PHOENIX — Hyun-jin Ryu was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday with an illness, with sickness running rampant throughout the Dodgers clubhouse that affected more than two dozen players, coaches and trainers.
“I haven’t seen anything like this,” manager Dave Roberts said. “There’s 24-25 guys, with a bug going around our clubhouse. Just to be cautious we sent all those guys home.”
In addition to Ryu, several Dodgers were listed on the travel roster for today’s game in Peoria — printed Tuesday — who are out on Wednesday, including Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Logan Forsythe, Kiké Hernandez, Austin Barnes, Kyle Farmer, Trayce Thompson and Rob Segedin, plus non-roster invitees Donovan Solano, Drew Jackson and Matt Beaty.
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First base coach George Lombard was also sent home, as was reliever Josh Fields, who was scheduled to pitch an inning on the back fields.
The Dodgers clubhouse was filled with “biodefense systems” which looked a lot like air humidifiers. From the company’s website these machines are designed to “provide sustainable, wide-area reduction of microbial levels in occupied spaces.”
For most of the media availability in the clubhouse on Wednesday morning — roughly an hour before the team meeting — these biodefense systems nearly outnumbered the players in the room. Brock Stewart came in wearing a surgical mask.
The team is hopeful whatever the illness will go away after a day or two.
Healthy Dodgers getting starts on Wednesday against the Padres include Will Smith at catcher, Edwin Rios at first base, , Tim Locastro at second base, Max Muncy at third and Henry Ramos in right field.
“We kind of piecemealed the roster together for today, to get through it,” Roberts said.
Wilmer Font will start in place of Ryu and will make his second start of the spring, after throwing a scoreless inning last Friday against the White Sox.
Also slated to pitch for the Dodgers on Wednesday is J.T. Chargois, claimed off waivers from the Twins last week. He is making his Dodgers debut.
Dinelson Lamet starts for the Padres.
Time: 12:10 p.m. PT
Location: Peoria Sports Complex
TV: MLB Network (Padres broadcast, tape-delayed, 1 p.m.)
Streaming: MLBtv (Padres broadcast)