Roster not set, but one big surprise already

Jeff Weaver is going to Triple-A after we all pretty much assumed he had made the club as a long reliever. Torre said the reason was a shortage of 40-man roster spots, and Weaver is on a minor-league contract. He’ll stretch out at Albuquerque in case the Dodgers need him as a long reliever or spot starter. The one open 40-man spot will go to Will Ohman, who will NOT, as originally planned, begin the season at abq. Torre/Colletti have apparently seen enough of him that they are convinced he is ready to begin the season in the bigs. Also Chin-lung Hu, Jason Repko, Xavier Paul, Eric Stults and A.J. Ellis all have been told they are optioned, presumably to abq. This means the season-opening bullpen will consist of Broxton, Kuo, Mota, Ohman, Wade and probably two others. As for the Hu decision, that means it’s probably down to DeWitt and Castro for the last spot, with DeWitt the favorite because, again, they don’t have to clear a 40-man spot for him. They DO have to clear a 40-man spot for Doug Mientkiewicz, who appears to be on the team, but no one has announced that yet. … Oh, Torre did finally say McDonald will be the fifth starter. The roster has to be finalized by noon tomorrow.

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  • crzblue

    Oh no Tony! I was almost sure also that Weaver had made the team. Oh well, Good luck guerito! I hope you will get a call-up soon!