Dodgers hold team meeting before batting practice
By Jon Weisman
In the wake of their four-game losing streak, the Dodgers held a closed-door meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the clubhouse that Dave Roberts said essentially addressed the same issues he brought up after Thursday’s game.
“You just got to get back to the fundamentals and trying to play clean, crisp baseball and play every pitch,” Roberts said. “I think that there are signs of that. … Whether we’re winning games or not winning games, I still think there’s a process that needs to be in place, and you just don’t want things to get away from you. So right now, it’s kind of hit the reset button a little bit.”
Among other issues, Roberts has the sense that Dodger batters are pressing at the plate.
“You know, it’s funny — I think it’s just guys are trying too hard,” he said. “And you hear it all the time when guys aren’t swinging well, that guys want to do it so bad, it’s a little bit, ‘Try a little less hard.’ Because guys just start swinging the bat, and you start coming out of the strike zone.”
One thing not addressed in today’s meeting was the 80-game suspension of former Dodger infielder Dee Gordon that was announced late Thursday. Reaction to that news is amply covered at a number of sites, but Roberts echoed the feeling of many.
“Shock,” Roberts said. “He’s a great kid, and he works hard and he’s done a lot of good things. Just hearing this late last night was a surprise. A lot of the people in the clubhouse were here when he was here. Obviously, it doesn’t take away from him as a person, but I think for the game, as we try to clean things up, fans (are) disappointed, obviously the Marlins are disappointed, but I’m sure it’s something he’s going to learn from.”
For those wondering, the suspension was announced when it was because that’s when Gordon dropped his appeal, which was his right according to baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.
In other news …
- An Andre Ethier update: “The CT actually was yesterday, and it’s gotten better and so right now, we’re going to start getting on some non-weight-bearing activity (on) the AlterG, ” Roberts said. “It’s a step in the right direction. He’ll start that in the next day or two.” Ethier’s timetable for return is still June.
- Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy are scheduled for their next bullpen sessions Saturday.
- Mike Bolsinger, out since March with an oblique injury, is going to throw in a live game at Extended Spring Training in Arizona in a few days. Alex Guerrero is scheduled to play next week as well.