LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers held a light workout at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, one day after an intrasquad game that featured Clayton Kershaw and Ross Stripling hitting, and just about all the regulars in the lineup.
The ones in camp, anyway.
We can add pitchers Scott Alexander and Tony Gonsolin, plus catcher Keibert Ruiz to the group of Dodgers who have yet to report to Dodger Stadium.
The familiar dance continued on Day 5 of workouts, with manager Dave Roberts during his daily press conference confirming particular players missing, then when asked if he can give a reason why those players aren’t in camp Roberts says he cannot disclose that information, other than some version of, “We expect them back some time soon,” which he said on Tuesday.
In addition to those three players, closer Kenley Jansen, outfielder A.J. Pollock, infielder Gavin Lux, and reliever Pedro Baez haven’t yet reported to camp, for reasons the team cannot disclose.
Every other member of the 40-man roster has been accounted for in Dodgers camp, save for David Price, who opted not to play this season, and Jimmy Nelson, who is out for the year after back surgery on Tuesday.
There is no available timetable for the seven players missing from camp, because we don’t know exactly why they are out. But we do know they will have some catching up to do, and with just over two weeks before opening day, time is getting short.
“The guys that are not here certainly are going to be behind,” Roberts said. “We have to do the best we can to get them up to speed, get them back into shape. But every day that they lose is a day they can’t get back.”
- Roberts said Max Muncy is day to day after getting hit by a ball on his left ring finger over the weekend. No X-rays were taken. “We’re going to lay low for a little bit and we’ll see where we’re at with him,” Roberts said.
- Muncy’s absence Monday night, plus with Pollock and Lux not yet in camp, the Dodgers used one of their clubhouse attendants, Chico, in left field during the intrasquad game. “He called off our MVP,” Roberts said. “So we got to do pop-up communication with him because the centerfielder has priority.”
- Dustin May touched 99 mph earlier this week, and Roberts said he’s in consideration for both a starting and relieving role on the active roster, especially with Price and Nelson now out for the season. “Just seeing what he did in big spots last year, there’s a lot to like with Dustin in whatever role,” Roberts said.