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Dodgers easing in relievers this spring

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Kenley Jansen was scratched from his scheduled appearance Friday

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PHOENIX — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will see the inside of the stadium at Camelback Ranch for the first time this spring on Friday, scheduled to pitch an inning against the Royals.

The common adage is that spring training is as long as it is only because of starting pitchers, who need time to gradually build up arm strength for the regular season. For the relievers, who typically only pitch one inning at a time, maybe two, they don’t need nearly as long.

Starting lineups

Pos Royals Pos Dodgers
Pos Royals Pos Dodgers
2B Merrifield 1B Utley (L)
LF Saunders (L) DH Seager (L)
1B Duda (L) 3B Turner
CF Collins (L) LF Kemp
RF Bonifacio C Grandal (S)
3B Cuthbert 2B Forsythe
SS Lopez (L) CF Pederson (L)
C Butera RF Thompson
DH Dini SS Solano
Time: 12:05 p.m. PT | Camelback Ranch TV: SportsNet LA | Radio: 570 AM

Jansen will probably only pitch in two Cactus League games, then again in the Freeway Series in preparation for the regular season. He pitched in a B game on Monday at Camelback Ranch, as did Tony Cingrani and Josh Fields, none of whom have yet pitched in a Cactus League game.

Cingrani is also pitching Friday, and manager Dave Roberts said Fields would get into a game some time soon. The Dodgers are basically slow-playing their relievers this spring. Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia, for instance, have thus far only pitched in two Cactus League games.

“In spring training to build those guys up doesn’t take a whole lot,” Roberts said. “We just need to make sure that they feel good and strong, make sure they are built up for that one-plus.”

Cuts coming soon

The Dodgers still have a full spring roster, with 65 players technically still in camp. It’s really 63 since Julio Urias is on the 60-day disabled list and Tom Koehler — though not yet on the DL — is out of commission with an anterior capsule strain in his shoulder. There are a lot of moves still to be made, and the first wave of cuts will happen in the next few days.

“This coming weekend we’ll thin the room out a little bit,” Roberts said.

Minor league full squad workouts began in earnest on Wednesday and the minor league schedule begins on Monday.

Game info

Time: 12:05 p.m. PT

Location: Camelback Ranch

TV: SportsNet LA

Radio: 570 AM

Streaming: MLBtv