There Any Room for These Guys?

VERO BEACH, Fla.- With seven more players moving across Dodgertown from the major league clubhouse to the exceedingly cramped quarters the minor leaguers are sharing, there are 11 players- six on the roster and five non-roster types- vieing for the precious few roster spots available.

A look at that group and each one's current chances :


Tim Hamulack, rhp. -He's done all right but nothing with enough impact to make the team.

Hong-Chih Kuo, lhp. At this stage they seem to view him strictly as a starter. Since he has an option left, it appears he could well be sent to Las Vegas.

Chen-Hui Tsao, rhp.- He's thrown the ball very well. Still, there's caution because he's coming back from a shoulder operation that kept him out all last year. It looks like he'll go to Vegas to build up innings and prove he's for real.

Andy LaRoche-- Hasn't had a sping that will gain him immediate employment. Another bound for Vegas, at least for now.

Wilson Valdez, ss.- He's another who has shown to advantage in this camp. He has even played center well enough to indicate he can be used out there if need be. Out of options so if they try to send him back, he'll probably be claimed by another team.

Matt Kemp, of.- Hasn't looked ready but then he hasn't had many chances to show that he is. He'll be send down any time now.

James Loney, 1b. - Grady Little is now talking about how he could be best served- on the bench or playing every day in the minors. You know what that means since he does have an option remaining. Despite the fact that he's been the best-looking hitter in camp and his latest outfield stints have been acceptable, he may well hear the words, "Las Vegas bound."


Joe Mays, rhp.- Strictly a starter but he seems to be on the outside for a job there at this time despite his good performances. Could well be asked to go to Vegas on an emergency basis.

Rudy Seanez, rhp. He's looked good every time he's been used but there doesn't appear to be room for him. He's said he'd rather retire than go back down. A trade - spell that Elmer Dessens - would open up a slot.

Sandy Martinez, c.- Is he still around? It's hard to see what plans they have for him.

Kelly Stinnett, c.- Won't make the team; probably won't go down so might be released.

Larry Bigbie, of- Another who's looked like a keeper but for whom there's currently no opening. Has a clause in his contract that will allow him to depart if he isn't promoted by Mar. 28.