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LADugout will cover the First-Year Player Draft as it happens June 7-8, providing continuous information about the Dodger draft choices as they are announced. The club has fewer early picks than recent years, after losing their first selection to Boston as compensation for signing free-agent pitcher Derek Lowe. The Dodgers receive the Mariners' second-round pick (No. 53) for losing Adrian Beltré, because a team drafting in the top half of the draft cannot lose its first-round pick.

Injury Update
While both Vero Beach and Columbus have recently had a highly regarded pitcher returned from the disabled list, at the same time both have lost a starter.

Lefthander Chuck Tiffany, who had been out recovered from an operation to remove a mole from his lower back, is once again in the rotation for Vero but lefthander Jonathan Figueroa has a strained elbow and has been placed on the D.L. Righthander Danny Muegge, who came in the trade that sent Shawn Green to Arizona, has taken Figueroa's slot.

At Columbus, righthander Blake Johnson, a second -round draft choice in 2004 who had been sidelined by a sprained ankle, has come back to start for the Catfish. However, righthander Jesus Castillo, who had made the leap from the Dominican Summer League to the team, has undergone Tommy John surgery and will be out until sometime in 2005.

Las Vegas outfielder Chin-Feng Chen also injured his ankle and has been lost to the 51's for an indefinite period. Chen leads the team in RBI.

Among those currently in the rehabilitation process, lefthander Greg Miller, who had been pitching two innings twice a week in the extended spring camp, was backed off from his last assignment. Although that camp has been completed, Miller will remain at Dodgertown building up his arm strength.

Another well-thought-of lefthander, Mike Megrew, who had an elbow operation after last season, is throwing bullpen sessions and hopes to be ready late in the season or possibly in the fall Instructional League.

When the extended camp ended, several players who had been rehabbing at the Dodgertown minor league base, have completed the process and have been assigned to teams. Righthander Steve Nelson has been sent to Columbus while lefthander Liam O'Flaherty and outfielders Ryan Carter and Hector Arias have been assigned to Ogden.

Righthanders Chales Dasni and Howar Zuleta and lefthander Gary Paris-Sosa along with third baseman Eduardo Perez and outfielder Jesus Mora have been assigned to the Gulf Coast League Dodgers. Ogden opens its season June 21 while the Gulf Coast opens June 24.