Dodgers make final roster decisions

Dodgers make final roster decisions

Dodgers make final roster decisions
LOS ANGELES -- After the Dodgers' 8-1 win Wednesday over the Mariners, the team announced its 25-man Opening Day roster.

In total, the Dodgers' roster will have 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

The Dodgers' infield includes shortstop Rafael Furcal, third baseman Juan Uribe, second baseman Jamey Carroll, first baseman James Loney and utility infielders Ivan DeJesus and Aaron Miles. The starting catcher will be Rod Barajas, with A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez acting as backups.

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Mattingly likes Gimenez, not only as a backup catcher, but as someone who can also play first base on occasion.

"We have really been trying to build pitching and defense as much as we can," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It allows us some flexibility earlier in the game with guys off the bench."

Andre Ethier (right field), Matt Kemp (center) and Marcus Thames and Tony Gwynn (left), who will split time, will be in the outfield, along with Xavier Paul in a backup role.

The starting rotation consists of Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda. The seven-man bullpen will include Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal, Kenley Jansen, Lance Cormier and Blake Hawksworth.

Starting the season on the disabled list will be Casey Blake (back), Dioner Navarro (oblique), Vicente Padilla (arm surgery), Jon Garland (oblique) and Jay Gibbons (eye).

Left-handed reliever Scott Elbert, right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and outfielder Trent Oeltjen were optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. Journeyman Gabe Kapler was also cut from the 25-man roster; however, Mattingly said Kapler is still in talks with general manager Ned Coletti about playing in Albuquerque.

"He is such a guy that you love," Mattingly said of Kapler. "We have looked at so many different scenarios where he was a part of the team. Gabe is just the type of guy that does everything right. You know you are getting 100 percent every day, so it was tough."