How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Hill said he was encouraged after throwing three simulated innings from flat ground Sunday out of a full windup and out of the stretch. Throwing from a slide step will be key to his recovery.“That’s the one thing that’s been challenging,” Hill said. “It’s the one thing that puts the most stress on it.”ALSOOpening Day rosters for each of the Dodgers’ full-season minor league affiliates were announced Monday. Among the notable prospects headed to each city – Oklahoma City (Triple-A): Dennis Santana, Will Smith, Tony Gonsolin, Errol Robinson, Stetson Allie, Beaty and Rios. Tulsa (Double-A): Keibert Ruiz, D.J. Peters, Dustin May, Mitchell White, Yadier Alvarez and Gavin Lux. Rancho Cucamonga (Advanced-A): Connor Wong, Jeren Kendall, Jordan Sheffield, Jeter Downs, Carlos Rincon and Michael Grove. Great Lakes (Low-A): Josiah Gray, Jacob Amaya and Dillon Paulson.UP NEXTGiants (LHP Madison Bumgarner) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu), Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Connor Joe got the call on Dec. 13 from his agent, John Boggs, informing him that his name had been called in the Rule 5 draft. The Cincinnati Reds called shortly thereafter to welcome him to his new team. Just like that, Joe was no longer a Dodger.Five games into the new season, Joe made it to Dodger Stadium anyway. He was the Giants’ starting left fielder Monday for the opener of a three-game series.“I had a vision last year of being up here, playing for the Dodgers,” he said. “Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. To be here, playing against them, is kind of cool – a little bit full-circle.”Joe put himself on the map with a strong 2018 season split between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. A former first-round draft pick out of the University of San Diego, Joe’s first three professional seasons with the Braves and Pirates organizations were marred by injury and inconsistency. He was healthy in his first and only season as a Dodger, batting .294 with a .408 on-base percentage and .527 slugging percentage between the two levels. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies However, the Dodgers chose not to add Joe to their 40-man roster last November, leaving him eligible to be picked in the Rule 5 draft. The choice for the Dodgers’ front office was not clear. Matt Beaty and Edwin Rios were also Rule 5 eligible. Like Joe, both profiled as corner infielder/outfielders. Like Joe, both had success at the plate in their first exposure to Triple-A pitching in 2018. Joe drew the short straw, and the Reds took him sixth overall.The months that followed were eye-opening. Joe had never participated in a major league spring training camp. Now he did so with the added pressure of needing to make the Reds’ Opening Day roster or be returned to the Dodgers under the stipulations of the Rule 5 draft.Joe said he focused on baseball, letting the Reds worry about whether he’d done enough to make the team.“It’s not even worth it doing it in camp,” he said. “My focus was competing for a job, whether with the Reds or some other team that saw me. That decision was above me. When I was in Reds camp my focus was just on getting better every day, making myself a better baseball player. As much as you try to speculate about it, it does you no good. I didn’t think about it too much, honestly.”Three days before the Reds were scheduled to fly to Atlanta for their final exhibition games, Joe got the news that he’d been traded. The Giants must follow the same stipulations as the Reds: Joe must remain on their 25-man roster or their injured list; he cannot be sent to the minor leagues. To remove him from the roster, the Giants would have to trade Joe or return him to the Dodgers. It’s possible he could be back by the end of the season. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Through Sunday, Joe had started three games in left field, going 0 for 8 with a walk and four strikeouts.“I’m definitely just trying to make it the same game, feeling comfortable playing baseball again,” he said.OK KERSHAWClayton Kershaw will extend his streak of Opening Day starts with the Dodgers to nine after all.This year, he’ll begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers and start Game 1 of their season on Thursday, Manager Dave Roberts said.Kershaw’s last appearance came in a simulated game against teammates on Saturday. Thursday’s outing will be his first against another team since last October. In the meantime Kershaw signed a three-year contract extension, only to have his entire spring training wiped out because of left shoulder inflammation.Kershaw is expected to make one or two rehabilitation starts before rejoining the Dodgers’ major league roster.HILL ON THE HILLRich Hill, on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left knee, will throw off a mound Tuesday or Wednesday, Roberts said. Hill has been limited to throwing from flat ground since suffering the injury late in spring training.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco
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