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Dan Haren jokes about comeback on Twitter

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Kansas City Royals

Dodgers at Cubs, 12:05 p.m.
Carl Crawford, LF
Yasiel Puig, RF
Chase Utley, 3B
Andre Ethier, DH
A.J. Ellis, C
Kiké Hernandez, SS
Trayce Thompson, CF
Rob Segedin, 1B
Micah Johnson, 2B
(Clayton Kershaw, P)

By Jon Weisman

Dan Haren, the one-time Dodger right-hander, has been nothing but fun since his retirement from baseball following the 2015 season. (If you want an extended sample, check out his recent appearance on the Jonah Keri Podcast.)

Anyway, when the Dodgers announced Brett Anderson’s surgery last week, it set Haren’s Twitter wheels in motion, as MLB.com’s Cut4 notes.

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McCarthy back on the bump, while relief competition heats up

Brandon McCarthy (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Brandon McCarthy (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Reds at Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.
Kike Hernandez, DH
Justin Turner, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Andre Ethier, RF
Scott Van Slyke, LF
Juan Uribe, 3B
Joc Pederson, CF
Darwin Barney, 2B
(Brandon McCarthy, P)

By Cary Osborne

Brandon McCarthy gets his second start in Spring Training tonight against the Reds. He went two innings against Milwaukee on March 8 and allowed two hits, an earned run and struck out two.

In addition, Joel Peralta is expected to make his Dodger debut for the Dodgers tonight.

Before tonight’s game gets underway, we just want to take a moment to reflect on Thursday’s performance by Josh Ravin, the non-roster reliever who struck out both hitters he faced in the seventh inning.

Ravin started San Diego catcher Derek Norris with a 97-mph fastball and caught him looking at an 83-mph changeup on the outside corner on the fourth pitch of the at-bat. He started Matt Kemp with a 97-mph fastball, then threw a changeup that started middle and danced left. Kemp caught a piece of it with the end of his bat. On the fourth pitch of that at-bat, Ravin struck Kemp out swinging while dialing it up again to 97.

Josh Ravin (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Josh Ravin (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

The 27-year-old has struck out four of the last five batters he has faced and has retired all eight batters he has faced thus far in the spring.

Ravin is the old “local-boy-looking-to-make-good” story. The San Fernando Valley native from Chatsworth High School has never made a Major League team.

It should be noted that Chad Gaudin (three innings, one hit, five strikeouts so far this spring), Adam Liberatore (three innings, two hits, two strikeouts) and Sergio Santos (three innings, no hits, four strikeouts) also pitched clean innings against San Diego on Thursday. None of those pitchers have allowed a walk.

In other news …

  • A mathematics professor and a former college pitcher believe they have brought quality and precision to the subjective assessment of the metric “Quality of Pitch” and used the 2014 Dodgers rotation as their case study. Baseball America has the story.
  • Baseball America also has this story on intriguing prospect Austin Barnes.
  • Sandy Koufax keeps it real with former Dodger pitcher Dan Haren at the food court.
  • The day after Joc Pederson’s first spring home run, Bill Plunkett of the Register discusses his swing.

In case you missed it: Be there or Bedard

#DodgersST.

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Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles DodgersBy Jon Weisman 

I’m knee-deep in the 2015 Dodger Yearbook and April 2015 Dodger Insider magazine — you’re going to like what you see in both.

Now, let’s finish off today …

  • Juan Nicasio received some nice compliments from his former team in Colorado — specifically Rockies manager Walt Weiss and general manager Jeff Bridich — via J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News.
  • Erik Bedard told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he would accept a minor-league assignment out of Spring Training. That stands in contrast to Alex Guerrero, but of course, their contracts are structured quite differently — with Bedard on a minor-league deal to begin with — so it’s an apples-to-different-kind-of-apples comparison.
  • Brett Anderson threw to actual hitters for the first time in more than six months today, pitching two simulated innings and remaining on track to make a Cactus League start Monday. Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. has more.
  • By the way, Mike Bolsinger will start Saturday, while Brandon McCarthy will start Sunday, as Gurnick notes.
  • Juan Uribe likes the idea of winning a World Series every five years, given his past titles in 2005 with the White Sox and 2010 with the Giants, writes Dylan Hernandez of the Times.
  • Former Red Sox pitcher Bruce Hurst is now the Dodgers’ field coordinator of their Campo Las Palmas academy in the Dominican Republic, reports Gurnick.
  • Dan Haren has adjusted to becoming a Miami Marlin, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
  • Rick Honeycutt is among the principals in this story by Matthew Kory at Vice about the “Dad Hat.”

