3/26/2014 11:45 P.M. ET
Ellis joins Cards' Motte in fundraising drive
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Catcher A.J. Ellis is the Dodgers representative for Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte's fundraising effort.
"It's to raise awareness and fuel cancer research," Ellis said. "He started it last year in St. Louis and decided, let's do every team. Now $5 for every shirt goes to Jason's charity and $5 to each of ours. I will have my charity chosen by Opening Day. It's a great idea to help fight the plague of cancer. I'm honored Jason reached out. When he was a catcher in the Florida State League, we bonded as two defensive catchers that couldn't hit. He transitioned into an All-Star closer."
The website 108stitches.com went live on March 17, with 108 Stitches showcasing the "Strike Out Cancer" tees in each team's colors. Each is promoted by a different player who agreed to join Motte in a partnership that will benefit multiple charities. Each participating player has chosen a charity that will benefit from the T-shirts sales, and for each shirt sold, $5 will go to the Jason Motte Foundation and $5 to a charity of that player's choice. A full list of recipient charities will be listed on the 108 Stitches website soon, along with a photo of each player rep in his team-colored shirt.
"At the end of the day, it's about reaching people," Motte said. "Baseball is great and everything, but there are other really important things going on out there that affect a lot of people. Wearing these T-shirts shows people that they're not alone. They're not sitting there doing chemo by themselves where no one cares. People do care, whether it's friends, family or baseball players. There are people who this has touched and this has affected. This is something we're trying to do to get the word out there and try to raise money to help."
Crawford, League reunite with club for workouts
LOS ANGELES -- Outfielder Carl Crawford and reliever Brandon League rejoined the Dodgers for Wednesday's workout, and Matt Kemp might join them Thursday.
While the Dodgers were winning two games in Australia, Crawford remained in Arizona on paternity leave, playing in Minor League games. He and his fiancée had a son.
League, who was one of three pitchers exempt from the 25-man roster, appeared in Minor League games. He said he was able to pitch on back-to-back days and even in multiple innings one day.
Kemp has been progressing steadily in his rehab from ankle and shoulder surgeries. He is eligible to come off the disabled list April 4, which remains a possibility. He is not eligible to play in the exhibition Freeway Series, which starts Thursday night.
Prospect Zach Lee threw a bullpen session after pitching in the exhibition game against Team Australia. If the Dodgers need another starting pitcher, it could be Lee. He is not on the 40-man roster, but the loss of relievers Seth Rosin and Javy Guerra on waivers Wednesday leaves the Dodgers with 39 players on the roster.
Dodgers lose Rosin, Guerra to waiver claims
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' pitching depth took a double hit on Wednesday, when Rule 5 Draft acquisition Seth Rosin was claimed off waivers by Texas, and Javy Guerra was claimed by the White Sox.
The Dodgers had already given up on Guerra 10 days ago, when he was designated for assignment, and had hoped to trade him. When that didn't happen, the club tried to get the former closer through waivers so it could outright him to the Minor Leagues.
Rosin's situation was more complicated. To outright him to the Minor Leagues, Rosin needed to clear waivers, then be offered back to the Phillies, who lost him in the Rule 5 Draft.
The Dodgers need to clear roster space for the return of pitchers Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Brandon League before the resumption of the regular season Sunday night.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.