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Dodgers Spring Training Preview

Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Spring Training on Feb. 16.  This spring, they will also be joined by position players who will participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC).

15 of the top 30 LAD prospects will be in MLB Spring Training.  10 of the 15 are on the 40-man roster, while 5 of the15 are considered Non-Roster Invitees (NRI).

  • Diego Cartaya – C – #1
  • Bobby Miller – RHSP – #2 – NRI
  • Miguel Vargas – 2B/3B/LF/DH – #3
  • Michael Busch – 2B/LF/DH – #4
  • Andy Pages – OF – #5
  • Ryan Pepiot – RHSP – #6
  • Gavin Stone – RHSP – #7 – NRI
  • Eddys Leonard – SS/2B/3B – #10
  • Landon Knack – RHP – #11 – NRI
  • Nick Nastrini – RHSP – #12 – NRI
  • James Outman – OF – #13
  • Jorbit Vivas – 2B/3B/LF – #15
  • Michael Grove – RHP – #23
  • Jonny DeLuca – OF – #27
  • Ryan Ward – OF – #30 – NRI

There are a total of 27 NRI to Dodgers MLB Spring Camp:  16 pitchers, 3 catchers, 1 infielder, 7 outfielders. Below is a source for the names of the Non-Roster Invitees.


Feb. 20 will be the first official workout day. Most players will arrive to camp before this date.

The Dodgers play their Spring Training games at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. The White Sox share the facility with the Dodgers and also play their home games at the stadium.

Yes, fans are allowed to attend workouts in the morning.  And many do.

The Dodgers will have nine players and one coach represented in the upcoming WBC tournament.


  • United States: Mookie Betts, Will Smith, Clayton Kershaw, Dino Ebel (third-base coach)
  • Mexico: Julio Urías, Austin Barnes
  • Venezuela: Miguel Rojas, Brusdar Graterol
  • Canada: Freddie Freeman
  • Great Britain: Trayce Thompson


The Dodgers will open Cactus League play on Feb. 25 against the Brewers in American Family Fields of Phoenix at 12:10 p.m. PT.

Feb. 26 against the Cubs marks the first home game of the spring for the Dodgers. It could also be a reunion with former Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger, who signed a one-year deal with Chicago this offseason.

Dodgers-Padres will be a thing again this season, with L.A. set to host San Diego on March 6 at Camelback Ranch.  This will be the only encounter between the two teams in ST.

The Dodgers will have two off dates during ST; Tuesday, March7, and Tuesday March 14.  There will be two Split Squad dates.  The first one will be Saturday, March 11, and the split squads will be facing the Giants and Cubs.  The second split squad game will be on Tuesday, March 21, again facing the Giants in one of the encounters, but the second team will be Cleveland.

SportsNet LA, the Dodgers’ official network, is expected to carry every Cactus League game this spring. This was not the case last year, as there were multiple games that were not carried by the Network.


The last ST game in Arizona will be March 25 against the Royals at Camelback Ranch.

But like every season, the Dodgers and Angels will play their traditional end-of-spring three game Freeway Series from March 26-28. The Angels travel to Dodger Stadium on March 26, while the Dodgers visit Angel Stadium on the 27th and 28th.

The Dodgers will begin the 2023 season on March 30 against the D-backs at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT.  The start time is a non-traditional start time for Opening Day.  Opening Day games are almost always afternoon affairs.  However, this will not be the first night game Opener for LAD.  The Dodgers also played night home openers in 1995, 2011, and 2020.

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Fred Vogel

Sounds terrible, Jeff. Sorry you have to go through this. Even though I’ve had all my Covid shots (five) there is still a concern of somehow contacting it. For the first time in over three years we’ll be hopping on planes this summer (Sacto & NYC).
The posts can be as sporadic as need be. Your health is most important.


Damm. Sounds awful. You are the third person I know who in last 3 days has told me they have Covid. It feels possible, even likely? we are not being given accurate information on this virus.

Take it easy Jeff. I hope there is no reason you would feel the need to rush back into the fray.

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Sam Oyed

Glad to hear you’re feeling better. No reason to rush your recovery. Take care.


Hope you have a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself.


From the Times:

“An infield of Rojas at shortstop, Lux at second and Muncy or Vargas at third would be the best defensive alignment for the Dodgers. But the trio of Vargas at second, Lux at shortstop and Muncy at third has more offensive potential.”

Well, the first alignment was how I saw it, with Vargas at third and Muncy at DH. Then we signed JD and sent our newly signed shortstop to the bench, gave two players new defensive assignments and put an aging DH at third. Hope it works.


I look forward to your return. Maybe you could win comeback blogger of the year. Don’t spend too much time laying on your back and instead lay on your side.

Singing the Blue

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Jeff.
Hopefully you’re over the worst of it.

It’s ST, so just participate when you feel up to it.
That said, I expect to see you here for all 162 games this year.
In the meanwhile, I’m discussing an IL for bloggers with Manfred, just in case.


Been to Camelback a couple of times when I lived in Arizona. Great place to watch a game. I got some up close and personal pics of Torre and Manny. Get well Jefe. I have not been sick since about a week before the pandemic hit and that was with a really bad sinus infection and a bladder infection at the same time. Covid fears me.


Wow – hope you recover soon. I read yesterday that there’s a new super-contagious variant which is becoming an issue.

I am excited to go to Spring Training this year – I went once to Vero Beach but haven’t been to Glendale yet. Lots of moving parts and unknowns this year.

The season can’t come fast enough.


I need someone to explain this to me:

”Turner will have the opportunity to opt out after the 2023 campaign.

The Vayner Sports client will make an $8.3MM salary this year. At season’s end, he’ll have to decide on either a $13.4MM player option or a $6.7MM buyout to head back to free agency. That lofty buyout means Turner would collect $15MM for one season if he opts out, and he’d only have to top $6.7MM on the open market to come out ahead financially.”


Not me.


Not anyone apparently.

I think it means he could be back in LA in ‘24 if he stays healthy. He put up over 2WAR last year and none of it was defensive. If JDM fizzles, it’s possible JT would be invited back to finish his career where he belongs.

Just wishful thinking? Yeah. Maybe.


Feel better man! Pound God’s natural medicine: fruits and veggies, ginger, etc.

Last year’s opening day (night) was also a night game. I didn’t like it, as it didn’t feel like Opening DAY.

I won’t like it this year either when I go.


What? No raisins?


Praying you get better soon Jeff. At least you’ll know you will be loaded up with anti bodies!

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