, is currently due $35.57 million this season, $34.57 million next season, and $35.57 million for 2020. The ace left-hander registered a 2.31 ERA, 0.949 WHIP, and 202/30 K/BB ratio across 175 innings in 2017.
Feb 20 - 6:11 PM

Dodgers signed OF Tyler Colvin to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invitation to major league spring training. Colvin hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014 and last played with the independent Long Island Ducks in 2016. He's purely a depth piece for Los Angeles.
Feb 19 - 2:40 PM

Walker Buehler (back) is expected to throw a bullpen session in two or three days.

Buehler tweaked his back in January, so the Dodgers are playing it safe with him early on in camp. It doesn't sound like a long-term concern. The 23-year-old posted a 3.35 ERA and 125/31 K/BB ratio in 88 2/3 innings in the minors last season and is widely considered one of the top pitching prospects in the game. He had a rough introduction to the majors in 2017, but he could make an impact with the big club this year.
Feb 19 - 11:56 AM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that Yasmani Grandal is expected to be the Dodgers' "primary backstop" this season and Austin Barnes "will again start against left-handed pitchers."

Barnes took over as the Dodgers' regular catcher during the team's run to the World Series last season, which seemed to point to him being at the top of the pecking order heading into spring training. However, it appears that Grandal is again slated to see most of the starts versus righties. The news obviously is a hit to Barnes' fantasy potential, although he could certainly still have value in two-catcher leagues.
Feb 18 - 10:54 AM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that Yasmani Grandal "appears positioned as the primary backstop" this season for the Dodgers.

McCullough adds that Grandal is "expected to receive most of the starts against right-handed pitchers" and Austin Barnes "will again start against left-handed pitchers." Manager Dave Roberts also indicated Saturday that Grandal is in line for more playing time. "Yasmani obviously had more opportunities, more at-bats, more playing time [in 2017]— and I see that again," Roberts said. "But Austin has earned the right to get opportunities." Barnes was the team's primary catcher in the playoffs last season and Grandal's name popped up in trade rumors, leading many to believe Barnes would enter spring training at the top of the depth chart. That's obviously not how the Dodgers see it, though. Both could have fantasy value in 2018, but this news certainly elevates Grandal and throws a wet blanket on Barnes' breakout potential.
Feb 18 - 10:33 AM

Dodgers signed RHP Justin De Fratus to a minor league contract.

It's unclear if the deal will include an invitation to major league spring training. The 30-year-old hurler hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2015. He split his 2017 season pitching for Double-A Arkansas (Mariners) and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Independent Atlantic League. He'll add minor league bullpen depth for the Dodgers.
Feb 17 - 3:57 PM

Contrary to an earlier report, Alex Wood (ankle) threw a 28-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

There had bee an announcement that he would be held out from his session, but did participate in fielding drills, but it looks like he was feeling good enough to throw anyways. It doesn't sound like the ankle injury should be a problem moving forward.
Feb 17 - 3:24 PM

Alex Wood (ankle) will not throw a bullpen session on Saturday but is scheduled to participate in pitcher's fielding practice drills.

Wood suffered a minor ankle sprain on Thursday, but it isn't expected to impact him much going forward. He'll be back on the mound in a day or two.
Feb 17 - 11:46 AM


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