Dodgers Sign Veteran Kelly Stinette

The Dodgers have signed 13-year Major League veteran Kelly Stinette to a minor league contract and have invited him to spring training.

Stinette played, although briefly, last season for both the Yankees and Mets. He caught 34 games for the Yanks, hitting .229 with three homers and 19 run batted in. In sevne games with the hets he had a single hit in 12 at-bats.

Stinette has played for Milwaukee, Arizona, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Philadelphia. His best season came in 1998-99 for the Diamondbacks when he hit 11 homers and knocked in 41, then came back the next season to hit 14 homers and collect 37 runs batted in.

Over 708 career games he had 64 homers and 225 runs batted in with a .237 average.

In other News from Dodgertown:

Closer Takashi Saito injured his calf while jogging in Japan and while it was still sore, the Dodgers cleared him to throw off the mound. …Third base condenter Andy LaRoche reported his left shoulder is fully recovered from arthroscopic surgery and is ready to play every day. Incumbent Wilson Betemit may have something to say about that. …Under new trainer Stan Conte the players will have their stretching and conditionaing drills in the morning instead of later in the day. "It's mostly logistics because the (stretching) program we're going to have will require us to come back into the clubhouse afterward before starting our baseball activities," manager Grady Little said.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The Mets designated RHP Steve Schmoll for assignment. He was 5-4, 4.69 with Norfolk in the International League in 2007, working in 42 games and striking out 42 in 56 innings.

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