Rod Placed in Ivan De Jesus Leg

Dodger infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jr. had successful surgery on his broken left tibia yesterday and will be discharged today from the Hospital. The operation was performed by Dr. Brian Shafer, who placed a rod in his left lower leg with two screws for support. DeJesus, Jr. will be in a boot on crutches for approximately six weeks and if all goes well, a full recovery should take four months.

Elsewhere, Andre Ethier's sore heel seems to be a thing of the past as the outfielder was the designated hitter in yesterday's game and tripled to center field, showing no ill effects on his trip around the bases. Hong-Chih Kuo and Cory Wade both threw bullpens yesterday without problems while Casey Blake (groin) is expected to take part in games this weekend.  

NOTHING TO SEE HERE EXCEPT BASEBALL: While most of the baseball world is thinking about a certain special someone, the Dodgers' players and coaches are focused on business as usual and will take on the San Francisco Giants in the Dodgers' second home game at the beautiful brand new Ballpark at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. Following today's clash with their rivals, the Dodgers will play three of their next four games at their new Spring Training home in the desert. The lone road game in that stretch is a Friday matinee with the Cubs in Mesa, the Dodgers' second and final trip of the spring there.  

RIVALS AT THE RANCH: The Dodgers and Giants are locking up for the second time this spring, after Los Angeles slammed their rivals back on February 26 at Scottsdale Stadium by a 16-7 count. Including today's contest, the two teams are slated to play three more times this exhibition season with the final time coming on Sunday, April 5 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. That Sunday is the day before the Dodgers kick off the 2009 Championship season with a contest against the Padres in San Diego, a scant 33 days away.       

WE'RE ALL SQUARE: The Dodgers evened their Cactus League record yesterday at 3-3 after downing the Padres at Peoria Stadium, 5-4. Dodger infielder Blake DeWitt, learning the ropes at shortstop yesterday, was dialed in at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a homer, double, and two runs scored. Outfielder Mitch Jones continued his torrid spring, going 2-for-3 and belting his team-leading third homer of the Cactus League season. Jones is hitting .417 and also leads the club with eight RBI. On the hill, Chad Billingsley put himself in the win column, firing 2.0 scoreless innings and Shawn Estes followed him with two more scoreless frames. Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann singled in his only at-bat and leads the club with a .667 average (4-for-6).         

THE KID: Dodger starter Clayton Kershaw will take the mound this afternoon for his second start of the spring after allowing two runs in 2.0 innings last Saturday in Tucson against the Rockies. The 20-year old is the youngest Dodger in camp and turns 21 on March 19. Last season, the left-hander was the Major Leagues' youngest player throughout the year and the Texas native was the fourth-youngest starting pitcher in Dodger history when he took the mound on May 25, 2008.       

OPEN TRYOUT: The Dodgers on Friday will host their annual open tryout.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and workouts start at 9:00 a.m. on the minor league fields at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. The tryout is open to players 18 years of age and older, and those players cannot be enrolled in a high school or college. They also cannot be affiliated with any other baseball organization (i.e. an independent league).   

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: On March 4, 1912, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the construction of Ebbets Field. Ebbets Field was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 until 1957 and was demolished on Feb. 23, 1960.  

UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES: Thursday, March 5 vs. Chicago White Sox: RHP Hiroki Kuroda, , LHP Eric Milton, RHP Claudio Vargas, and RHP Ramon Troncoso.l