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  • Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani: Homers in first spring game

    Ohtani went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 9-6 Cactus League win against the White Sox.

    Ohtani logged his first appearance as a Dodger and his first game action since undergoing elbow surgery last September. The two-way star's first at-bat was anticlimactic, as he struck out looking on three pitches, and he subsequently grounded into a double play in his second trip to the plate. However, Ohtani didn't disappoint in his final plate appearance, lofting an opposite-field homer off Dominic Leone in the fifth frame. With Ohtani now taking part in Cactus League contests, there should be no doubt that he'll be ready to play when the Dodgers kick off the regular season in South Korea on March 20.

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  • Dodgers' Walker Buehler: Facing hitters Tuesday

    Buehler (elbow) will face hitters Tuesday for the first time this spring, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    The Dodgers are bringing Buehler along carefully this spring after he missed virtually the entire 2023 season following Tommy John surgery. He is not expected to make any Cactus League appearances and instead will stay behind at extended spring training for the start of the regular season. The Dodgers have been vague about a timetable for Buehler's season debut, but it doesn't seem likely to happen before the end of April.

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  • Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani: Batting second in Cactus debut

    Ohtani (elbow) is starting at designated hitter and batting second for the Dodgers on Tuesday versus the White Sox in his Cactus League debut, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Ohtani will be flanked by Mookie Betts in the leadoff spot and Freddie Freeman in the three-hole in what likely is a preview of the top third of the Dodgers' Opening Day batting order. The superstar has been eased into things at the start of spring training as he comes back from September's right elbow surgery, but there's never been much doubt that Ohtani will be ready to roll for the team's March 20-21 series in South Korea against the Padres.

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  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Expected for Korea series

    Dodgers general manager Brandon Gomes said Monday that Hernandez (groin) is expected to be on the active roster for the team's March 20-21 series against the Padres in South Korea, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Hernandez had double hernia surgery in October and is now getting a late start to camp after signing with the Dodgers on Monday. However, the team still anticipates the utility player having enough time to ramp up for its early series overseas. Hernandez should see plenty of starts against left-handed pitching for the Dodgers this season.

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  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Back with Dodgers on one-year deal

    Hernandez (groin) confirmed via social media Monday that he agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers.

    Multiple reports suggested that a deal between Hernandez and the Dodgers was close, and the veteran utility man verified himself that the deal is done. The Dodgers suddenly had a need for a right-handed hitting outfielder after trading away Manuel Margot earlier Monday, and Hernandez can fit that bill along with offering infield protection, as well. He had just a .599 OPS in 86 games for the Red Sox last season but finished much stronger with the Dodgers in posting a .731 OPS in 54 contests. Hernandez underwent double-hernia surgery in October but is expected to be healthy when he reports to spring training.

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  • Dodgers' Noah Miller: Lands with Dodgers

    The Dodgers acquired Miller from the Twins on Monday in exchange for outfielder Manuel Margot, infielder Rayne Doncon and cash, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Miller was a first-round pick in the 2021 Draft but has yet to show anything offensively, most recently slashing just .223/.309/.340 at High-A Cedar Rapids in 2023. He can pick it at shortstop, though, and the Dodgers will see if they're able to coax more offensively out of the 21-year-old.

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  • Dodgers' Yoshinobu Yamamoto: Making first spring start Wednesday

    Yamamoto is listed as the Dodgers' starting pitcher for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rangers, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    The Dodgers are expected to have both of their prized offseason acquisitions make their Cactus League debuts within the next two days, as Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is scheduled to serve as a designated hitter Tuesday versus the White Sox before Yamamoto takes the hill Wednesday. Since Yamamoto had been on a once-a-week pitching schedule in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball while winning Pacific League MVP Awards in each of the past three seasons, the Dodgers will move to a six-man rotation in 2024 to help ease the 25-year-old's transition to MLB. The Dodgers are already penciling Yamamoto in to make his first regular-season start during their two-game season-opening series in South Korea versus the Padres on March 20 and 21.

