Before we address the roster, it is being reported from various sources that Pedro Martinez is hitting the low 90′s with his fastball and that he wants to play for the Dodgers. Uh, OK!
Barring injury or trades, we have just 20 roster spots that are filled. They are:
- James Loney
- Orlando Hudson
- Rafael Furcal
- Casey Blake
- Manny Ramirez
- Matt Kemp
- Andre Ethier
- Russell Martin
- Brad Ausmus
- Juan Pierre
- Mark Loretta
- Chad Billingsley
- Randy Wolf
- Hiroki Kuroda
- Clayton Kershaw
- James McDonald
- Hong-chih Kuo
- Guillermo Mota
- Cory Wade
- Jonathan Broxton
That leaves five spots open. Now, if Jason Schmidt is healthy he will be the 21st player and then there are 10 players for the 4 spots. They are:
- Juan Castro (Wow! Inside track?)
- Blake DeWitt (slipping)
- Chin-lung Hu (over .300 with a glove)
- Doug Mientkiewicz (down to .143 – he might be playing himself off the roster)
- Eric Milton (3.59 Spring ERA)
- Tanyon Sturtze (2.70 ERA, but chances are slim and none)
- Ramon Tronsoso (60-40)
- Claudio Vargas (Major league contract)
- Jeff Weaver (looking good, for now)
- Delwyn Young (I don’t see how)
Repko, Paul and Jones? No way! Paul could be a factor after a trade of Pierre….
Did I leave anyone out? I think that’s it, but tell me if you think someone else might be worthy. I really doubt that anyone else has a shot (barring trade or injury). Pick the 4 you think will make it.
Yesterdays Game Notes:
Matt Kemp hit a 2-run bomb over the CF fence (his 2nd of the spring)
Kuroda looked ready for anybody (6 K’s in 3-2/3 innings) – I told you Kuroda was going to be better this year.
Casey Blake is hot and I think he might just have his “career year” this year.
Read Ken Gurnick’s article on Orlando Hudson and you may conclude that he will never be the player he once was.