Dodgers give Sellers the nod at shortstop

Dodgers give Sellers the nod at shortstop

ANAHEIM -- Justin Sellers, who had been reassigned to Minor League camp before Hanley Ramirez tore a ligament in his right thumb, will likely be the Dodgers' Opening Day shortstop.

Manager Don Mattingly announced that the 27-year-old will make the team after the Dodgers made several roster moves following Saturday night's 2-1 Freeway Series loss to the Angels, L.A.'s final game of Spring Training. The club reassigned right-handers Kevin Gregg and Peter Moylan, utility man Alfredo Amezaga and catcher Matt Wallach to Minor League camp.

Gregg impressed the Dodgers with a strong Spring Training and could join the team at a later date.

"He pitched well, there's no doubt," general manager Ned Colletti said. "It's a tough one. You only have so many spots on your team. He did nothing to discourage us. We'll see where it goes."

That means left-handers Paco Rodriguez and Chris Capuano will make the club as relievers. Mattingly said Rodriguez projects as a situational lefty. Capuano, primarily a starter in eight previous Major League seasons, can fill multiple roles.

"[Capuano] gives us different things," Mattingly said. "He can be a multiple-inning guy. He can get lefties out. He's pitched out of the 'pen before. He gives us some length as far as right now. If someone gets banged up early, you can pull that trigger pretty quick with him."

In addition, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Alex Castellanos, right-hander Stephen Fife, utility man Elian Herrera and right-hander Josh Wall to Minor League camp.

The Dodgers have 28 players remaining and will make additional moves by Sunday's noon PT deadline to set the 25-man Opening Day roster.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.