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  • Dodgers' Gavin Lux: Starting at shortstop

    Lux will bat fifth and start at shortstop in Monday's Cactus League game against the Rockies, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

    Lux had already made a couple of Cactus League appearances as the Dodgers' designated hitter, but he'll playing shortstop for the first time since suffering an ACL tear last spring. The 26-year-old recently ditched the brace he had been wearing on his surgically-repaired knee, trading it in for a compression sleeve. Lux is slated to be the primary shortstop for the Dodgers this season.

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  • Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani: Spring debut scheduled for Tuesday

    Ohtani (elbow) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Tuesday against the White Sox, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.

    Ohtani didn't appear in the first few games of spring training as he eased into action following right elbow surgery, but he'll make his first appearance in a Dodgers uniform Tuesday. Though the team will likely exercise caution with the 29-year-old as he prepares for a role as a designated hitter to begin the 2024 season, he'll have just over three weeks to prepare before the Dodgers open the campaign against the Padres in South Korea on March 20. Ohtani expects to get in about 50 competitive at-bats between spring games and simulated games ahead of the season opener.

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  • Dodgers' Emmet Sheehan: Managing general soreness

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Sheehan hasn't been throwing the past few days due to general body soreness, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    It's not believed to be a serious concern, but the Dodgers are still exercising some caution with the young right-hander early in camp. Roberts doesn't expect the issue to affect Sheehan's availability for the start of the regular season. The 24-year-old could earn a spot in the Opening Day rotation due to Walker Buehler (elbow) having a delayed start to the campaign.

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  • Dodgers' Max Muncy: In better shape entering camp

    Muncy worked on improving his physical conditioning in the offseason, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

    Vassegh notes that both Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and general manager Brandon Gomes have credited Muncy for improving his conditioning over the winter. The offseason conditioning may have been toward the purpose of staying healthier, as Muncy has landed on the injured list at some point each of the past three seasons, with a troublesome hamstring being the culprit last year. Los Angeles signed Muncy to a two-year extension in November, and he's set to be the team's everyday third baseman in 2024.

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  • Dodgers' Teoscar Hernandez: Had trouble seeing ball at T-Mobile

    Hernandez has admitted to having difficulty picking up the ball while playing at T-Mobile Park in Seattle last season, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

    T-Mobile doesn't have the friendliest dimensions, anyway, and it sounds like Hernandez might have been facing some additional disadvantages. The 31-year-old batted .295 with an .830 OPS on the road in 2023 while sporting a lowly .217 average and .643 OPS at home. Now with a more hitter-friendly Dodger Stadium to call home as well as a terrific supporting cast around him, Hernandez appears poised for a nice bounce-back 2024 campaign.

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  • Dodgers' Mookie Betts: Playing 2B exclusively this spring

    Betts said Thursday that he expects to play second base exclusively this spring, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

    Betts even joked that he didn't bring his right fielder's glove to spring training. While the 31-year-old undoubtedly could return to right field if a need arises there, this emphasizes the point that the Dodgers are committed to Betts as a full-time second baseman. Betts made 62 starts at the keystone in 2023, more than doubling his career total coming into the year.

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  • Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani: Spring debut could be next week

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Thursday that Ohtani (elbow) could make his Cactus League debut next week, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    While Ohtani will be held out of game action through the weekend as he eases into things following right elbow surgery, his spring debut isn't far off. It would still give the designated hitter about three weeks of game action ahead of the Dodgers' March 20-21 series in South Korea against the Padres.

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Injuries

Player Injury
C. Kershaw SP Clayton Kershaw SP Shoulder
W. Buehler SP Walker Buehler SP Elbow
E. Sheehan SP Emmet Sheehan SP Undisclosed
D. May SP Dustin May SP Elbow
T. Gonsolin SP Tony Gonsolin SP Elbow

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