After last night’s game against Cleveland, the Dodgers made their first round of roster cuts. Here’s who got the red card in the locker:
McCreery was optioned because he’s on the 40-man roster, while the others were assigned to minor-league camp.
No surprises here, as there are always more pitchers than position players in camp, and none of these guys had much of a chance to crack the 25-man roster.
Broussard struggled in 2 2/3 innings as he allowed six hits, eight runs (all earned), walked four and struck out just two. Time is running out for the 28-year-old to show he can pitch at the MLB level.
Corcino logged the second-most innings in camp so far (behind Rich Hill). In five innings, he allowed three hits, two runs (one earned), walked five and struck out three. He made his Dodger debut last season and could find himself in LA again if there are enough injuries ahead of him. Until then, he’ll help to anchor the Oklahoma City rotation.
McCreery, acquired from the Braves over the winter, threw 2 1/3 innings, allowed four hits, three runs (two earned) and struck out two. He’ll likely see LA at some point this season because he’s big, left-handed and throws hard.
Smoker was a darkhorse to make the roster, but he didn’t do enough to avoid the first round of cuts. In three innings, he allowed five hits, two runs (both earned), a home run, walked two and struck out three. He should help strengthen the OKC bullpen.
Theirren, in the second year of a 2-year minor-league deal, has yet to appear in a Cactus League game. He’s recovering from the Tommy John surgery he had in September 2017.
There will be more cuts soon, and I’m sure there will be some position players involved next time as the Dodgers need to parse the roster down to 25 before Opening Day (March 28).