Dodgers: What we learned on Day 1 of summer camp

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 03: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws at a summer workout in preparation for a shortened MLB season during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Dodger Stadium on July 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 03: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws at a summer workout in preparation for a shortened MLB season during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Dodger Stadium on July 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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The Los Angeles Dodgers officially returned to Dodger Stadium in prep of the 2020 season.


After nearly four months off, the Los Angeles Dodgers are back at it as a unit again, working out at Dodger Stadium as part of a three week Spring Training 2.0, or “summer camp” as people have started to call it.

It was the first wide media event since the coronavirus shut everything down back in mid-March. We heard from owner Stan Kasten, manager Dave Roberts, starter Clayton Kershaw, and infielder Justin Turner.

Here is what we learned from the first day of summer camp.

Clayton Kershaw is ahead of schedule

Stan Kasten confirmed the Dodgers will open the season as part of a national television event on July 23. It has been reported they will play at home against the San Francisco Giants. And based on what Clayton Kershaw said yesterday, he is ready to go for Opening Day.

"“July 1, my first day here after I got tested, I threw actually like four innings here, and I’m going to throw five innings on Monday,” Kershaw said in a press conference broadcast by the Dodgers. “I basically have three starts to get ready for the season, and I’ll be built up probably to 100 pitches by then.”"

Kershaw said he assumes he will be the Opening Day starter. Dave Roberts added that Ross Stripling and Alex Wood have built up to at least three innings while preparing at home. This is great news for the staff to be ready on short notice to start the season in three weeks.

Dodgers sign local draft product Jake Vogel

The Dodgers have now signed five of their six 2020 MLB Draft picks after securing high school outfielder Jake Vogel to an impressive $1.6 million amount, triple his slot value of $581,600. Los Angeles was able to spend extra after signing several of their other picks below slot value.

Only Competitive Balance Round pick Clayton Beeter remains unsigned. It is expected that first round selection Bobby Miller (RHP) and second-rounder Landon Knack will be included on the Dodgers’ player pool this season.

2020 All-Star Game officially canceled, Dodger Stadium awarded 2022 event

It it wasn’t somehow obvious before they announced official word, Major League Baseball canceled the 2020 All-Star Game set to be played at Dodger Stadium this July. Since next year’s game has already been awarded to the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers will receive the 2022 All-Star Game.

Initial Covid-19 results look promising

After testing 3,185 MLB players and staff members, only 38 positive tests came back for Covid-19, which is 1.2% of those tested. As Pedro Moura of The Athletic later noted, there are still several players awaiting results, so the positive rate could creep up toward 2%, but promising signs to start summer camp.

Dave Roberts said there were several players unable to start camp with the team, but didn’t specify details.

Of course, the real challenge is keeping everyone safe and healthy as they return to work. MLB has several precautions built in to protect players, but some will take getting used to, as Justin Turner explained during his press conference yesterday.

"“That’s gonna be tough for everyone,” Turner said. “It’s almost second nature. Spitting for a baseball player is like blinking.”"

As superstar Mike Trout raised doubt about returning to play this season, Clayton Kershaw said he has put his trust in MLB to provide a safe environment for him to work.

Dodgers released 25 minor leaguers

As the players included on the Dodgers 40-man roster and additional player pool (roughly 11-14 players right now) returned to action this week, 25 minor leaguers learned their dream of playing for the Dodgers will end prematurely, or at least for now.

As made evident scouring the Minor League Baseball transactions wire, the team made cuts across all levels of the farm system.

Dodgers baseball is back!

We end with a picture that describes everything you need to know right now (and get you excited for baseball to be back).

Next. Predicting the Dodgers batting order as camp opens. dark

Check back for more updates as the team continues to prepare for the 2020 season!

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