Dodgers' Weekend Update: March 21st

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a busy and eventful weekend. The battle for the final spot in the rotation rages on and Joe Torre is still deciding on his choice at second base. A long time fan favorite left the clubhouse once again and the voice of the Dodgers is nursing an injury. Tyson Qualls hits all the important topics in the first edition of Dodgers' Weekend Update.

Comeback Cancelled:

Eric Gagne asked for and was granted his release from the Dodgers. This ended an extremely short come back attempt with the franchise where he spent his glory days. It is uncertain what the future will bring for Gagne, but most likely the injury bug has crept up again. The once lights out closer could have thrown his final pitch for a major league squad.

Scully Shows Resilience

As most individuals over the age of 80 know, any kind of fall can be serious. Scully shook off his mishap and returned to spring training, expressing embarrassment over the incident. He didn't miss a beat, back in his usual spot, for the broadcast of the game against Cleveland.

Final Spot Still Available:

With two weeks left to go, Torre has yet to commit on a fifth starter. Both Ramon and Russ Ortiz have been impressive, posting sub two earned run averages. Carlos Monasterios has yet to give up a run in eight innings while James McDonald has struggled mightily with a 20.25 ERA. McDonald has given up the most runs by a Dodgers pitcher during Spring Training with 12. Charlie Haeger has been decent, but not spectacular. Eric Stultz has also had a bit of trouble with an ERA over five.

DeWitt Shines:

Blake DeWitt has attempted to make the decision as easy as possible for Joe Torre. His offensive play has been impressive. DeWitt has raked in five runs batted in, two home runs, and added a stellar .371 average to his spring resume. He also has scored eight runs, good for the most on the squad.

Playing Like it's 1999

Garrett Anderson seems to have discovered the fountain of youth. He has all but locked up the left-handed pitch hitting spot on Torre's bench with his .438 batting average. Anderson has looked strong throughout spring training and should be a valuable veteran in the clubhouse in the upcoming season.

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