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Buehler resumes throwing, may have 'pen soon

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler resumed playing catch on Sunday, and manager Dave Roberts said his first bullpen session of Spring Training could be on Wednesday.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler resumed playing catch on Sunday, and manager Dave Roberts said his first bullpen session of Spring Training could be on Wednesday.

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Buehler has had a slow start to camp, by design, because of last year's innings spike. The Dodgers have been mindful of the wiry Buehler's health ever since selecting him in the first round of the 2015 Draft and discovering he needed Tommy John surgery. He reported to camp last spring with a sore back and opened the season at Triple-A.

Buehler's innings total jumped from 98 in 2017 to 177 in 2018 and many of those were high-stress innings, such as the Game 163 National League West tiebreaker, Game 7 of the National League Championship Series and Game 3 of the World Series.

He had already thrown four bullpen sessions before reporting to camp. By Wednesday, other Dodgers pitchers will have thrown three bullpens.

Verdugo's immediate future not set
• Roberts conceded top outfield prospect Alex Verdugo has "nothing else he has to prove" at Triple-A, but Roberts was non-committal about Verdugo's immediate future.

"Right now, fortunately, we don't have to make a decision," Roberts said. "I just encourage Alex to go play and play well because there is nothing else he has to prove at the Minor League level. No one's going to argue that. But there are a lot of players that have performed at this level too. There's needed growth in routine and the consistency part of it. Right now, I just want Alex concentrating on the preparation part of things."

Roberts plans for A.J. Pollock to play center field and Cody Bellinger to handle right field almost every game, leaving left field for left-handed hitters Joc Pederson and Verdugo, or right-handed hitters Chris Taylor or Enrique Hernandez.

"We expect Cody out there every day and A.J. in center," Roberts said. "Look at left field, the last few years Joc production-wise has done a great job against right-handed pitching. Baseball is competition. You can't diminish what Joc has done on the Major League level."

Dodgers tidbits
Ross Stripling is expected to be back in full action on Monday. The right-hander was held back for a third day on Sunday because of an upper respiratory condition. He did play catch Saturday and Sunday, but the medical department preferred to keep him quarantined for the protection of teammates.

David Freese reported late Saturday, leaving Andrew Toles as the only player who hasn't checked in with position players due to report by Monday. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Tuesday.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Walker Buehler

Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team

MLB.com @RichardJustice

On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism is infectious.

That's the very nature of the sport. Every single team is excited about something. Some teams want to get a look at the new acquisitions. Others want to see prospects or returning veterans or unheralded players hoping for a new start.

On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism is infectious.

That's the very nature of the sport. Every single team is excited about something. Some teams want to get a look at the new acquisitions. Others want to see prospects or returning veterans or unheralded players hoping for a new start.

Some of it is the warmer weather of Spring Training. Some of it is the guys seeing one another again. And some of it is simply putting the uniform on and getting back out on the field and doing the thing they love more than anything.

Here's an optimism cheat sheet for all 30 teams:

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Josh Donaldson
To a young team that won the NL East and has a deep farm system comes a 33-year-old former American League Most Valuable Player ready to prove he's still one of the best players in the game.

Video: Donaldson thrilled to be with the Braves

Marlins: Youth
Manager Don Mattingly's Opening Day lineup probably will have at least six players in their 20s, and it's going to be fun watching those young guys grow and begin to prove themselves.

Mets: Expectations
The Mets finally have some after an offseason in which they've been upgraded all over the place while holding onto a rotation that might be baseball's best.

Nationals: Max Scherzer
His every start is a must-see event, and now he's the biggest name on a team that has had a tremendous offseason and might just be the NL's best team whether Bryce Harper returns or not.

Phillies: Anticipation
The Phillies made a string of solid acquisitions and remain in the middle of the race for Harper and/or Manny Machado. Regardless of how that plays out, the additions of J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and David Robertson have moved them closer to a postseason berth.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: NL's best record
The Brewers were one win from going to the World Series and are bringing back the core of that 2018 team, in addition to upgrades behind the plate (signing Yasmani Grandal) and in the rotation (the return of injured ace Jimmy Nelson).

Cardinals: Paul Goldschmidt
He's on the short list of baseball's best offensive players and could transform the lineup, if not the entire team. With the signing of lefty reliever Andrew Miller and a slew of young arms, the Cardinals probably could not feel better about 2019.

Video: Paul Goldschmidt gets formally introduced

Cubs: Yu Darvish
He's ready to be the ace the Cubs projected he would be in 2018, when he was limited to just eight starts in his first year with the club due to injury. If the Cubs can keep Darvish and their other core guys on the field, there may not be a better NL team.

Pirates: Youth
Don't sleep on this team. The starting rotation could be very good. If third base prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes makes his debut in the first half of the season, he'll join first baseman Josh Bell to give the Pirates a solid pair of corner infielders to go with a potentially very good outfield.

Reds: Rotation
The Reds could turn a big corner with the addition of Alex Wood, Sonny Gray and Tanner Roark to the rotation. Watching new right fielder Yasiel Puig hit in Great American Ball Park could be one of the best shows in baseball.

NL WEST

D-backs: Rotation
There are legitimate reasons to be excited about this club, thanks to a rotation that could be as good as any in the NL with Taijuan Walker back from Tommy John surgery and Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray and Zack Godley all returning.

Dodgers: Corey Seager
With six straight division championships and back-to-back NL pennants in their pocket, the Dodgers are getting potentially their best player back from Tommy John surgery.

Video: BP, throwing across diamond next on docket for Seager

Giants: Madison Bumgarner
He's healthy again after injuries limited him to 38 starts the last two seasons. Last time he pitched a full season was 2016 when he threw 226 2/3 innings, and the Giants made the playoffs. Go ahead and connect the dots.

Padres: Youth
The Padres have 10 of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects, a record. Even better is that at least four of them, including shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (No. 2 overall), are projected to play in the big leagues this season.

Rockies: Nolan Arenado
Both sides are publicly optimistic he'll be signed to an extension before reaching free agency after the season. Meanwhile, his team is positioned for a third straight postseason appearance, thanks to what should be the best rotation in franchise history.

AL EAST

Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
He's the top prospect in the sport and one of the best hitting prospects ever, according to MLB Pipeline, and will be playing third base for the Blue Jays at some point this season. He's the face of a wave of kids that will usher in a new chapter of baseball in Toronto.

Video: Top Prospects: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays

Orioles: The future
The Orioles are being rebuilt by two of the men -- Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal -- who helped make the Astros a powerhouse. This season will be devoted to throwing young kids on the field and giving them a chance to show they belong, much the way Houston did a few years before winning a World Series.

Rays: Front office
Smartest in baseball? It's in the conversation. Same thing with manager Kevin Cash. Last season's 90-win team reinforced both those notions. They've gotten better this offseason with depth and flexibility up and down the roster.

Red Sox: Trophy case
Why would the Red Sox be optimistic? Other than winning the World Series four times in 15 seasons. Other than having the reigning AL MVP (Mookie Betts) and an offense and rotation that could be baseball's best.

Yankees: Bullpen
General manager Brian Cashman upgraded his team all over the place, especially in the bullpen, which has a chance to be one of the best ever. No division has three teams as good as the top three in the AL East.

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Rotation
There may not be one better, and that's why the front office resisted the temptation to trade a starter for a hitter. The Indians are solid favorites to win the AL Central again, and that rotation could make them a formidable October opponent.

Royals: Kyle Zimmer
What a story. He is a former top pitching prospect whose career appeared to be over after four surgeries. He was sent to the Driveline Baseball program in Seattle as sort of a last-chance saloon. Now at 27, he's throwing hard and without pain and should make his Major League debut in 2019.

Video: Kyle Zimmer on returning to form going into 2019

Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
His 2018 season ended after 38 games when he underwent biceps surgery. Now 35 years old, he's ready to continue building on a Hall of Fame resume.

Twins: Byron Buxton
He has added 21 pounds of muscle and seems confident he'll get his career back on track after a tough 2018 season that was mostly spent in the Minor Leagues. He's still only 25, and the Twins are hopeful he can be the electrifying presence he was once projected to be.

White Sox: Eloy Jimenez
He's the crown jewel of a very good farm system and ranked No. 3 overall by MLB Pipeline. Injuries delayed his debut last summer, and now that he's healthy again, he'll be the most-watched player at Sox camp.

AL WEST

Angels: Mike Trout
OK, this is stating the obvious. We could be watching one of baseball's 10 greatest players ever at his peak, and the Angels may have constructed a team that'll help put Trout on display in October.

Astros: Alex Bregman
He did more than emerge as a great player in 2018. He also became a huge presence in his community, giving of his time and money and making himself a role model for every other professional athlete.

Athletics: Matt Chapman
If you're not completely familiar with his game, you soon will be. He's a generational defensive player at third and on his way to becoming one of the players every other is compared to.

Mariners: Yusei Kikuchi
He was the most interesting addition in an offseason of change for the Mariners and will slot between Marco Gonzales and Mike Leake in a rotation that will give Seattle a chance to be competitive.

Video: Yusei Kikuchi discusses his first bullpen session

Rangers: Joey Gallo
There's a buzz the moment he steps into the batter's box. His 81 home runs the last two seasons are the fourth most in the Majors. His 93.9 mph average exit velocity is third highest.

Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.

Seager has 'really good feeling' in recovery

Dodgers shortstop still on track for Opening Day return
MLB.com @kengurnick

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Corey Seager's rehab from elbow and hip operations continues without setback, and the Dodgers shortstop still sees no reason why he won't be ready for Opening Day.

"Absolutely," Seager said Saturday. "I still have stuff I have to try for the first time, but I think my confidence is the same."

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Corey Seager's rehab from elbow and hip operations continues without setback, and the Dodgers shortstop still sees no reason why he won't be ready for Opening Day.

"Absolutely," Seager said Saturday. "I still have stuff I have to try for the first time, but I think my confidence is the same."

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Seager underwent Tommy John elbow reconstruction last May 6 and followed that on Aug. 7 with arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn left hip labrum and shave a misshaped bone.

Manager Dave Roberts said Seager "is a full go with everything -- outside of the throwing" across the infield.

