Dodgers’ Walker Buehler looks strong in late spring debut

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Mike’s just one of the best guys,” Freese said. “When I got traded over there, that was one of my first thoughts, ‘What type of guy is Mike Trout?’ He’s everything you hope he’d be. Him and his family deserve it all. I think he’s where he wants to be.”There had been speculation that Trout would bolt Anaheim when he could become a free agent in two years and sign with either the Yankees (he grew up a Derek Jeter fan) or Phillies (closest to his hometown in New Jersey). Tuesday’s news ended that speculation.“I have buddies back home that’d ask me, ‘What do you think Trout is going to do?’ ” Freese said. “I’d tell them how big a family man he is and everything. I just think he enjoys both sides of it. I think he enjoys being out here and he obviously enjoys being in Jersey and being home and doing all that. But I think he truly enjoys it, enjoys what that area (Orange County) is all about, what that team is all about.”ALSOReliever Josh Fields has signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to the remaining days of big-league camp with the Milwaukee Brewers. Fields was released by the Dodgers last week. The calendar only allows for one more. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler will start one of the games in the Freeway Series (most likely Monday) and build up to four innings or approximately 60 pitches. His next start will be in the first series of the regular season against the Arizona Diamondbacks.“Yeah, at some point you’ve got to be ready to go. I’ll be fine,” he said.“I told you guys a while back – once I’m kind of going, I’m going. As long as I get the feel, I think I’ll be fine.”TROUT TALKDodgers first baseman David Freese spent two seasons with the Angels, watching Mike Trout win his first MVP award in 2014 (and finish second in 2015). The two still “text randomly” but Freese got the news about Trout’s record-breaking extension through a text from another friend.“My buddy texted me this morning,” Freese said. “He just texted, ‘TROUT!’ and I thought, ‘Oh … did he sign?’ Then I looked it up.“Just super pumped for him.”Freese was traded from the Cardinals to the Angels before the 2014 season. Changing leagues, he was initially curious about the young superstar.Related Articles “Just beyond electric. The ball just explodes out of his hand. Supreme stuff,” Martin said. “I can’t remember ever catching somebody who has that variety of electric stuff – when you talk about the heater, the two-seamer, the cutter, curveball, slider. Everything is sharp. It’s amazing.“If it gets better than that – wow.”There won’t be much time for it to get too much better.Buehler arrived at spring training with “some hangover stuff from last year” and wasn’t feeling right in his early throwing sessions. He was shut down temporarily and then “slow-played” until his Cactus League debut Tuesday.“You always want to be on time. You want to get all the innings you need,” said Buehler who didn’t progress on schedule last spring training either due to a back injury suffered before he reported. “But I felt pretty good. The ball was coming out of my hand alright. Get one or two more and we’ll be ready to go.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers ace-in-waiting has done more waiting than pitching this spring.But right-hander Walker Buehler finally got in a game Tuesday night, throwing 46 pitches over 2-2/3 innings (many traveling a healthy 98 mph). He gave up three singles, struck out two and was charged with a run when his last baserunner eventually scored.“It was good – a little erratic, a little all over the place,” Buehler said. “But that’s what these games are for.”It might have been Buehler’s first game action of the spring but veteran catcher Russell Martin didn’t see a young pitcher trying to find his way. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more