Final 18 Players Signed for 2009

The Dodgers agreed to terms with 18 players on their roster and now every player in camp has now been signed and is under contract for this season. Dodger Manager Joe Torre announced the first wave of roster moves as pitchers Greg Miller, Justin Orenduff, Jacobo Meque, Ronald Belisario, and Yhency Brazoban were reassigned to minor league camp.

Spring Training Notes Friday, March 6, 2009   The following players signed recently: right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley, left-handed pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo, catcher Danny Ardoin, first baseman James Loney, outfielder Delwyn Young, left-handed pitcher Eric Stults, right-handed pitcher Cory Wade, infielder Chin-lung Hu, right-handed pitcher Ramon Troncoso, left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw, catcher A.J. Ellis, right-handed pitcher Justin Orenduff, right-handed pitcher Jesus Castillo, outfielder Xavier Paul, outfielder Jamie Hoffmann, left-handed pitcher Brent Leach, right-handed pitcher Travis Schlichting, and infielder Tony Abreu.

MESA BOUND: The Dodgers will play their ninth Cactus League contest and look to snap the string of alternating wins and losses that have led to their 4-4 record. The loss that started the spring came at the hands of the Cubs back on February 25 at HoHoKam Park and this will be the club's final 2009 trip to Mesa. The Cubs visit the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch – Glendale on St. Patrick's Day and then the Boys in Blue will not see the North  Siders until May 28, when they begin a four-game Memorial Day series at Wrigley Field.

FEELING RANDY: Dodger starter Randy Wolf will make his second appearance in a Cactus League game this spring, but that won't be talked about nearly as much as the fact that he is batting second in Joe Torre's lineup. Wolf is known around the league as a very capable hitter and has actually pinch-hit five times in his career. Over 10 Major League seasons, Wolf has batted .184 with four home runs, including three during the 2004 season.     

ON THE MOUND IN MESA: Following Wolf to the mound will be RHP Jeff Weaver, LHP Eric Stults, LHP Erick Threets, and RHP Tanyon Sturtze. The Cubs will counter with RHP Ryan Dempster, RHP Randy Wells, RHP Luis Vizcaino, LHP Mike Stanton, RHP Justin Berg, and RHP Rocky Roquet.

  THEY COME FROM A LAND DOWN UNDER: While the Dodgers are in Mesa, the Chicago White Sox will welcome the Australian WBC team for an exhibition game at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. On March 12, the Dodgers will host a WBC team from the Asian pool at the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.

  TOP OF THE CHARTS: The Cubs and Dodgers feature a few players residing in the high-rent district of the Major-League leaderboards. Non-roster outfielder Mitch Jones is tied for the Major-League lead with three home runs and ranks second behind Cubs' infielder Mike Fontentot (18) with 17 total bases. Jones is also tied for the Major League lead with the Cubs' Micah Hoffpauir with eight RBI. Infielder Blake DeWitt, meanwhile, is tied for third in the Majors with seven RBI. The Dodgers, as a team, rank fourth among National League teams with 54 runs scored.  

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

UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES: Saturday, March 7 vs. Seattle Mariners- RHP Chad Billingsley, LHP Shawn Estes and RHP Jesus Castillo.  

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