Dodgers @ Padres April 8, 2012

Aaron Harang makes his LA debut this afternoon as the Dodgers attempt to start the season off with a four-game sweep of the Padres. As you can see by the bullpen chart, the relievers have been worked hard in the first few days thanks to Clayton Kershaw‘s illness and Chris Capuano‘s implosion, so it’s imperative that Harang not get knocked out early; seven of the eight relievers pitched last night, with only Josh Lindblom staying on the sidelines. (Though I’m tempted to also count James Loney, who I’d absolutely rather see on the mound than Jamey Wright again.) Harang made it past the sixth inning in only nine of his 28 starts last year, which I suppose isn’t surprising when you see that he was knocked around for a .975 OPS in that sixth inning in 2011. On the other hand, the Dodgers do have a day off on Monday before welcoming the Pirates into town on Tuesday, so there’s some flexibility there.

Juan Uribe, still seeking his first hit of the season, gets back into the lineup against the lefty Clayton Richard, as does fellow oh-fer king Loney. Saturday hero A.J. Ellis takes a seat for the holiday matinee as we get our first look at Matt Treanor.

Dodgers
Padres
SS
Gordon
CF
Maybin
2B
Sellers
RF
Venable
CF
Kemp
3B
Headley
RF
Ethier
LF
Guzman
LF
Rivera
1B
Alonso
3B
Uribe
C
Baker
1B
Loney
SS
Bartlett
C
Treanor
2B
Parrino
P
Harang
P
Richard

In other news, Baseball America has released a massive list of end-of-camp minor league transactions. Some we already knew about, like Russ Mitchell, Cory Sullivan, & Carlos Monasterios getting cut, and Ramon Troncoso & Josh Bard ending up back with ABQ after getting DFA’d & released, respectively, and some are news (to me at least), including:

The release of a few interesting minor-league signings who either didn’t make the cut or chose not to stay, including Brian Anderson (5-year MLB outfielder attempting to convert to pitching), Andy Sisco (fun for being 6’10″, along with MLB experience in parts of three seasons), former Angels prospect Chris Pettit, and Brandon Mims, who seemed intriguing when he was signed out of a tryout camp earlier this year.

Also released was Jaime Pedroza, who had been in the system since 2007 and had played at least 117 games in A & AA in each of the last four years.

News that two pitchers who did not appear on the ABQ roster but who we hadn’t seen on the cut list will actually start on the disabled list, Ryan Tucker & Shane Lindsay.

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