They couldn’t all make the team. None still might, though the Dodgers have eventually given a roster spot to a non-roster camp invitee the last 11 years.
It won’t be Lowe, who was granted his release Sunday morning. As an article XX(B) — pronounced “20 bee” — free agent, the Dodgers had to inform him by Tuesday whether or not they planned to put him on the 25-man roster. If Lowe didn’t ask to be released, the Dodgers could pay him $100,000 and send him to Triple-A.
The Dodgers took a long look at Lowe, a 29-year-old with 253 games of major-league experience. He appeared in nine Cactus League games and allowed four earned runs in 8 ⅔ innings. He walked three and struck out six.
Among the three NRIs, Lowe outpitched Moylan (8.59 ERA, .323 opponents’ batting average) but not Gregg (1.13 ERA, .115 opponents’ batting average) in spring. He was the only player in camp who qualified as a XX(B) free agent.
The Dodgers have 38 players still in camp and might bring all of them back to California. They have a doubleheader scheduled for Thursday, their first day back in the Golden State, against the Angels in Anaheim and the Single-A Quakes in Rancho Cucamonga. The next round of cuts might not come until then.