Angels (4-11-2) at Dodgers (6-9-1), 1:05pm, Camelback Ranch, Glendale, AZ
Dodgers (6-9-1) at (11-8-1), 1:05pm, Maryvale Business Park, Phoenix, AZ
The Dodgers are in two places at once today, playing a pair of games at 1:05pm: one in Phoenix against the Brewers, and one at home against the Angels. Here is a brief recap of Dodger news since my long trip back from Arizona last night:
- Eric Gagne asked for, and was granted his release. I guess Ramon Troncoso gets to keep number 38 after all
- Joe Torre asked to halt the negotiations for his seemingly inevitable one-year contract extension, saying it was too close to the season and didn't want to be a distraction. Still, Torre's confident a deal will get done, at some point, saying "I know that they'll have me back if I want to continue."
- Torre said he won't name his opening day starter until Thursday. At this point, as the announcement date keeps getting pushed back, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting.
- Jamie Hoffmann appears to be headed back to the Dodgers, although it hasn't yet been announced by the team
- Russell Martin was hit by a pitch on the wrist in a simulated game this morning. Torre said Martin was fine, but he didn't continue his batting practice after being hit
Chad Billingsley will throw against minor leaguers tomorrow at 1pm since the Dodgers have an off day
- Alfredo Amezaga, who has yet to play this spring, was reassigned to minor league camp
- Angel Berroa was released this morning, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. That brings the total in major league camp to 41, a number which includes the absent Ronald Belisario and the injured Cory Wade.
- The Hanshin Eric Stults, per Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker are interested in
Here are the lineups for the home game:
Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to throw 75-80 pitches. Also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers in this game are Jonathan Broxton, George Sherrill, Jeff Weaver, and Justin Miller.
Here are the lineups for the road game:for
Russ Ortiz will follow Kershaw on the mound against the Brewers.
Charlie Haeger is pitching in a minor league game today "only because we know Arizona is not the best climate for his stuff," said Torre.