Dodgers have candidates aplenty for awards

Kershaw, Gonzalez, Seager, Roberts could nab hardware

Dodgers have candidates aplenty for awards

PHOENIX -- When your broadcaster of 67 years is standing next to Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross with the Presidential Medal of Freedom hanging around his neck, that's not happening again.

Nonetheless, in 2017 there's so much baseball talent on the field that various Dodgers should contend for the more traditional postseason awards.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers reassign Culberson to Minors

Hernandez, Taylor remain in mix for spot as backup shortstop

Dodgers reassign Culberson to Minors

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers reassigned non-roster infielder Charlie Culberson to their Minor League complex on Wednesday, leaving Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor as remaining candidates to make the Opening Day roster as the backup shortstop.

Hernandez, however, is nursing a bruised right wrist, which he suffered when he was hit by a Scott Feldman pitch in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Reds.

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Dodgers option Liberatore, Fields

Dodgers option Liberatore, Fields

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers optioned relievers Adam Liberatore and Josh Fields to the Minor Leagues on Tuesday night, essentially finalizing their pitching staff.

The moves leave starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood, plus relievers Kenley Jansen, Sergio Romo, Grant Dayton, Luis Avilan, Ross Stripling and Chris Hatcher. McCarthy and Wood are the remaining candidates for the fifth-starter spot, with the other going to the bullpen.

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Inbox: Is Puig about to rise again?

Inbox: Is Puig about to rise again?

PHOENIX -- With less than a week remaining until the Dodgers open their 2017 campaign, a handful of roster questions remain unanswered.

What can we expect from Yasiel Puig? What's with the plan for Julio Urias?

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Wood's role remains unclear

Lefty competing with McCarthy for final rotation spot

Wood's role remains unclear

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Alex Wood made his last start of the spring and, perhaps, his last start for a while.

Although Dave Roberts said Wood will be on the Opening Day roster, the Dodgers manager remained noncommittal as to whether Wood or Brandon McCarthy would be the club's fifth starter.

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Bellinger among top prospect performers

Bellinger among top prospect performers

Mets' No. 5 prospect Robert Gsellman, who is likely to earn a spot in the Mets' rotation, put together another strong start as he continues to impress in Spring Training. Matt Adams tagged Gsellman for a three-run homer, but otherwise the right-hander was lights out.

The 23-year-old struck out six and gave up three runs on five hits in six innings, putting his Spring Training ERA at 2.31 through 23 1/3 innings.

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Wilson adds to case with homer vs. Padres

Wilson adds to case with homer vs. Padres

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bobby Wilson made a loud case for his inclusion in the Dodgers' Opening Day roster with the decisive two-run homer in Los Angeles' 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

The veteran non-roster invitee is competing with Austin Barnes to be the backup catcher, and he's been solid this spring, hitting .275 with four homers -- including his fourth-inning moonshot off Padres bullpen candidate Phil Maton.

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Urias, Morrow won't be on Opening Day roster

Urias, Morrow won't be on Opening Day roster

PHOENIX -- Julio Urias and Brandon Morrow were told they will not make the Dodgers' season-opening pitching staff, manager Dave Roberts confirmed on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Urias will be with the Dodgers for this week's Freeway Series, then he is expected to report to extended spring camp as management throttles back his usage early so he will be fresh and available late in the season.

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Wood knocked around by Reds

Wood knocked around by Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Adam Duvall slugged a pair of home runs during a three-hit, four-RBI game as the Reds topped a Dodgers split squad, 9-3, on Tuesday at Goodyear Ballpark.

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the second inning when Cody Bellinger hit a two-run homer to right field against Reds starter Scott Feldman. Arismendy Alcantara answered in the bottom half with his two-out solo homer to center field against Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood.

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Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

New technology enables downloads of video clips from live telecasts

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

Brett and Chad Joshpe can still see the baseball coming down from the heavens one sublime day at Shea Stadium, closer and closer toward the brothers' seats down the right-field line.

If only they had a way back then to preserve their precious moment, like Major League Baseball fans of all 30 clubs are about to enjoy starting Opening Day for the first time in broadcast history. Imagine watching that play again and again, sharing the video clip on the other person's social media page and laughing together about the result.

