Ethier is Dodgers left fielder

Joe Torre broke the news to Juan Pierre this morning. “He just said `OK,’ but I know he is disappointed, and that’s fine,” Torre said. “You don’t want a guy sitting on your bench who just accepts being on the bench.” Torre said JP will be a regular bench player, pinch hitting, etc. “Before it’s all said and done, we’re going to get contributions from a lot of people,” Torre said. … In other moves, the team reassigned Brian Falkenborg, Mike Koplove, Greg Jones, Clayton Kershaw, Chan Ho Park, Rene Rivera, Danny Ardoin and Rene Rivera and disabled Nomar, LaRoche and Schmidt. The guess here is that Park will be the first guy called up when the team decides to add a 12th pitcher, something Torre acknowledged will probably happen in the next week or two. For now, Park is slated to start the Vegas season opener on Thursday at home against Salt Lake. … Tony Abreu also is expected to be DL’d by tonight, and there are more cuts yet to be made. But Torre said there also could still be a last-minute trade. For now, Chin-lung Hu is on the team as an extra infielder. Angel Chavez, a non-roster infielder, still hasn’t been cut, either.

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