Now that Ronnie Belliard has weighed in at 208 and is guaranteed a spot, the roster begins to take shape. There are only a few spots left and it will be interesting who goes where.
Here’s what I think the roster is shaping up as (it could change in the next 3 or 4 days):
|1. Russell Martin||C||14. Vicente Padilla||SP|
|2. James Loney||1B||15. Clayton Kershaw||SP|
|3. Blake DeWitt||2B||16. Chad Billingsley||SP|
|4. Rafael Furcal||SS||17. Hiroki Kurodoa||SP|
|5. Casey Blake||3B||18. Charlie Haeger||SP|
|6. Manny Ramirez||LF||19. Ramon Ortiz||RP|
|7. Matt Kemp||CF||20. Ramon Troncoso||RP|
|8. Andre Ethier||RF||21. Eric Stults||RP|
|9. Reed Johnson||OF||22.Carlos Monasterios||RP|
|10.Garrett Anderson||LF, RF||23. George Sherrill||RP|
|11.Jamey Carroll||2B, SS, 3B, OF||24. Jeff Weaver||RP|
|12.Ronnie Belliard||1B, 2B, 3B||25. Jon Broxton||RP|
The above roster assumes that Brad Ausmus will be on the DL (For the first time in his career) and that Ronald Beliario will be left in extended Spring Training (assuming he ever reports). It also assumed that Hong-Chih Kuo starts on the DL. Kevin Towers, Russ Ortiz, Justin Miller (who is close to making the team) and Josh Lindblom will go to AAA (Towers and Ortiz could ask for their release). Chin-Lung Hu and Nick Green will head down and one or the other could come back if Raffy ever goes down. Jason Repko, who is hitting about .000 is headed to AAA as well.
The roster is always in flux, and could change even more before opening day, especially depending upon what Eric Stults does (he could be headed to Japan) and the conditioning of Kuo. What’s your prediction?
- Tony Jackson of ESPN/LosAngeles answers some questions about the Dodgers, including Ivan DeJesus and his future.
- The Dodgers bullpen looked very good yesterday, including Ramon Ortiz (who could be this year’s Belisario) and Justin Miller.
- Casey Blake is heating up after going 3-4 yesterday.