Dodgers Lose Cactus League Finale To Indians; Final Bullpen Spot Down To Elbert vs. Cormier

Scott Elbert is close to making the Dodgers' opening day roster (Jed Jaconson | Getty Images Sport)

The Dodgers lost their Cactus League finale today to the Indians, 6-1 at Camelback Ranch, dropping their spring training record to 13-19-1. Chad Billingsley threw three innings in his final tuneup for the regular season, allowing two runs on two hits, walking two and striking out three. Blake Hawksworth threw two scoreless innings in relief, striking out three. In 10 1/3 innings this spring, the reliever struck out nine and walked none.

Hawksworth will be a part of the bullpen on opening day, and will likely be joined by Mike MacDougal as well. In fact, the 25-man roster guess from Friday looks right on, according to the latest report from Ken Gurnick of The only spot up in the air is the final bullpen spot, between Scott Elbert and non-roster invitee Lance Cormier. Gurnick explained:

Meanwhile, the final bullpen spot will apparently go to left-hander Scott Elbert, with one caveat. Lance Cormier, the only other contender after Ramon Troncoso was optioned to Minor League camp Sunday morning, was asked to accept a Minor League assignment, but he said he told the club he would not.

Cormier has an out in his contract starting Sunday, but he said he was not yet a free agent and that "the ball is in their court."

Gurnick also reported that Juan Castro won't make the team, barring an injury.

Technically, the rosters don't have to be finalized until Thursday morning.

The Dodgers come home to Los Angeles tonight (though several veterans got a headstart this morning), and will play the Angels at Dodger Stadium Monday night. Ted Lilly will start tomorrow night for the Dodgers, opposed by Ervin Santana.

In other news, old friend Jason Repko has made the Twins' opening day roster, per ESPN 1500 in Minnesota.

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