02/28/12 5:40 PM EST
Back tightness doesn't keep Ethier off field
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Ethier is coming off September arthroscopic surgery on his right knee which robbed him of power last year. But after an offseason of rehabbing, he has no restrictions on his workouts.
"He felt something when he was stretching and he went in with Sue [Falsone, trainer], but came back out to hit and did outfield work," manager Don Mattingly said. "It was in his upper middle back, but Sue said he came back out to see what he could do. If anything scared anybody, he wouldn't have been back on the field."
Mattingly announces spring starting rotation
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There were no surprises from manager Don Mattingly on Tuesday when he announced his Spring Training starting rotation.
After Clayton Kershaw pitches a camp game Sunday, he will be followed in the regular Spring Training games by Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano.
Mattingly would not commit as to whether that order would remain intact when the regular season begins, but he's already named Kershaw his Opening Day starter. The current alignment allows for alternating righty and lefty starters, except when Kershaw follows Capuano.
Mattingly offered one note of caution, saying that Harang would be held out of running drills because of a sore foot. Harang missed a month last season with the Padres because of a stress reaction in his right foot. Harang said it was caused by pitching on a mound with a deep hole in front of the rubber, dug by the opposing pitcher.
The club said Tuesday that Harang developed a foot bruise because of new orthotics.
Mitchell looking to make club as non-roster invitee
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For what it's worth, starting left fielder Juan Rivera shared time at first base with James Loney during infield drills on the first day of full-squad workouts for the Dodgers.
Hairston was acquired for his versatility and is considered a likely stopgap if Uribe can't rebound from last year's struggles.
Mitchell's 2011 season ended with surgery to repair a torn wrist ligament that Mitchell said hampered his swing for two years.
Mitchell said his wrist is healed and he's swinging the bat better than he has in years. Nonetheless, he was taken off the 40-man roster earlier this month to make room for free agent Todd Coffey. Despite an invitation to Major League camp, Mitchell took the move as motivation.
"I told my wife it lit a fire in me," Mitchell said. "I came to camp to prove a point. I lost 20 pounds in the offseason working with a strength and conditioning coach and trying to have better nutrition. I figured it was time to get in the best shape of my life."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.