The Dodgers released left-handed pitcher Alberto Castillo and re-assigned Matt Chico, Ryan Tucker and Will Savage to their minor-league camp. Manager Don Mattingly said more cuts would be announced later in the day.
The Dodgers have a game scheduled for 1 p.m. against the Angels. Despite overnight rains, a tarp kept the field dry and the game is still on as of this moment.
“We didn’t feel like he was going to fit for us, and more than anything it’s kind of fair to him to give him a chance,” manager Don Mattingly said. “People are looking for lefties. We didn’t see him as that guy for us and we didn’t see him as that guy in Triple A waiting around either. We really felt like it was fair to him to get him out on the wire, let people take a look, and give him the best chance to be in the big leagues with somebody.”
As for the next round of cuts, “it’s getting it down to the guys that … have a chance to make our club so we can get down to finishing work, smaller numbers,” Mattingly said.
There are still six catchers listed on the camp roster: Josh Bard, Gorman Erickson, Matt Wallach, Tim Federowicz, Matt Treanor and A.J. Ellis. Only Ellis and Treanor are expected to start the season on the major-league roster, so expect some cuts from this area.
In their most lopsided result of the spring, the Dodgers crushed a Rangers lineup that featured all but one of their projected opening-day starters. [box score]
Clayton Kershaw, making his first Cactus League start, allowed three hits and a walk in three innings against his hometown team. He induced consecutive comebackers to Josh Hamilton (on a grounder) and Adrian Beltre (line drive) to end the first inning. Kershaw also picked off Nelson Cruz at first base; of his 42 pitches, 28 were strikes.
“This is as normal as it gets,” Kershaw said. “I threw everything –some sliders, curveballs; my changeup was terrible.”
In what the Dodgers hope is a normal occurrence, Matt Kemp went 2-for-2 with a home run, Juan Rivera batted cleanup and belted his first home run of the spring, and Andre Ethier went 2-for-2 with a triple. Prospect Alex Castellanos hit his second home run of the spring, his second in as many days.
The Dodgers are 3-1-1 after starting 2-6 last season, but manager Don Mattingly isn’t placing value on results yet — even a lopsided victory. “I’d much rather see us swing the bats,” he said, “but I also know we’ll hit a stretch where we don’t score.”
A few more notes:
Scott Van Slyke’s two-run home run highlighted a five-run sixth inning that lifted the Dodgers to a win in their exhibition opener. [MLB.com box score]
The Dodgers’ first home run of the spring cleared the left-field bullpen — a no-doubter — and completed a cycle for the team in the inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. (single), Justin Sellers (double), Ivan DeJesus (triple) all scored runs in the inning. Coincidentally, all of them, including Van Slyke, are the sons of former major league players.
Ten different Dodgers collected hits, and Chad Billingsley’s two scoreless innings will be the focus of tomorrow’s notebook. A couple other tidbits that won’t make tomorrow’s editions: