By Jon Weisman
Justin Turner is looking forward to leaping into 2016, but he’ll be leaping cautiously at first.
As a precaution and not unexpectedly, Turner won’t play in the first week of Cactus League games, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes.
Dave Roberts told reporters today that Turner, who is recovering from November microfracture knee surgery, remains on schedule for Opening Day, and that he can get at-bats in minor-league camp in the interim.
Howie Kendrick and Chase Utley will get some starts at third base in the meantime, Roberts said.
Adrian Gonzalez, sidelined Sunday because of his neck, was back out for workouts today.
Elsewhere at Camelback Ranch …
- Kenta Maeda impressed several today with his four-pitch mix in his first live batting practice as a Dodger, writes Gurnick. “I see him rocking batters back and forth, slow and fast, inside and outside,” Yasmani Grandal said. “It’s going to be fun to work with him.”
- Andre Ethier talked to Bill Plunkett of the Register about living with constant trade speculation, especially given that he gains a veto on all trades when he hits the 10-year mark of his career (including at least five with his current team) in May. “Ethier said Zaidi contacted him this winter when speculation over his 10-and-5 rights was bubbling and told him the Dodgers were not motivated sellers,” wrote Plunkett.
- Julio Urias, who also threw live BP today, described some of his on- and off-field interests in this interview of Doug Padilla of ESPN.com.
- Recent Cuban signee Yaisel Sierra took in the Dodgers’ workout today at Camelback Ranch and, according to the Dodgers’ press relations department, is expected to be in uniform shortly following the completion of the immigration process.
- John Thorn, MLB’s official historian, wrote about a key archival discovery from 1857 that he calls baseball’s Magna Carta.
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