03/29/09 4:01 PM ET
Reliever Ohman tries out for Dodgers
Seeking work, lefty throws two-inning simulated game before brass
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Ohman, accompanied at Camelback Ranch-Glendale by his agent, went through a two-inning simulated game against Minor League hitters in front of manager Joe Torre and most of the Dodgers' front office.
"Well, we're interested," Torre said. "He's been throwing. Ned [Colletti, general manager] is talking to the agent to figure out if it's going to work. It's a tough time in Spring Training to come in and say you're ready. He showed me he's been throwing. It didn't take him long to get loose.
"But there's a certain element of sharpness you'd like to have. Where we are, how many times can he pitch [in a game]? We saw today the quality of his stuff. You can see he hasn't been pitching in a game as far as command. Not that he's been pinpoint [in his career]."
Torre hedged about Ohman's chances of being ready to make an Opening Day roster with almost no exhibition-game competition.
"It's tough," he said. "I'm not going to give my opinion if he can. I don't know him that much. You can see he's been working at it. I think it would be tough, unless we see him a number of times to feel he'll be ready. But you never know. There's not one answer to give that's the right one."
Ohman found himself jobless when the free-agent market, especially for relievers, collapsed this offseason. He would fill the hole created by the departure of Joe Beimel, who recently signed with the Nationals for $2 million after seeking a salary double that. Ohman had similar desires.
Currently, the Dodgers are looking at non-roster invitees Erick Threets and Brian Mazone for the role of second lefty to Hong-Chih Kuo.
The loss of Beimel, Takashi Saito, Chan Ho Park and Scott Proctor leaves the Dodgers with more than 200 bullpen innings to replace from last year.
After spending five years with the Cubs, Ohman went 4-1 with a 3.68 ERA for the Braves last year, appearing in 83 games and pitching 58 2/3 innings with 53 strikeouts and 22 walks.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.