GLENDALE, Ariz. — Been here, finished this.
Wearing a Dodgers uniform in a diversion for a initial time given a 2014 National League Division Series, Matt Kemp went 2 for 2 with a three-run home run that evoked memories of a finished epoch – a 2006 by 2014 seasons when Kemp strike 182 regular-season home runs for a Dodgers.
“Oh, heck yeah. The fans station up? That was flattering cool, for sure,” Kemp pronounced of being cheered by Dodgers fans again.
“It was sparkling to me. Here, a fans like to come to open training so a games are always exciting. we got a flattering comfortable welcome. It’s improved than a Dodgers fans booing me when we was on a other side. It was exciting.”
If Friday’s homer had a small some-more highlight than your normal Cactus League homer, all Kemp does this open will be watched some-more closely. The Dodgers’ efforts to pierce his agreement were catastrophic during a offseason though have not ended. How he plays this open could give those efforts a boost – or put Kemp some-more clearly in a Dodgers’ skeleton for this season.
“I don’t know. You tell me,” Kemp joked when asked if he felt some-more eyes following him this spring.
“Of course. we consider that’s obvious. we mean, it is what it is. we played in L.A. for a flattering prolonged time so I’ve always had eyes on me.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will have his eyes on Kemp. But he certified he is some-more meddlesome in saying what Kemp looks like in left margin than during a plate.
“We haven’t seen Matt in a few years,” Roberts said. “So for us to see him and see how his physique is relocating … it’s unequivocally not in a batter’s box. He’s been really prolific via his career (offensively). Obviously there are good seasons and there are not so good seasons though in a batter’s box he’s been flattering unchanging with production. The dropoff has been defensively. we consider that’s something Matt’s really transparent on and for us to keep an eye on.”
Slimmed down by 40 pounds given final season, Kemp wasn’t tested defensively in Friday’s diversion – “Hey, we held my initial round currently so I’m doing good,” he joked. But all indications are he has supposed a plea to retreat his defensive regression.
“Being in figure and feeling good is going to make personification invulnerability easier,” Kemp said. “Hit and play defense. That’s going to win games.”
Roberts pronounced Yasiel Puig was creatively in a lineup for Friday’s Cactus League opener though was scratched due to a bruise hip. Roberts pronounced a emanate was not critical and blamed Puig’s new cleats for causing a problem.
“He had a opposite span of boots that he’s violation in,” Roberts said. “He didn’t put his orthotics in.”
Puig did go by a Dodgers’ full examination Friday and Roberts pronounced he will start one of a team’s split-squad games Saturday.
The Dodgers and KTLA have once again reached agreement to simulcast some early regular-season games on SportsNet LA and KTLA5.
Five games (including SportsNet LA’s pre-game show) will be simulcast during a initial month of a unchanging deteriorate – Friday Mar 30 opposite a San Francisco Giants, Saturday Apr 7 also opposite a Giants, Friday Apr 13 opposite a Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday Apr 21 opposite a Washington Nationals and Saturday Apr 28 from San Francisco.
The recover announcing a simulcast agreement also enclosed this matter on a standing of a ongoing placement issues that have singular entrance to Dodgers broadcasts – “SportsNet LA and Dodgers games are exclusively accessible on Charter’s Spectrum use and other distributors are not approaching to lift SportsNet LA this season.”
The Dodgers claimed right-hander J.T. Chargois off waivers from a Minnesota Twins on Friday. Chargois, 27, done 25 service appearances for a Twins in 2016, going 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA. Originally a second-round collect out of Rice University in 2012, Chargois had Tommy John medicine in 2013 and missed scarcely all of final deteriorate due to a highlight greeting in his elbow.
In sequence to transparent a 40-man register mark for Chargois, left-hander Julio Urias was placed on a 60-day DL. Urias is recuperating from shoulder medicine and won’t be accessible to representation until late in a season.