Orenduff, Others Join Minor Advance Camp

   VERO BEACH, Fla.- Several more players including three pitchers who have completed their rehabilitation  have joined the ever-growing list of minor leaguers in the advance camp at Dodgertown.

   Justin Orenduff, Jose "Jumbo" Diaz and Jimmy Gilbert, all righthanders, are the trio of rehabs who are now in the group doing regular drills Two more minor league free agents have also reported as have three others who have been invited early for possible use in Dodger exhibition games.

   Orenduff had seemed on his way to a big league callup when he was pitching for Jacksonville last summer but, instead, had to have his shoulder scoped. Diaz had been on the 40-man roster but was dropped after a recurrence of elbow problems which forced additional surgery.

Gilbert had signed as a draft-and-follow after throwing 98 mph in junior college only to have Tommy John surgery immediately in the summer of 2005. He came back last summer but only for one inning in the Gulf Coast League when he was shut down for additional work on the balky elbow.

  Former USC catcher Alberto Concepcion, who had been in the Red Sox system, and lefthander Matt Riley, a third-round pick of the Orioles in 1997,  were signed as free agents and added to the camp roster. Riley missed all of last season after Tommy John surgery. 

  Also joining the group were outfielders Xavier Paul and Matt Berezay along with shortstop Preston Mattingly. Paul played at Vero Beach while Berezay, a 21st round draft pick in 2006, was with Ogden. Mattingly, a supplemental first-rounder in the 2006 draft, was with the Gulf Coast Dodgers.

  The Dodgers also signed two pitchers with abbreviated big league experience- righthander Jeremy Huff, who was with Kansas City in both 2002 and 2003 plus lefthander Eric Cyr, who saw action for the Padres in 2003. Both will report with the other minor league pitchers and catchers on March 1.

  They also obtained catcher Nick Conte from the Giants for future considerations. Conte, who also is due in camp Mar. 1, hit only .153 for Augusta on the South Atlantic League last year.

  The bulk of the minor league position players are slated to report Mar. 7. 

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