Zach Lee makes Cactus League debut

Eric Stephen | True Blue LA

The McKinney, Texas native makes his 2014 spring training debut against his home state Rangers.

GLENDALE -- Zach Lee makes his 2014 Cactus League debut on Friday afternoon, starting on the mound for the Dodgers against the Rangers at Camelback Ranch.

Lee was sidelined earlier in camp by a strained lat, but is back and expected to throw about 30 pitches today, or roughly two innings.

The 2010 first-round pick will be followed on the mound by most of the Dodgers regular bullpen, with Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Brandon League all scheduled to pitch.

In addition, 2013 second-round pick Tom Windle, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Minnesota, is in uniform as well, wearing No. 94, and is expected to pitch. Other Dodgers minor leaguers in uniform today are southpaw Fu-Te Ni (No. 83), infielders Darnell Sweeney (No. 87) and Jacob Scavuzzo (No. 90), and outfielder Jon Garcia (No. 91). For Sweeney, this is his eighth time in uniform with the Dodgers in 10 Cactus League games.

Martin Perez starts on the mound for the Rangers.

Chone Figgins gets the start in right field for the Dodgers on Friday, his sixth different position this spring, seventh if you could designated hitter. I asked him if he lobbied to catch, in a quest to fill all nine positions.

"If [manager Don Mattingly] asked me, and if it would put me on this team, I would say yes," Figgins quipped. "They'd probably have to get smaller shin guards, though."

Hanley Ramirez is back after getting hit in his left triceps on Thursday, and Carl Crawford starts in left field. Crawford said his quad feels much better today, and was tested running to first base on Wednesday and doing outfield drills on Thursday.

Scheduled reserves for the Dodgers today include Clint Robinson at first base, Mike Baxter in left field, Joc Pederson in center field, Miguel Rojas at third base, Drew Butera at catcher, Brendan Harris at shortstop and Alex Guerrero at second base.


  • Zack Greinke came out of his bullpen session Friday feeling good, and the plan is for him to face live hitters on Saturday, and through roughly 30 pitches.
  • The Dodgers will honor the late Dr. Frank Jobe with a moment of silence before today's game at Camelback Ranch.
  • Old friend Alex Castellanos was claimed off waivers from the Rangers by the Padres on Friday. Castellanos was designated for assignment by Texas on Wednesday, the third time since October he was DFA'd.
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