"The range to the left and right with the hip, the body moving around, the swing is full bore and now it's just the throwing," said Roberts. "He's out to 130 feet. Not quite across the field, but he's in a good place."

Video: Roberts on Kershaw's leadership, Seager's status

Seager said the throwing limitation is placed on him by the medical department, not by any discomfort.

"Both feel really good," he said of the repaired joints. "I'm still building it up, haven't had problems with anything. Absolutely I feel like I'm healthy. It's a really good feeling. It's nice to feel you're able to do everything and not have to worry anymore."

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Seager began a throwing program in October. He has been hitting since early February. He's learned that virtually all baseball activities go through the hip, which he admits was bothering him since the middle of last year, offensively and defensively. But, he added, that makes him even more confident he's about to be healthy for the first time in years.

"I didn't think I'd notice [improvement] as much as I did, especially the range of motion," he said. "It's easier to stay in a squat. Stable is not the right word, but I can get into a squat and hold it instead of having to get out of it right away."

Roberts said he's noticed steady progression in the past week.

"There were balls in the hole yesterday that he was challenged on and I sort of cringed at times, but he said he felt good and normal and it was encouraging," Roberts said.

"As we have it mapped out, he's scheduled to be ready for Opening Day. I don't know when that means he's throwing across the diamond or playing in Spring Training games, but right now the focus is just on building that arm up."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Corey Seager

Back to pitching, Allie eager to show off arm

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Chris Sale and Christian Yelich came out of the 2010 Draft. So did Stetson Allie.

Every player chases a dream, the chase tougher for some. Allie, 27, is in his third incarnation, a pitcher-turned-outfielder-turned pitcher in Dodgers camp as a non-roster invitee with a 101 mph fastball.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Chris Sale and Christian Yelich came out of the 2010 Draft. So did Stetson Allie.

Every player chases a dream, the chase tougher for some. Allie, 27, is in his third incarnation, a pitcher-turned-outfielder-turned pitcher in Dodgers camp as a non-roster invitee with a 101 mph fastball.

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He was a non-roster outfielder two springs ago, even slugged a three-run homer against the Angels. But they took away the bat that season and told him to go back to the position that got him drafted in the second round and signed by the Pirates for a $2.25 million bonus.

"I knew I had a great arm still so I said, 'Great, let's do it,' and I haven't looked back," said Allie, who was signed by Pittsburgh scout Brian Tracy, son of former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy. "I'm on the right path and I feel I'm in the right organization. They allow me to be me. I'm a reliever and I can go another 10-plus years."

He pitched at Class A, Double-A and Triple-A last year with results typical for an inexperienced hard thrower -- a lot of strikeouts, a lot of walks, a lot of wild pitches. He said he spent instructional league throwing "a gazillion" sliders and somebody thought enough of his potential to invite him to camp so the big league staff and catchers get familiar with that arm.

"He's still got to grow, but he has a lot of upside," said manager Dave Roberts. "He has a really fresh arm. I don't feel his age plays here. He made strides last year and we expect him to continue to do so."

• Pitcher Ross Stripling was improved Saturday but missed his second workout with an upper respiratory condition. Roberts said management wanted to keep Stripling "out of the way of the rest of the guys."

• Roberts was told pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has set a goal of winning 20 games this season. Roberts said it's more important that the Dodgers win the games Ryu starts.

Ryu had 20-win stuff last year when the Dodgers could keep him on the field, as he went 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA. But he made only 15 starts, missing half the season with a badly pulled groin muscle.

"This year he's a little bit heavier, but it's good weight," said Roberts. "He's in really good shape, put in a lot of work and he'll be in our rotation."

Ryu had 14 wins each of his first two seasons, then had none over the next two seasons as he dealt with major shoulder surgery. He pitched 192 innings his rookie season of 2013, but only 82 1/3 innings last year plus 19 in the postseason.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Stetson Allie

'Special time' for Dodgers' catching depth

Oklahoma City manager discusses four of L.A.'s backstop prospects
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With the departure of Yasmani Grandal, the re-acquisition of Russell Martin to pair with Austin Barnes and the rumored pursuit of J.T. Realmuto, there's been plenty of concern about the Dodgers' catching situation in 2019.

As for prospects, though, the Dodgers are deeper behind the plate than they've been in decades.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With the departure of Yasmani Grandal, the re-acquisition of Russell Martin to pair with Austin Barnes and the rumored pursuit of J.T. Realmuto, there's been plenty of concern about the Dodgers' catching situation in 2019.

As for prospects, though, the Dodgers are deeper behind the plate than they've been in decades.

Four of their top 18 prospects as ranked by MLB Pipeline are catchers -- No. 2 Keibert Ruiz, No. 5 Will Smith, No. 12 Diego Cartaya and No. 18 Connor Wong.

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Travis Barbary, who has been in the trenches of the Dodgers' farm system for a quarter-century, was recently promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City manager from organizational catching coordinator, a role where he was responsible for the development of the quartet.

"From a catching standpoint, it's a special time for this organization," said Barbary. "To have this amount, and there are others with a chance to do well. Look at the depth. Our scouts did a great job and it's going to be really fun to watch them progress."

