GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will have eight fewer names to remember when he greets his clubhouse tomorrow.
The first round of spring training cuts was Monday, and it claimed eight players.
Pitcher Jharel Cotton was optioned to the Dodgers’ minor league camp and another seven were reassigned: pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla, pitcher Chase De Jong, pitcher Caleb Dirks, pitcher Jacob Rhame, pitcher Chris Anderson, outfielder Alex Hassan and catcher Kyle Farmer.
None of the eight cuts came as a surprise. Most of the remaining non-roster invitees fall into the camp of established veterans (Brandon Hicks, Charlie Culberson) or top-flight prospects (Julio Urias, Jose De Leon).
Cotton is the only 40-man player in the first group of cuts — that’s why he was optioned, not reassigned — and he’s still a ways away from cleaning up his throwing motion on the mound. In three Cactus League appearances spanning four innings, Cotton had allowed eight hits and six runs.
There are 55 players in the Dodgers’ major league camp.