First Cuts Reassigns 10, Deletes One

The Dodgers made their long-expected player moves today, their first of the spring, reassigning ten and cutting infielder Damian Jackson. The roster adjustment was the first of the spring.

Pitchers Eric Hull, Zach Hammes, Mike Megrew, Scott Elbert, Travis Smith and Dario Veres; catchers A.J. Ellis and Ken Huckaby and shortstop Chin-Lung Hu and third baseman Fernando Tatis.

All players, save Jackson, could be recalled from the minor league side at Dodgertown and used in exhibition games if needed.

Hull hadn't allowed an earned run over 3.2 innings and three appearances. Hammes recorded a 3.00 earned run average in three innings, Smith had been hit hard (9.00 ERA)but saved the game Saturday in Jupiter and Veres had a 6.00 ERA in three games.

Elbert, only 21-years-old, was hit hard on Friday and took a 19.29 ERA back to the minor league side with him but also carrying kind words from Manager Grady Little.

Huckaby banged out his first hit of the spring Saturday and left with a .100 batting average. Ellis was hitless in three trips.

Hu, stronger than last season, had dazzled with his glove and was 4-for-12, a .333 average but Tatis never got his bat going, collecting one hit in 17 trips.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Rudy Seanez retired all three hitters he faced Saturday and has knocked down 12 of the 13 he faced so far this spring season without allowing a run. But that certainly don't guarantee him a spot on the crowded staff. He made his major league debut in 1989 and said if he doesn't make the Dodgers this season he'll retire. "I won't say never," he told Tony Jackson of the Los Angeles Daily News, "but at 38 I'm 99.9% certain I won't go back to AAA and shove some deserving pitcher down to Double-A."

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