Andre Ethier, Justin Sellers On The Mend After Tie With Mariners

Nathan Eovaldi threw three scoreless innings against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon in Peoria.

The Dodgers and Mariners tied 5-5 in Peoria, but the news from Saturday's first game was a pair of minor injuries. Andre Ethier was scheduled to start the game against Seattle, but was a late scratch with mid-back stiffness.

Ethier, who also briefly missed part of the Dodgers' first full squad workout with a stiff back (he was treated in the trainer's room and was back out on the field very quickly, maybe 15 minutes or so), was scheduled to get Sunday's game off against the Cubs, and that won't change.

The other injury was a batted ball in the third inning that hit Justin Sellers, who was running from first. The ball, hit by Mark Ellis, took a bad hop and hit Sellers in the chin. Sellers left the game one inning later. "Doctors cleared him and sent him home," Mattingly said, per J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News. "Last I heard, there was no concussion."

Sellers is scheduled to be in Sunday's lineup against the Cubs.

This was the second tie game in four days for the Dodgers (3-1-2).

Notes

  • Nathan Eovaldi pounded the strike zone, throwing 19 strikes and seven balls in his three scoreless innings. He didn't strike out a single batter, but he did induce five ground balls, and three easy fly balls. He allowed one hard hit ball, a double to deep left center by Michael Saunders, but the other hit was just a ground ball single.
  • Matt Treanor hit his first home run of the spring, a solo shot to left field that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, off starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
  • Josh Fields had two more hits, including the game-tying two-run single in the top of the eighth inning, and has seven hits in 11 at-bats so far this spring.
  • Alex Castellanos played four innings in left field, then five innings at second base. He looked shaky at second, booting one ground ball on a backhand for an error, was slow to react on a relay throw from the outfield, and had a poor throw to second base from short right field.
  • Ronald Belisario pitched, in my opinion, the worst inning by a Dodgers pitcher so far this spring, allowing four runs in the sixth inning. He was hit hard for two doubles and a single, had limited command, and ended the inning with a flyout to the base of the wall in dead center field.
  • The game ended on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play, capped by a tremendous throw from Tim Federowicz right to the waiting glove of Castellanos at the bag.

Tonight's Matchup

For the second time in six days, Chad Billingsley and Philip Humber will face off at Camelback Ranch, also the second game of the day for the White Sox.

Scheduled pitchers for the Dodgers after Billingsley are Michael Antonini, Josh Lindblom, Scott Elbert, Javy Guerra, and Kenley Jansen.

After Humber goes for Chicago, Simon Castro, Jhan Marinez, Anthony Carter, Jose Quintana, Deunte Heath, Pedro Hernandez, and Charles Leesman are all scheduled to pitch.

Starting Lineups

Dodgers White Sox
SS Gordon CF De Aza
CF Gwynn
3B Morel
DH Kemp LF Viciedo
LF Rivera
SS Ramirez
1B Kennedy C Flowers
3B Hairston 2B Beckham
RF Sands
DH Johnson
C Ellis 1B Gallagher
2B DeJesus
RF Danks

Game Time: 6:05 p.m. PST

TV: None

Radio: None

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