Baez set back by bruised right thumb

Roberts announces Urias will make first start of spring on Tuesday

February 26th, 2017
Pedro Baez made 73 appearances for the Dodgers in 2016, registering a 3.04 ERA. (AP)

PHOENIX -- Dodgers reliever is nursing a bruised right thumb that will set him back a few more days, but X-rays were negative.

Baez took a comebacker off the lower part of the thumb while throwing live batting practice earlier in the week, causing him to miss a bullpen session on Friday. By Sunday, he was playing catch with other pitchers, but he was throwing at about half-speed.

Baez has been a solid contributor out of the Dodgers' bullpen for the past three seasons. He registered a 3.04 ERA in 73 appearances last season and is expected to be a key reliever again in 2017.

Worth noting

• Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said will start on Tuesday, as the club seems to be leaning toward opening the season with the 20-year-old in the starting rotation making shorter starts instead of stashing him in extended spring training to limit his innings.

• Roberts said came out of his Saturday start healthy. He added either  or could make their first spring starts on Wednesday.

• Starter and reliever threw live batting practice on Sunday and will likely appear next in a Cactus League game.

• A large contingent of the Dodgers' front office watched prospect Walker Buehler throw a bullpen session on Sunday. The Minor League staff has been raving about Buehler, a first-round pick in the 2015 Draft out of Vanderbilt who had Tommy John surgery shortly after signing. He pitched in only three games last year.

Buehler, 22, is a slender right-hander, not unlike Zack Greinke, but he is already showing greater velocity.

•  threw another bullpen session on Sunday. Gagne, 41, is tuning up for Team Canada's World Baseball Classic appearance, while considering a Major League comeback.