Dodgers infielder Ivan DeJesus got some bad news this morning, as an MRI revealed a tear of his left oblique, hurt during a swing in the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday night against the Giants. Manager Don Mattingly said there was no timetable for the return of the infielder.
"He feels better than the MRI shows," Mattingly said of DeJesus. "I don't know if that will help him get on the field any faster."
DeJesus had an outside chance at making the roster but this injury appears to kill any chances of that happening.
- Jerry Hairston Jr., who has made four errors in 13 innings at shortstop this spring, was scheduled to play in the outfield in today's game but requested to get some more work in at shortstop, so he is playing in a minor league game today.
- Matt Guerrier threw a bullpen session this morning for the first time in over a week, after missing time with back tightness. Up next for the reliever will likely be facing live hitters in a minor league game on Friday.
- Both Scott Elbert and Javy Guerra threw 20 pitches against minor league hitters on Field 2 this morning. Elbert threw to minor league catcher J.J. Ethel and Guerra threw to catcher Stephen Cilladi. Both pitchers faced Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Nick Buss, Chris Pettit, and Kyle Russell.
The outings were planned to get them their first back-to-back days of pitching of the spring, and not as a response to both allowing runs in yesterday's game in Goodyear.
"Javy's got a starter's mix; he's got four pitches. Sometimes when you have four pitches you have to get your main ones down first. That's what we talked about today, getting his fastball command and cutter/slider command down first. I don't mind him throwing his other pitches, but I don't know of a game that he would have went in last year and thrown a first-pitch two-seamer. That's not the closer mentality," Honeycutt said of Guerra, who allowed a first-pitch home run to former Dodgers prospect Carlos Santana on Monday. "If he hits my best pitch, then I tip my hat to him, but if he hits my fourth or fifth best pitch, I'm the one who needs to be shot."
- Grant Brisbee previewed the 2012 Dodgers at Baseball Nation.
Chad Billingsley makes his fourth start for the Dodgers today as the Dodgers host the Milwaukee Brewers. Billingsley is scheduled to be followed on the mound by Josh Lindblom, Wil Ledezma, Ronald Belisario, and Ramon Troncoso. Brent Leach is also here from the minor league side and is wearing number 97.
Chris Narveson is starting for the Brewers.
Ryan Braun was originally scheduled to bat third in the lineup, but he was a late scratch with groin tightness.
Game Time: 1:05 p.m. PDT
TV: Prime Ticket (Eric Collins & Steve Lyons)