Monasterios a Rule 5 rarity for LA
Right-hander is fourth draftee to make opening roster
PITTSBURGH -- Carlos Monasterios is only the fourth Rule 5 Draft pick to make a Dodgers Opening Day roster since 1981.
Frank Lankford in 1998, Jose Nunez in 2001 and D.J. Houlton in 2005 are the others. Houlton is the only one who spent his entire rookie season with the Major League club. The Dodgers finished no better than third those three seasons.
Rule 5 picks cost $50,000 and must remain in the Major Leagues with the selecting club for the entire first season to become the property of that team. Otherwise, the player must clear waivers and be offered back to his original club for a $25,000 fee before he can be sent to the Minor Leagues by the selecting team.
Manny approaching milestones in 2010
PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez is approaching a handful of career milestones as this season gets under way.
With 546 home runs, he is 15th on the all-time list, two behind Mike Schmidt and 17 behind Reggie Jackson.
He's second on the all-time list for career grand slams with 21, two behind Lou Gehrig.
With 1,788 career RBIs, he ranks 18th, 24 behind Frank Robinson. If he has a 100-RBI season, Ramirez will pass such Hall of Famers as Al Simmons, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Mel Ott.
And he's 31st with 531 doubles. With 10 more doubles, he will pass eight Hall of Famers -- Cap Anson, Gehrig, Simmons, Joe Medwick, Dave Winfield, Rogers Hornsby, Harry Heilmann and Tony Gwynn.
Three Dodgers change jersey numbers
PITTSBURGH -- Three Dodgers changed uniform numbers, now that the roster has been established.
Garret Anderson, who was 00, will wear 9. Charlie Haeger, who was 37, will wear 49, which has become traditional for knuckleball pitchers. And Carlos Monasterios, who was 68, will wear 37.
In addition to Anderson, non-roster players that made the club have these uniform numbers -- Ramon Ortiz, 35; Russ Ortiz, 48; Jeff Weaver, 36.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.