Tony Gwynn Gets Cut, Tim Federowicz (Probably) Wins a Job, and Monday Lineups

92topps_tonygwynnOther than pitcher Juan Abreu getting whacked after the game, we never did get the multiple promised post-doubleheader cuts we were expecting yesterday. Today, we finally got news of three moves: outfielder Tony Gwynn & catcher Wilkin Castillo have been reassigned to minor league camp, and catcher Ramon Castro was released. There are now 43 players remaining in camp, so — breaks out abacus, carries the one — 18 more need to go before Opening Day.

Gwynn accepted the assignment, as expected — he wasn’t going to simply forfeit the $1.15m he’s got coming to him this year, of course — and this move comes as little surprise, especially now that split-squad days are largely complete. With Matt Kemp back in the field, Carl Crawford on the mend, and Yasiel Puig clearly the sensation of camp, outfield time is becoming increasingly limited. Gwynn had just four hits in 23 plate appearances this spring, and had been almost completely off the radar since day one. He’ll likely pair with fellow non-roster outfielder Matt Angle to man center field for the Isotopes, waiting patiently for a chance that we all hope will never come.

With Castillo & Castro gone, the battle to back up A.J. Ellis is essentially over. There’s three catchers remaining behind Ellis in camp, and two of them are Matt Wallach (a warm body who has never played above Double-A) and Jesus Flores (one hit in 19 spring plate appearances). Barring injury or trade, it’s difficult to see Tim Federowicz not breaking camp with the team, especially since he’s the only one of the three to already own a 40-man roster spot.

D-Backs
Dodgers
RF
Eaton
DH
Crawford
SS
Bloomquist
2B
Amezaga
CF
Parra
CF
Kemp
2B
Hill
1B
Gonzalez
C
Montero
RF
Ethier
1B
Goldschmidt
3B
Cruz
DH
Hinske
LF
Herrera
3B
Teahen
C
A.Ellis
LF
Pollock
SS
Gordon

As for today’s game, Josh Beckett was originally slated to start, but he’s been scratched due to the flu. (He’ll still get his work in, pitching to minor leaguers.) That leaves the Dodgers in somewhat of a fun position for the day, believe it or not. Zack Greinke is now expected to start on Wednesday after a positive report from his bullpen session, and Chad Billingsley will likely miss his Tuesday start due to a finger injury he sustained while bunting. (Write your own joke there, folks.)

With the “five games in three days” run over the weekend meaning that Hyun-Jin Ryu, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano, Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Fife, & Aaron Harang have all pitched since Thursday, that means today’s starter is, of all people, Josh Wall. Apparently you really can’t have enough starting pitchers. Unsurprisingly, it’s a “bullpen game,” with Peter Moylan, Paco Rodriguez, Shawn Tolleson, and minor leaguers all expected to pitch.

Puig gets the day off today, as does Mark Ellis, but we’ll once again see Crawford atop the lineup at designated hitter. Today’s game will be broadcast on Prime Ticket at 1pm PT.

663 comments
Dang88
Dang88

It seems like every time Ryan Madson picks up a baseball he gets hurt

Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)
Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)

Anybody ever used ScoreBig.com for tickets? I just got Infield Box VIP seats for $45. That's like 30 bucks cheaper than the cheapest ones I saw on Stubhub. It's priceline, name your own price type deal. Seems strong.  

efb
efb

No no no... it all makes too much sense now. With Hanley coming back having played almost no SS and some 3B he came to his senses and decided to do what is most reasonable.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@efb Yes. it means Luis Crus will play 3 innings at shortstop in a minor league game today, just to get some time in at that position.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

this is a link to chad moriyama's post about dee gordon, its safe.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@efb I'd like that. Though I am sure they are just warming Cruz up at the position as a fall back in case Hanley has regressed from all the progress he did at the start of ST

Dang88
Dang88

@EephusBlue @efb Maybe if Hanley doesn't hit they will, the dude is hitting under a deuce in the WBC