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In case you missed it: Dodgers make a trade

San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Today, the Dodgers acquired a Rule 4 competitive balance round B draft pick (No. 74 overall this June), right-handed reliever Ryan Webb and minor league catcher Brian Ward from the Orioles in exchange for catcher Chris O’Brien and pitcher Ben Rowen.

Ken Gurnick of has more on the deal. The 29-year-old Webb had a 2.95 FIP with Baltimore last year and 37 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings against 63 baserunners. Ward had a .641 OPS in a season spent mostly at Triple-A Norfolk.

And now, to fill the rest of your off day, more notes …

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In case you missed it: Happy birthday, Clayton

Angels at Dodgers, 1:05 p.m.
Carl Crawford, DH
Chris Heisey, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Scott Van Slyke, RF
Justin Turner, 2B
Andre Ethier, LF
Alex Guerrero, SS
Kike Hernandez, 3B
(Brett Anderson, P)

By Jon Weisman

Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney, who was a Dodger for a couple of hours midway through his journey from the Marlins to Orange County, today will face his former team, so to speak.

Meanwhile …

  • David Huff is still planning to start for the Dodgers’ split-squad team Saturday against Cleveland, even though his wife went into labor today.
  • Albert Pujols tagging up and going from first to second on a medium fly ball has had a long-term effect on Yasiel Puig, writes Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles.
  • Puig had a .912 OPS on the first pitch of an at-bat last year, notes Bill Chuck of Gammons Daily.
  • Submariner reliever Ben Rowen is the latest Dodger to be reassigned to minor-league camp.
  • Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk is a long-time Braves fan, but he explains in this fun piece why his sons have become Dodger fans.
  • The artwork on the 2015 Dodger media guide cover is by Stephen Holland, the same artist who produced our 2015 Yearbook cover painting of Fernando Valenzuela. The media guide is not for sale.

Media guide cover


In case you missed it: Post-Oscars package

Los Angeles Dodgers workout

For more photos from today, visit LA Photog Blog.

By Jon Weisman

Starting off, our best wishes go to Dodger assistant pitching coach Ken Howell, who is missing Spring Training because of ongoing health issues, as Ken Gurnick of writes. Howell did text Gurnick that he is “doing much better.”

Here’s a quick look at today’s notes …

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In case you missed it: Juan Uribe in the house

Los Angeles Dodgers workout

For more images from today, visit LA Photog Blog

By Jon Weisman

Well, now that Uribear is here, the party can really start …

  • Zack Greinke had a planned lubricating injection in his right elbow. Greinke, who has already thrown five bullpen sessions, had the procedure done as a precaution, as Ken Gurnick of reports.
  • Today’s health log also includes new reliever Joel Peralta, who had right shoulder discomfort in a bullpen session two weeks ago, Gurnick notes, but was checked out by a doctor plans to resume playing catch Sunday.
  • In addition, Don Mattingly said today that non-roster submariner Ben Rowen, recovering from thoracic surgery, is on a reduced workload.
  • Brandon Beachy and Farhan Zaidi spoke to reporters today about the latter signing the former. Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. has quotes, including this:

    “We’re going to be conservative with it because it’s his second one and we have an investment in him not just for 2015 but 2016 as well,” Zaidi said. “We’re hoping he’ll be ready to go midseason, All-Star break, in that range, but that’s just a guess. His timeline will be determined by how well he progresses.”

  • Mattingly told reporters today that he doesn’t expect to see Julio Urias pitch for the Major League club in 2015.
  • The Dodgers have the No. 1 lineup in baseball, according to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post, and the No. 3 pitching staff.
  • Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson both review analytics but exploit them in different ways, writes J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News.
  • It’s Spring Training, but McCarthy is in midseason Twitter form.

Dodgers officially sign Bedard, Rowen to minor-league deals

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By Jon Weisman

Pitchers Erik Bedard and Ben Rowen have officially been signed by the Dodgers to minor-league contracts with invites to big-league camp at Spring Training.

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