Dodgers (4-5-1)(5-7-3) at
1:05pm, Camelback Ranch, Glendale, AZ
Russ Ortiz gets the start on the mound today against the White Sox, featuring a pair of ex-Dodger center fielders in Juan Pierre and Andruw Jones. Both Ortizes are still in the fifth starter race, a race which likely no longer includes James McDonald. "McDonald looks like more of a bullpen guy," said manager Joe Torre before today's game, adding, "Stults and Haeger haven't done anything to hurt their chances." Both Eric Stults and Charlie Haeger are out of options.
Clayton Kershaw and Eric Stults were each scheduled to throw five innings in a minor league intrasquad game this morning, per Tony Jackson of ESPN LA. Torre also said Jonathan Broxton and George Sherrill would throw about 15 pitches each in a minor league game as well. In addition, Hiroki Kuroda, Vicente Padilla, Ramon Ortiz, Josh Towers, Josh Lindblom, McDonald and Hong-Chih Kuo all threw bullpens this morning.
Torre also said Manny Ramirez would likely play the field, for the first time this spring, later this week, and that Ronnie Belliard would see time at first base this weekend. It seems to me that Blake DeWitt is looking more and more like the starting second baseman, or at least the better part of a platoon.
Before the game today, the Dodgers reassigned pitcher Juan Perez, outfielder Prentice Redman, and infielder Russell Mitchell to minor league camp. There are now 47 players -- not including Ronald Belisario -- remaining in big league camp.
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TV: Prime Ticket