Sunday, March 31, 2013

25-man roster for '13 is set... for now

With several decisions to be made, especially for pitching, the Dodgers have submitted their 25-man roster.  Let's take a look:

Catchers: A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz

Infielders: Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, Justin Sellers, Luis Cruz, Juan Uribe

Outfielders: Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier

Utility: Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto, Jerry Hairston

Starting Pitchers: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett, Zack Greinke

Bullpen: Brandon League, Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell, Ronald Belisario, Matt Guerrier, Paco Rodriguez, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang

15-day DL: Hanley Ramirez (thumb), Ted Lilly (shoulder), Chad Billingsley (elbow), Scott Elbert (elbow)

There's lot of things to discuss, so here we go.  First of all, keep in mind that Punto, Schumaker, and Hairston can all play multiple positions in the infield or outfield, so that's why I have them listed as utility.

Yes, Uribe is still around.

Sellers went from being demoted to being declared the starting shortstop.  That moves Cruz back to third as everyone waits another six weeks for Ramirez to get back into action.  Sellers hit .283 with a .373 OBP in 23 games this spring, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

The starting rotation only has four listed because Billingsley will not be long for the DL.  The early word is that he'll be activated by next Saturday and be the fifth starter.  Of course, that will lead management to make another tough call when they need to clear a roster spot.

Capuano and Harang are in the bullpen, but it sure looks like only Capuano will stick around for long.  Harang could very well be the one dealt when Billingsley makes his return.  In management's view, Capuano will be the long reliever and third lefty option behind Howell and Rodriguez.  Harang looks to be lost in the shuffle.

Lilly is another question mark.  He appears to be in a holding pattern for now, almost waiting for an injury to occur so he can be activated.  You have to wonder how long that'll last.

One last thing to remember is that the Dodgers can change this roster at any point before they open on Monday against the Giants, so this isn't exactly set in stone.  Maybe they'll flip flop on Cruz at short or third again!

Let's go Dodgers!

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