Spring Training Notes #8 - February 21

The Dodgers worked out as a full squad for the third consecutive day and it was more of the same as the team gets set to shift gears on Monday with an intrasquad scrimmage. The scrimmage, which is free and open to the public.

Xmong the pitchers expected to take the mound are Jason Schmidt, Jonathan Broxton, Erick Threets, Greg Miller, Scott Elbert, Justin Orenduff, Jesus Castillo, Brent Leach, Victor Garate, and Jacobo Meque.  

Dodger reliever Cory Wade (shoulder) will be shut down until at least Monday, while reliever Yhency Brazoban has some shoulder inflammation and will be held out of action for the weekend. Brazoban is set to resume throwing on Monday as well.     

Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin arrived at Camelback Ranch –  Glendale around 5 p.m. yesterday, along with his son, Dodger manager of radio sales  Jorge "The Captain" Jarrin. The elder Jarrin is set to embark on his 51st season with the club and 37th as the No. 1 Spanish Language broadcaster.

Jarrin will return home to be honored with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Community Advocate's Award on Feb. 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, before returning for the first broadcast on KHJ/La Ranchera on March 1. The "Spanish Voice of the Dodgers" is being recognized not only for his work with St. Vincent de Paul, but also with the community-at-large.  

Today was the Dodgers' annual photo day, where each player in camp poses in uniform for different media outlets, baseball card companies, and video games. This year, the Associated Press, Getty Images, Topps, Wilson, Sony, MLB Photos, and Photofile were all be here to capture images of the Dodgers.

Nine young players (Ivan DeJesus Jr., Blake DeWitt, A.J. Ellis, Chin-lung Hu, Clayton Kershaw, Luis Maza, James McDonald, Ramon Troncoso, and Cory Wade, had their head's scanned by the Sony and the Major League Baseball Players' Association for upcoming MLBPA video games. 

In addition, Dodger players Russell Martin (Canada), Jonathan Broxton (United States), Valentino Pascucci (Italy) and Victor Garate (Venezuela) took photos in their World Baseball Classic uniforms.   

Yesterday afternoon, Dodger first base coach Mariano Duncan roared back from four strokes down with two holes to play, defeating a none-too-pleased Maury Wills as the duo hit the links after the workout at The Gold Course at the Wigwam Golf and Spa Resort in Litchfield Park.  

Dodger non-roster invitee Juan Castro knows a thing or two about playing shortstop. The Mexico native has played in 510 big league games at the position for the Dodgers (1995-99), Reds (2000-04, '06-08), Twins (2005-06), and Orioles (2008). Castro owns a .977 fielding percentage at shortstop and has never made more than seven errors in a season at short.

The 36-year old collected his first Major League hit as a Dodger way back in 1995, singling off former Dodger Andy Ashby on October 1, 1995. His first big league homer didn't come until May 21, 1998, when he took the Cubs' Mark Pisciotta deep and batted in front of current Dodger Special Assistant to the General Manager Jose Vizcaino that afternoon.  

The Ballpark at Camelback Ranch – Glendale is located in the West Valley, 15 miles west of Phoenix and 123 miles northwest of Tucson.     

Season Tickets, Mini Plans, and single-game tickets for 2009 Spring Training games at Camelback Ranch – Glendale are on sale now. Fans can purchase Spring Training tickets for Dodger home games by going to dodgers.com or by calling 480-784-4444. The first-ever game at the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch – Glendale is just eight days away.

FSN Prime Ticket has been onsite since the opening of Camelback Ranch - Glendale, revving up for the 2009 Dodger season. FSN Producers Damian Vargas and Ed Lewis arrived last Saturday and Dodger broadcaster Steve Lyons joined the crew this past Thursday. Yesterday, Lyons interviewed Matt Kemp for an "In My Own Words" special and today will do the same with Casey Blake.  

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