Adrian Gonzalez hits first homer of spring for Dodgers
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Adrian Gonzalez hit his first home run of the spring and Zach Lee gave up a homer and three runs on three hits in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
Gonzalez, who hit .275 with 28 homers last season, launched left-hander Jose Alvarez' third pitch of the day over the fence in center field in the third inning.
Alvarez had come on in relief of struggling Angels starter Nick Tropeano, who gave up three runs on four hits over 2 2-3 innings.
Lee surrendered a three-run homer to Angels catcher Geovany Soto in the first. Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes hit a solo homer in the second.
Dodgers prospect Julio Urias, a 19-year-old left-hander, gave up two runs on three hits in his spring debut. He struck out the first three batters he faced in the seventh, but surrendered back-to-back doubles in the eighth.
With Zack Greinke's move to Arizona and Brett Anderson lost to back surgery for three-to-five months, the Dodgers are looking at Urias as a possible starter.
''If he's throwing well enough and we feel good enough about him to be in the spot, it's realistic,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Urias, who had been limited early in camp by a slight groin injury, was happy with his spring debut. He threw 39 pitches before he got pulled in the eighth.
''I feel well,'' he said through an interpreter. ''I had a little trouble with my fastball in the eighth. I had trouble with my command. But it was just good to be out there.''
Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager left in the third inning because of pain in his left knee.
''He just wasn't moving as well as he normally does, so we just wanted to get him out as soon as possible,'' Roberts said.
Roberts had yet to talk to team physicians about the condition of Seager's knee. He said he was not concerned that the club's top prospect had suffered a serious injury.
''Not at this point,'' said Roberts, who said he was prompted to pull Seager from the game when he saw him grimace. ''But once I talk to the doctors, we'll know more.''
Angels: Tropeano said his tough outing was just part of a predictable process in spring.
''It about getting ready,'' he said. ''Spring training, that's what it's for. Thriving off that fastball command is really what I'm trying to work on. It's getting there.''
Dodgers: Lee has a 5.40 ERA in five innings so far this spring.
Angels: RHP Jered Weaver was scheduled to see team orthopedic physician Dr. Robert Grumet on Friday for further diagnosis on his neck. An MRI Thursday showed that nerves had tightened up around his neck, according to the club. Weaver struggled Wednesday, giving up three homers to the Dodgers.
''The homer that I watched go out kind of hurt my neck a little bit,'' he said Friday.
Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal has a bruised right forearm and missed his second straight game Friday. Roberts expects him to play again next week. ... INF Howie Kendrick has been sidelined since Saturday with pain on the right side of his groin. No MRI is scheduled, Roberts said. He took batting practice and grounders Friday and is expected to be back in a spring game next week. ... INF Alex Guerrero has been sidelined with a sore left knee since March 4. He hopes to pay Saturday as a DH.
Angels: They're home Saturday with LHP Hector Santiago set to start against San Francisco RHP Jake Peavy.
Dodgers: They play split-squad games Saturday night, with LHP Alex Wood scheduled to start against Cubs RHP Trevor Cahill and RHP Brandon Beachy against Seattle LHP James Paxton.