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Ryu locks down LA rotation spot; final slot open

Roberts says Wood, McCarthy in running in final week of Spring Training

Ryu locks down LA rotation spot; final slot open

PHOENIX -- Hyun-Jin Ryu won back his spot in the season-opening starting rotation on Monday, said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who added that the fifth spot will go to either Brandon McCarthy or Alex Wood.

Roberts also said that the loser of the fifth-starter competition between McCarthy and Wood would remain with the club as a long reliever. With Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Ryu, the Dodgers would have four lefties in the rotation if Wood is the fifth starter.

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Seager staying back to get ABs; Kazmir to DL

Seager staying back to get ABs; Kazmir to DL

PHOENIX -- Corey Seager will remain in Arizona through Friday to work on his swing and Scott Kazmir will go on the disabled list, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Monday.

Seager, recovered from a strained oblique, will miss the first two games of the Freeway Series in Anaheim, and he will play in Minor League games at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, where he can get unlimited at-bats.

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Grandal paces bats, while Ryu works 5 vs. Sox

Grandal paces bats, while Ryu works 5 vs. Sox

PHOENIX -- Melky Cabrera, Yolmer Sanchez and Todd Frazier homered on Monday as the White Sox rallied to beat the Dodgers, 5-2, at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

The Dodgers scored off Chicago starting pitcher Derek Holland in the first inning on a two-run single by Yasmani Grandal, cashing in a single by Logan Forsythe and double by Franklin Gutierrez.

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If pattern holds, Dodgers will bolster rotation

LA has track record of dealing for starters at Deadline, but 'pen may also see additions

If pattern holds, Dodgers will bolster rotation

PHOENIX -- At the non-waiver Trade Deadline in 2015, the Dodgers acquired starting pitchers Alex Wood and Mat Latos.

At the Trade Deadline in 2016, the Dodgers acquired starting pitcher Rich Hill, after earlier trading for starter Bud Norris when Clayton Kershaw was injured.

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Kazmir struggles with command vs. Texas

Kazmir struggles with command vs. Texas

SURPRISE, Ariz -- Mike Napoli hit his second home run of the spring, this one off Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir, and the Rangers went on to a 3-2 victory at Surprise Stadium on Sunday.

Kazmir was making just his second start of the Cactus League and his first since March 6. He allowed three runs in three innings, giving up three hits and five walks, while hitting two batters.

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Toles' grand slam ignites Dodgers comeback

Toles' grand slam ignites Dodgers comeback

PHOENIX -- Andrew Toles slugged a grand slam and Justin Turner followed for back-to-back shots against Jesse Hahn as the Dodgers erased a four-run deficit for a 10-6 win over an Oakland A's split squad on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

The A's had taken a 4-0 lead off Dodgers starter Rich Hill with a three-run homer by Matt Chapman in the first inning and a bases-loaded walk by Alejandro De Aza in the second inning. Hill was charged with those four runs in 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and four walks. Hill's spring ERA is 8.03.

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Romo produces a clean inning in his return

Romo produces a clean inning in his return

PHOENIX -- Sergio Romo pitched one perfect inning on Saturday, then followed it with an equally perfect comment, from a Dodgers perspective.

"I feel good physically," said Romo, who made his first game appearance against the A's since returning from the World Baseball Classic with a sore back.

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Ethier injury opens door for Toles

Ethier injury opens door for Toles

PHOENIX -- It's not clear how long Andre Ethier will be sidelined by a herniated back disk, but it's pretty clear Andrew Toles will replace him as the left-handed hitting left fielder.

Ethier, who had an epidural injection this week to block the pain, will remain shut down until the first week of April and then be re-evaluated, manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday after Ethier met with noted back surgeon Robert Watkins.

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Segedin vying for role on Dodgers' bench

Versatile 28-year-old is enjoying productive spring, in WBC 2017 and Cactus League

Segedin vying for role on Dodgers' bench

PHOENIX -- In the scramble for the Dodgers' last few bench jobs, don't forget Rob Segedin.

Scott Van Slyke has received the bulk of playing time at first base, first while Adrian Gonzalez nursed a sore elbow, then when Gonzalez and Segedin were away at the World Baseball Classic.

