Cruz increases chance of making roster

Cruz increases chance of making roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Don't rule out Luis Cruz for the Dodgers' final roster spot.

Who?

Cruz tripled in a pair of runs and scored the winning run in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Indians. He's in the mix for the final position player spot, along with Justin Sellers, Jerry Sands, Josh Fields, Cory Sullivan, Trent Oeltjen and Matt Angle.

Coming into Spring Training, Sands was the favorite, but he's hitting .167. Sellers is having a big Spring, batting .357 with seven RBIs and can play second, short and third. More importantly, Sellers is already on the 40-man roster.

Cruz can play all of Sellers' positions, and catch. He's also hitting .350 with six RBIs. The native of Mexico has played parts of three Major League seasons with Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. He split last year between Houston's Triple-A team at Round Rock and the Mexican League.

"He's been interesting," said manager Don Mattingly. "He's flexible and durable. He would flip things if he's part of that mix. I think he still is. Josh Fields had another really good at-bat (11-pitch walk). Jerry (Sands) is still part of that."

So is Cory Sullivan, who gives the Dodgers outfield depth. He drove in Cruz for the winning run. The former Rockie is hitting .290 with seven RBIs.