Results tagged ‘ Brandon Beachy ’

Who’s where? Starting points for 2016 minor leaguers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Julio Urias is knocking on the door, or at least pushing on the fence. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Cary Osborne

You could have made the argument at many points during the 2015 season that the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers were the 31st Major league team. And you can start the 2016 season saying the same thing.

The Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate begins the season with 17 players with Major League experience on its roster, including six relief pitchers. That’s just one interesting storyline with rosters set the day before Thursday’s Minor League Opening Day. So let’s go team by team.

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In case you missed it: About that fifth-starter spot …

Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

By Cary Osborne

Before the asphalt could cool on Mike Bolsinger’s seemingly paved path to the fifth starter spot in the Dodger rotation, the right-hander was scratched minutes before his scheduled start on Sunday against the San Diego Padres at Camelback Ranch.

While warming up in the bullpen, less than an hour after the Dodgers announced Zach Lee was optioned to minor league camp, Bolsinger felt a tweak in his left side after throwing a curveball. Instead, career-minor leaguer Jeremy Kehrt made the emergency start and the Dodgers trudged through a 12-5 loss at Camelback Ranch.

Dave Roberts told reporters after the game it was a mild oblique injury.

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Kazmir and Bolsinger under watchful eyes

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Padres at Dodgers, 1:05 p.m.
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Justin Turner, 3B
Kiké Hernandez, SS
A.J. Ellis C
Joc Pederson, CF
Corey Brown, LF
Cody Bellinger, 1B
Mike Bolsinger, P
Dodgers at Brewers, 1:05 p.m.
Carl Crawford, LF
Chase Utley, 2B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Alex Guerrero, 3B
Trayce Thompson, CF
Rob Segedin, 1B
Charlie Culberson, SS
Rico Noel, RF
Scott Kazmir, P

By Cary Osborne

Today marks Scott Kazmir’s first Cactus League outing since March 9, when he allowed six hits, two walks and five earned runs against the Angels.

Kazmir faces the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park.

He pitched in a B game against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch on March 14. A lot was made of Kazmir’s fastball velocity in the B game, reportedly in the mid- to high-80s, so Spring Training game or not, people will be eager to watch this one.

The same could be said about the matchup against the Padres at Camelback Ranch where Mike Bolsinger continues his campaign for the fifth-starter spot.

The right-hander threw four shutout innings against the Brewers on March 14, allowing two hits and walk, striking out two.

Here’s how the three fifth-starter candidates have done so far:

  • Bolsinger: 9 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 6 SO, 2 ER
  • Zach Lee: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 SO, 4 ER
  • Brandon Beachy: 7 IP, 8 H, 7 BB, 2 SO, 6 ER

However, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported on Saturday that Beachy was dealing with a sore arm and will rest for a few days while being evaluated. Beachy told Gurnick today that it’s mild tendinitis and he doesn’t believe it’s too serious.

Scott Van Slyke was originally in today’s lineup at first base against the Padres, but was scratched due to a sore right hip flexor. Gurnick reported on Twitter that Van Slyke will rest one or two days.

In case you missed it: Infield candidates step up

Dodgers at Rockies, 1:10 p.m.
Joc Pederson, CF
Chase Utley, 2B
Andre Ethier, LF
Scott Van Slyke, RF
Kiké Hernandez, SS
A.J. Ellis, C
Cody Bellinger, 1B
Charlie Culberson 3B
Clayton Kershaw, P

By Jon Weisman

Charlie Culberson, Elian Herrera and Brandon Hicks, whose roles as reserves could increase over the next two weeks of Spring Training – if not Opening Day – while Corey Seager recovers from his strained left knee, each enjoyed spotlight moments Saturday for the twice-victorious Dodgers.

In a pair of topsy-turvy games Saturday, the Dodgers scored the winning runs in the bottom of the ninth against the Cubs and in the top of the 10th against the Mariners.

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Wood wounded by home runs, errors, but plenty of time to shake it off

By Cary Osborne

If you put Alex Wood up against every Dodger starting pitcher in camp who has tossed his two innings so far, he’s in last place in the competition.

Here’s where you’re handed the salt shaker to pick out some grains.

