Dodgers Spring Training: Kenta Maeda Not Concerned By Rusty Start Against Rockies
Jon SooHoo-Los Angeles Dodgers

Kenta Maeda spent the offseason adding more bulk to his frame with the hope and goal of throwing 200 innings this season. Maeda’s first start of the spring was a bag of mixed results. He completed the scheduled two innings of work, allowed one run on a solo homer, and showed some signs of rust.

“The goal was to just pitch in a live situation, throw two innings and get my feel back,” Maeda said through a translator after his start. “I didn’t have command of all my pitches, but in terms of the feel, my body, I felt pretty good.”

Maeda’s lack of his customary pinpoint command was evident one batter into the game. He followed a first-pitch strike with four consecutive misses above and below the zone.

“He got his pitch count up a little bit, got his feet wet, but he wasn’t as sharp as I think he would like to be,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said following his club’s 7-1 loss, their first of the spring. “I think the two innings was something for Kenta to build on.”

Roberts added the expectation is for Maeda to increase his pitch count and/or potentially throw three innings in his next start. Maeda, much like Roberts, doesn’t put much stock in Spring Training results.

“If they scored five runs of me…,” Maeda said.