Dodgers Make Additional Player Moves

The Dodgers optioned IF Tony Abreu, RHP Jesus Castillo, LHP Victor Garate, LHP Brent Leach, C Lucas May, and RHP Travis Schlichting to the minor league side of the complex. In addition, injured IF Ivan DeJesus, Jr. was reassigned to the minor league side.

  LOOK AT THE ROSTER: The Dodgers currently have 48 players in big league camp.  That includes right-hander Jonathan Broxton and infielder Luis Maza, both of whom are away from camp participating in the WBC.  Among the 48 players are 23 pitchers, including 13 right-handers and 10 left-handers.  There are 15 non-roster invitees still in camp, including nine pitchers.   

. TOP OF THE MORNIN': The Dodgers have a scheduled offday today (Wednesday), but right-hander Chad Billingsley will throw in a minor league intrasquad contest at 10:00 a.m. Billingsley is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (4 ER/9.1 IP) and 10 strikeouts this spring in four starts.      

. A LEGENDARY VISITOR: The Dodgers would like to welcome to Camelback Ranch – Glendale, Japan Baseball Hall of Famer Tatsuro Hirooka, who is visiting with Dodger director of Asian Operations Acey Kohrogi and Dodger scout Keiichi Kojima.  

Hirooka was the No. 1 pick of the Yomiuri Giants in 1954 and subsequently embarked on a successful 13-year playing career for the Giants, winning the Rookie of the Year Award and being named an All-Star six times. Following his playing days, Hirooka became a successful coach and manger with the Yakult Swallows, winning the Japan Series Championship in 1978.

After moving on to manage the Seibu Lions, the skipper won back-to-back Japan Series titles in 1982 and 1983. Elected to the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, Hirooka has been instrumental in furthering the relationship between Japanese Baseball and the Major Leagues and he was named the first-ever General Manager in Japanese baseball, when the Chiba Lotte Marines hired him in 1995. Today, Hirooka, 77, still helps coach the Yomiuri Giants and players at Waseda University. Welcome!   

. RANDY'S EYES ARE SMILING: Dodger starter Randy Wolf has looked terrific thus far this spring, not allowing a run in 5.0 innings (two starts) of Cactus League action. The left-hander also tossed in a "B" game on March 2 and allowed two runs in 2.0 innings. Wolf was traded to the Astros on July 22 last year and posted a 4-1 record in September to go along with a 2.23 ERA during the month. The Astros went 40-22 after acquiring Wolf.   

. CACTUS LEAGUE LEADERS: Dodger infielder Juan Castro went 2-for-4 yesterday and now leads the Cactus League with a .469 (15-for-32) average, .486 on-base percentage, and 11 runs scored. The native of Mexico is slugging .719 and has doubled five times. Elsewhere, Juan Pierre leads all Cactus leaguers with six stolen bases and Jason Repko is tied for second with five thefts. Outfielder Xavier Paul ranks third with a .425 (17-for-40) average and his 10 RBI are the second most in the Cactus league.    

. COME ON DOWN!!!: CBS's Emmy Award-winning THE PRICE IS RIGHT welcomes members of the Los Angeles Dodgers on its episode tomorrow morning (10:00-11:00 AM in Los Angeles, 9:00-10:00 AM in the Phoenix area) on the CBS Television Network.  Dodgers James Loney, Russell Martin, Delwyn Young, James McDonald, and Mark Loretta, and former Dodgers Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux and "Sweet" Lou Johnson will make appearances during the show, and during a special "Dodger-themed" Showcase.   

. UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES: Thursday, March 19 vs. Colorado, LHP Clayton Kershaw, RHP Guillermo Mota, RHP Cory Wade and LHP Hong-Chih Kuo. 

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