Ruiz, only 20, signed for $140,000 out of Venezuela, spent all last season at Double-A Tulsa and has spent parts of the past three offseasons living with Barbary and his family in South Carolina.

"Very quiet, confident," Barbary said of Ruiz. "Carries himself like a big leaguer since the day he signed. Got that 'it' factor. I feel like the moment's never too big for him. Things never speed up. You watch him around the guys last year at big league camp, he just fit right in. It's really hard to believe he just turned 20 in July. From a physical standpoint, plus receiver. Doing a better job with the information we give him, the scouting reports.

"He's a very instinctual player who relies on what he sees, but he's doing a good job taking information he'll have at the big league level and blending that with what he sees. Offensively, he's legit. We're really fortunate to have a guy like that in the system. The future's really bright for him."

Video: Ruiz discusses his 2018 season in the Minors

Smith, a first-round Draft pick in 2016, is 23 and closest to the Major Leagues, with president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman saying he has Gold Glove defensive skills.

"Defensively, [Smith's] probably as good as anybody we've had come through here since Russell [Martin] from a defensive standpoint," said Barbary. "Very athletic, just the progression as far as his receiving. [Catching coordinator] Ryan Sienko has done a lot to help him. A dynamic thrower, controls the running game behind the plate. Can make athletic plays in front of the plate, on a bunt, ball in the dirt, ability to back pick. He's an elite thrower. He's gotten more comfortable leading the pitching staff.

"Sky's the limit for this dude defensively. The numbers he put up last year offensively, he'll have a good year. He's really special."

Video: LAD@MIL: Smith catches Hiura stealing third

The 17-year-old Cartaya signed last July out of Venezuela for $2.5 million, and this will be his first professional season.

"I saw [Cartaya] in [the Dominican Republic] this summer and he came to instructional league," said Barbary. "Really physical for a young kid. You see the tools and skills. I don't have as good a feel because I haven't seen him in that much game action, but he came and spent two weeks with me a couple weeks ago. ... Very big personality, outgoing kid, loves to work.

"Once he gets to the States, starts playing, the physical skills will develop. To be as young as he is, as physical as he is and project three or four years from now, he's a guy you get really excited about."

Video: Dodgers sign top international prospect Cartaya

Wong is 22 and is still a work in progress behind the plate, having caught only one season in college before the Dodgers drafted him in 2017. He hit 19 homers at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga last year.

"[Wong's] another guy, our scouts did a great job," said Barbary. "He hadn't caught a lot when we drafted him. Really athletic defender. Got a chance to be an everyday guy behind the plate when he gets to the big leagues. Ryan's helped him develop the receiving skill. A really good thrower in our system. Athletic, good range behind the plate. I've seen him hit well. Another one of those guys you see and say, 'Man, we've got another really player back there.' A lot of credit to the scouts for seeing the upside."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Keibert Ruiz, Will Smith

Dodgers 'slow-playing' Buehler this spring

Right-hander expected to be ready for start of season; Seager's return timetable less certain
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed the club is "slow-playing" pitcher Walker Buehler early this spring, but insisted Buehler will be ready when the regular season opens.

"Walker had a tremendous year, a big-time workload," Roberts said of Buehler, the only Dodgers pitcher yet to throw a bullpen session in camp. "We're slow-playing him a little bit, but as far as the progression to get him ready for the season, he's right on track."

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed the club is "slow-playing" pitcher Walker Buehler early this spring, but insisted Buehler will be ready when the regular season opens.

"Walker had a tremendous year, a big-time workload," Roberts said of Buehler, the only Dodgers pitcher yet to throw a bullpen session in camp. "We're slow-playing him a little bit, but as far as the progression to get him ready for the season, he's right on track."

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The Dodgers have been mindful of the wiry Buehler's health ever since selecting him in the first round of the 2015 Draft and discovering he needed Tommy John surgery. He reported to camp last spring with a sore back and opened the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

"He's very in tune with what's in his best interest," said Roberts. "We're on the same page and understand he'll still be ready for the season. It's the best thing for him. With what he's shown and the way he's rebounded with the winter he's had, the plan is for him to be a regular starting pitcher."

In 24 games (23 starts) last season, Buehler was 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA. He fanned 151 batters and walked just 37 over 137 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting, made four postseason starts in 2018, going 0-1 with a 3.80 ERA.

Buehler had already thrown four bullpen sessions before reporting and said he expects to resume them "soon."

Worth noting
• The initial announcements had Corey Seager "tracking" for Opening Day and maybe he still is, but the comments are subtly softening as the shortstop returns from major elbow and hip operations.

Roberts used words like "taking the long view" and "not have a sense of urgency because there's a natural healing process that has to take place."

"He'll be ready when he's ready," said Roberts. "The target date is Opening Day. Wherever it takes us when he's healthy, that's the goal. We're going to need him all year long."

Until Seager returns, the Dodgers expect Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez to share shortstop duties.

Video: BP, throwing across diamond next on docket for Seager

Ross Stripling, an All-Star last summer but looking for a role this spring, missed Friday's workout with an upper respiratory condition.

• Roberts almost announced that Clayton Kershaw would make his ninth Opening Day start, but didn't.

