Tim Adleman, contending for a Cincinnati rotation spot, was charged with five runs and five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Robert Stephenson, who is also in the mix, went two scoreless frames with a strikeout.
“It was a tale of two outings,” said Adleman, who began with three scoreless innings. “I hate to go out on that note. Still, there were a lot of positives about today. I will take a lot from the first three innings, scrap the last one and get ready for the next opportunity whenever that is.”
Grandal collected two hits and is batting .433 this spring. Chris Taylor — contending for the Dodgers’ backup shortstop job and getting plenty of playing time with Corey Seager injured and Enrique Hernandez at the World Baseball Classic — recorded two more hits and is 11-for-22 in Cactus League play.
“The velocity is not where it is in the middle of the regular season,” Roberts said of Fields. “He’s 92-93 [mph] now, last year he was 92-95. He pitches up, but now the pitches are being spoiled. The breaking ball has been inconsistent. He’s still building arm strength. We didn’t have Josh last spring, but when we got him in the middle of the season, his velocity was there.”
Reds: As the rotation battle remains open with three available spots, Cody Reed will get another crack to make his case. Reed will start against the Padres at 4:05 p.m. ET Wednesday in Goodyear. It can be seen live on MLB.TV. The lefty has a 4.91 ERA in three spring outings, allowing two runs and two hits with one walk and four strikeouts vs. the Rockies on Friday.
Dodgers Up Next:Brandon McCarthy can move toward securing a rotation spot when he starts at 1:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday against Seattle in Peoria. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV.