The Dodgers are nearly at full strength in camp, with outfielder A.J. Pollock and pitchers Pedro Baez and Scott Alexander reporting to summer camp in the last two days after missing the first 10 workouts at Dodger Stadium.
Baez and Alexander threw on Monday, a bullpen session for Alexander and flat ground work for Baez. Manager Dave Roberts on a Zoom call Tuesday said both pitchers could face hitters within a few days.
Pollock reported to camp on Tuesday.
“He’s been working out, running, lifting, and taking swings, but he hasn’t done a whole lot of baseball activities as far as on the field,” Roberts said of Pollock. “So we’ll get him into some spikes, we’ll move him around. I don’t see him playing defense tonight, but maybe he’ll take a couple of at-bats. If not, he’ll see some live pitching in the next couple of days, and we’ll hopefully get him into a game soon.”
MLB.com listed Baez as having been activated off the injured list on Monday, even though he wasn’t listed or announced as having been on the injured list before this. That’s probably how it’s going to be this season, with absences for reasons teams can’t disclose, then finding out COVID-19 related injured list time only from players who choose to reveal it.
Per the collective bargaining agreement, teams aren’t allowed to disclose non-employment-related medical information without written consent from players.
We don’t have reasons yet why any of Baez, Pollock, or Alexander missed 10 or 11 days of camp, but the timing closely coincides with laws in Los Angeles County that require anyone with close contact with people infected with the coronavirus to quarantine for two weeks.
Roberts said the Dodgers may have been affected by these county restrictions, which are more restrictive than MLB protocols.
“We talked about competitive advantage when our guys might be out a little bit longer than another teams’ players,” Roberts said. “But I think the most important thing is the health of the players and we’ll make do, regardless.”
These three players now in the fold means catcher Keibert Ruiz is the only player on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster who has yet to report to camp. In addition, non-roster players Edwin Uceta, Cody Thomas, and Zach Reks were placed on the injured list on July 7.