After four days of workouts at Dodgers camp, infielder Gavin Lux and pitcher Pedro Baez have yet to report to Dodger Stadium.
“I don’t know when to expect them, but I do expect both those guys in camp at some point soon,” manager Dave Roberts said Monday.
Roberts could not say why Lux and Baez have yet to report, putting them in the same boat as closer Kenley Jansen and outfielder A.J. Pollock, who also have not reported.
As a reminder, teams are not allowed to disclose medical information that isn’t employment related unless they receive written authorization from the players.
Officially added to the Dodgers’ player pool on Monday were non-roster pitchers AJ Ramos and Clayton Beeter, keeping the pool roster at 51 players after the losses of Jimmy Nelson and David Price.
With nine open spots in the player pool at the moment, there’s room to add more, whether it’s major league help — there are two open spots on the 40-man roster — or minor league prospects.
Devin Mann falls in the latter category. A fifth-round pick out of Louisville in 2018, the 23-year-old infielder hit .278/.358/.496 with 19 home runs in 98 games for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga last season. Mann was set to join Double-A Tulsa this year before the season was wiped out by the coronavirus.
Mann last week told Ted Schultz at The Republic in Columbus, Indiana, Mann’s hometown, that he was getting added to the player pool:
“You just keep doing what you’re doing, keep getting better, and if the opportunity presents itself, do what you do,” Mann said. “It was a big first step getting put on that roster. You just have to keep grinding away and hope for the best.”
Walker Buehler was one of Buster Olney’s top 10 pitchers in MLB this year, for ESPN, checking in at No. 7. Onley: “He made an All-Star team for the first time last season and was mentioned on Cy Young ballots for the first time. There will be more of that in the years ahead for Buehler, who had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.81 — better than any of John Smoltz’s seasons as a starting pitcher, an indication of just how much better Buehler might become.”
Bill Shaikin at the Los Angeles Times examined the safety of travel in the MLB schedule, with one epidemiologist noting that two-game series are problematic: “You’re basically amplifying the ability of this virus to spread, which is the last thing that needs to get done ... If Major League Baseball really wants to try to have a season, which I think is going to be challenging at best, it would be wise to reduce travel as much as possible.”
The Dodgers are scheduled to travel the ninth-most miles in MLB this regular season, a list topped by several western division teams, per Daren Willman at MLB.com: