Daily Distractions: Chris Capuano would consider joining the Dodgers’ bullpen. 

Chris Capuano, in an interview with KLAC (570-AM) last night, acknowledged his uncertain future with the Dodgers – and seemed willing to accept a move to the bullpen if needed.

“Probably a few years ago I probably never would consider that,” Capuano told host Jorge Jarrin, “but coming back from injury – my second Tommy John (surgery) in 2010 with the Brewers – I had a chance to spend a couple months in the bullpen with Trevor Hoffman, who was in his last year in Milwaukee. That was when I kind of learned I could do it, I could kind of switch gears if I needed to.”

Capuano has made 189 starts and 25 appearances out of the bullpen in his career with mostly good results. With eight rotation candidates under contract if all are healthy, there’s no room for Capuano in the rotation. There isn’t much room in the Dodger ‘pen either, but the 34-year-old could give the team a reliable multi-inning option and spot starter that doesn’t really exist among the current collection of closers, former closers, and set-up men. If Capuano likes that role, the Dodgers should consider giving it to him.

Besides, it sure beats listening to trade rumors.

“I’m getting asked this by my family a lot,” Capuano told Jarrin. “Like my dad will call me up; my brother will call me up, ‘did you read the latest rumor?’ … In the off-season, I try to avoid going online as much as I can. I still hear the rumors and everything else. I try to put my head down and prepare for the season the same way. I had a great experience with the Dodgers last year and looking forward to being part of a winner this year. But I know it’s a numbers game and they may not have room for everybody.”

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Hanley Ramirez will play in Caribbean Series.

Hanley Ramirez bobbleheadWe think this is an attempt to sculpt Hanley Ramirez’s “I see you” pose. This is the first bobblehead that will be given away at a Dodgers game this season, on April 30 against the Colorado Rockies.

This image was released by the Dodgers on the same day it was announced that Ramirez will play for Leones del Escogido, a team based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean Series, the annual championship of the four winter leagues. Ramirez played for the D.R.-based Licey Tigers during the Dominican Winter League’s regular season. The series will be played in Hermosillo, Mexico from Feb. 1-7.

Ramirez also played in the 2006 Caribbean Series for the eventual champion, Valencia & Maracay.

The next two months will be busy for Ramirez. Dodgers position players report to spring training on Feb. 15. He’s then expected to play in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic, whose first game is March 7. While the Dodgers hope that this will help Ramirez hone his defense at shortstop, he must also guard against fatigue during the 162-game regular season that follows.

It’s something to keep an eye on, as Bobble-Hanley demonstrates above.

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