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Elbert, Gagne Among Roster Cuts; Zerpa Heads Back to Boston

Dodgers (3-5-1) at Angels (2-7-2)

1:05pm, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe, AZ

Today, the Dodgers had a series of roster cuts.  Scott Elbert was optioned to minor league camp, after all of 3.1 spring innings, two innings of which were in a "B" game last Monday.

Eric Gagne, who hasn't impressed at all in his three outings, was also assigned to minor league camp as were pitcher Scott Dohmann, first baseman John Lindsey, and outfielder Michael Restovich.

Rule 5 draft pick Armando Zerpa was returned to the Red Sox, bringing the total number of players in big league camp to 55.  With Zerpa now gone, the 40-man roster now has 39 players.  Another, at least temporary spot on the 40-man roster might open up if Ronald Belisario starts the season on the restricted list, suspended without pay.  "I thought that the chances of Belisario being here when I got back were pretty good," manager Joe Torre said today, "I think he would be a long shot for the Opening Day roster."

Vicente Padilla was scheduled to start today, but instead he and James McDonald will pitch in a practice game today at 11am.

Here are the lineups:

Dodgers      Angels
SS Furcal SS Izturis
2B DeWitt 2B Kendrick    
RF Ethier CF Hunter
CF Kemp DH Matsui      
LF Anderson 1B Morales
3B Blake RF Rivera
DH Johnson 3B Wood
1B Mientkiewicz   C Mathis
C Ellis LF Aldridge
P Ramon Ortiz P Kazmir

Charlie Haeger, Luis Ayala, Travis Schlichting, and Brent Leach are also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers today, and Ethan Martin might follow in Chris Withrow's path and get an inning of work in as well.

After Scott Kazmir, the Angels' scheduled pitchers are Sean O'Sullivan, Fernando Rodney, and Kevin Jepsen.

TV: Fox Sports West (Angels broadcast)