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Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to spring training today

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Welcome back, baseball
Welcome back, baseball
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PHOENIX -- The greatest four words and the final four words of the offseason are here, as pitchers and catchers report today to Dodgers camp at Camelback Ranch, the official start of the six-week spring training journey.

The Dodgers have 33 pitchers and six catchers expected in league camp, with Louis Coleman likely the 34th pitcher made official at some point this weekend if not later on Friday. There is also the matter of Yaisel Sierra, another pitcher expected to join the mix at some point once his visa issue are resolved and his contract finalized.

But for today, Friday, it's time for pitchers and catchers to officially check in, and take their annual physical exam if that hasn't already been completed by now. There are no official workouts until Saturday, but perhaps some pitchers will get some throwing in.

Position players don't have to report until Wednesday, though some are already here, and more will trickle in over the next few days.

Kenta Maeda, who has thrown a pair of bullpen sessions at Camelback Ranch this week, will meet with the media later this morning, as will manager Dave Roberts and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

News items will follow later once I get to Camelback Ranch, and I'll have the Dodgers offseason review up later today at some point to complete that series, but for now just rejoice that baseball is officially back.