Saltdogs hold spring training ahead of 2023 season
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln Saltdogs started spring training this week, and the new group doesn’t have long to get comfortable playing with one another.
There are 15 returners and nine newcomers on the roster. But two of those new faces are already familiar with playing at Haymarket Park.
Former Nebraska baseball players Josh Roeder and Luke Roskam are joining the team for the 2023 season.
Roeder, a pitcher, owns Nebraska’s all-times saves record with 33 and pitched for the Huskers from 2013 to 2015.
He returns to Lincoln after a six-year professional career that included a stop at Triple-A New Orleans.
Roeder said his first day with the Saltdogs was “surreal.”
“Just kind of soaked it all in,” he said. “Took my time, got out here early and all of the memories flew right back as soon as I stepped on the field. So it’s pretty sweet.”
Roskam, a catcher, spent five years at Nebraska and was part of the 2021 Big Ten championship team.
He praised Haymarket Park and the fans who come there.
“It’s like my second home anyway, so happy to be here,” Roskam said.
“I love this place,” he said. “I’m excited to get back out here and just play baseball, honestly. We’ve been grinding all offseason just to come out here and play, so it’s always a good opportunity to be able to come out here.