LOS ANGELES -- Juan Castro, a slick-fielding infielder who did not land a Major League playing job this season, has retired and joined the Dodgers' ever-growing list of general manager Ned Colletti's special assistants.
Castro, 39, is a 17-year veteran who started his career with the Dodgers, had four stints with the club and also played for the Reds, Orioles, Twins and Phillies.
He will be involved in player development and evaluating on the Major and Minor League levels.
"It was time for me to make the decision to end my playing career," Castro said in a club release. "I'm honored that Ned thought of bringing me back to the organization where I first signed as a young kid more than 20 years ago. I'm very excited to once again work for the Dodgers in a new and challenging role."
All-Star Kershaw to lead post-break rotation
LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly announced his starting rotation coming out of the break on Sunday, with All-Star and Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw getting the ball for the first game back, in Arizona Friday night.
Kershaw will be followed by Hiroki Kuroda on Saturday and Ted Lilly Sunday in Arizona. Chad Billingsley and Rubby De La Rosa will start in San Francisco Monday and Tuesday nights.
Kershaw will then pitch on regular rest Wednesday, July 20 against the Giants. The July 21 day off provides an extra day of rest for 30-something starters Kuroda and Lilly, who are set to go July 22 and 23, respectively.
Mattingly said he was satisfied after talking to National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy that Kershaw's workload at the All-Star Game would not prevent him from starting Friday. The rotation also allows the Dodgers to take advantage of Billingsley's career success against the Giants.
If there's a downside, it could be too much rest between starts for Kuroda and Billingsley (nine days each). Both said they would have multiple bullpen sessions between starts.
Garland to have season-ending surgery
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers starting pitcher Jon Garland, currently on the disabled list, is scheduled to undergo season-ending exploratory shoulder surgery Monday.
Garland was placed on the DL June 2. He tried to rehab the injury, but pain persisted. Doctors believe there could be labrum and rotator cuff damage, but won't know the extent until the surgery.
Garland, 1-5 in nine starts, received $5 million this year and had a $8 million option for 2012 that would have vested if he pitched 190 innings and was not on the disabled list during September with an injury to his arm.
Barajas catches in rehab, likely ready after break
LOS ANGELES -- Catcher Rod Barajas caught nine innings Saturday night in a Minor League rehab assignment for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and is likely to be activated from the disabled list when the Dodgers resume play after the All-Star Break.
Manager Don Mattingly said Barajas, out with a sprained right ankle, will participate in a team workout Thursday night at Chase Field in Phoenix and, if he comes out of that healthy will be activated, likely meaning that either A.J. Ellis would be optioned or Dioner Navarro would be designated.
Barajas was scheduled to be a designated hitter Sunday.
"Stan [Conte, the Dodgers trainer] told me [Barajas is] ready," said Mattingly. "He chased a passed ball and slid and scored from first base."
Scored from first base?
"Yeah, we wondered what happened to the outfielders," joked Mattingly.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.