Dodgers have a plan for Blake Treinen’s bounceback season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “He’s a pro as far as how he goes to work and prepares. And the stuff is electric,” Roberts said of Treinen. “Last year, talking to him, our guys kind of seeing some things were out of whack with his mechanics last year, kind of led to the inconsistencies. But this year, we kind of dialed those back in and he’s a real guy.“The sinker plays, the slider, and he can kind of run the 97 four-seamer to change eye level too. He’s going to be an impact for us in the ‘pen.”BETTS OFFMookie Betts was not in camp Saturday after being scratched from Friday night’s lineup with a stomach issue. Roberts said Betts had a doctor’s appointment Saturday morning and it was diagnosed as food poisoning. He is expected to participate in Sunday’s workout.“He was lobbying for tomorrow (to play in the game),” Roberts said. “That’s not going to happen. So now if he shows up tomorrow, goes through the day and feels good, Monday makes sense.”SANTANA RISINGRight-hander Dennis Santana made his major-league debut at age 22 two years ago. At the time, he was rising up the list of Dodgers pitching prospects. A shoulder injury slowed that rise, but this spring Santana has again stood out among the young pitchers in big-league camp.“I think that if you’re talking about standouts up to this point in camp, he’s at the top of the list,” Roberts said.Santana has thrown five scoreless innings in Cactus League games, facing 19 batters. He has nine strikeouts, one walk and just three hits allowed. Though the Dodgers still see a potential future for Santana as a starter, he could be pitching his way into consideration for a bullpen role with the Dodgers this season.“There’s a lot of layers with Dennis,” Roberts said. “Getting called up early at a young age, there’s immaturity – obviously, as expected. … The body wasn’t filled out yet. He’s grown up, emotionally, and physically he’s put in a lot of work in the weight room. So now he’s able to kind of finish his delivery with the strength of the front side, the lower half, the upper body and (he’s) really understanding what his pitch mix is supposed to look like and what gets big-league hitters out.“Now you see there’s a high percentage of quality pitches with the sinker, with the slider and everything he does now is for a purpose. To his credit, he’s watched the guys in that clubhouse and he’s really grown. Dennis is right there at the front of the conversation, really, for our club.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Treinen said he is healthy now and the Dodgers’ plan to “slow play” him this spring was not “a health thing.”The second part of the bounceback plan is all about the numbers. For a variety of reasons, he threw his sinker a career-low 66.9% of the time last season and his cutter a career-high 19.7% of the time. That imbalance might be the most significant change Treinen is making with the Dodgers.“That’s not me as a pitcher. I know that,” Treinen said. “That’s what’s frustrating. I ran into some tough tendencies and I’m trying to create better tendencies this year.“Just trying to mix pitches differently because historically you look at my charts and last year was something that I didn’t even know about until the end of the year.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has predicted the bullpen will be “a position of strength” this year in part because of anticipated bouncebacks from vetersans like Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly and Treinen.center_img GLENDALE, Ariz. — When he was briefly on the free-agent market this winter, Blake Treinen was looking for a team that could help him recapture the form he had during the 2018 season.The Dodgers have a plan for that.“It’s nothing crazy,” Treinen said after making his first appearance in a Cactus League game this spring Saturday. “There’s two steps. Some of its mechanical. Some of its usage. That’s about the gist of it I’ll lay out there.”The mechanical adjustments were just “subtle tweaks” in his delivery, Treinen said. Some physical issues over the course of the 2019 season might have caused the changes – and helped produce the highest ERA (4.91) and WHIP (1.62) of his career on the heels of an All-Star season in 2018 (an 0.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 38 saves). ALSOJoc Pederson is scheduled to play five innings and get multiple at-bats in a minor-league camp game Sunday. It will be Pederson’s first game action of the spring due to an injured hip/side. …Right-hander Jimmy Nelson is scheduled to throw a 15-pitch bullpen session Sunday. He has been limited by a lower-body issue this spring. …Because the Dodgers are off Tuesday, Clayton Kershaw will pitch in a minor-league game Monday and Walker Buehler will pitchWednesday. Roberts has repeatedly said the team has decided on its Opening Day starter but is not ready to announce it. However, it currently lines up with Kershaw the most likely choice. 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