GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers won't know for certain the extent of Ivan De Jesus' oblique injury until an MRI is taken Monday, but manager Don Mattingly conceded any playing time missed greatly hampers an already-longshot bid for an Opening Day roster spot.
"It's hard to compete when you can't be out there," said Mattingly. "With this type of injury, there's not a lot you can do. If you lose eight to 10 days, how many days does it take just to get your timing back? Not a good time to get hurt. You could see it on his face last night. These guys know it hurts your chance."
De Jesus was injured fouling off a pitch Saturday night. Three years after having his promising career derailed by a broken leg suffered in Spring Training, De Jesus was having an impressive camp leading up to the latest injury.
Mattingly had better news on reliever Matt Guerrier, who has been out a week with lower back pain. He said the right-hander has continued to improve and plans to throw off a mound Monday. If that goes well, he could face hitters in a simulated game Wednesday and might be game-ready by next weekend.
That leaves little margin for error to be ready by Opening Day.
Jerry Hairston, who was nursing slight quad tightness Saturday, also was sent home with the flu, but was back in camp Sunday.
Capuano's strong camp continues
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers southpaw Chris Capuano dueled Angels counterpart Dan Haren to a well-pitched draw on Sunday.The Dodgers' fifth starter allowed one-out singles to Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols and a sacrifice fly to Mark Trumbo in the first inning, then Capuano retired the final 11 batters he faced, going four efficient innings while striking out three without a walk. "In general, I was happy I controlled the damage in the first inning and held them to one run," said Capuano. "I made a lot of good pitches, but choked some others. I had trouble with my changeup, it's not quite right, but overall I felt good and afterward threw another 10 pitches in the bullpen to get my pitch count up."
Kemp, Ethier to lead Dodgers in charity game
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Dodgers lineup that includes All-Star outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier will make the drive to Tucson on Friday for the split-squad game against the White Sox that benefits the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation.The Foundation is named for the 9-year-old daughter of Dodgers scout John Green who was killed in the 2011 shooting that also wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In addition to Kemp and Ethier, Dodgers who have volunteered for the game are Juan Rivera, Mark Ellis, A.J. Ellis, Dee Gordon, Tony Gwynn and Jerry Hairston. The game will be played at 1:05 p.m. PT at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority and the Tucson Padres are partnering with the Dodgers and White Sox in the event, which was held last year between the Dodgers and D-backs, only two months after the tragic shootings. The Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation was established by the Green family to receive gifts in memory of Christina-Taylor. The mission of the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation is to honor her life and memory through charitable and educational projects that reflect and embody her interests, values and dreams. "The beneficiary for this game, the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, will give back to the local community that gave so much to us," said John Green. "Christina-Taylor's wishes and our mission statement are to help those less fortunate in the areas of education, the arts, sports and leadership programs to enrich our children's lives." In addition, the Dodgers Dream Foundation, in partnership with the D-backs, will dedicate a Dodgers Dreamfield in Oro Valley, Ariz., on a field that was renamed in memory of Christina-Taylor Green.
Cuts trim Dodgers' bullpen competition
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers made their second round of player cuts on Sunday, moving four pitchers and four position players out of the Major League clubhouse.Left-handed pitcher Alberto Castillo was released. Reassigned to Minor League camp were these non-roster invitees: pitchers Ryan Tucker, Matt Chico and Will Savage; catchers Gorman Erickson and Matt Wallach; and infielders Lance Zawadzki and Jeff Baisley. Manager Don Mattingly said Castillo was released because "we didn't feel like he was a fit for us and, more than anything, to be fair to him and give him a chance [to find another job] with clubs looking for lefties. We didn't see him as that guy for us or a guy to wait at Triple-A either. The moves trim the field for the final one or two bullpen spots still to be finalized. Non-roster lefties still in contention are John Grabow, Wil Ledezma and Scott Rice. Non-roster righties are Angel Guzman, Fernando Nieve and Jamey Wright. Josh Lindblom and Ramon Troncoso (out of options) are on the Major League roster and also are competing for spots. Ronald Belisario must first serve a 25-game suspension, but he is out of options and a decision will need to be made on him after he serves it. One job appears open for certain, and another could be available if Matt Guerrier starts the season on the disabled list. He has been sidelined a week with lower back pain, but is improving and expected to throw off a mound Monday and face hitters in a simulated game Wednesday.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.