Walker Buehler is looking at the bright side of his spring training status.
”As opposed to other years at least I have one,” the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander stated after pitching four innings versus the Milwaukee Brewers on a rainy Wednesday night at Camelback Ranch.
Buehler, who was brought along slowly last year in the Cactus League, made his third start and threw 62 pitches in four innings. He gave up three hits and one run, walked three and struck out four.
Manager Dave Roberts said before the match that he hasn’t been as sharp as usual and after he came out, Buehler agreed.
”I’m not as sharp as I want to be,” Buehler stated. ”It’s a step forward. Still trying to figure some stuff out. Getting closer to that.
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”I was a little sporadic today. But I’m pleased I did get some punchouts.”
Buehler will line up as the Dodgers’ No. 2 starter, following longtime ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound when the regular season starts in two weeks.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, the team’s player representative, said he didn’t have any new information about any major-league baseball plans regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
The NBA suspended its season earlier Wednesday night after a positive test for the virus.
”I think everyone was a little shocked today to hear about the NBA, and when something like that happens, it could affect the other leagues and their decisions,” Turner said.
Mookie Betts was back in the Dodger lineup, leading off and playing right field. He missed a few days because of a stomach virus. ”It seems like this happens once a year,” said Betts, who said for that reason that he was not concerned about his illness being more serious.
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