The Dodgers today optioned Ramon Troncoso to minor league camp, which, coupled with the optioning of Travis Schlichting after yesterday's game, bring the total number of players in big league camp down to 36 (16 pitches, 20 position players). It also means the final two bullpen spots are between Mike MacDougal, Scott Elbert, and Lance Cormier.
In addition, it appears Tim Redding has beaten out John Ely for the fifth starter gig, at least until Jon Garland returns. This morning Mattingly said he has Redding in line to pitch on April 10, not April 12 as the schedule would have allowed, to give Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley an extra day of rest. However, Redding won't start the season with the club, as he will begin with Triple A Albuquerque, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
The Dodgers complete their Cactus League schedule today with a game at Camelback Ranch against the Indians. Chad Billingsley makes his final tuneup before his Friday start at Dodger Stadium against the Giants.
Fausto Carmona gets the start for Cleveland.
There are a ton of minor leaguers suiting up for today's final spring game in Arizona for the Dodgers -- 18 in all -- and the scheduled pitchers to follow Billingsley are all from the minor league side: Nate Eovaldi, Allen Webster, Josh Lindblom, and Merkin Valdez.
Game Time: 1:05 p.m. PST