Repko Waived; Stults Sold to Japan

Outfielder Jason Repko was put on waivers and left-handed Eric Stults, a candidate for the fifth starting role at the outset of spring training, fell prey to the numbers game and was sold to the Hiroshima Carp of Japan's Central League. Stults was out of options and Charlie Haeger, Ramon Ortiz, Russ Ortiz, Carlos Monasterios and Josh Towers moves past him.

The Dodgers would have risked losing him to waivers if he was not put him on their opening-day roster because he was out of options. They had shopped him over the last several weeks and did not use him during that time for fear he would be injured and miss a chance to hang on with another major league club.

LHP Eric Stults
The Dodgers will receive $300,000 to $400,000 for the 30-year-old Stults, who was 8-10 in a major league career that spanned 35 games, including 24 starts. He pitched a shutout in each of the last two seasons.

At the same time reports that outfielder Jason Repko has been put on waivers. Repko's situation is nearly the same as Stults'. The Dodgers have only three vacancies and non-roster players, including Garret Anderson, Nick Green, Jeff Weaver and Ramon Oritz are almost certain to make the roster.

Sherrill Tweaks Delivery

George Sherrill, who has had a tough spring, had undergone a makeover under the eye of pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, attempting to correct mechanical flaws believed responsible for a lack of command and velocity.

The bullpen, the strongest feature of the 2009 pitching staff, has been hit by the injury to Hong-Chih Kuo and the very late arrival of Ronald Belisario, causing manager Joe Torre to work many of his relievers in back-to-back games in the final week in an attempt to find the proper pitchers to open the season with.

The Dodgers are pleased with Carlos Monasterios, a Rule 5 pick who seems to have earned a spot on the Dodgers' 11-man pitching staff. As a Rule 5 pick, if Monasterios doesn't make the Dodgers Opening Day roster, he must be offered back to the Phillies.

Monasterios, a 24-year-old right-hander from Venezuela, has pitched only two games above Class A and was primarily a starter until last year, when the Phillies converted him to relief. He seems to have strong support from the front office that drafted him.

General manager Ned Colletti said, "He exhibits no fear. He has a big league changeup right now. Is it a bit of a stretch jumping to the big leagues? Sure it is. But he was successful in the Venezuela Winter League, and that means something to me."

Monasterios played in the off-season in the Venezuela Winter League, the same league Ronald Belisario pitched in when he was discovered.

Catching up with games of March 29 & 30:

Billingsley Quieting the Critics

March 29 --Chad Billingsley held the Indians to a run on three hits over five sparkling innings to cut his spring ERA to 1.84. Billingsley struggled briefly in the first inning but escaped with just one run scored with a double play. Then he went on to retire 12 of the final 15 batters he faced, 10 of them on ground balls.

Andre Ethier's hot bat provided all the runs he needed with a two-run home run (#4) in the fourth and then doubled and scored in Matt Kemp's single in the sixth.

Catcher J.D. Closser smacked a two-run single in the eighth and recently-returned Jamie Hoffmann's sac fly provided the final run. Christian Lara collected two RBI.

An even dozen Dodgers shared the 15 hits.

Jeff Weaver shook off being hit in the lower back by a line drive on the first batter he faced in the sixth. Trainer Stan Conte came out to check on the lanky Weaver, who shook it off, stayed in the game and allowed three hits but no runs in a pair of scoreless innings, lowering his ERA for the spring to 4.00.

Weaver has made a strong bid to make the Opening Day roster after going 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA in seven starts and 21 relief appearances for the Dodgers last year.

The Dodgers finally reached the .500 mark, finishing with an 11-11-2 mark.

Mr. Lindblom Meet Mr. Helton

Right-hander Josh Lindblom, chosen as the Jim and Dearie Mulvey Award for top rookie in camp, fell prey to Todd Helton, who has broken the hearts of many pitchers over the years. His two run home run in the first inning was the deciding blow in the game. Lindblom gave up a third runs in the fourth and allowed eight hits in five innings as Colorado won 3-1.

With a lineup packed with reserves, Third baseman Jamey Carroll and the only projected starter, first baseman James Loney, had three hits apiece. The Dodgers had nine hits, all singles, but were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Carlos Monasterios pitched a scoreless seventh and Tim Corcoran added two hitless and scoreless innings.

The Dodgers broke camp today (Wednesday) with split-squad games in two states. In the afternoon, they'll play the final game of the spring at Camelback Ranch-Glendale against the Giants, with Opening Day starter Vicente Padilla pitching followed by Russ Ortiz. A second squad of Dodgers will fly to Las Vegas, where it will play the Cincinnati Reds tonight. Pitching in that game will be four pitchers fighting for jobs -- Josh Towers, Carlos Monasterios, Ramon Ortiz and Justin Miller.

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