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Ellis, Belisario among four Dodgers out of options


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers have four players who are out of options, but that should not impact the club's decisions for the Opening Day roster.

The four players are catcher A.J. Ellis, right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario, third baseman Luis Cruz and left-handed reliever Scott Elbert.

Ellis, the Dodgers' starting catcher, is coming off an impressive first season in that role.

Belisario, who will share the right-handed setup job with Kenley Jansen, went 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA last season once he returned from a 25-game suspension for testing positive for cocaine in 2011.

Cruz is tentatively the starting third baseman, but even if Hanley Ramirez is moved over to the hot corner, Cruz likely would make the club as the primary backup corner infielder.

Elbert will begin the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a second elbow operation. When able to pitch, he would first need a Minor League rehab assignment. The option situation would only come into play if his performance doesn't warrant a Major League role once he's healthy.

Players who are out of options cannot be sent to the Minor Leagues without first clearing waivers, which gives every other club a chance to claim the player.

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