GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers camp is down one catcher, as non-roster invitee Ali Solis has left the team over a contractual issue.
Solis, 27, was signed to a minor league contract this offseason after spending 2014 in the Rays system under Andrew Friedman. Solis hit .203/.231/.283 in 73 games with Triple-A Durham last year. He also played in eight games with the Rays, going 0-for-6 with a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt.
The Dodgers are now left with five receivers in big league camp — Yasmani Grandal, A.J. Ellis, Austin Barnes, Shawn Zarraga and Chris O`Brien. It is unclear whether the Dodgers will bring another catcher to camp, though that seems likely especially early in camp with so many pitchers needing catchers to throw to.
For what it's worth, the Dodgers have reportedly signed catcher Ralph Henriquez to a minor league contract, per Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Henriquez, who turns 28 in April, played in just 26 games between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis in the Pirates system, and hit just .125 (11-for-88) with one walk in 24 strikeouts. In 10 minor league seasons, Henriquez has hit .225/.264/.329.
But if the Dodgers just need an extra backstop body around for a few weeks, Henriquez or someone like him could spend some time in big league camp. Maybe we'll see a new catcher on the major league side by Sunday morning.
Also per Eddy, the Dodgers have signed left-handed pitcher Dustin Richardson to a minor league deal. He had 106 strikeouts in 108⅓ innings in the last two years with Triple-A Sale Lake in the Angels system. But Richardson, now 31, also had a 7.06 ERA in 56 games, including 11 starts.