|Former Dodger Hiroki Kuroda is Tanaka's new teammate.|
|Josh Beckett attempts a return to the Dodger starting staff after having radical surgery last August (a rib was removed to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck). The procedure is known as thoracic outlet syndrome. (AP photo)|
Watch for Matt Kemp as he returns from foot and shoulder procedures that are serious enough that his agent is saying that it’s doubtful he’ll be ready for the mid-March opener in Australia. We haven't heard a word about Hanley Ramirez and his broken rib, so I take that to mean he has probably healed up, but it'll be interesting to see him swing that bat in March.
Last but not least will be newcomer Alexander Guerrero who has been hobbled with a strained hamstring all winter. It probably surfaced due to his many months of baseball inactivity. It'll be interesting to see of Guerrero is ready for the big leagues, as expectations may be a bit too lofty for him after Dodger fans witnessed the meteoric rise of Yasiel Puig last year. Though Guerrero is four years older than Puig, it is important to realize that he still has never faced an inning of big league pitching. It really should be expected that Guerrero get some minor league seasoning before landing on the big club, but we'll see how he adjust in spring training.