Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training Notes: February 24th & 25th, 2012

Juan Uribe tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’s IN THE BEST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE, YOU GUYS!

Juan Uribe’s face brightened when he was told he looked different than he did last year.

“Skinnier?” he asked.

Uribe said he lost weight over the winter, though he wouldn’t specify how many pounds he dropped.

His arms and shoulders looked as if they gained definition.

“I feel good,” Uribe said in Spanish. “I worked hard to regain what I lost last year.”

I’ll believe it matters when I see it working.

Besides the SHOCKING NEWS of a baseball player coming into Spring Training and declaring that he’s in wonderful shape, Andre Ethier is still acting like a surly dick.

Andre Ethier appeared at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ spring-training complex on Saturday, taking a few swings off a tee in the indoor batting cage before returning to the clubhouse and holding a curiously contentious interview with a handful of reporters.

Ethier eventually got around to saying he feels fine now, but not before responding to a friendly greeting of, “Did you have a good winter?” with a curt, “We’re not here to talk about that.” He later responded to another question about why he was being so abrupt by saying, “I’m not your buddy. You’re not my buddy. We’re not going to sit here and have a bar-type conversation.”

“I can’t tell you anything about any of that,” Ethier said. “I’m just here today to play baseball and help the team win. I’m here for today. I lifted some weights, I ran the bases, and I hit some balls off a tee. … I can’t control the past or control the future. The only thing I can control is the way I play right now.”

To an extent, I think he’s always sort of been this way. Just an intense guy, but he does seem to have crossed the line between wanting to succeed to being a dick a couple years ago.


In injury news, Clayton Kershaw seems fine.

Clayton Kershaw’s delayed bullpen session went off without a twinge on Friday.

Kershaw, whose scheduled workout on Wednesday was scratched because of mild back tightness, threw 36 pitches to new backup catcher Matt Treanor and pronounced himself healthy.

“I’m fine,” said the left-hander, who seems reluctant to talk about his health. “Got everybody out.”

Plus, Ted Lilly and his brother beat each other up.

Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly reported to camp on Friday with a blackened right eye.

Lilly, who remained in California for the birth of his daughter on Tuesday, said he received the injury from his brother’s elbow in a basketball game on Thursday.

“The timing wasn’t good,” Lilly said.

Lilly was nonetheless thrown right into action on Friday, pitching a bullpen session within a half-hour of reaching the field at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

“I’ve been throwing almost every day the last two weeks,” Lilly said. “I can see — it just looks like I can’t.”

I thought we would have learned from Zack Greinke last season, no?


In Spring Training news unrelated to the Dodgers, Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins is going to give it one last shot this year, but acknowledges that he might have to hang it up if the concussion symptoms don’t subside.

“I don’t think there will be a career if it’s something I’m dealing with,” he said. “That’s the reality of the whole thing. I’m obviously not going to continue to mess around with this if it continues to be a problem. There comes a point where you can only torture yourself for so long.”

That’s why you shouldn’t call athletes who sit out after concussions soft, and that’s why the leagues trying to reduce head injuries isn’t making the games soft, it’s making them smarter.

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