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Dodgers spring training notes Day 2: Bullpen sessions, pace of play, pranks

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Don Mattingly had a nice view during bullpen sessions on Friday.
Don Mattingly had a nice view during bullpen sessions on Friday.
Photo: Eric Stephen | True Blue LA

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The second day of Dodgers camp brought us the first day of pitchers and catchers workouts, which meant the start of bullpen sessions. But first some Friday morning shenanigans.

Relief pitcher Joel Peralta flew into Phoenix on Thursday but reported to camp a little later in the afternoon, after several of his cohorts had left, including former Rays teammate J.P. Howell. a When Howell entered the dugout on Friday, he noticed his locker was completely empty, then laughed as he saw all of its contents arranged neatly - including his hanging uniforms and other clothes - in the middle of the clubhouse.

Immediately, Howell knew it was Peralta and vowed revenge, but first Howell dutifully honored the prank by changing into his uniform right there in the middle of the clubhouse. Then as Peralta walked by, he gave his old teammate a massage.

Howell wasn't in the group of pitchers to throw bullpen sessions today. Howell was one of 14 pitchers to take part in the spring tradition of PFPs (pitcher fielding practice) on the back fields.

Clayton Kershaw threw his first bullpen of the spring on Friday, throwing about 30 pitches to catcher A.J. Ellis. Kershaw told reporters afterward that he threw 4-5 times off a mound at home in Texas but that was on clay, and that it felt good to get back on baseball dirt.

Joining Kershaw in throwing bullpen sessions on Friday were Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Brandon League, Juan Nicasio, Chris Hatcher, Adam Liberatore, Carlos Frias, Daniel Coulombe, Joe Wieland, Erik Bedard, David Huff, Josh Ravin and Ryan Buchter.

Sergio Santos was scheduled to throw a bullpen session but was sent home early in the morning with a touch of the stomach flu.

Kenley Jansen, expected at camp at some point this weekend, posted a picture of himself on Facebook post-surgery.

Manager Don Mattingly said he spoke with Jansen earlier in the week and that the closer was in good spirits.

Mattingly also briefly addressed the pace of play rule changes enacted on Friday, though he stressed that he hasn't yet had enough time to review all the details.

"I like the word pace. It's better than to speed up the game," Mattingly said. "In general, I'm all for us playing at a better pace. The dead time in between pitches, cut out some of that and it will be good for the game."

Mattingly also liked the rule change forcing managers to challenge plays from the dugout rather than go feign an argument with an umpire while waiting for word from the clubhouse video review.

"We talked about it last year. I didn't think there was any reason to leave the dugout anyway," Mattingly said.

Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo has a photo gallery of Friday's workouts posted, including this gem:

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