See that dapper fellow above? That’s Dallas McPherson, and that’s evidence that he ever wore a Dodger uniform.
Wait, this is fun, let’s continue. Here’s Nick Evans, over at the right, also proving he was once a Dodger. Why are we playing this game? Because they — along with pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz and infielder Osvaldo Martinez, but I’m guessing no one really cares about them — represent the first four players cut from big league camp, the team announced after today’s game against Cleveland.
None was expected to make the team barring total disaster, of course, but considering they both have a decent amount of big league experience and are on a team that has no obvious backup for Adrian Gonzalez, getting sent down this early is not exactly what they call a “good thing,” you know, career-wise. Yet Omar Luna remains!
With Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, & Luis Cruz off at the WBC and Evans, Martinez, & McPherson cut, the Dodgers are suddenly down six infielders for the next two weeks or so. Mark Ellis is the only remaining starter, along with big league backups Jerry Hairston, Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker, & Juan Uribe. Non-roster guys Alfredo Amezaga, Brian Barden, & Luna, along with likely minor leaguers Dee Gordon, Elian Herrera, & Justin Sellers, should also see increased time with the big club, at least until the Dominican & Mexican teams have been bounced from the tournament. Get ready for some tasty lineups, especially on split-squad days.