After tonight, there are only two more days in Arizona for the Dodgers and, as such, the team is beginning to pare down the roster even in preparation for opening day next Thursday against the Giants. Today, news came for two. It turns out one of my 25-man roster guesses was correct, as Ivan DeJesus will make the opening day roster, per Tony Jackson of ESPN LA:
Barring an injury, infielder Ivan DeJesus has made the club and will be in the big leagues until Blake returns from back injury, a team source said on the condition of anonymity. DeJesus, who will be making his major league debut, likely will get the bulk of the starts at second base during that time, while Juan Uribe will move to third.
Dodgers non-roster reliever Ron Mahay, whose escape clause calls for a decision Friday, was told he won't make the Opening Day roster and the club is awaiting a decision on whether he will accept an assignment to the Minor Leagues.
The Dodgers play their next two games in Peoria: tonight against the Mariners, and tomorrow afternoon against the Padres. John Ely gets the start tonight against Seattle. Ely is scheduled to be followed by Hong-Chih Kuo, Kenley Jansen, and Blake Hawksworth.
Ramon Troncoso, Juan Rincon, and Merkin Valdez are the other Dodgers pitchers that made the trip. Leon Landry, Kyle Russell, and Brian Cavazos-Galvez are among the minor leaguers suiting up tonight as well.
Erik Bedard gets the start for Seattle.
Former Dodger "Sweet Lou" Johnson had his number 41 retired tonight by Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Current Dodger catcher A.J. Ellis also went to the same Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and also wore number 41 at the school.
Game Time: 7:05 p.m. PST
TV: FSN Northwest (channel 687 on DirecTV; Seattle broadcast)