Assistant GM Logan White, the Dodgers scouting director who drafted (second round) and signed Tiffany in 2003 — the team had taken Chad Billingsley in the first round — signed Tiffany again this week, this time to a minor-league contract. The Tampa Bay Rays had given up on the left-hander after he had trouble coming back from rotator-cuff surgery, releasing him about three weeks ago. But Logan saw him throw and deemed him at least healthy enough to take another chance on. Tiffany has been assigned to extended spring training for now, where he will try to pitch his way onto the roster of one of the Dodgers’ affiliates. You may recall he was traded to Tampa Bay on Jan .14, 2006, along with pitching prospect Edwin Jackson, for relievers Danys Baez and Lance Carter. Jackson was a big part of the Rays’ run to the A.L. pennant last year before being traded to Detroit in December. Baez is back in the majors with Baltimore after missing all of last year. And Carter hasn’t pitched in the majors since the Dodgers released him after that season.
Here is the link to a story on True Blue L.A. about Tiffany that appeared on March 31.
By the way, forgot to mention this earlier, but James McDonald WILL start tomorrow’s game and be on a regular starter’s program, so it won’t be a “bullpen day,” as Joe Torre had previously said it might be. The addition of Scott Elbert to the bullpen means McDonald won’t be needed there today.