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Buss, Fife, Reed among first 10 cut in Dodgers’ camp

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Stephen Fife is taking his specs to Albuquerque. (By: Dustin Nosler)

The Dodgers announced their first round of camp cuts on Tuesday morning with few surprises.

Optioned (5)
Pedro Baez, Chili Buss, Stephen Fife, Yimi Garcia, Jarret Martin

Reassigned to minor-league camp (5)
Sam Demel, Griff Erickson, Daniel Moskos, Chris O’Brien, Chris Reed

Dodgers
Mariners
12:05pm PT
Glendale, Ariz.
RF
Puig
SS
Miller
LF
Crawford
3B
Seager
DH
Ramirez
LF
Romero
CF
Ethier
1B
Smoak
C
Ellis
DH
Morrison
3B
Uribe
RF
Gillespie
1B
Robinson
CF
Jones
SS
Turner
C
Zunino
2B
Figgins
2B
Marte
P
Wilson
 
P
Hernandez

The difference between being optioned and being reassigned is guys who were optioned are on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, while the reassigned guys were non-roster invitees.

The most surprising — and it wasn’t that surprising — cut to me was Moskos, a lefty who had four strikeouts in two innings of work early in spring. It was pretty much assumed the prospect guys (Baez, Martin, Garcia) would get the axe, but I’m a little surprised to see Fife gone so quickly. Yes, the Dodgers have 74 starting pitching options, but Fife lasted much longer in last year’s camp.

One surprising non-cut was Ross Stripling, who is awaiting the results of the MRI on his elbow. He had the initial test on Friday and has presumably gone to Los Angeles to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion. Once the test reveals the results — torn UCL or no — I’d expect him to be reassigned.

Zach Lee has yet to throw a pitch in a spring training game, so the Dodgers probably want to get him some action before he is reassigned later in the spring.

With Erickson and O’Brien going down, the battle for the third catcher is among J.C. Boscan, Drew Butera and Miguel Olivo. Three enter, one survives … to play in Albuquerque. Seriously, they’ll probably all end up in Albuquerque. Yes, Butera has to go through waivers because he’s out of options, but what team in its right mind would pick him up?

The Dodgers’ roster now sits at 48 players, including Scott Elbert, who is destined for the 60-day disabled list… eventually (hat tip to Eric Stephen).

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The backups for Tuesday’s game against the Mariners and Felix Hernandez, who is making his spring debut, are as follows: Mike Baxter (LF), Tim Federowicz (C), Dee Gordon (2B), Brendan Harris (3B), Joc Pederson (CF), Miguel Rojas (SS) and Scott Van Slyke (1B).

The pitchers for today’s “bullpen game” have yet to be announced. Brian Wilson is starting, which is fun.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


444 comments
efb
efb

what's moose knuckles? 

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

If I were third on Albuquerque's depth chart, I'd probably start considering other career options.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

amy is over at drank's blog looking for volunteers to banhammer. 

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

total bummer about stripling.

efb
efb

DK: what's your take on DEE so far? 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

(pack lunch)

efb
efb

i dunno these things for some reason 

JackedNate
JackedNate

@Catfistin  Dr Neil Attrache.

ReAttrached.

I changed the name to sound like reattach. 

This was a joke.

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

@steelmohawk @jneil how bad must his elbow have hurt when he tried to play thru it? does a torn ucl only cause minor discomfort?

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

@DKDodgers  I think his defense is going to make or break his chances to start at 2B.  Turner is going to be tough to beat

JackedNate
JackedNate

@jneil @steelmohawk  From what I know of UCL injuries, they mostly happen more from chronic stress than a dramatic acute injury i.e they happen over time.

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

@steelmohawk @jneil ya that is true. its weird tho, when I tore the lateral ligaments in my ankle in a lacrosse game I heard a very loud ripping sound. I still have nightmares about it. i am no dr, but maybe elbow ligaments are much smaller or something?

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

@jneil @steelmohawk  It is hard to tell, these guys are running on adrenaline they tend to not realize they are hurt or how bad they are hurt, until that rush peters out