In case you missed it: Kick in the pants edition

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers

For more photos from today, visit LA Photog Blog.

By Jon Weisman

Let’s see what’s underfoot …

  • Clayton Kershaw feels good but was very self-judgmental after his first bullpen session at Camelback, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
  • J.P. Howell and Joel Peralta are in their third city as teammates, writes Gurnick. (Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. has more.)
  • Early arrival Yasiel Puig is the subject of this feature by MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, who writes that “this morning, he was taking hacks off the pitching machine with a slightly different mechanical intention, trying not to wrap the bat over his head as much in his stance and keeping his hands just a tad farther from his right shoulder.”
  • Here’s how Corey Seager is out to make a good first impression, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles.
  • Dan Haren officially reported to Spring Training for the Marlins, as this Associated Press story indicates.
  • David Schoenfield of ESPN.com’s Sweet Spot looks at some of the key non-roster invitees of the National League West.
  • Dick Young’s February 1957 story on the Dodgers’ purchase of Wrigley Field in Los Angeles was reprinted today by the New York Daily News.
  • Here’s a video clip from Thursday of Andrew Friedman and Don Mattingly discussing the Dodgers’ bullpen situation, courtesy of SportsNet LA.

And more from social media …

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In 2015, the Dodgers will go to WAR with a formidable top four

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

Time will tell what the Dodger starting rotation will look like in 2015. However, the way things stack up, the Dodgers’ returning four will be pretty formidable.

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Andrew Friedman speaks about Wednesday’s trades

By Jon Weisman

In the wee hours, Dodger president of baseball operations Andrew Freidman discussed Wednesday’s exchange of players with the Marlins and Angels. Above is some video, below are some excerpts …

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Just another day in the offseason …

Day in the offseason life

… for Dan Haren, A.J. Ellis and Dee Gordon.

— Jon Weisman

Dodgers paced themselves in 2014

Yasiel Puig clocked in at 26.7 seconds per pitch at the plate. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Yasiel Puig clocked in at 26.7 seconds per pitch at the plate. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Cary Osborne

Dodger hitters certainly gave their fans their money’s worth in 2014.

Fangraphs has a statistic that measures time between pitches for hitters and pitchers called “Pace.” Dodger hitters led all of baseball in time between pitches at 24.0 seconds. The Major League average for Pace is 23.0 seconds.

Dodger shortstop Hanley Ramirez led the Majors with a time of 28.1 seconds per pitch. Yasiel Puig was tied for third at 26.7. Matt Kemp was 17th at 25.1 seconds per pitch.

The top five individuals look like this:

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Dan Haren confirms return for 2015

Right-handed pitcher Dan Haren has exercised his option to play for the Dodgers in 2015.

Haren had a 4.02 ERA and 4.09 FIP with the Dodgers in 2014, striking out 145 batters in 186 innings while allowing 222 baserunners. In his final 10 starts of the 2014 season, Haren had a 2.43 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings. He turned 34 in September.

His best start came June 30 against Cleveland, when he allowed two baserunners in seven shutout innings on the night the Dodgers moved into first place in the National League West after a 9 1/2-game deficit.

— Jon Weisman

Dan Haren undergoes arthroscopic surgery, expected back for Spring Training

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

Dodger right-hander Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder Wednesday morning in a procedure performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The 30-minute procedure was to clean out bursitis and the AC joint. He will start his rehab in about one week and is expected to be ready for competition at the start of Spring Training.

The Monterey Park native and 12-year Major League veteran started 32 games in 2014, his first with the Dodgers, and had a 4.02 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 186 innings.

From August 6 to September 27 — his final 10 starts of the season, the 34-year-old had a 2.43 ERA, opposing batters hit .191 against him and he struck out 50 batters to just eight walks in 59 1/3 innings. His 0.83 WHIP in that timespan was tops on the Dodgers and fifth-best in the Majors.