Guzman Playing First in Dominican

The "Where in the world should Joel Guzman play?" can start again because he's being positioned at first base every day in the Dominican Winter League. Be advised, though, this is not at the Dodger insistence but, instead, a decision made by the team he currently plays for- Estrellas.

It seems that Estrellas, which plays out of San Pedro deMacoris, by the way, has a shortstop they're fond of so they asked Dodger permission to play Guzman at either third or first in order to keep his bat in their lineup. Terry Collins, the director of player development, replied, "I don't care where he plays in the field as long as he gets his at-bats".

In any case, the decision was made to station him at first and reports are that he's swinging the bat quite well.

Guzman is one of a number of Dodger Dominicans who are playing winter ball at home including lefthander Odalis Perez, who was traded to Escogido. Perez made one start but probably won't pitch again until just before the playoffs which begin in late December.

Others on the parent Dodger roster who are active in the league are infielders Antonio Perez and Willie Aybar and pitcher Franquelis Osoria. Jumbo Diaz, who, like Guzman, was just promoted to the Dodger roster is also pitching in the league.

Second baseman Tony Abreu and pitchers Alfredo Gonzalez and Julio Pimentel along with Beltram Perez, who just became a free agent, are also there.. Most of the other Dodgers are from the lower minors and, while they are on the rosters, usually aren't ready to play much.

The list includes pitchers Mario Alvarez, Marlon Arias, Chales Dasni, Arismendy Castillo, Pedro Lorenzo, Jose Obispo, Gary Paris, Ramon Paredes, Miguel Ramirez and Ramon Troncoso, first baseman Jose Nunez, and catcher Kengshil Pujols.