Tony Gwynn Jr. accepted an assignment to the Dodgers’ minor-league camp, catcher Ramon Castro was released and catcher Wilkin Castillo was re-assigned to the minor-league side Monday. The Dodgers have 43 players in camp.
Gwynn’s standing on the Dodgers’ depth chart has only fallen since he was designated for assignment and sent to Triple-A Albuquerque late last season. The Dodgers acquired Skip Schumaker for outfield depth over the winter and have seen Yasiel Puig emerge as an option at the major-league level, if not by Opening Day then maybe sometime this year. Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford have made steady progress in their recovery from shoulder and elbow surgery, respectively. Both could be ready for Opening Day, certainly Kemp and maybe Crawford.
That didn’t bode well for Gwynn. Nor did a Cactus League season that’s seen him hit .211 (4 for 19, four singles) with a .348 on-base percentage.
Castro batted .214 (3 for 14) with a double and a home run this spring. Castillo batted .333 (6 for 18) with a double and an RBI.
The Dodgers have four catchers still in camp: A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz, Jesus Flores and Matt Wallach. Flores and Wallach are not on the 40-man roster. Flores remains in camp despite a .063 batting average (1 for 16) that won’t be enough to unseat Federowicz for the backup catcher’s position.