PEORIA — The Dodgers are on the road Wednesday afternoon to play the Mariners, and Bobby Wilson starts at catcher, trying to keep alive a streak that has lasted four days so far.
The Dodgers’ starting catcher has homered every day since Saturday:
- Austin Barnes homered against Bud Norris of the Angels on Saturday in the fifth inning.
- Wilson homered off Derek Holland of the White Sox in the second inning on Sunday night.
- Barnes got the Angels again on Monday in Tempe, this time off Ricky Nolasco in the fourth inning.
- On Tuesday, it was Yasmani Grandal, who took Tim Adleman of the Reds deep in the fourth inning.
These are the only three players in camp to start at catcher this spring, and have combined to catch 77% of the innings behind the plate. Playing time has been fairly evenly distributed, with Barnes catching 46 innings, Grandal 45 and Wilson 38 innings through Tuesday.
After Wednesday’s game, Wilson will be right in line with the other two. The non-roster invitee has an uphill battle to beat out Barnes for the backup catcher spot, but Wilson has made a favorable impression so far in Dodgers camp.
“As a veteran guy who has accrued some service time, to fit what we're trying to do, he fits in nicely,” manager Dave Roberts said. “Bobby has already made an impact with our guys.”
"He's done everything that's been expected. Even in talking to Bobby this winter when we signed him, he was getting videos on the pitchers and making calls to guys in the pen trying to establish a relationship, and he's continued that during the spring.”
Wilson is 1-for-2 in his career against Mariners starting pitcher Chris Heston. The hit was a single.
Barnes starts at designated hitter against the Mariners:
Brandon McCarthy starts for the Dodgers and is scheduled to pitch four innings. Julio Urias will pitch two, maybe three innings in the game, Roberts said.
Adam Liberatore and Chris Hatcher are also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers on Wednesday.
The Dodgers also play the Mariners on Friday at Camelback Ranch, but just missed old friend Chase De Jong, who starts Thursday for Seattle.
Location: Peoria Sports Complex
Time: 1:10 p.m.
TV: none (Mariners broadcast available through MLBtv)
Radio: none (Mariners broadcast available through Gameday Audio)