Two first-inning home runs were among the four hits and five runs (two earned) in two innings on Monday in the Dodgers’ first loss of the spring — an 8-5 setback to the Cleveland Indians at Camelback Ranch. But besides it being his first spring outing, the Dodgers committed three errors during his outing — two by Corey Seager on consecutive plays that set up a three-run home run by Giovanny Urshela on what looked like a good pitch that the third baseman went down and got and muscled out.

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Wood previously gave up a solo home run to Jose Ramirez on a legitimate mistake pitch — belt high, center of the plate.

Wood admitted as much to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

“I thought my stuff was pretty good for the most part, with one or two bad pitches,” said Wood. “Overall, pretty good.”

But whatever Wood does this spring, he and any other Dodger starter not last-named Kershaw, Kazmir or Maeda are being evaluated even more so because of the open spot(s) in the Dodgers starting rotation.

Mike Bolsinger, Jharel Cotton, Zach Lee, Ross Stripling, Chris Anderson, Jose De Leon and Brandon Beachy have each tossed two scoreless innings thus far — with Beachy pitching a scoreless fourth and fifth inning on Monday.

But if we were to judge Wood and the others already, then what would we say about Charlie Culberson and Rob Segedin?

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In case you missed it: Sandy salute

Los Angeles Dodgers workout

By Jon Weisman

Though the legendary Sandy Koufax no longer has a formal role with the Dodgers, as Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes, that doesn’t mean he can’t stop by Camelback Ranch for a nice hello.

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In case you missed it: Pulling Puig’s teeth

Dave Roberts speaks to the team today during first full-squad meeting of the year.

Dave Roberts speaks to the team today during first full-squad meeting of the year.

By Jon Weisman

On the day TMZ rumored that Yasiel Puig was getting the world’s greatest helicopter, the Dodger outfielder’s chopper concerns were much more down to earth. Like so many of us have, Puig went through the rite of passage of having his wisdom teeth removed Tuesday.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Puig’s jaw remained swollen today. It’s hoped he’ll return to baseball activity Friday.

Meanwhile, sink your pearly whites into these morsels…

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Brandon Beachy to be non-roster player at Spring Training

The Dodgers have outrighted pitcher Brandon Beachy to Triple-A, with the right-hander coming to big-league Spring Training at Camelback Ranch as the team’s 17th non-roster player (seven of them pitchers).

Beachy signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers on January 6. Los Angeles now has 39 players on its 40-man roster.

— Jon Weisman

BABIP: Brandon Alan Beachy in play for Dodgers

On July 11, Brandon Beachy threw 78 pitches in his first MLB game since 2014. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Brandon Beachy prepares to take the mound July 11 for his first MLB game since 2013. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

Brandon Beachy, who made two starts for the Dodgers last year during his attempt to comeback from a second Tommy John surgery, has signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles for 2016.

The 29-year-old right-hander still has a 3.36 career ERA (3.41 FIP) with 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a 1.16 WHIP. However, he has made only seven Major League starts in the past three years, including a pair of four-inning efforts for the Dodgers in July.

Beachy’s July 11 start for the Dodgers, in which he allowed three runs, was his first MLB outing in nearly 23 months. In his second game July 20, he was one strike away from retiring his eighth batter in a row before faltering. Each time, he blamed his inability to execute his pitches rather than his stuff.

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Dodger minor league report No. 16: Mike Bolsinger, Carlos Frias, Jose Peraza and more

By Jon Weisman

Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias, the two Dodger starting pitchers displaced by Mat Latos and Alex Wood, each had early exits from their first starts back with Triple-A Oklahoma City this week.

Bolsinger was hit in the forearm Tuesday by a batted ball and departed after three-plus innings, after allowing three runs on six hits. Don Mattingly relayed to reporters Wednesday that Bolsinger isn’t expected to miss his next scheduled start.

Frias, who was officially optioned to Triple-A on Sunday, started Wednesday for Oklahoma City, pitched one shutout inning and then took his leave. Mattingly told reporters after the Dodgers’ victory in Philadelphia last night that Frias “felt something” and was removed as a precaution, then added today that Frias was undergoing further tests.

Joe Wieland ended up pitching five innings in relief, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out five.

Two other recent Dodger starting pitchers have resumed work for Oklahoma City. Zach Lee allowed one earned run in seven innings (striking out three) August 2, and Brandon Beachy — who was accepted an assignment to Triple-A after clearing waivers — allowed five earned runs in six innings August 3.

Now, on with our tour of the Dodger minor leagues …

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