Chad Billingsley makes his second start of the spring today as the Dodgers battle the Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa. The Cubs have split their squad today, and the Dodgers won't see old friends Blake DeWitt and Kyle Smit, as both will be in Goodyear to play the Reds.
James Loney is out today and tomorrow with what has been termed "non-painful swelling" in his left knee. The Dodgers say that if the swelling in Loney's knee subsides, he could run by Tuesday, and play on Wednesday.
It's early in the spring, and so far manager Don Mattingly has given rest to his regulars, having them on a playing time schedule that gives them an off day every other day or every third day, depending on which schedule each player is on. As a result, there has been a lot of playing time to go around. Here is a look at the leaders in spring innings played in the field (designated hitters don't count here):
|Dodgers In The Field This Spring|
Today happens to be a day in which all the regulars have the day off, expect for Jay Gibbons, who is serving as designated hitter. Gibbons has yet to play in the field this spring. Damaso Espino and John Lindsey are the only other two position players in big league camp who have not played in the field; both have been DH only.
Ten position players from minor league camp have seen playing time in the field, none more than four innings, and another, Tony Delmonico, has seen time at DH.
Other Dodgers scheduled to pitch today are Javy Guerra, Ramon Troncoso, Luis Vasquez, and Carlos Monasterios.
Following Ryan Dempster on the mound for the Cubs will be Thomas Diamond, Carlos Marmol, Marcos Mateo, and Jeff Stevens.
Minor leaguers in uniform for the Dodgers today are infielder Rafael Ynoa (#89), outfielders Elian Herrera (#90) and Joc Pederson (#87), and pitchers Alberto Bastardo (#91), David Pfeiffer (#92), and Juan Rincon (#91).
Game Time: 12:05 p.m. PST
TV: WGN (Cubs' broadcast)