GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While we get ready for the final workout day in Dodgers camp before spring training games start, here are some news and notes from Camelback Ranch.
When the Dodgers travel to San Antonio to play two games against the Rangers on March 20-21, bench coach Tim Wallach will make the trip and manage the team, with manager Don Mattingly staying in Arizona to manage the concurrent split squad games on those days.
Brandon McCarthy and Chad Gaudin will throw live batting practice this morning, but on the minor league side.
Among the Dodgers throwing bullpen sessions on Tuesday include Zack Greinke, J.P. Howell, David Aardsma, Pedro Baez, Dustin McGowan, David Huff, Ryan Buchter, Paco Rodriguez, Chris Reed, Zach Lee, Chris Anderson, Julio Urias and Mike Adams.
Former Dodgers outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. found a new team on Monday, signing a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, including an invitation to big league camp.
Longtime Dodgers PR man and Tommy Lasorda assistant Colin Gunderson has written a new Lasorda biography entitled "Tommy Lasorda: My Way," and both will be at Camelback Ranch to sign copies of the book on March 13-14.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Hideo Nomo first donning a Dodgers uniform, on the first day of spring training at Vero Beach on March 3, 1995.
"On the eve prior to the start of Spring Training in March of 1995, I arrived in Dodgertown for the first time," Nomo said on Monday. "As it was dark, all I could see were the baseball fields and lodging facilities. I thought to myself ‘there is nothing to do here except to play baseball.’
"I did not know how they practiced in the U.S. I did not know anything about the culture and if I might do or say something that might offend people. All of my anxiety and concerns were put to ease by a staff led by my manager, Tommy Lasorda. Everyone would check up on me daily to make sure that I was comfortable and they always asked me if I needed anything. At that time, I could not speak English at all and I did not even know how to greet people, but I could really feel the kindness of everyone around me."