GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the third inning of the Dodgers' 11-5 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday, Juan Castro launched a booming three-run home run over the left-field bullpen. When he left the game after five innings and returned to the clubhouse, this note was posted on the bulletin board:"Juan Castro: Please report to [Dodgers trainer] Stan Conte after the game for a mandatory steroid test." "That's Casey," said Castro, accusing teammate Casey Blake of the clubhouse humor. "I know he did that." Castro isn't known for home runs (36 in 13 seasons). It's a magical glove that has kept Castro in the big leagues this long, having debuted with the Dodgers in 1995 and now trying to hook on one more time as a non-roster invitee. It will technically be his fourth stint in the organization, having re-signed as a free agent this winter after rejoining the club last year following his release by Philadelphia.
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Castro's competition for a sixth infield spot -- if the Dodgers even keep that many -- includes Aaron Miles, Justin Sellers and Ivan DeJesus. If the Dodgers keep six outfielders -- Xavier Paul is out of options -- they can't carry five infielders, unless they carry 11 pitchers instead of 12.Now 38, the Mexican native said he really didn't give retirement a thought over the winter. "I think I can play this year," he said. "They've have to take the jersey away from me. I feel different than I did 10 years ago, but the next day when I wake up I don't feel that bad. My body is responding good. When I can't do things I'm supposed to do at this level, that'll be it." He said he has talked to Dodgers Hall of Fame Spanish broadcaster Jaime Jarrin about a possible career at the microphone whenever he is done, but he's also thought about international scouting. "With my experience in baseball, I can help an organization," he said.
Dodgers, Kershaw settle on 2011 deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Opening Day starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers agreed to a 2011 contract worth $500,000 on Wednesday, while absent reliever Ronald Belisario was placed on the restricted list and had his contract renewed.The Dodgers also signed Ivan DeJesus, Scott Elbert, A.J. Ellis, John Ely, Javy Guerra, Blake Hawksworth, Jamie Hoffmann, Kenley Jansen, John Lindsey, Jon Link, Russell Mitchell, Carlos Monasterios, Xavier Paul, Trayvon Robinson, Travis Schlichting, Ramon Troncoso and Luis Vasquez. Kershaw earned $440,000 last year and will not be eligible for salary arbitration until after this season, when his contract figures to multiply. However, with his current service time of two years and 105 days, he had no leverage in negotiations. He received $404,000 in 2009. Kershaw, 22 this month, went 13-10 with a 2.91 ERA last year with 212 strikeouts in 204 1/3 innings. The Dodgers' payroll this year will be approximately $115 million, up from $95 million last year. Belisario is stuck in his native Venezuela with visa problems for the third spring, and the Dodgers are moving on as if he won't pitch this season.
Flu shifts Lilly to Thursday 'B' game
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly, scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday against the Royals because of the flu, felt well enough to go through a light workout in the morning and is tentatively scheduled to pitch in a "B" game against the White Sox on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. MT.Lilly said he slept most of Tuesday and couldn't hold any food down, but felt even worse about passing the bug to his wife and child. He played catch before his teammates came off the practice field an hour before Wednesday's game and said he thought he would be able to pitch in the "B" game. Lilly, acquired at the Trade Deadline last summer, was re-signed to a three-year, $33 million contract to be the third starter in the rotation.
Dodgers holding annual open tryout Thursday
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers will hold their annual open tryout on Thursday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.Any player can come to the field and attempt to earn a Minor League contract. Registration begins at 8 a.m. MT, with the tryout at 9 a.m. Players should bring their own uniform and equipment. Two players were signed out of the camp in the past two years, including pitcher Tim Corcoran, who is still in the organization.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.