03/31/12 10:00 PM ET
Kershaw dissatisfied with final tuneup
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Ethier's foul ball drills former LA exec
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Andre Ethier has been causing the opposition pain all spring, but he took it to a different level on Saturday.Actually, the press level. While facing Ian Kennedy, one of Ethier's foul balls screamed over the backstop right into the press box, where it drilled Arizona Diamondbacks executive Josh Rawitch right in the, well, let's just say he wasn't wearing a cup. "That's awesome," said Ethier. "I should have fouled back more." "That's awesome," said manager Don Mattingly. Rawitch just joined Arizona after a decade with the Dodgers, most recently as vice president of communications, a capacity from which he was frequently asking players to sign this or appear there, do this or do that. "OK, we're even," said Ethier.
Dodgers send Oeltjen to Minor League camp
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers optioned Trent Oeltjen to Minor League camp after Saturday's 9-3 win over the D-backs, in which Oeltjen went 1-for-2 with two runs scored to raise his average to .289.Oeltjen had almost no chance to make the team as a fifth outfielder after the signing of utility man Jerry Hairston, who can play the infield and outfield. Still in camp, however, is outfielder Matt Angle, who slugged a two-run homer Saturday. The Dodgers have 36 players in camp.
The last roster spot appears to be between middle infielder Justin Sellers, who is on the 40-man roster, or corner infielder Josh Fields, who is not. Sellers had a two-run single Saturday to raise his average to .308. Fields has cooled off after a hot start and is batting .273. The last bullpen spot comes down to right-hander Josh Lindblom, who is on the 40-man roster, or left-hander Scott Rice, who is not. Lindblom retired the only batter he faced and has a 3.86 ERA. Rice allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings without a run, his ERA now 3.86.
Lilly disappointed to start season on shelf
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ted Lilly said Saturday that he felt fine the day after a bullpen session, which seemed to make it even tougher to swallow Friday's announcement that he would open the season on the disabled list because of recurring neck stiffness."I feel we are definitely taking the conservative route," Lilly said, not hiding the fact that he believes he would have been ready to start the third game of the season. Instead, it will go to Chris Capuano and Lilly will be delayed until April 14. "It stinks taking that long for my neck," he said. "Something like that should have healed. Unfortunately, it got to this point. It's crazy. I never thought I would end up missing a start." Lilly takes seriously his responsibility to take the ball. "One of the reason's I'm in the big leagues has something to do with that," he said. "If you look around at the most successful players, it's not really the most cautious people. It's a combination of being aggressive and pushing the envelope and being smart at the same time. I think we're definitely taking the cautious route. "I felt I would have been able to go out and compete when the time is up, on the 7th, but there were logical reasons why it might not be a good idea, although I felt I could do it."
Dodgers tab 11 prospects for Freeway Series
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers will bring 11 Minor Leaguers to Los Angeles for the Freeway Series against the Angels.Making the trip will be: pitchers Shawn Tolleson, Fernando Nieve, Will Savage, Logan Bawcom and Angel Sanchez; infielders Jeff Baisley and Luis Nunez; outfielders Blake Smith and Jonathan Garcia; and catchers Griff Erickson and Matt Wallach. Tolleson, a reliever ticketed for Double-A Chattanooga, is probably the one closest to reaching the Major Leagues.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.