10/07/09 3:34 PM EST
No surprises as Dodgers set roster
Loretta edges out Mientkiewicz for last position player spot
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Long reliever Jeff Weaver received the last of 11 pitching spots, and Mark Loretta edged out Doug Mientkiewicz for the final position player spot.
Starting pitchers: Randy Wolf, Clayton Kershaw, Vicente Padilla and Chad Billingsley.
Relief pitchers: Jonathan Broxton, George Sherrill, Hong-Chih Kuo, Ronald Belisario, Ramon Troncoso, Jon Garland and Weaver.
Outfielders: Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Juan Pierre.
Infielders: James Loney, Rafael Furcal, Casey Blake, Juan Castro, Ronnie Belliard, Orlando Hudson and Loretta.
Catchers: Russell Martin and Brad Ausmus.
Pinch-hitter: Jim Thome.
Among those left off the pitching staff are right-handed relievers Guillermo Mota and James McDonald, and left-hander Scott Elbert. Elbert was sent to Arizona to stay sharp in instructional league games, while Mota and McDonald remain with the big league club.
Torre wanted the left-handed power threat of Thome, something that was lacking on last year's postseason roster, even though Thome can't run or play defense because of injuries and age. Loretta can play both corner infield positions and bats right-handed, apparently the decisive edge over Mientkiewicz, who hits left-handed and is limited to first base.
The roster includes all five in-season acquisitions: Sherrill, Belliard, Padilla, Garland and Thome. It does not include starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who is out with a herniated disk in his neck but could return if the Dodgers advance to the League Championship Series.
Torre's Game 1 lineup: Furcal, Kemp, Ethier, Ramirez, Loney, Blake, Belliard, Martin and Wolf.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.