The Dodgers are fitting in some sightseeing this week in Australia before their season-opening series (March 22-23) against the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground. From the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed comes the following photograph of staff ace Clayton Kershaw — who will start the first game of that two-game set — posing Tuesday with his wife and what appears to be a baby kangaroo …
Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.
Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.
Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.