Dave Roberts, Dodgers adjusting to daily routine change

first_img“Wearing a mask during a game is probably the strangest,” he said. “I just feel a little bit like, yeah, just a little suffocated at times. But it’s certainly worth it. That’s probably the most difficult (adjustment).”There are many more with players shaken out of their familiar routines. Time at the ballpark is restricted. Access to video is limited. Lockers are socially distanced. And, of course, games are played in virtually empty stadiums.“It’s definitely weird,” Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy said. “It’s something that we’re all trying to get used to still. It’s kind of the hand that we’ve been dealt for this year and we will do our best to follow the guidelines and protocols, which everyone’s been doing to the best of their ability.”FLYING PANDAChris Taylor was back in the starting lineup Saturday after colliding with Pablo Sandoval on a play at first base Friday. But Roberts put Taylor at DH for the day game.“He texted me this morning and said he felt good,” Roberts said. “I thought of DHing him today. To get him back in there, but to keep him off his feet a little bit, I think would be beneficial for him. … That collision wasn’t too promising for our guy.” Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has so many new decisions to make each day in this strange 2020 season. Bat Mookie Betts leadoff or second? Who to put in the DH spot? Which mask to wear?“Well, I had this really good one, this gray one, but my daughter said I was wearing it too much,” said Roberts who went with a standard medical mask for his pre-game Zoom call with the media, then switched to one adorned with the Dodgers logo for the nationally televised game Saturday. “Even though I washed it, she got tired of seeing that one and so I had to change. The Chargers sent me a free one. I like that one. Then I’ve got this medical one, which I’ve got about 100 of in my office. And I had the ‘Black Lives Matter’ one.“I keep kind of changing them up. So I really clearly haven’t found one that I want to settle on.”While players can treat a mask as optional during games, managers and coaches have been wearing them constantly while at the ballpark. That is the strangest of the strange in this new-look baseball season, Roberts said. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season ALSOFor the second consecutive day, Clayton Kershaw played catch in the outfield during the pregame workout, stretching out to 90 feet. Kershaw was placed on the Injured List with back stiffness, but is optimistic he will be ready to pitch at the end of next week. …Roberts confirmed that May will continue to take Kershaw’s spot in the rotation. Walker Buehler (Tuesday) and May (Wednesday) will start the two games in Houston. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img

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