With dozens of media following his every move, Maeda has had a productive camp to date, transitioning quite well to a new team and a new country. Saturday will provide his first real test.
"Overall I have been able to adjust pretty well. So far nothing has given me trouble," Maeda said this week. "I'm more concerned with how I will do in game situations."
Maeda will throw to catcher Yasmani Grandal, who has been impressed thus far by Maeda in camp.
"He's a four-pitch guy. You don't get too many of those," Grandal said. "It's going to be fun to work with him."
After a couple games off while dealing with neck soreness, Adrian Gonzalez is in the lineup for the Dodgers on Saturday, his first Cactus League game of the season.
Hurlers also pitching after Maeda for the Dodgers on Saturday include Jose De Leon, Luis Avilan, Chris Hatcher, Jamey Wright and Chris Anderson. De Leon was dealing with a minor ankle tweak the last few days.
"He's got that little ankle thing, but now he's fine," manager Dave Roberts said Friday.
Dodgers in uniform from minor league camp are left-handed pitcher Grant Dayton (No. 69), right-handed pitchers Logan Bawcom (88) and Felipe Gonzales (84), and catcher Ryan Scott (89).
Shelby Miller gets the start for the Diamondbacks, and old friend Kyle Jensen starts at first base for Arizona.