LOS ANGELES -- While originally asked to accept a Minor League assignment, reliever Lance Cormier said the Dodgers told him on Monday that he would be on the 25-man roster."They called me this morning and told me that I had made the team," said Cormier. Saying "the ball is in their court" Sunday, Cormier beat out Scott Elbert for the final spot and will now join a bullpen of Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Matt Guerrier, Kenley Jansen, Blake Hawksworth and Mike MacDougal. Cormier, who pitched last season for the Tampa Bay Rays, made 60 appearances with a 3.92 ERA. "I signed here to pitch in the Major Leagues," said Cormier on Sunday.
Mattingly may use Gwynn-Thames platoon
LOS ANGELES -- While the Dodgers made no roster moves before Monday's exhibition game against the Angels, manager Don Mattingly did give a few hints as to the way he is leaning at certain positions.In left field, Mattingly said he is looking at Tony Gwynn to start on Opening Day, but if a left-hander was pitching, he would pencil in Marcus Thames. "He has had a good camp and has experience," said Mattingly. Mattingly also said that even with the emergence of infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jamey Carroll will make the start at second base on Opening Day, batting in the eight hole, while Gwynn will bat second. Mattingly also shed some light on outfielder Jay Gibbons and his ongoing vision issues at the plate. Gibbons, who will see another specialist on Tuesday to get a specially made contact lens, hopes to correct the depth perception in his left eye, but it will still take a week or two for his eye to adjust. "It has been a battle. I have been dealing with this since December and we haven't found the right combination for my contacts," Gibbons said. "I feel great physically and I feel ready to go, it is just a really bizarre situation." The biggest concern for both Mattingly and Gibbons is the outfielder's inability this spring to get quality at-bats. Without depth perception, Gibbons has been unable to pick up the spin on balls. Mattingly said it would be difficult to count on Gibbons at the start of the season and that more than likely he will start the season on the disabled list. "He hasn't been in the lineup the past couple of days," Mattingly said. "He isn't seeing the baseball the way that he needs to."
Dodgers form partnership with United Airlines
LOS ANGELES -- Linking two global brands through a multi-faceted partnership, the Dodgers announced a multiyear partnership on Monday with United Airlines.Starting this season, United, the official airline of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will transport the team and staff for all road games, which will travel a total of 38,127 miles throughout the season. Along with becoming the team's official airline, United will also become the first entitlement partner of the Dodgers Club suites and suite concourse. "United is excited to partner with a true Los Angeles icon that is also a global brand," said Mark Bergsrud, senior vice president of marketing for United. "As the largest airline in the City of Angels, we are thrilled to be a part of the team experience-both in Los Angeles and at every away game-for both players and fans." As the official airline of the Dodgers, the United brand will also receive significant exposure in the seating bowl through new outfield-wall signage, home-plate signage and the creation of new permanent die-cut signage on the facade of the suite level. United will be fully integrated in the Dodgers' game-day experience with DodgerVision features showcasing the team's travel experience, the Dodgertown promotion highlighting fans in Dodgers gear all over the world, in-seat giveaways and a promotional-item night. "You can see that this isn't a building that has a lot of demarcation and signage. It really takes a special brand for us to work with at this level," said Michael Young, chief revenue officer of the Dodgers. "The United team worked closely with the Dodgers to establish new branded entry signage that will greet fans as they enter the level in addition to United branded items within the Club Suites."
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.