Greensburg, In. — On Sunday, Nov. 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to honor and show appreciation to the brave men and women who pledged their allegiance to our country and served in times of both war and peace. This Veterans Day, let’s acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who chose to put their lives on the line to protect ours.The origins of Veterans Day dates back to Nov. 11, 1919, when America celebrated the first anniversary of the end of World War I with Armistice Day. The date became an annual observance in 1926 when Congress passed a resolution recognizing the anniversary. Finally, in 1954, the name of the holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Indiana is home to nearly 500,000 military veterans. A variety of programs are available to help them take advantage of everything the Hoosier state has to offer. The Next Level Veterans program helps in- and out-of-state veterans put their skills to use in the Hoosier workforce. It works to attract veterans to Indiana and encourages public and private organizations to consider discharged military personnel in their employee search. You can find more information and resources for Next Level Veterans housing and job training at in.gov/veterans.The Indiana Veteran Owned Small Business program promotes business opportunities between the state and veteran-owned companies and works to integrate them into Indiana’s business infrastructure. The Indiana Department of Administration uses the program to meet their goals of allotting 3 percent of state contracts to veteran-owned businesses. To find a directory of Indiana veteran-owned businesses and learn more about this program, visit in.gov/idoa.Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor those military members that sacrificed their time and safety to protect our country. If you have a moment during the coming week, stop and thank those who have served or continue to serve our country every day. To all of our veterans, thank you for your unwavering commitment to keeping our community and country safe.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error GLENDALE, Ariz. — In Walker Buehler’s own words – nobody freak out.But with two weeks to go until Opening Day, the Dodgers finally admitted that their “slow-play” approach to Buehler’s spring work was motivated by more than just caution with a 24-year-old whose innings spiked last season.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that Buehler “just wasn’t feeling right” at the start of camp – the same phrase he used earlier this spring when Clayton Kershaw’s throwing program was put on hold for a week. Kershaw received treatment and anti-inflammatory medication for his pitching shoulder before resuming his throwing program recently.“It was just kind of hangover stuff from last year,” Buehler said when asked to explain what “not feeling right” meant for him. “You don’t really want to ramp things up until you’re feeling right. Just kind of normal stuff, nothing super specific. “Are we being more conservative right now? Probably – with what we’re doing and how we handle it? Yeah, probably.”Buehler said he felt the “hangover stuff” off and on from the time he started his throwing program at home in Kentucky in the weeks before spring training.“It’s just kind of from the beginning of the throwing progam, not feeling 100 percent with my whole body,” he said.“Just my arm didn’t feel like it was moving the way I wanted it to. It’s not a pain thing really, more of something doesn’t move perfectly and the way I kind of work I need everything to work correctly. … It’s something that kind of comes and goes. Some days you feel great and some days you don’t. That’s baseball. But I wasn’t feeling good often enough. Nothing scary, nothing alarming.”SEAGER DEFENSESeager is scheduled to play three innings at shortstop in a minor-league game Thursday. This represents the first time Seager has taken the field on defense in a game since last May – and likely the final step in his recovery from hip and elbow surgeries before he is cleared to play in Cactus League games.ALSOKershaw is scheduled to throw another bullpen session during Thursday’s workout. It will be his second time throwing off a mound since resuming his throwing program. …Outfielder Alex Verdugo played in a minor-league game Wednesday, getting four at-bats. “But if you’re not 100 percent it’s kind of tough to try and ramp up and get going. So we kind of reset ourselves and it kind of worked out in my favor.”Buehler threw to hitters in a live batting practice session for the first time Wednesday, throwing 33 pitches in two simulated innings to Corey Seager, Paulo Orlando and Ezequiel Carrera. Roberts said the next step for Buehler will be to pitch in a Cactus League game Monday or Tuesday for two innings — meaning his spring debut would come 10 days (or less) before the season starts.“I think the timing is a little difficult but I fully plan to be able to pitch and be a normal starting pitcher opening week. That’s our goal and that’s my goal,” Buehler said. “If it doesn’t happen, if it’s four innings, that’s fine. If it’s five, if it’s six – I think it’s all a matter of how we respond. That’ll be it.”Roberts acknowledged Monday that both Kershaw and Buehler could open the season in the rotation even if they are only built up enough to pitch four or five innings in their first starts. Right-hander Ross Stripling and left-handers Julio Urias and Caleb Ferguson are all building up to be either starters or, potentially, multi-inning relievers who could follow Kershaw or Buehler in a “piggy-back” situation.“If all goes well, will he be ready for the season to start? Yes. But that’s relative to how much he’s built up,” Roberts said of Buehler specifically.