Lindblom, Sellers make Opening Day roster

Lindblom, Sellers make Opening Day roster

Lindblom, Sellers make Opening Day roster
LOS ANGELES -- After beating the Angels, 4-1, on Tuesday night, the Dodgers made cuts to put their final roster together before Opening Day.

Right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and infielder Justin Sellers will begin the season with the Dodgers, while reliever Scott Rice and infielders Luis Cruz and Josh Fields were reassigned.

Rice pitched in Tuesday's game, giving up two hits in one inning to close out the spring with a 3.48 ERA. Meanwhile, Lindblom pitched in 11 games in the Cactus League, going 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

"It wasn't an easy decision. We went back and forth on it," manager Don Mattingly said. "Josh pitched as good as anyone in camp. He was a guy who really earned his spot, but I also expect to see Rice again."

While Cruz hit .278 with eight RBIs this spring and Fields had an average of .261 with three RBIs, Sellers stood out from the others, not only hitting .293 with one home run and nine RBIs, but separating himself defensively.

"Sells just gives us so much versatility at short, second and third. He has done all the work," Mattingly said. "He is a guy that I like because he isn't afraid of anything and will catch the baseball. He is as tough as can be."