"I think we're thinking the same thing," Roberts said. "It's not official yet, but I think we know."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Walker Buehler, Corey Seager

Projected 2019 lineups, rotations for every team

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Spring Training is here, so now is a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup and rotation would look like if the season began today. Of course, rosters are still fluid at this point, but with help from all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup of how they might turn out.

Spring Training is here, so now is a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup and rotation would look like if the season began today. Of course, rosters are still fluid at this point, but with help from all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup of how they might turn out.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

BLUE JAYS
Lineup:
1. Devon Travis, 2B
2. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., SS
3. Justin Smoak, 1B
4. Kendrys Morales, DH
5. Randal Grichuk, RF
6. Teoscar Hernandez, LF
7. Kevin Pillar, CF
8. Brandon Drury, 3B
9. Danny Jansen, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Marcus Stroman, RHP
2. Aaron Sanchez, RHP
3. Ryan Borucki, LHP
4. Matt Shoemaker, RHP
5. Clayton Richard, LHP
Closer: Ken Giles, RHP

ORIOLES
Lineup:
1. Cedric Mullins, CF
2. Jonathan Villar, 2B
3. Trey Mancini, LF
4. Mark Trumbo, DH
5. Chris Davis, 1B
6. Renato Nunez, 3B
7. DJ Stewart, RF
8. Richie Martin, SS
9. Chance Sisco, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Dylan Bundy, RHP
2. Andrew Cashner, RHP
3. Alex Cobb, RHP
4. David Hess, RHP
5. Nate Karns, RHP
Closer: Mychal Givens, RHP

RAYS
Lineup:
1. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
2. Matt Duffy, 3B
3. Tommy Pham, LF
4. Ji-Man Choi, DH
5. Willy Adames, SS
6. Yandy Diaz, 1B
7. Austin Meadows, RF
8. Mike Zunino, C
9. Joey Wendle, 2B

Rotation and closer:
1. Blake Snell, LHP
2. Charlie Morton, RHP
3. Opener
4. Tyler Glasnow, RHP
5. Opener
Closer: Jose Alvarado, LHP

RED SOX
Lineup:
1. Andrew Benintendi, LF
2. Mookie Betts, RF
3. J.D. Martinez, DH
4. Xander Bogaerts, SS
5. Mitch Moreland, 1B
6. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
7. Rafael Devers, 3B
8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9. Christian Vazquez, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Chris Sale, LHP
2. David Price, LHP
3. Rick Porcello, RHP
4. Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
5. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
Closer: Matt Barnes, RHP 

YANKEES
Lineup:
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Gary Sanchez, C
6. Miguel Andujar, 3B
7. Gleyber Torres, 2B
8. Luke Voit, 1B
9. Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Luis Severino, RHP
2. James Paxton, LHP
3. Masahiro Tanaka, RHP
4. J.A. Happ, LHP
5. CC Sabathia, LHP
Closer: Aroldis Chapman, LHP

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

INDIANS
Lineup:
1. Leonys Martin, CF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Jose Ramirez, 3B
4. Carlos Santana, DH
5. Jake Bauers, 1B
6. Tyler Naquin, RF
7. Jordan Luplow, LF
8. Roberto Perez, C
9. Yu Chang, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Corey Kluber, RHP
2. Trevor Bauer, RHP
3. Carlos Carrasco, RHP
4. Mike Clevinger, RHP
5. Shane Bieber, RHP
Closer: Brad Hand, LHP

ROYALS
Lineup:
1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
2. Adalberto Mondesi, SS
3. Alex Gordon, LF
4. Jorge Soler, DH
5. Salvador Perez, C
6. Ryan O'Hearn,1B
7. Hunter Dozier, 3B
8. Brett Phillips, RF
9. Billy Hamilton, CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Danny Duffy, LHP
2. Brad Keller, RHP
3. Jakob Junis, RHP
4. Ian Kennedy, RHP
5. Jorge Lopez, RHP
Closer: Brad Boxberger, RHP

TIGERS
Lineup:
1. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
2. Christin Stewart, LF
3. Nicholas Castellanos, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Niko Goodrum, 2B
6. John Hicks, DH
7. Grayson Greiner, C
8. JaCoby Jones, CF
9. Jordy Mercer, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Matthew Boyd, LHP
2. Michael Fulmer, RHP
3. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
4. Matt Moore, LHP
5. Tyson Ross, RHP
Closer: Shane Greene, RHP

TWINS
Lineup:
1. Jorge Polanco, SS
2. Eddie Rosario, LF
3. Miguel Sano, 3B
4. Nelson Cruz, DH
5. C.J. Cron, 1B
6. Max Kepler, RF
7. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
8. Jason Castro, C
9. Byron Buxton, CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Jose Berrios, RHP
2. Kyle Gibson, RHP
3. Michael Pineda, RHP
4. Jake Odorizzi, RHP
5. Martin Perez, LHP
Closer: Trevor May, RHP

WHITE SOX
Lineup:
1. Jon Jay, RF
2. Yoan Moncada, 2B
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Yonder Alonso, DH
5. Welington Castillo, C
6. Daniel Palka, LF
7. Tim Anderson, SS
8. Yolmer Sanchez, 3B
9. Adam Engel, CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Carlos Rodon, LHP
2. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP
3. Ivan Nova, RHP
4. Lucas Giolito, RHP
5. Manny Banuelos, LHP
Closer: Alex Colome, RHP