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Forsythe, 3 others have 2 RBIs; Wilson homers

Forsythe, 3 others have 2 RBIs; Wilson homers

PHOENIX -- Four Dodgers hitters, including second baseman Logan Forsythe, had two RBIs, while Los Angeles handled nine Arizona pitchers in an 13-6 win, despite three hits from D-backs left fielder Reymond Fuentes.

Arizona chased Dodgers starter Trevor Oaks in the fourth inning, tying the game at 4 through a solo home run by Fuentes and RBI singles from Nick Ahmed and Sergio Alcantara. The Dodgers responded with three in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by a Justin Turner double. Andrew Chafin made his ninth Cactus League appearance, his first start, while Patrick Corbin was pitching in a Minor League game.

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Kazmir confident he can improve velocity

Dodgers reach more clarity on rotation after veteran's rough outing

Kazmir confident he can improve velocity

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Whatever slim chance Scott Kazmir had of making the Dodgers' starting rotation turned into none in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Rangers Sunday, when he struggled in his first start in three weeks.

Kazmir's disappointing spring culminated with a messy three-inning outing in which he walked five, hit two batters, threw one wild pitch and had fastball velocity consistently around 84 mph and topping at 87 mph. While winning 10 games last season, Kazmir's fastball averaged 91-92 mph.

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Ravin headed to DL with strained groin

Dodgers indicate Romo will be ready for Opening Day

Ravin headed to DL with strained groin

PHOENIX -- Reliever Josh Ravin aggravated his strained right groin during a live batting practice session on Friday and is headed to the disabled list.

Ravin last pitched in a game March 13. He made about eight pitches on Friday before feeling discomfort and cutting short the session.

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Kershaw in top form with 11 K's, 6 scoreless

Dodgers' ace holds Texas to 2 hits after rocky last time out

Kershaw in top form with 11 K's, 6 scoreless

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Those who were panicky after Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw served up three homers in his previous start can chill after Thursday.

Kershaw rebounded with Cy Young form in a 10-2 win over the Rangers, fanning 11 in six scoreless innings on two hits. He even sounded fairly pleased afterward.

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Dodgers thump Rangers as Kershaw cruises

Dodgers thump Rangers as Kershaw cruises

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Chase Utley got the Dodgers started with a two-run home run in the first inning, and behind ace Clayton Kershaw, they went on to a 10-2 victory over the Rangers at Surprise Stadium on Thursday.

Kershaw was sharp for six scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out 11. He threw 71 pitches and lowered his spring ERA to 2.14.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Ethier: Spring injury like Groundhog's Day

Dodgers outfielder in holding pattern for recovery from herniated disk

Ethier: Spring injury like Groundhog's Day

PHOENIX -- Andre Ethier sounds like a ballplayer about to miss his second consecutive Opening Day because of a significant injury.

Ethier said his mild disk herniation responded to an epidural injection, but he's back in limbo as far as the severity and recovery time, as he was a year ago, when he fractured his right leg on a foul ball that sidelined him most of the year.

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Seager feeling no pain in strained oblique

LA shortstop plays in Minors game, expects to be ready for Opening Day

Seager feeling no pain in strained oblique

PHOENIX -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager returned to Minor League game action Tuesday and said he felt no discomfort from the strained oblique that has sidelined him since March 4.

On a back field, Seager went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but came away pleased nonetheless. He still believes he will be ready for Opening Day by getting extra at-bats in Minor League games over the next two weeks.

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Kings of contact: Dodgers' arms rate highly in new metric

Jansen, Dayton, Kershaw all rank in top 10 in Estimated OPS

Kings of contact: Dodgers' arms rate highly in new metric

If you were told that the Dodgers had 2016's most dominant pitcher, you'd likely say "yes, I am aware that Clayton Kershaw exists." But what if we said that by at least one measure, it was actually a different Dodgers pitcher atop the list? And what if we added that by that same measure, they had three of the top 10 -- and five of the top 25?

What we're talking about is the accumulated season value of Hit Probability, our latest Statcast™ metric. Simply put, it places a hit percentage on each batted ball based on the exit velocity and launch angle, because while the pitcher has some control over how the batter puts the ball in play, he has no control over what his fielders do with it beyond that. For example, take this lazy pop fly induced by former Dodger J.P. Howell that had a mere 2 percent Hit Probability … but still became an RBI double against Howell because Josh Reddick lost the ball so badly he couldn't even touch it to be charged with an error. 

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.