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03/16/08 5:29 AM ET

Dodgers trim roster in China

BEIJING -- The China trip did not end well for eight Dodgers called into manager Joe Torre's office at Wukesong Stadium to be cut.

Pitcher Eric Hull, catcher Lucas May and outfielder Xavier Paul were optioned. Pitcher Matt Riley, infielders Terry Tiffee and John Lindsey, and outfielders George Lombard and John-Ford Griffin were reassigned. In Florida, pitcher Cory Wade was optioned. The nine moves leave the Dodgers with 46 players two weeks before Opening Day.

Of the players sent down, the two making the biggest impression were Lombard and May. Lombard did nothing wrong except play outfield, where a crowd already exists. May is a young converted catcher.

The Dodgers also narrowly escaped another move because of a collision between right fielder Matt Kemp and second baseman Kevin Howard but neither was injured. The play was reminiscent of a collision last spring when Jason Repko upended Rafael Furcal, who suffered an ankle sprain that lingered all season.

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