Carl Crawford Makes His Spring Dodger Debut, and Who Is Dashenko Ricardo?

camelbackranchThere’s two Dodger games today, both are televised, and we’ll finally see Carl Crawford in a real (well, “real”, especially because he’ll actually be wearing Dodger green, not blue) game as part of a lineup. All that, and Zack Greinke just threw a bullpen session of approximately 45 pitches. What more could you want out of a March Sunday?

Finishing off a streak of five games in three days, the team is expected to make several cuts after today’s double-header as they continue the process of getting down to the final 25 man roster. I’d guess that guys like Juan Abreu, Steve Ames, Jesus Flores, Tony Gwynn, Mark Lowe, & Matt Wallach should all be wondering if they’ll still be in big league camp at the end of the day. This is the final regular split-squad day of the spring, though they will send a squad to Rancho Cucamonga to play the Quakes while the rest of the club plays in Anaheim next Thursday.

Elsewhere, the Phillies cut Stefan Jarrin, grandson of Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin and son of Dodger Talk host Jorge Jarrin. Stefan was sent to Philadelphia on September 28 as the player to be named in the Shane Victorino deal, after the minor league season ended, and so his only time in uniform with the club was this spring. He hit .211/.309/.336 across the last two seasons for the rookie-level Dodgers.

In other news, the Dodgers have signed catcher Dashenko Ricardo, who played for the Netherlands in the WBC. He’s the second WBC player to get a job with an MLB team recently — the Twins signed infielder Curt Smith — but there’s not much to see here. He spent the last six seasons in the minors with Baltimore & San Francisco, never getting above A-ball, and has a cumulative line of .229/.262/.300. He was released by the Giants last month.

Brewers
Dodgers
CF
Gomez
DH
Crawford
2B
Murphy
2B
M.Ellis
C
LuCroy
RF
Ethier
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Gonzalez
DH
Davis
LF
Hairston
3B
Green
CF
Schumaker
LF
Garner
3B
Cruz
RF
Gindl
C
A.Ellis
SS
Gomez
SS
Punto

*** Brewers @ Dodgers, 1:05pm PT (KCAL9)

It’s really nice to see “Crawford” listed at the top of the lineup, isn’t it? He’s expected to DH tomorrow & Tuesday, too, though we still don’t have an indication of when he’ll be ready to throw in a live game. I still expect he’ll begin the season on the disabled list, but this is at least progress in the right direction. He’ll also get a chance to see some real major league pitching, since Yovani Gallardo takes the hill for the Brewers.

Crawford’s the main attraction here, obviously, but it’s also another opportunity for Hyun-Jin Ryu to make a good impression, facing the Brewers for the second time in a row. He’ll be followed by Matt Guerrier, Lowe, Ronald Belisario, & Kevin Gregg.

Dodgers
D-backs
SS
Gordon
CF
Eaton
2B
Amezaga
3B
Prado
CF
Kemp
LF
Kubel
LF
Puig
2B
Hill
3B
Uribe
C
Montero
1B
Van Slyke
1B
Chavez
RF
Castellanos
SS
Bloomquist
C
Federowicz
RF
Parra
P
Lilly
P
Cahill

*** Dodgers @ D-Backs, 1:10pm PT (Fox Sports Arizona, MLB.tv)

For obvious reasons, this is less of a must-see game than the other one, but it does have Matt Kemp & Yasiel Puig sharing an outfield, so that alone makes it fun.

It’s also an important game for Ted Lilly, who has pitched just 5.2 innings this spring thanks to a flu bug that never quite seemed to go away. Chris Withrow will make his spring debut with the big club, and we should see Peter Moylan as well. Among the many minor leaguers expected to play, we should get additional looks at Jeremy MooreCorey Seager.

The Diamondbacks will go with Trevor Cahill, and — despite the fact that they are also playing split-squad games today — they’ll go with a lineup that closely approximates their Opening Day group, missing only Cody Ross and Paul Goldschmidt.