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He felt something in his right groin after one of his at-bats against the Brewers on Tuesday. The move can be backdated to Wednesday, which means he won’t be eligible to play until April 11 against the Padres. Not sure what it means for third base except that Blake DeWitt now might actually, truly be a candidate for the opening-day roster. That would mean a whole lot of other things, too, mostly that his calendar would be moved up a year so that he would run out of options a year earlier, would become eligible for arbitration a year earlier, etc., because as of right now, he doesn’t even have to be added to the 40-man roster until next winter. If he is added to the opening-day roster, all of that changes. If you assume Rudy Seanez was released to make room on the 40-man for Chan Ho Park, then this probably means another spot will have to be cleared to make room for DeWitt … or for Marcus Giles, if the Dodgers decide to go that route. He was officially released by the Rockies on Wed. … Two moves today: Yhency Brazoban was optioned to the minors to the surprise of no one who saw him pitch (or try to field his position) this spring, and veteran reliever Mike Myers was released. Myers was in camp on a non-roster invitation, so releasing him doesn’t clear a roster spot. … If you’re coming to tonight’s lone installment of this year’s abbreviated Freeway Series, bring a jacket. It’s going to be chilly.
The move was made last night when the team arrived in Los Angeles. This is a bit of a shocker. He wasn’t having a great spring. He had a 7.71 ERA in five appearances, but most of us had simply assumed he was on the team. Rudy had considered retirement a year ago before the Dodgers signed him to a minor-league deal, and he was going to retire last spring if he hadn’t made the team, so my guess is that’s what he’ll do now. He’s 38 and has had a nice career, in the majors off and on since 1989. … I’m GUESSING this was done to clear a 40-man roster spot because the roster was full, and there probably will be another spot or two cleared in the next couple of days. Chan Ho Park is going to make the team as a long reliever, so he’ll need to be added, and Ramon Martinez has a shot, too. But this still leaves one more bullpen opening that could go to any one of a number of guys, including Brian Falkenborg, Mike Myers or Mike Koplove. It could mean a trade is coming. Or, it could just mean they’re planning on beginning the season with an 11-man staff because they won’t need a fifth starter until April 8, the eighth game of the season. In fact, that is probably the most logical explanation for now. That probably means Chin-lung Hu makes the club as an extra infielder and a hedge in case both Nomar and Kent start the season on the DL. … Rudy had a $550,000 base salary and a $150,000 roster bonus, which basically meant it would cost the Dodgers only $550,000 if they released him before opening day. But because they released him before Friday, the deadline for requesting unconditional release waivers, the club only owes him 45 days’ pay, which according to my calculations is $137,500.
For the first time since last Thursday, the Dodgers didn’t lose. They stopped after nine, what with it being getaway day and all. Clayton Kershaw was brilliant again, pitching three shutout innings and allowing one hit against one of the best lineups in the league. Penny walked five in three innings in his final start of the spring, but one can hardly blame him for looking ahead to Monday, when he gets the ball for the opener. Scott Proctor retired all four batters he faced. The boys come home 9-17-3 for the spring. I come home tired and with a really bad cold, but otherwise ready for action. See you Thursday night in Anaheim.
The visiting clubhouse here at Marvale Baseball Park is, shall we say, a bit spartan … and a bit small. When the three buses carrying the roughly 42 Dodgers players plus coaches, support staff and broadcast personnel, pulled up to the ballpark this morning, with most already dressed in their getaway garb of dress pants, dress shirts and dress shoes, most players walked into the clubhouse and walked right back out again. Many of them actually got back on the bus and changed into their uniforms there, with a large gaggle of autograph seekers waiting behind an iron fence just outside. This is an unfortunate reality of spring training, where you can’t always count on the most plush of accommodations when going on the road. These are, in reality, minor-league parks, with most of them hosting minor-league teams during the summer months. But the Dodgers might want to put in a request to the league office to NOT play the Brewers in Maryvale on getaway day EVER AGAIN.