Harang, Capuano waiting to see where they fit

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano don't know where they stand with six days before the season opens, except to know they aren't in the Dodgers' starting rotation.

Harang literally didn't know where he was Tuesday night, when glare from stadium lights on a new pair of glasses left him dizzy on the mound in a start against Colorado. Between the second and third walk he issued to open the game he tossed aside the glasses, but he was still dizzy when Michael Cuddyer belted a grand slam.

"The batters were moving," said Harang. "I thought I was in the Twilight Zone. I got rid of them after the second batter, but everything was still moving. I've been pitching six years half-blind and haven't done too bad. I've debated Lasik [corrective surgery]. At night it's harder to see."

Harang regrouped once his vision cleared and he allowed only one more run in 5 1/3 innings. If any scouts missed the first four batters, perhaps he'll be dealt to help clear the Dodgers' glut of pitchers. Teams that have been scouting Dodgers pitchers include Pittsburgh, Seattle and Cleveland.

"It's in the back of your mind," he said of the roster jam. "You know something is going on. Young guys want to figure it out. I don't even try."

Capuano is right there with Harang, saying he doesn't know where he stands, although there are indications that the Dodgers would prefer to keep him as a second lefty in the bullpen. The downside to that for Capuano and Harang is that they might be free agents after the season (both have mutual options), and long relief is not an ideal springboard for a rich contract.

"The rotation is set but my role is still unclear," Capuano said. "At this point I'm still progressing as a starting pitcher. Physically I think I'm still capable of it. I still feel I can go out and compete as a Major League starter. I've got a lot in the tank. A lot of stuff should be clearer over the next few days."

Ted Lilly is the third Dodgers starter without a role, but bad luck with health and weather this spring left him behind in innings. He will pick up for Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday.

The club has considered a disabled list rehab assignment for Lilly so he can build up innings, but Lilly said he is coming to Los Angeles after Wednesday's game.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.