Moves Galore in Glendale
This past weekend saw a flurry of activity in Dodgers Spring Training camp that will impact the Opening Day roster of the Isotopes, as eight players have been reassigned to Minor League camp in the past 72 hours. On Friday, left-handed reliever Greg Miller was optioned to Albuquerque, where he will start the season pitching out of the ‘Topes’ bullpen. Last year, the southpaw appeared in 48 games for Triple-A Las Vegas, going 2-3 with a 7.71 ERA. To make room on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster for a little guy named Manny Ramirez, right-hander Justin Orenduff was designated for assignment. If he clears waivers, Isotopes fans can expect to see the versatile hurler (he started 21 games in Vegas last year and made 10 relief appearances as well) pitching in Albuquerque too.
On Saturday, Los Angeles sent pitchers Ronald Belisario, Yhency Brazoban, and Jacobo Meque to Minor League camp with a very good possibility that all three will open the season in Albuquerque. Shortstop Ivan De Jesus was also officially transferred to Minor League camp, although he is likely out for the season with a broken leg suffered last week (see below for details).
Finally on Sunday, lefty Carmen Cali and right-hander Edgar Martinez were both reassigned to Minor League camp and ‘Topes fans can expect to see both open the year in the ‘Querq.
Meanwhile, the team is gearing up for a big Saturday of activity at The Lab. This Saturday, March 14, the ‘Topes will hold their annual Open House / National Anthem Auditions / Select-A-Seat that also coincides with individual tickets going on sale. More details will follow tomorrow, but the fun starts at 10:00 AM at Isotopes Park and continues to 1:00 PM.