LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have mostly finalized their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series against the Mets, though with another day of workouts before the rosters are due, the team hasn't announced anything just yet. But one thing is certain - relief pitcher Jim Johnson will not pitch for the Dodgers in the postseason.
Johnson was sent home by the Dodgers, rather than have the right-hander go to the club's facility at Camelback Ranch in Arizona to remain ready in case needed, as some players are doing.
"Out of respect, we didn't feel like Camelback Ranch was the place for him. As a veteran, someone who just had a baby. We didn't see him as the next guy up if somebody would get hurt," manager Don Mattingly said before Wednesday's workout at Dodger Stadium. "We didn't feel like it was fair to ask him to go to Camelback."
Johnson, acquired from Atlanta on July 30, had a 10.13 ERA and 5.01 FIP in 23 appearances with the Dodgers, allowing 22 runs on 32 hits in 18⅔ innings, with 17 strikeouts and six walks. After allowing two home runs to 196 batters faced in four months with the Braves, he allowed three home runs in 95 batters faced with the Dodgers.
"There were times I felt he threw the ball really well, and there were times I felt he was just a little bit unlucky," Mattingly said. "He did have some good games for us and helped us out of some situations. It just came down to having other options."
Rosters are due to MLB offices by 10 a.m. PT on Friday morning.
"We've pretty much made decisions and had conversations with guys. Something weird could happen over the next day or so, so that's the reason we wouldn't announce the roster at this point."