Roster shocker: Kemp makes team, Bigbie doesn’t

It ultimately came down to the fact Kemp was a right-handed hitter and Bigbie wasn’t, and Ned and Grady wanted to balance their heavily left-handed bench. Bigbie has one more day to find a major-league offer and exercise his out clause — something he can do even if he doesn’t find a major-league offer. But if he decides to stay, he’ll go to Las Vegas and be just like any other minor league player not on the 40-man roster. Kemp batted .246 for the spring, but also had four home runs, including a monster shot in Friday night’s win over the Angels, and nine RBI. … In other development, Rafael Furcal WILL start the season on the DL, and because of the backdating, he is eligible to return on Saturday at the Giants. Wilson Valdez thus made the team, at least temporarily. Furcal, Hong-Chih Kuo, Yhency Brazoban and Jason Repko all were placed on the 15-day DL. Repko isn’t on the 60-day yet because the Dodgers didn’t need that 40-man spot for Bigbie. The Dodgers did have one open 40-man spot, and they used it to purchase the contract of Rudy Seanez. And thus, the roster is set.
PITCHERS (11): Beimel, Billingsley, Broxton, Hendrickson, Lowe, Penny, Saito, Schmidt, Seanez, Tomko, Wolf CATCHERS (2): Lieberthal, Martin
INFIELDERS: (7): Anderson, Betemit, Garciaparra, Kent, Martinez, Saenz, Valdez
OUTFIELDERS (5): Clark, Ethier, Gonzalez, Kemp, Pierre
Thirty-seven hours and 37 minutes to first pitch

Angels 4, Dodgers 2

And with that, spring training is finally, officially over, six weeks and one day after pitchers and catchers reported to Vero. We have been told that the clubhouse won’t open to the media for a few minutes, obviously so Grady and Ned can tell the players who didn’t make that they didn’t make it. I’ll update as soon as all that becomes official. Dodgers finish the spring 17-16-1. Thirty-eight hours and 24 minutes to first pitch.

Penny done, Tomko in

Brad Penny went five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits while throwing only 71 pitches. Grady had planned on sticking with him for 90 pitches, but my guess is Penny was too efficient with his pitches and Grady needed to get Tomko in for at least three innings. Tomko pitched a scoreless sixth, but gave up a hit and walked a batter. Meanwhile, Brady Clark just beat out an infield single, snapping a string of 10 consecutive Dodgers batters retired. James Loney’s at the plate right now. With final cuts now about an hour or so away, his stomach must be doing gymnastics. He just singled hard up the middle and is now 2 for 4, raising his average to .414. Angels 3, Dodgers 2, top 7