The Dodgers released left-handed pitcher Alberto Castillo and re-assigned Matt Chico, Ryan Tucker and Will Savage to their minor-league camp. Manager Don Mattingly said more cuts would be announced later in the day.
The Dodgers have a game scheduled for 1 p.m. against the Angels. Despite overnight rains, a tarp kept the field dry and the game is still on as of this moment.
“We didn’t feel like he was going to fit for us, and more than anything it’s kind of fair to him to give him a chance,” manager Don Mattingly said. “People are looking for lefties. We didn’t see him as that guy for us and we didn’t see him as that guy in Triple A waiting around either. We really felt like it was fair to him to get him out on the wire, let people take a look, and give him the best chance to be in the big leagues with somebody.”
As for the next round of cuts, “it’s getting it down to the guys that … have a chance to make our club so we can get down to finishing work, smaller numbers,” Mattingly said.
There are still six catchers listed on the camp roster: Josh Bard, Gorman Erickson, Matt Wallach, Tim Federowicz, Matt Treanor and A.J. Ellis. Only Ellis and Treanor are expected to start the season on the major-league roster, so expect some cuts from this area.
Castillo, a 36-year-old left-hander, made three spring relief appearances, allowing three hits and two runs – one earned – walking one and striking out one. Batters hit .273 off him. He has pitched in 79 major-league games over the last four seasons.
Savage allowed five hits and two runs, both earned, in four innings this spring (4.50 ERA). The 27-year-old spent all of last season at Double-A Chattanooga.
Tucker had a particularly rough go – 6 innings pitched, 10 hits allowed, five runs, four earned, two walks, five strikeouts, a .357 batting average against, and a 6.00 ERA. The Temple City native got a long look in his first camp with the Dodgers since coming over from the Texas Rangers in the off-season.
Chico, another Southern California product (Fallbrook HS, Palomar College, USC), made three appearances and allowed three hits and two runs — both earned.
All four were non-roster invitees.