SPRING FLING: Pitchers and catchers took the field for their first official workout this morning as the Dodgers opened their fourth Spring Training at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. All but one of the 33 pitchers (12 non-roster and 1 Restricted List) and all six catchers (three non-roster) reported yesterday. While many position players are already in camp, the full squad does not officially report until February 27 with the first full-squad workout on the following day.
THE NEWEST DODGER: Ted Lilly is the only member of the Dodgers’ battery yet to report to Spring Training and congratulations are in order for him and his wife, Natasha, on the birth of their second child yesterday! The newest member of the Dodger family is Nora Grace Lilly, weighing in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
LET’S PLAY CATCH: 12 Dodger pitchers took the mound today for their first bullpens of spring including free agent acquisition Aaron Harang. The 10-year Major League veteran led San Diego with 14 wins last season, going 14-7 with a career-low 3.64 ERA in 28 starts in 2011. Chad Billingsley joined young guns Nathan Eovaldi, Josh Lindblom, Michael Antonini and Chris Withrow on the hill in addition to non-roster hopefuls Jamey Wright, Wilfredo Ledezma, Ryan Tucker, Angel Guzman and Scott Rice.
DROP THE KER-TAIN: Yesterday, Manager Don Mattingly announced that 2011 Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will make his second consecutive Opening Day start for the Dodgers on April 5 at San Diego. Kershaw will become the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to make an Opening Day start for Los Angeles since Sandy Koufax in 1964 and the first Dodger to make consecutive starts in the season opener since Derek Lowe from 2005-07.
BOOMER SOONER: Steve Yeager worked with the Dodger catchers this morning in his first day in his new role as the club’s catching instructor. Yeager, who was teammates with current Dodger coaches Davey Lopes, Rick Honeycutt, Ken Howell and Manny Mota and broadcaster Rick Monday, will work with the team’s catchers at Spring Training and during home games during the regular season. He will also serve as a special-assignment catching instructor for the minor leaguers when the Dodgers are on the road.
IMMORTAL TOMMY: Yesterday, Dodger Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda reported for his 63rd Spring Training with the Dodgers. Lasorda recently returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic, where he had a statue unveiled in his likeness by the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame at their Paseo de los Inmortales in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
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