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

ANGELS
Lineup:
1. Zack Cozart, 3B
2. Mike Trout, CF
3. Justin Upton, LF
4. Justin Bour, 1B
5. Albert Pujols, DH
6. Andrelton Simmons, SS
7. Kole Calhoun, RF
8. David Fletcher, 2B
9. Jonathan Lucroy, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Tyler Skaggs, LHP
2. Andrew Heaney, LHP
3. Matt Harvey, RHP
4. Trevor Cahill, RHP
5. Jaime Barria, RHP
Closer: Cody Allen, RHP

ASTROS
Lineup:
1. George Springer, CF
2. Alex Bregman, 3B
3. Jose Altuve, 2B
4. Carlos Correa, SS
5. Michael Brantley, LF
6. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
7. Josh Reddick, RF
8. Tyler White, DH
9. Robinson Chirinos, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Justin Verlander, RHP
2. Gerrit Cole, RHP
3. Wade Miley, LHP
4. Collin McHugh, RHP
5. Josh James, RHP
Closer: Roberto Osuna, RHP

ATHLETICS
Lineup:
1. Nick Martini, LF
2. Matt Chapman, 3B
3. Matt Olson, 1B
4. Khris Davis, DH
5. Stephen Piscotty, RF
6. Jurickson Profar, 2B
7. Ramon Laureano, CF
8. Marcus Semien, SS
9. Chris Herrmann, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Mike Fiers, RHP
2. Marco Estrada, RHP
3. Brett Anderson, LHP
4. Daniel Mengden, RHP
5. Paul Blackburn, RHP
Closer: Blake Treinen, RHP

MARINERS
Lineup:
1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Mitch Haniger, RF
3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
4. Kyle Seager, 3B
5. Domingo Santana, LF
6. Ryon Healy, 1B
7. Omar Narvaez, C
8. Tim Beckham, SS
9. Dee Gordon, 2B

Rotation and closer:
1. Marco Gonzales, LHP
2. Yusei Kikuchi, LHP
3. Mike Leake, RHP
4. Wade LeBlanc, LHP
5. Felix Hernandez, RHP
Closer: Hunter Strickland, RHP

RANGERS
Lineup:
1. Delino DeShields, CF
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, DH
4. Nomar Mazara, RF
5. Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B
6. Joey Gallo, LF
7. Rougned Odor, 2B
8. Ronald Guzman, 1B
9. Jeff Mathis, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Mike Minor, LHP 
2. Lance Lynn, RHP
3. Drew Smyly, LHP
4. Edinson Volquez, RHP
5. Shelby Miller, RHP
Closer: Jose Leclerc, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

BRAVES
Lineup:
1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Ronald Acuna Jr., LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Tyler Flowers, C
7. Ozzie Albies, 2B
8. Dansby Swanson, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
2. Sean Newcomb, LHP
3. Kevin Gausman, RHP
4. Julio Teheran, RHP
5. Touki Toussaint, RHP
Closer: Arodys Vizcaino, RHP

MARLINS
Lineup:
1. Lewis Brinson, CF
2. Curtis Granderson, LF
3. Starlin Castro, 2B
4. Brian Anderson, 3B
5. Peter O'Brien, RF
6. Neil Walker, 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro, C
8. JT Riddle, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Jose Urena, RHP
2. Dan Straily, RHP
3. Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
4. Sandy Alcantara, RHP
5. Trevor Richards, RHP
Closer: Drew Steckenrider, RHP

METS
Lineup:
1. Brandon Nimmo, RF
2. Jed Lowrie, 3B
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Wilson Ramos, C
5. Michael Conforto, LF
6. Todd Frazier, 1B
7. Juan Lagares, CF
8. Amed Rosario, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
4. Steven Matz, LHP
5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Closer: Edwin Diaz, RHP

NATIONALS
Lineup:
1. Adam Eaton, RF
2. Trea Turner, SS
3. Anthony Rendon, 3B
4. Juan Soto, LF
5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
6. Brian Dozier, 2B
7. Victor Robles, CF
8. Yan Gomes, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Max Scherzer, RHP
2. Stephen Strasburg, RHP
3. Patrick Corbin, LHP
4. Anibal Sanchez, RHP
5. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
Closer: Sean Doolittle, LHP

PHILLIES
Lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Jean Segura, SS
3. J.T. Realmuto, C
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Andrew McCutchen, LF
6. Odubel Herrera, CF
7. Maikel Franco, 3B
8. Nick Williams, RF

Rotation and closer:
1. Aaron Nola, RHP
2. Jake Arrieta, RHP
3. Nick Pivetta, RHP
4. Zach Eflin, RHP
5. Vince Velasquez, RHP
Closer: David Robertson, RHP, or Seranthony Dominguez, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

BREWERS
Lineup:
1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
2. Christian Yelich, RF
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Travis Shaw, 3B
5. Jesus Aguilar, 1B
6. Yasmani Grandal, C
7. Cory Spangenberg, 2B
8. Orlando Arcia, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
2. Chase Anderson, RHP
3. Zach Davies, RHP
4. Jimmy Nelson, RHP
5. Brandon Woodruff, RHP
Closer: Corey Knebel, RHP

