The Dodgers acquired minor-league utilityman Elliot Johnson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations.
Johnson appeared in seven games for the Cleveland Indians last season and spent most of the season at Triple-A Columbus, hitting .236 with five home runs in 87 games.
Johnson, 31, signed with the Tampa Bay Rays as an amateur free agent in 2002. He’s played every position except pitcher and catcher over parts of five major league seasons, beginning in 2008. In 318 career games, Johnson has a career .215/.316/.586 slash line.
In 40 Cactus League plate appearances for the Texas Rangers, Johnson slashed .194/.350/.290. He actually led the Rangers with eight walks (compared to 11 strikeouts); he also stole three bases in four attempts.
The reasonable expectation is that Johnson would begin the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brett Anderson is making his fourth Cactus League start, and the Dodgers will roll out a very Opening Day-like lineup, as the Dodgers enter their final week of spring training. Anderson has allowed three runs on 10 hits through 6 ⅔ innings this spring, not including his last start six days ago on the minor-league side [stats here].
Anderson last pitched in a Cactus League game on March 19 against the Angels, allowing three runs on seven hits over 1 ⅔ innings.
Here are the lineups for both teams for the 1 p.m. game at Salt River Fields:
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The Dodgers will play two split-squad games today: a home game against the Texas Rangers at Camelback Ranch, and an away game against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium.
Here are both lineups for the 1 p.m. game at Camelback Ranch: