3/22/2014 6:15 A.M. ET
Dodgers make tough choice at catcher
Butera wins backup job, Federowicz optioned as LA sets roster for opener
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
SYDNEY -- The Dodgers' roster for Saturday's season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sydney Cricket Ground included Alex Guerrero and Drew Butera but excluded Tim Federowicz.
Pitchers: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Maholm, Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Jose Dominguez, Chris Withrow, Seth Rosin, Jamey Wright.
Catchers: A.J. Ellis, Butera.
Infielders: Adrian Gonzalez, Dee Gordon, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Justin Turner, Chone Figgins, Guerrero.
Outfielders: Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, Mike Baxter.
Exempt: Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, Brandon League.
Disabled list: Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Matt Kemp.
Paternity list: Carl Crawford.
Reassigned: Miguel Rojas, Joc Pederson, Zach Lee, Red Patterson.
The only mild surprise was the optioning of backup catcher Federowicz, which allowed the Dodgers to keep Butera, who is out of options and could have been lost on waivers if he didn't make the Major League club.
"That was a rough one," said manager Don Mattingly. "Fed has fallen into the role A.J. Ellis had, going up and down because he has options. It's not an enviable spot to be. It's a tough call, but you'll see Fed again."
The Dodgers are hopeful Federowicz's offense will sharpen with regular playing time at Triple-A Albuquerque. Because of days off for the next three weeks, the backup catcher doesn't figure to get much playing time.
"That part I understand," Federowicz said about the schedule. "I guess that's the way to look at it. I think I will produce anyway. I'm not worried about that. I thought I proved wrong the doubters. I'll do it again."
On Butera, Mattingly said: "From a defensive standpoint, he has energy behind the plate and throws the ball well. He's looked better at the plate. He's a good guy for the situation."
Also making the roster was Rule 5 Draft acquisition Rosin.
"It was so exciting getting called into the manager's office and have him say I'm on the roster," Rosin said. "It's a surreal feeling. I've been hoping for this day for a long time. It's a dream come true.
"My dad is here and he's excited and proud. I brought my dad. My girlfriend wasn't too happy, but my dad's been supporting me since I was in diapers."
Because of the trip to Australia, clubs were allowed to exempt three players that can be activated for their first game back in North America on March 30 in San Diego. Those cuts, and another to make room for Crawford's return, will be more difficult.
Ryu has high expectations for second season
SYDNEY -- When Spring Training opened, Hyun-Jin Ryu wasn't expecting to start Game 2 of the season at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
"Our one and two starters are so strong, but after Zack Greinke was hurt, I started thinking I might pitch," said Ryu, who gets the ball for the Dodgers on Sunday against the D-backs. "I had a really good spring, and I feel really good. I have high expectations."
Ryu, beginning his second season with the Dodgers, said his parents will watch from home. His brother and good friend flew in from Korea on Saturday.
Ryu said seeing a koala topped his list of sightseeing in Australia, and he passed on a chance to taste kangaroo meat.
"I'll stick to beef," he said.
Ryu said he hopes Major League Baseball takes the season opener to his homeland some year.
"Opening a season in Korea is a fantastic idea, and I will make it my personal wish to do that," he said.
Kemp homers in Minor League game
SYDNEY -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who officially hit the disabled list when the Dodgers set their roster for Saturday's season opener, went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in a Triple-A game against the White Sox on Friday.
"I'm getting my work in and getting ready for the season," he said. "I felt pretty good. Today was a good day."
Kemp is rehabbing from ankle and shoulder operations.
Also in Arizona are pitchers Zack Greinke and Dan Haren , both of whom manager Don Mattingly said will start exhibition games against the Angels next week. Greinke is scheduled to pitch on Thursday at Dodger Stadium, and Haren will pitch either Friday in L.A. or Saturday in Anaheim.
Mattingly said the club, which returns from Australia on Sunday afternoon, will be off on Monday, work out on Tuesday and play an intrasquad game on Wednesday.
Corrales returns to US after death of son
SYDNEY -- Pat Corrales, Dodgers special assistant to the general manager, and his wife returned to the United States earlier this week after the death of his son.
Corrales spent Spring Training with the Dodgers in Arizona and the couple flew on the team charter to Sydney.
Corrales is in his second season with the Dodgers in a 50-year career that included nine years as a manager, nine years as a player and several stints working for Dodgers president Stan Kasten in Atlanta and Washington.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.