03/31/11 2:49 AM ET
Dodgers make final roster decisions
By Quinn Roberts / Special to MLB.com
In total, the Dodgers' roster will have 11 pitchers and 14 position players.
The Dodgers' infield includes shortstop Rafael Furcal, third baseman Juan Uribe, second baseman Jamey Carroll, first baseman James Loney and utility infielders Ivan DeJesus and Aaron Miles. The starting catcher will be Rod Barajas, with A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez acting as backups.
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Mattingly likes Gimenez, not only as a backup catcher, but as someone who can also play first base on occasion.
"We have really been trying to build pitching and defense as much as we can," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It allows us some flexibility earlier in the game with guys off the bench."
Andre Ethier (right field), Matt Kemp (center) and Marcus Thames and Tony Gwynn (left), who will split time, will be in the outfield, along with Xavier Paul in a backup role.
The starting rotation consists of Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda. The seven-man bullpen will include Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal, Kenley Jansen, Lance Cormier and Blake Hawksworth.
Starting the season on the disabled list will be Casey Blake (back), Dioner Navarro (oblique), Vicente Padilla (arm surgery), Jon Garland (oblique) and Jay Gibbons (eye).
Left-handed reliever Scott Elbert, right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and outfielder Trent Oeltjen were optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. Journeyman Gabe Kapler was also cut from the 25-man roster; however, Mattingly said Kapler is still in talks with general manager Ned Coletti about playing in Albuquerque.
"He is such a guy that you love," Mattingly said of Kapler. "We have looked at so many different scenarios where he was a part of the team. Gabe is just the type of guy that does everything right. You know you are getting 100 percent every day, so it was tough."
Gibbons seeing improvements in vision
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Jay Gibbons, who saw a specialist Tuesday in Los Angeles to correct the depth perception in his left eye, has already seen improvement in his ability to pick up pitches.
Back to contacts in each eye, Gibbons stood in against Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley on Tuesday in Anaheim, able to see the spin on different pitches.
"Yesterday was really encouraging for Jay," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday.
The biggest concern for both Mattingly and Gibbons this spring has been the outfielder's inability to get quality at-bats, but now he'll be able to get at-bats and see the ball better.
"It has been a battle. I have been dealing with this since December," Gibbons said Monday. "I feel great physically and I feel ready to go; it is just a really bizarre situation."
Even with an improvement in his vision, Gibbons will still start the season on the disabled list, with it taking a week or two for his eyes to adjust to the contacts.
Without any setbacks to Casey Blake's ribs, Mattingly is targeting April 8 for Blake's return to the lineup. ... Starter Jon Garland threw a 55-pitch bullpen session Wednesday before the game against the Seattle Mariners. ... For his first game as a Major League manager Thursday against the Giants at Dodger Stadium, Mattingly has rented a box for 30 friends and family, including his brother and son Jordan.
Quinn Roberts is a contributor for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.