The future made an appearance for the Dodgers on Friday. Not the one coming this season maybe, but some season not too far distant.
Right-hander Zach Lee, the Dodgers’ No. 1 pick in 2010 who had been slowed by a muscle strain in his back, finally made his first spring appearance, starting in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory over the Rangers at Camelback Ranch.
It was only two innings, but it was a start. Lee, 22, allowed two hits — including a leadoff double to Shin-Soo Choo off the wall — struck out one and did not walk a batter in his two scoreless innings.
The Dodgers could do little with the Rangers’ pitching, but shortstop Hanley Ramirez hit a mammoth two-run homer in the first that stood up. Otherwise, the Dodgers managed only two other hits against four different Texas pitchers.
The Dodgers used seven pitchers, all but Brandon League holding the Rangers without a run.
It’s presumed League has a bullpen spot locked up, due mostly to the $17 million the Dodgers still owe the former closer the next two years. But League, who struggled last season (5.30 ERA, 1.55 WHIP), had best start finding his control or he could force the Dodgers to actually consider eating an awful lot of contract.
He gave up one run in the seventh after giving up a lead-off single and walk. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, and the Rangers scored one on a force play. League got a strikeout for his final out.