When do Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to spring training?

Los Angeles Dodgers Introduce Shohei Ohtani
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Via Twitter, Baseball Reference does a nice job of keeping us tuned in to how many days are left until the official start of the baseball season, but looking straight ahead toward Opening Day skips over something crucial: spring training. Although spring training games have little to no stakes, they're a great chance for fans to get a taste of baseball back after almost four months.

For Dodgers fans, these games will mean glimpsing Yoshinobu Yamamoto throw in MLB(-lite) for the first time, Shohei Ohtani probably hitting a bomb off of a poor non-roster invitee, and maybe even Walker Buehler throwing his first real pitches since 2022.

It's all happening, and it's all barreling toward us faster than you might think. In just a few weeks, the Dodgers will be back to work.

When do pitchers and catchers report for the Dodgers?

Dodgers pitchers and catchers will report on Feb. 9 this year, making them the first of all teams to start reassembling their squad after the offseason. The rest of the team will report to Camelback on on Feb. 14, when almost every other team will be seeing their pitchers and catchers for the first time.

The Dodgers need to be ahead of the curve; their season technically starts a week before everyone else's, with the Seoul Series against the Padres taking place on March 20-21. Dodgers spring training games will officially kick off on Feb. 22, also against the Padres, at 12:10 PM PST.

Pitching has to be the main focus for the Dodgers

For all of their wins this offseason, the Dodgers still haven't figured out who they're going to get to round out their rotation. Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow, and Bobby Miller are the only locks, and Emmet Sheehan is a good possibility, but if the Dodgers can't find someone from outside the organization for that fourth or fifth spot, they'll need to keep a close eye on their internal options at spring training instead.

Other names currently on the 40-man are Gavin Stone, Ryan Yarbrough, Kyle Hurt, Michael Grove, Nick Frasso, and Landon Knack, all of whom could be in the running to fill a rotation spot until Buehler officially comes back from injury.

Even if the team does find a free agent or trade piece, all of the aforementioned pitchers will still be continually evaluated as possible bullpen arms. Stone, Frasso, and Knack are all top prospects — the latter two of whom have expected MLB landing dates in 2024 — and should be looking to impress in spring training.