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Dodgers spring training notes: Kenta Maeda's uniform, Austin Barnes' versatility

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PHOENIX -- Kenta Maeda threw his first official bullpen session of Dodgers camp at Camelback Ranch on Sunday, the highlight of the second day of pitchers and catchers workouts for the club.

The right-hander threw 39 pitches to Yasmani Grandal on Sunday, with a few dozen Japanese reporters and photographers following his every move. Maeda, who threw two bullpen sessions before camp started, said on Sunday his session was the sharpest of the three to date.

More on Maeda on Monday, but for now just know that after his bullpen session met with a crush of assembled media to discuss his day, and the first question asked was about his uniform, which apparently was the wrong size for the first two days of camp.

"It's in the process of being adjusted," Maeda said.


Austin Barnes is the third catcher on the 40-man roster for the Dodgers, but in all likelihood figures to be the odd man out come opening day, with Yasman Grandal and A.J. Ellis in line to share major league catching duties. But Barnes also mixed time at second and third base in the minor league with the Marlins in addition to his time behind the plate, and played one game at each position last September for the Dodgers.

Manager Dave Roberts said Barnes would see time second and third base in spring games and workouts, in an effort to increase his versatility and major league viability.

"He gives a roster flexibility without a doubt," Roberts said. "He's offensive, he's good on the team. In talking to Austin, he's open with whatever gives him an opportunity to get to the big leagues."

Josh Ravin missed a second straight day of camp with flu-like symptoms.

Caleb Dirks didn't throw a bullpen session on Sunday, scratched with lower back stiffness. "I'm just taking a couple days off as a precaution," Dirks said.