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Australia series causes changes at camp


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Before the Dodgers held their first full-squad workout Friday, manager Don Mattingly explained to players some of the camp adjustments necessitated by the season-opening series in Australia in late March.

Mattingly had already scheduled intrasquad games for Feb. 23-24, but he said he planned to utilize more simulated games as well.

"Everything is a little different," he said. "There is real concern that there are enough at-bats without having players go six innings early on when their legs aren't quite ready. We'll find them at-bats without having to play so much. With Minor League sim situations, they can get 10 at-bats a day. Matt [Kemp] and I have already talked doing it."

Kemp is the only position player coming off season-ending surgery, although a similar approach might be taken with Hanley Ramirez, who was limited to 86 games last year and has chronic back problems.

Players also received a pre-workout video introduction to the club's new regional cable network.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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