Dodgers calm, healthy at first club workout

Magic's role as part-owner won't change despite new job running Lakers

Dodgers calm, healthy at first club workout

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers held their first full-squad workout on Tuesday, and the talk of camp was basketball.

Club officials said part-owner Magic Johnson's status with the Dodgers hasn't changed because he just took over running the Los Angeles Lakers, but camp interest in Johnson's new job was a sign that things are relatively calm at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Manager Dave Roberts addressed his 63 players in camp and reminded them of the unfinished business by falling two games short of the World Series last season.

"Our goal is winning a World Series together," said Roberts. "We understand there are certain expectations. We want to build on what we did last year, the talent and character in the room. There's a lot of unfulfilled people in that room."

The Dodgers' roster is familiar and deep, especially on the pitching staff and in the outfield, a held-over benefit from management's response to last year's injury siege.

Most of last year's injuries are healed. Andre Ethier said he's completely healthy with no restrictions after the freak right-leg fracture suffered last spring. Brandon McCarthy, who has had nothing but bad breaks since he signed two years ago, looked sharp pitching batting practice on Tuesday. He matched similar Monday outings from Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood, who has also healed from last year's injuries.

Scott Kazmir also is healthy after physical ailments at the end of last season, although his mechanics are off and he needed a marathon bullpen session Tuesday with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Cy Young Award-winning instructors Orel Hershiser and Eric Gagne.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.