CARDINALS
Lineup:
1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
2. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
3. Paul DeJong, SS
4. Marcell Ozuna, LF
5. Dexter Fowler, RF
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Kolten Wong, 2B
8. Harrison Bader, CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Miles Mikolas, RHP
2. Carlos Martinez, RHP
3. Jack Flaherty, RHP
4. Michael Wacha, RHP
5. Adam Wainwright, RHP
Closer: Andrew Miller, LHP

CUBS
Lineup:
1. Ben Zobrist, 2B
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Javier Baez, SS
5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
6. Willson Contreras, C
7. Jason Heyward, RF
8. Albert Almora Jr., CF

Rotation and closer:
1. Jon Lester, LHP
2. Kyle Hendricks, RHP
3. Cole Hamels, LHP
4. Yu Darvish, RHP
5. Jose Quintana, LHP
Closer: Pedro Strop, RHP

PIRATES
Lineup:
1. Adam Frazier, 2B
2. Starling Marte, CF
3. Corey Dickerson, LF
4. Josh Bell, 1B
5. Francisco Cervelli, C
6. Colin Moran, 3B
7. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
8. Erik Gonzalez, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Jameson Taillon, RHP
2. Chris Archer, RHP
3. Trevor Williams, RHP
4. Joe Musgrove, RHP
5. Jordan Lyles, RHP
Closer: Felipe Vazquez, LHP

REDS
Lineup:
1. Jesse Winker, LF
2. Jose Peraza, SS
3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Eugenio Suarez, 3B
5. Scooter Gennett, 2B
6. Yasiel Puig, RF
7. Scott Schebler, CF
8. Tucker Barnhart, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Sonny Gray, RHP
2. Tanner Roark, RHP
3. Alex Wood, LHP
4. Luis Castillo, RHP
5. Anthony DeSclafani, RHP
Closer: Raisel Iglesias, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-BACKS
Lineup:
1. Ketel Marte, CF
2. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
3. David Peralta, LF
4. Steven Souza Jr., RF
5. Jake Lamb, 1B
6. Wilmer Flores, 2B
7. Nick Ahmed, SS
8. Alex Avila, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Zack Greinke, RHP
2. Robbie Ray, LHP
3. Zack Godley, RHP
4. Luke Weaver, RHP
5. Merrill Kelly, RHP
Closer: Archie Bradley, RHP

DODGERS
Lineup:
1. A.J. Pollock, CF
2. Corey Seager, SS
3. Justin Turner, 3B
4. Cody Bellinger, RF
5. Max Muncy, 1B
6. Chris Taylor, 2B
7. Joc Pederson, LF
8. Austin Barnes, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Clayton Kershaw, LHP
2. Walker Buehler, RHP
3. Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP
4. Rich Hill, LHP
5. Kenta Maeda, RHP
Closer: Kenley Jansen, RHP

GIANTS
Lineup:
1. Steven Duggar, CF
2. Joe Panik, 2B
3. Buster Posey, C
4. Brandon Belt, 1B
5. Evan Longoria, 3B
6. Brandon Crawford, SS
7. Gerardo Parra, LF
8. Mac Williamson, RF

Rotation and closer:
1. Madison Bumgarner, LHP
2. Derek Holland, LHP
3. Dereck Rodriguez, RHP
4. Drew Pomeranz, LHP
5. Jeff Samardzija, RHP
Closer: Will Smith, LHP

PADRES
Lineup:
1. Manuel Margot, CF
2. Luis Urias, SS
3. Eric Hosmer, 1B
4. Franmil Reyes, RF
5. Wil Myers, LF
6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
7. Austin Hedges, C
8. Ty France, 3B

Rotation and closer:
1. Joey Lucchesi, LHP
2. Eric Lauer, LHP
3. Robbie Erlin, LHP
4. Bryan Mitchell, RHP
5. Matt Strahm, LHP
Closer: Kirby Yates, RHP

ROCKIES
Lineup:
1. Charlie Blackmon, LF
2. David Dahl, RF
3. Nolan Arenado, 3B
4. Trevor Story, SS
5. Daniel Murphy, 1B
6. Ian Desmond, CF
7. Ryan McMahon, 2B
8. Chris Iannetta, C

Rotation and closer:
1. Kyle Freeland, LHP
2. German Marquez, RHP
3. Tyler Anderson, LHP
4. Jon Gray, RHP
5. Chad Bettis, RHP
Closer: Wade Davis, RHP

Buehler's brilliance drawing some high praise

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers know just how good Walker Buehler is and want to keep him that way, which is why he's the only pitcher in camp who hasn't thrown a bullpen session yet.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers know just how good Walker Buehler is and want to keep him that way, which is why he's the only pitcher in camp who hasn't thrown a bullpen session yet.

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Management is intentionally throttling Buehler back this spring after his total innings spiked from 98 in 2017 to 177 in 2018. And many were high-stress innings, such as the Game 163 National League West tiebreaker, Game 7 of the National League Championship Series and Game 3 of the World Series.

Buehler is 24 with a wiry build similar to two-time National League Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Despite less than a full season of service, Buehler is also the ace-in-training of a loaded starting rotation headed by Clayton Kershaw.

How good can Buehler be?

"The talent, you can't teach that. It's there, and we know that," Kershaw said. "The ability to spin a breaking ball, the life the fastball has. It's one thing to throw 97, 98, but the life, the movement, he checks those boxes. Now it's just a matter of compete and consistency. We've seen the compete, the mentality is there, not anything I'd change as far as that goes.

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"Now it's just, how do we box that up and do it every fifth day for a full season, for five and 10 seasons? That's what it's going to take. For me, that's the only question mark left. Can you do it for eight months straight, make 32 starts, 38 with the playoffs, and be dominant. I was different, in that I needed to work on pitching. I needed to throw more strikes, to find a third pitch. I needed more refinement to get to that next level.

"He doesn't need that. Every box is checked. Now the only thing is going out every fifth day knowing you'll get a very good start every time out. He pretty much checked it in the second half last year, but do it for a full season and there's no more questions."

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Slow-played early last season, which he began at Triple-A, Buehler's first-half production with the Dodgers was affected after he sustained broken ribs from a liner in May. He missed just 13 games then returned despite the injury. His "grit," as Rich Hill put it, earned him clubhouse respect, but also left Buehler with a 3.45 ERA at the break. Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt attributed Buehler's sterling 2.03 second-half ERA to an adjustment the right-hander made to his slider on the fly in August.

Ross Stripling remembers Kenta Maeda showing Buehler how he uses a two-seam grip to throw his wipeout slider. Stripling said he repeatedly tried and failed to replicate the pitch action, but Buehler picked it up immediately.

Stripling, an All-Star last year, said Buehler's personality is intrinsic to his success, from a demeanor that doesn't change on start days, to his aptitude for incorporating analytics into his mechanics and game planning, to a confidence bordering on cockiness.

"Most people come up here not knowing if they can get big leaguers out," Stripling said. "He knew he could get big leaguers out since he was 19 years old. And he does it in the right way, to be outspokenly confident but not be a burden in the locker room. It's a fine line, and he's good at it. He's a guy we like having around, despite how confident he is."

Hill compares Buehler to former Cubs phenom Kerry Wood because of their fastball life and potential ceiling.

"He can be one of the best," Hill said of Buehler. "He just needs to always push the level of creativity. He can associate hearing something, processing it and then implement it in a pitch. That's key to being successful."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Dodgers not rushing Urias' road to recovery

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The first round of bullpen sessions concluded for the Dodgers on Thursday, and the early leader for maximum buzz was Julio Urias. The left-hander was dazzling in his session, but at this point he has an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The first round of bullpen sessions concluded for the Dodgers on Thursday, and the early leader for maximum buzz was Julio Urias. The left-hander was dazzling in his session, but at this point he has an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster.

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With Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda penciled in as the five starters, Urias either is competing for a bullpen role or he is in jeopardy of starting the season in Triple-A, even though he pitched more for the Dodgers in the postseason last year (6 1/3 innings) than he did in the regular season (four innings).

Roberts said Urias, who returned from major shoulder surgery last season, will have an innings limit this year, but didn't give any specifics regarding the limit.

"He was a guy who was abbreviated last year and when it mattered in the postseason, we counted on him," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "When you look at the workload the last couple of years, it's pretty low, so we've got to be mindful of that and how we ramp him up is at the forefront of our minds. We've got to make sure there are bullets left for the middle and end of the season."

Urias, who debuted at 19 in 2016, is the youngest player on the 40-man roster at 22. Roberts hedged on whether Urias would be considered for a bullpen role.

"He can do a lot of things," Roberts said. "With Julio, there's an individual development part, and when you're talking about injury, that's another consideration."

Buehler's brilliance drawing some high praise

Other longshots to make the rotation are Ross Stripling, Caleb Ferguson and Brock Stewart.

Around the horn
• Roberts said he's confident Cody Bellinger will rebound from his struggles against left-handed pitching last year, which is why he expects Bellinger to be an everyday player after having to sit him against lefties much of the second half last season.

"He just got into a funk mechanically, and the results weren't there," Roberts said. "The quality of at-bats for me wasn't what I saw in '17. There was a quality that wasn't there. You have to make a decision to stay the course or you've got to make a change, and we just felt at that point [David Freese] was a solution. Right now and going forward, Cody's got to be our guy."

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Bellinger hit .226 with six homers and a .681 OPS against left-handers in 2018 compared to .271 with 12 homers and a .903 OPS in 2017, when he was the National League Rookie of the Year.

"This is a production business," Roberts said. "When you're playing for a championship every single year, there's nothing handed to anybody. There's a point where production should matter, right? But like I said, for him to be in there every day is a great sign for the Dodgers.

"Last year the league made adjustments on him, throwing him balls above the belt and tying him up and when you start getting into May and see your average and anxiety sets in and you make mechanical changes. The lefty was spinning him and balls he was taking [in '17] he was swinging at. For him to right the ship, which he did last year, speaks to his compete and maturity."

• Because of threatening skies and a wet weather forecast, the Dodgers cut short Thursday's workout and pushed back the start time for Friday's workout.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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