02/24/12 7:00 PM EST
Kershaw's back 'fine' after session
Lefty throws 36 pitches two days after feeling back tightness
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
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."
Kershaw is scheduled to make his first exhibition start on March 9 against the Rangers, putting him on a schedule that would allow a quick return to Los Angeles to receive the Sportsman of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Sports Council on March 15.
The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner has already been named the Dodgers' Opening Day starter for the second successive season by manager Don Mattingly.
Reliever Mike MacDougal, whose Wednesday bullpen session also was pushed back after he felt a twinge in his lower back during fielding drills, pitched a bullpen session Friday with no ill effects.
Lilly not concerned about eye injury
GLENDALE, ARIZ. -- 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."
Lilly was excused from the first two days of camp as he and wife Natasha welcomed Nora Grace.
Lilly joined Clayton Kershaw, Aaron Harang and Chad Billingsley as 80 percent of the starting rotation threw bullpen sessions together.
Billingsley continued to work with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and bullpen coach Ken Howell on mechanical adjustments with his leg kick.
Angle starts new chapter at Dodgers camp
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Matt Angle, claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Thursday, checked into Dodgers Spring Training on Friday.Angle, 26, played 31 games for the Orioles last year, hitting .177 with one homer, seven RBIs and 11 stolen bases with one caught stealing in two callups. He spent most of the year at Triple-A. He's a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedy defensive specialist, a left-handed hitter and leadoff type who was a seventh-round Draft pick in 2007. He was designated for assignment by Baltimore. "This is what I was hoping for," said Angle. "It's a new opportunity to come in and prove myself." Angle, who has two years of options remaining, gives the Dodgers Triple-A outfield protection should they lose Trent Oeltjen, who is out of options and a long shot to make the 25-man roster.
Dodgers tickets go on sale March 3
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Single-game tickets for the Dodgers' regular season go on sale Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m. PT at Dodger Stadium and on dodgers.com. A limited number of Opening Day tickets and single-game tickets for other games will be available.The Dodgers will hold an "On Sale" event that day in the Dodger Stadium parking lots B and P, with music, trivia and contests hosted by new flagship station KLAC. Fans who purchase at least one ticket at the event will receive a Dodgers gift. Gates will open at 8 a.m. PT and parking will be available in Lot 12. The order of ticket buyers will be determined by a lottery selection at 9 a.m. Season-ticket options will be available with prices as low as $5 per ticket. All concessions for the event will be $3 or less. Individual tickets will be available online at 10 a.m. PT at dodgers.com/tickets or by calling 866-DODGERS. Registered users of dodgers.com are eligible for a pre-sale on Friday, March 2.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.