Quick, somebody find Stephen Fife!
PHOENIX — The Dodgers might have become considerably more entertaining Thursday.
PHOENIX — Zack Greinke returned to the Dodgers' spring training complex Thursday morning without any added discomfort in his right calf, according to bench coach Tim Wallach. Sidelined for almost two weeks with a calf strain, Greinke pitched in only his second spring game the previous day.
You want sharp, buy a Henckels. Try and match wits with P.J. O’Rourke. Read Jim Murray.
PHOENIX -- Josh Beckett could miss his scheduled start on Friday because of a sprained thumb on his right hand.
PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp was back in center field Wednesday.
PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke will start for the Dodgers in their exhibition game Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
PHOENIX -- Manager Don Mattingly will miss the Dodgers’ exhibition games on Wednesday and Thursday because of a death in his family, a team spokesman said.
All this talk about the Dodgers’ four outfielders. What about the fifth? He has feelings too.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Informed that Dodgers reliever Jose Dominguez was clocked at 103 mph last year, Kansas City Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki considered himself fortunate.
Yeah, it’s only spring and everything starts over on opening day and exhibition stats don’t mean diddly, but still …
PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke performed defensive drills with the Dodgers’ other pitchers Tuesday morning. Provided he doesn’t feel any discomfort in his calf as a result, he's scheduled to pitch a couple of innings Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers launched their new television channel two weeks ago. They open the season in less than two weeks, an event that figures to be invisible to everyone in the Los Angeles area without Time Warner Cable.
I believe it was that great baseball sage, Daffy Duck, who said of the Dodgers’ bullpen: “What a predicament!”
PHOENIX -- It may be hard to believe after four All-Star games, 235 home runs and nearly 1,500 big-league hits, but baseball used to be Adrian Gonzalez's fall-back plan.
PHOENIX -- When the Dodgers opened camp last month, there was only one starting job up for grabs. Now that competition may be drawing to a close as well, with Dee Gordon looking more and more like the opening day second baseman.
There’s not much time to get it right this spring, what with the Dodgers playing a condensed exhibition season before starting the 2014 campaign in Australia later this month.
PHOENIX -- Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly made official Sunday what had been suspected for some time: Left-handers Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu are set to start the team's season-opening games against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.
And now for the other side of the comeback trail, like the really dark one where they wear all black and James Earl Jones does the scary voice.
Last season the Dodgers were fat with starting pitchers, going into camp with eight. As it turned out, even before the first month of the season ended, that was two fewer than they needed.
The future made an appearance for the Dodgers on Friday. Not the one coming this season maybe, but some season not too far distant.
Steve Dilbeck has covered Los Angeles sports for more than 25 years. He has covered 18 World Series, 14 Super Bowls, 13 NBA Finals, five Olympics and lived to see the Clippers win a playoff series. @stevedilbeck