PHOENIX — The stomach bug that has taken hold of the Dodgers clubhouse is on its second day, with several players still away from camp.
More than a dozen players are out for a second day, including Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Chase Utley, Austin Barnes, Kiké Hernandez and Kyle Farmer. a More than 25 players were sent home on Wednesday with an illness that isn’t yet known.
“It’s kind of the same symptoms,” manager Dave Roberts said. “Guys getting chills, fatigued. But we don’t know the cause of it.”
Hyun-jin Ryu is back in camp on Thursday one day after getting scratched from what would have been his first start of spring. That affects his schedule of getting stretched out in preparation for the regular season. Kenta Maeda started Tuesday but has been out the last two days, missing a scheduled bullpen session on Thursday which could affect his next start and subsequent schedule.
“It’s a minor setback,” Roberts said. “When you look at a pitcher getting built up, it’s so specific to starting pitchers, but I’m sure we still have time to recoup that time.”
Some of the players who missed Wednesday are back today, like Josh Fields and Donovan Solano, and they will go workouts with the plan of easing players back in.
“Any guy we get back we’ll kind of run through the day before getting them back in a game,” Roberts said.
Ross Stripling, who pitched an inning in his spring debut Saturday, was one of the Dodgers affected, scratched from his scheduled start. Instead, non-roster pitcher Manny Banuelos will take the hill against the Indians at Camelback Ranch. Banuelos will probably pitch two innings on Thursday though his ultimate role with the club is likely in relief.
“For us we see him out of the pen,” Roberts said. “A lot of our guys out of the pen are one-plus guys and if he can do that, that’s obviously valuable.”
Dennis Santana is also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers on Thursday, in what will be his Cactus League debut. “One inning is probably a safe bet for him,” Roberts said.
Old friend Stephen Fife, a non-roster invite with the Indians, starts on the mound for Cleveland, with a lineup that also includes former Dodgers minor leaguer Drew Maggi, who hit .281/.363/.391 the last two years between Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa. Maggi starts at second base on Thursday.
Time: 12:05 p.m. PT
Location: Camelback Ranch