GLENDALE, Ariz. -- You can tell which pitchers Dodgers management wants to get an early look at just from the names selected to pitch in Saturday's Cactus League-opening split-squad games.
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Hiroki Kuroda will start at Tempe against the Angels and will be followed by Rubby De La Rosa, last year's organization Minor League Pitcher of the Year who has jumped over a handful of big-bonus first-round Draft picks. Lance Cormier, who pitched well for Tampa last year and seems to have a good shot at making the bullpen as a non-roster pitcher, also is scheduled.
Opening at Scottsdale against the Giants will be non-roster right-hander Tim Redding, apparently getting first crack at sneaking into the picture as the "sixth starter" in the wake of Vicente Padilla's arm injury.
The 33-year-old Redding spent all of last year in the Minor Leagues with the Yankees and Rockies, but his 144 Major League starts are more than any other non-roster pitcher in camp. Redding was twice a 10-game winner in the Majors, most recently in 2008 with Washington.
Redding has an out on his contract; if he's not on the club by June 15, he can leave to sign for teams in Japan or Korea.
Lindsey wants to stay in Majors
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- First baseman John Lindsey missed Wednesday's Dodgers workout because of a cramp in his left calf, which he described as "kind of a tradition" for him in Spring Training.
"I've had it the last six or seven years," said Lindsey, who was on the disabled list at Triple-A last year with a similar injury. "It could be gone tomorrow."
Lindsey, however, is determined to stick around indefinitely. The 34-year-old made it to the Major Leagues last year after 16 Minor League seasons, but even though he's technically on the 40-man Major League roster, he still dresses at a locker on the "non-roster" side of the clubhouse.
"They're keeping me humble," he said. "I'm approaching this spring the same way as always. It's full speed to show what I can do. The only thing that's different is I'm not waiting to finally make the Major Leagues. But I have to fight and claw my way to stick."
Lindsey's dream callup last September was cut short when his left hand was fractured by a Daniel Hudson pitch in Arizona on Sept. 25.
Hawksworth impressive facing live hitters
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers pitcher Blake Hawksworth cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, pitching live batting practice and showing no effects of the line drive off the mouth that ended his 2010 season.
Hawksworth was sharp while pitching without the optional screen that some pitchers use for protection.
"Initially, I thought about using it, but I just have to force it," said Hawksworth, who while pitching for St. Louis last September took a Sam Fuld line drive off the mouth that required 40 stitches. "If you pitch cautiously, that's when you get hurt. I wasn't thinking about it at all."
Hawksworth impressed the coaching staff with his velocity and command against Jamie Hoffmann, Trayvon Robinson and Trent Oeltjen. Hawksworth said he started throwing bullpen sessions a month sooner than usual over the winter.
"I wasn't happy with the way my year went," he said. "I wanted to work and figure out things. A day like today makes it all pay off. Being with a new team, I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to make a good impression."
Hawksworth, acquired from the Cardinals for Ryan Theriot, said he has incorporated some minor adjustments made during the pitchers minicamp held in January.
"We knocked heads on some mechanical things, but we found something that works for me," he said.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.