Dodgers Briefing: Several players missing, Muncy hurt, Kershaw gets opener

Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 24: Pitcher Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

4. Ross Stripling is making his case for open rotation spot

Catcher Will Smith had the opportunity to receive Ross Stripling during the team’s intrasquad game on Monday. Smith told reporters that he liked what he saw from the right-hander who could find himself in the starting rotation with David Price opting out. Smith said Stripling’s change-up looked improved, and noted that the pitcher has been working on his grips during the offseason.

  • Stripling’s change-up: The right-hander uses his change-up to offset left-handed hitters. Last season, he got a 33.9% whiff rate on it, and opponents hit .269 and slugged .385 when making contact.

Dustin May throwing gas: Manager Dave Roberts told reporters that May touched 99 MPH against live hitters over the weekend.

  • 2020 role: The top pitching prospect could find himself in the starting rotation to replace David Price, as the opening is up for grabs between Stripling, May, and Tony Gonsolin. Roberts told reporters “There’s a lot to like with Dustin, in either role (starting or relieving).”

Clayton Beeter added to player pool: Dave Roberts confirmed to reporters that 2020 MLB draft pick and recent signee Clayton Beeter was added to the Dodgers player pool for this season. The team didn’t want to waste a year of his development since the minor league season has been canceled.

Watch the Dodgers play actual baseball: Wednesday’s intrasquad game will be streamed on the Dodgers Twitter and Facebook accounts with commentary from Alanna Rizzo and Nomar Garciaparra. The action starts at 6:40pm PT and is expected to last for about 3 innings.

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