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Dodgers notes: Green caps, bullpen competition, Garvey in camp

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On March 17 it is green day throughout baseball (and elsewhere), but it will be a cold day in hell when I come around to the Dodgers wearing these caps.
Photo credit: Eric Stephen | True Blue LA

PHOENIX — It is St. Patrick’s Day so every team in baseball is incorporating green into their uniforms today. For the Dodgers that means green caps with a D on the front and a shamrock logo on the side.

One oddity is that the Dodgers are wearing blue jerseys as the road team against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, rather than fully committing to green.

“It does clash a little bit but it makes a statement,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos White Sox
Pos Dodgers Pos White Sox
DH Toles (L) 2B Moncada (S)
CF Pederson (L) RF A.Garcia
3B Turner DH Abreu
C Grandal (S) 1B Davidson
LF Hernandez LF Cordell
1B Utley (L) SS Anderson
RF Thompson 3B Sanchez
2B Peter (L) C Narvaez (L)
SS Solano CF Engel
Time: 1:05 p.m. PT | Camelback Ranch TV: SportsNet LA | Radio: 570 AM

Hyun-jin Ryu starts for the Dodgers, who are the road team in this one. Miguel Gonzalez, out of San Fernando High School and Los Angeles Mission College, starts for the White Sox. Gonzalez faced the Dodgers twice last season and allowed one run in six innings each time.

Written in ‘pen

There is still a week left in camp here at Camelback Ranch and 12 days before opening day, and the competition for bullpen spots hasn’t yet worked itself out. Tom Koehler was part of the relief plan but his shoulder injury threw the Dodgers a curveball. His arm has been out of a sling for a week but Koehler still hasn’t picked up a baseball and there is no timetable for his return.

“To be quite honest it’s a little more fuzzy,” Roberts said of the bullpen competition. “We’ve got time to continue to evaluate, whether we carry seven or eight. There are opportunities for some guys to step up and pitch well and show they deserve the opportunity.”

Garvey in camp

After a few years away longtime Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey is back in camp as a guest instructor with the club. On Saturday he spoke to the team during their morning clubhouse meeting.

“Steve came in and talked about his days as a batboy. He got a chance to batboy the Brooklyn Dodgers for a couple days, and talked about what it meant to him,” Roberts said. “He captured the room and he nailed it. It was really cool to hear what he had to say.”

Solid foundation

In addition to the green caps the Dodgers will also wear these socks on Saturday:

The Dodgers are wearing green socks on St. Patrick’s Day.
Photo credit: Eric Stephen | True Blue LA

Game info

Dodgers vs. White Sox

Time: 1:05 p.m. PT

Location: Camelback Ranch

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network

Radio: KLAC 570

Streaming: MLBtv