GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Kenta Maeda reported early to spring training, going through his first workout as a Los Angeles Dodger on Monday.
“It’s a great environment,” Maeda said after arriving at the Dodgers’ spring facility. “It’s all finally starting to sink in. I want to do things at my own pace but I want to take in new things as well.”
Maeda trained for around an hour, meeting and greeting his new teammates ahead of Saturday, when pitchers and catchers are due to report.
Maeda’s goal for the spring will be to cement his spot in the rotation as the Dodgers’ only right-handed starter apart from Brandon McCarthy, who is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
“I’m a rookie over here, so I’ve got to showcase what I can do. I have to shut hitters down,” said Maeda, who won 97 games in eight seasons with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan.