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Mattingly Offers Minor Clues to Australia Roster

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Who will be on the Dodger flight to Australia on Sunday? Don Mattingly said this morning that “we’ve pretty much made that decision,” but isn’t prepared to divulge it yet, and likely won’t until the end of the weekend. Paul Maholm will, along with fellow starters Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu, but whether Dan Haren will remains to be seen.

We can say with good confidence that Josh Beckett, who injured his thumb earlier this week, is not going to go to Australia. But you will see him today, because he’s expected to throw 4 innings and/65 pitches against the Cubs. He may be restricted to fastballs and changeups, since the breaking pitch is still causing him some trouble. As for the other not-going certainty, Zack Greinke, he was throwing a bullpen session this morning and looked as though he did not have restrictions.

Dodgers
Cubs
1:05pm PT
Mesa, Ariz.
2B
Gordon
CF
Bonifacio
LF
Crawford
DH
Sweeney
RF
Puig
RF
Schierholtz
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Rizzo
CF
Ethier
LF
Ruggiano
3B
Turner
3B
Valbuena
C
Ellis
SS
Murphy
SS
Rojas
C
Kottaras
P
Beckett
2B
Barney

Yet another uncertainty about Australia is Carl Crawford, who expecting a baby as soon as this weekend. If Crawford doesn’t go, Mattingly indicated they could take another outfielder, which is probably good news for Mike Baxter — but no, don’t expect to see Joc Pederson.

On Justin Turner, who seems all but assured of a roster spot, Mattingly said that he “seems comfortable all around the diamond, his hands seem to work easy, he’s had quality at-bats.” Fellow infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena, who arrived in camp yesterday, has no timetable to appear in a game yet — as Mattingly said, “I’ve met him, but I haven’t even seen him swing a bat yet.”

As for Brandon League, he is expected to pitch in a minor league game today, and hopes to get into a major league game tomorrow, but Mattingly considers it a “wait and see,” on that, indicating that League has been doing video work to fix his mechanics, which he’ll work on in today’s minor league game today.

League was asked whether he thinks he’s competing for a job with the team, and replied, “isn’t everyone competing in ST for a job, or a role? It’s a good problem to have for the Dodgers,” continuing to say that “I haven’t thought about it since I had options.”

My guess? If he’s on the flight to Australia — a big if — he’s not going to be on the active roster.


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Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


504 comments
Batted Bob
Batted Bob

wait, Butera hit a dinger? Time to start loadin up on canned goods. The end is nigh.

Moderately Excited Towel
Moderately Excited Towel

the improvement from Lyons and Collins to Orel and Steiner has so far been... very small.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

That's an automatic DFA, right?

efb
efb

Seager AB

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Seeing Dodgers wear 31 is weird.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Hey Dave, what are your thoughts on Dominguez' fastball velocity?

efb
efb

Guerroro put a beautiful swing on that double 

Haikairu
Haikairu

Creepy dude didn't even leave creepy dudes house until 30 mins after creepy dude wanted to meet up. Debating just leaving, but traffics awful now .

DBrim
DBrim moderator

That... was not a good jump.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@DBrim  I know. They need to respect Brad Penny's legacy a little bit more.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Especially when it's another catcher and one who can't hit.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Orel disagrees. Maybe he was just slow. Should've been out by a bunch.