Three spots open on 40-man roster

Three spots on the Dodgers' 40-man roster opened when catcher Mike Rose was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and pitchers Derek Thompson and Ryan Ketchner were designated for assignment.

Rose hit .209 in 15 games, with his only home run and RBI coming in the regular-season finale. He spent most of the season at Las Vegas, where he hit .259 with 20 doubles, five home runs and 36 RBI in 69 games. He had a pair of games with Oakland in 2004.

Thompson and Ketchner are just recovering from Tommy John operations performed during the season. Ketchner never pitched in a game this year, while Thompson was 0-0 with a 3.50 ERA in four appearances (three starts) after being promoted from Double-A.

He was 1-2 with Las Vegas, recording a 3.43 earned run average over four games, He allowed 21 hits in 21 innings while striking out 17.

Both pitchers would probably be trained in the Dodgers' farm system if they go unclaimed.

Farm director Terry Collins was interviewed Friday, following the Thursday interview of San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus. Cleveland Minor League manager Torey Lovullo was interviewed Saturday.

Collins has six years Major League managing experience, the most extensive of the five announced candidates. He spent three years were with the Astros, who finished second each season from 1994-96. Collins managed the Angels for three years (1997-99), finishing second twice, and he was replaced with a month left in the 1999 season.

General Manager Paul DePodesta said he could name a manager as soon as next week or continue the interviews with another dozen candidates he has on his list but has not revealed.

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