Julio Urias makes his fourth start of the spring as the Dodgers host the Rangers on Friday. The game was originally scheduled at night, but a lighting failure at Camelback Ranch caused the Dodgers to move both Friday and Sunday’s games to 1:05 p.m. starts.
Friday’s game is scheduled for nine innings, with Kenley Jansen set to make his sixth appearance of the spring, and the first time on only one day of rest, having last pitched on Wednesday. Jansen struck out the side on Wednesday, and has whiffed nine of his 16 batters faced this spring.
Also slated to pitch for the Dodgers are Blake Treinen and non-roster left-handed pitchers James Pazos and Enny Romero.
Kendall Williams and Robinson Ortiz will also be available from minor league camp if needed.
Mitch White won’t pitch Friday, but he has been progressing with a bullpen session this week after being sidelined with a shoulder impingement at the beginning of camp. The right-hander said he hopes to get into a game by the end of spring training, and given his time missed and the Dodgers’ depth chart, White said he’ll be used in relief for now.
“We’re running out of time in terms of spring training, but if it’s not there, it’ll be at the alternate site,” White said.
Dave Roberts said it was unlikely White would appear in any of the Dodgers’ 11 remaining exhibition games.
“It’s not out of the realm of possibility,” Roberts said. “But looking where he’s at, in the ‘pens, facing live hitters, I just don’t see it happening.”
‘A game of failure’
The Dodgers are using a designated hitter in Friday’s home game against Texas, so Urías won’t hit. David Price did hit on Thursday, and not only lined a single, but also advanced to second and later scored on an error.
“Hitting is a game of failure,” said Price, who also noted that he had never been on second base in a baseball game before.
I took him to mean literally standing on second because Price, who is 4-for-50 with three walks in his career at the plate, did advance from first to third on a double in a 2019 game in Arizona. But Thursday was his first run scored.
“I’m hoping to get more opportunities to get on the basepaths and score some more runs,” Price said with a smile.
Teams: Dodgers vs. Rangers
Location: Camelback Ranch
Time: 1:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA