‘Slow-play’ approach to Walker Buehler’s spring motivated by more than caution

GLENDALE, Ariz.– In Walker Buehler’s own words– no one flip out.

However with 2 weeks to go till Opening Day, the Dodgers ultimately admitted that their “slow-play” approach to Buehler’s springtime job was encouraged by more than just care with a 24-year-old whose innings spiked last period.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that Buehler “just had not been really feeling right” at the beginning of camp– the exact same expression he used earlier this springtime when Clayton Kershaw’s throwing program was postponed for a week. Kershaw obtained treatment and also anti-inflammatory drug for his pitching shoulder before resuming his tossing program lately.

“It was simply sort of hangover things from in 2014,” Buehler said when asked to explain what “not really feeling right” meant for him. “You do not really wish to ramp points up till you’re really feeling right. Just kind of normal stuff, nothing incredibly particular.

“But if you’re not 100 percent it’s kind of hard to try and also increase and obtain going. So we kind of reset ourselves as well as it kind of exercised in my support.”

Buehler threw to hitters in a real-time batting practice for the very first time Wednesday, tossing 33 lend a hand 2 substitute innings to Corey Seager, Paulo Orlando and Ezequiel Carrera. Buehler expects to join in a Cactus Organization game in 3 or 4 days, suggesting his spring launching would certainly happen 10 days prior to the season starts.

“I assume the timing is a little challenging yet I completely intend to be able to pitch and be a normal starting pitcher opening week. That’s our objective which’s my objective,” Buehler said. “If it doesn’t happen, if it’s four innings, that’s penalty. If it’s 5, if it’s 6– I believe it’s all an issue of just how we respond. That’ll be it.”

Roberts acknowledged Monday that both Kershaw as well as Buehler can open up the season in the turning also if they are only developed sufficient to pitch four or 5 innings in their initial starts. Right-hander Ross Stripling and also left-handers Julio Urias and also Caleb Ferguson are all constructing up to be either beginners or, potentially, multi-inning reducers that might follow Kershaw or Buehler in a “piggy-back” circumstance.

“If all goes well, will he be all set for the period to start? Yes. However that’s about just how much he’s developed,” Roberts said of Buehler particularly.

“Are we being more conservative right now? Most likely– with what we’re doing and also how we handle it? Yeah, probably.”

Buehler claimed he felt the “hangover things” on and off from the time he started his tossing program in your home in Kentucky in the weeks prior to springtime training.

“It’s simply sort of from the start of the throwing progam, not feeling 100 percent with my entire body,” he stated.

“Simply my arm didn’t seem like it was moving the means I desired it to. It’s not a pain thing actually, more of something doesn’t relocate flawlessly and also the means I kind of job I need every little thing to work correctly. … … It’s something that sort of reoccurs. Some days you really feel excellent as well as some days you do not. That’s baseball. However I had not been really feeling excellent typically enough. Absolutely nothing frightening, nothing alarming.”


Seager is scheduled to play three innings at shortstop in a minor-league video game Thursday. This stands for the very first time Seager has actually taken the field on defense in a game given that last May– and also likely the final step in his recovery from hip and also arm joint surgeries before he is removed to play in Cactus Organization games.


Kershaw is scheduled to throw one more bullpen session during Thursday’s workout. It will be his second time shaking off a mound because resuming his tossing program. …

… Outfielder Alex Verdugo played in a minor-league video game Wednesday, getting 4 at-bats.

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