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

Dustin Nosler
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 does contracts and depth charts for FanGraphs and is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. 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 one-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, California, and has yet to be shot.