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  • Kershaw won't start Opening Day for 1st time since 2010

    The Score "Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will not start the team's Opening Day contest for the first time since 2010 due to continued shoulder issues, manager Dave Roberts announced Monday. A replacement starter for the season opener on March 28 was not named. " March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Could Kershaw still start Opening Day? "Clayton Kershaw continued his long shot race to Opening Day on Sunday by throwing a 38-pitch bullpen session. Kershaw, set back three weeks with left shoulder inflammation, threw all of his pitches in the session. If he comes out healthy, he would likely rest two days, then pitch live..." March 17

  • Dodgers' Seager to be ready for Opening Day

    The Score "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed Sunday that Corey Seager will be ready for Opening Day, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. The star shortstop hasn't played a single spring training game yet for the Dodgers while recovering from Tommy John and left..." March 17

  • Urias keeps cruising in Opening Day roster bid "Injuries to others have presented opportunity to Julio Urias, who continued his impressive spring with three scoreless innings in the Dodgers’ 8-1 win over the Reds on Friday night. Urias allowed one hit, struck out three and walked one in the outing, which came one day after..." March 16

  • Clayton Kershaw unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Larry Brown Sports "Someone other than Clayton Kershaw will be getting the Opening Day nod for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Kershaw is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day as he works his way back from shoulder issues that have plagued him for much of the..." March 15

  • Dodgers' Kenley Jansen feels like his old self again after offseason heart surgery

    Los Angeles Times "The thumping began in his chest, pounding into his throat, grabbing at his breath. Kenley Jansen was scared. His heart was literally broken. He wanted to walk off the mound and shut down his season and fix it. But he couldn’t. He wouldn’t. There was pennant race..." March 15

  • Dodgers lefty Tony Cingrani shut down with recurring shoulder problem

    Orange County Register "The same shoulder problem that sidelined lefty reliever Tony Cingrani for most of the second half of last season has followed him into 2019. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Cingrani has been shut down and probably will “not even pick up a ball” until after..." March 15

  • Puig: Dodgers trade 'didn't get anyone who could help them the way I could'

    SI "The outfit is wrong. Standing in the kitchen of his house in Encino, Calif., on a late January morning, Yasiel Puig looks down at his wardrobe and sees a problem. His t-shirt is blue; so are his athletic shorts. (No word on his underwear.) This won’t do, he decides. He retreats to his..." March 14

  • Clayton Kershaw gets through another bullpen session without setback

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw is building strength in hopes of being ready to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day, and the left-hander took another step in the right direction on Thursday. For the second time since he experienced discomfort in his throwing shoulder last month, Kershaw..." March 14

  • The Dodgers are keeping Julio Urías in a glass case

    Beyond The Boxscore "Since it was revealed that Julio Urías would need shoulder surgery back in 2017, there have been several questions about his future. When he returned, we wondered what his role would be with the Dodgers going forward. This spring, his immediate future became..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez tinkered with his swing despite career year

    Los Angeles Times "By all accounts, Enrique Hernandez enjoyed a strong regular season in 2018. He thinks it was the best of his major league career. A dairy-free diet devotee for the first time, he played more than ever for the Dodgers. He hit a career-high 21 home runs. He continued to showcase his..." March 13

  • Dodgers Star Clayton Kershaw's Many Ominous Signs of a Big Career Letdown

    Bleacher Report "Now is a good time to appreciate the greatness of Clayton Kershaw. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the left-hander with the No. 7 pick in the 2006 draft. Not even two years later, he jolted a "Holy mackerel!" out of Vin Scully with one of his trademark..." March 12

  • Dodgers Place Andrew Toles On Restricted List

    Dodger Blue "The Los Angeles Dodgers reported to Camelback Ranch for Spring Training a few weeks ago, although one player was noticeably missing from the group. Outfielder Andrew Toles did not report to Arizona due to a personal issue, and now almost a month has gone by and he still is not in..." March 12

  • Kershaw pain-free after 20-pitch bullpen session

    ESPN "Clayton Kershaw stood on a mound and fired 20 fastballs in the direction of Russell Martin on Monday morning, a light workout that represented the ace left-hander's first bullpen session in nearly three weeks. Kershaw merely described it as "a good step forward," but longtime Los..." March 11

  • Why Dodgers are playing the ‘long game’ with Corey Seager

    New York Post "Corey Seager had a cold last week, and the Dodgers quarantined their shortstop so as not to infect others in the clubhouse. As setbacks go, this was comparatively positive because Seager missed most of last season following Tommy John surgery and a hip operation. But it is at least some setback..." March 11

  • Dodgers expect Clayton Kershaw to be ready for Opening Day

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been battling a shoulder issue in recent weeks, but the team does not expect him to miss any time at the start of the season. While the Dodgers have not formally announced an Opening Day starter, manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Kershaw..." March 10

  • Dodgers' Hill: New rules being tested in independent league are 'a joke'

    Orange County Register "Major League Baseball's announcement that it will test several radical new rule changes in the independent Atlantic League has received mixed reactions around the sport. Perhaps the harshest rebuke came from Los Angeles Dodgers starter and Atlantic League alumnus Rich Hill...." March 09

  • Cooking too long gives Dodgers' Kelly sore back

    ESPN "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said hard-throwing right-hander Joe Kelly, who was scratched from his scheduled appearance Wednesday night, will throw lightly on Friday and hopes to get in a game in a couple of days. Kelly felt tightness in his back on Wednesday. Roberts said..." March 09

  • Dodgers Claim Donnie Hart, Designate Josh Fields

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have claimed left-hander Donnie Hart off waivers from the Orioles, per an announcement from both clubs. In order to open a spot for Hart on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles surprisingly designated right-hander Josh Fields for assignment. The Dodgers will now have a week to trade..." March 07

  • Should Clayton Kershaw start season on DL?

    True Blue L.A. "I think it’s referred to as the IL (Injured List) now, but we’re still going to roll with the DL for this article. Manager Dave Roberts has a very tough decision on his hands. Coming into the spring, there was no question as to who would be taking the mound for..." March 07

  • Brock Stewart to endure another option year with Dodgers

    Los Angeles Times "Brock Stewart got the call from his agent last November, and the news was not good. The Dodgers right-hander was under the impression he would be out of minor league options in 2019. He was not. Stewart, 27, spent the past three seasons at the mercy of Major League Baseball’s..." March 07

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • Bryce Harper will save tens of millions in taxes by spurning the Dodgers and Giants

    Los Angeles Times "For Major League Baseball players, three teams are at the bottom of the standings on state taxes: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. That’s because California is in a league of its own on personal income taxes. We’ve got by far the highest..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • Max Muncy’s challenge after breakout season with Dodgers – do it again

    Orange County Register "Following a pretty good season at Triple-A in 2017, Max Muncy and his fiancee, Kellie, sat down to pick their wedding date.  It was certain to be the highlight of 2018 for them. But they had no idea how many more there would be for Muncy before they walked down the..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • A.J. Pollock out to prove he can be great for Dodgers, even if he isn't Bryce Harper

    Los Angeles Times "A fan favorite for seven years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, A.J. Pollock is adjusting to life behind enemy lines after signing a four-year, $55-million contract in January with the National League West-rival Dodgers. “Yeah, when I stop at the gas..." March 05

  • Clayton Kershaw may not be ready to pitch in Dodgers' season opener

    Los Angeles Times "Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged for the first time on Monday that ace Clayton Kershaw, who has been slowed this spring by shoulder inflammation, may not be ready for the March 28 season opener against Arizona. Roberts named Kershaw as the opening-day..." March 04

  • Clayton Kershaw ‘feels good’ after throwing on Sunday

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping and praying that Clayton Kershaw can get healthy soon. After shutting him down twice recently due to a minor injury to his throwing shoulder, things are looking up. On Sunday the lefty played catch twice and is doing okay. According to Bill..." March 04

  • Kershaw, Buehler resume throwing in camp "It was a good day on Sunday in the suboptimal Spring Trainings of Dodgers starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. Kershaw, plagued by shoulder discomfort for two weeks, resumed throwing after resting on Saturday, while manager Dave Roberts issued an upbeat..." March 03

  • Kershaw making progress with shoulder issue "Before Saturday’s game against the D-backs, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw -- who has been dealing with a left shoulder issue -- was scheduled to play catch for a third consecutive day. Roberts also provided a rundown on several other..." March 02

  • Clayton Kershaw’s latest throwing session went ‘pretty well’ … for 5 minutes

    Orange County Register "The most important five minutes of the Dodgers’ workout Thursday went “pretty well.” That was Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman’s assessment after left-hander Clayton Kershaw tested his shoulder for the first time since Monday (and only..." March 01

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Julio Urías may join starting rotation

    True Blue L.A. "Manager Dave Roberts appears to have a problem on his hands. No need to worry though, this is a good kind of problem to have. With the start of the regular season about a month away, the Dodgers have yet to announce who will be in their five-man rotation. However,..." March 01

  • Dodgers To Sign Brad Miller

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have inked infielder Brad Miller to a minor league deal, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports on Twitter. He’ll join the MLB side of Spring Training once the deal is finalized. Miller, 29, has generally been a solid offensive performer, with an overall track..." February 28

  • What Clayton Kershaw can learn from CC Sabathia’s career arc

    Los Angeles Times "On Wednesday morning at Steinbrenner Field, 2,175 miles from where Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was preparing for another day of waiting for the inflammation in his left shoulder to fade, CC Sabathia lumbered through the clubhouse of the New York Yankees and heaved his..." February 28

  • Report: Dodgers' Interest in Bryce Harper Still Reportedly Involves Short-Term Deal

    12 Up "?Following the San Diego Padres' signing of Manny Machado, it's starting to finally feel as though a Bryce Harper signing is imminent, and it seems that the Dodgers have reaffirmed their interest in his services.  There's a catch, though. According to..." February 28

  • Superstar or platoon? Cody Bellinger set for pivotal 2019: 'I have to go out and earn it'

    USA Today "Cody Bellinger’s professional reality should make him the envy of every young baseball player. Two years into what should be a long, lucrative career, Bellinger knows nothing but seasons that end with a World Series appearance. His 2017 Rookie of the Year campaign was a tour de..." February 27

  • Clayton Kershaw will try to resume throwing program on Thursday

    Orange County Register "Clayton Kershaw will try to resume his throwing program again on Thursday. Kershaw’s throwing has been curtailed since last Wednesday when he “didn’t feel right” during a live batting practice session. He played catch briefly during Monday’s morning..." February 27

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27