Los Angeles was unable to capture a win today in China and the United States. The Dodgers are going to pack their bags tonight and fly back home to America. I wish them a safe trip home.
1) Eric Hull, Lucas May, Xavier Paul, Matt Riley, Terry Tiffee, John Lindsey, George Lombard and John-Ford Griffin were all sent back down to the Minor Leagues. George Lombard, Eric Hull and Xavier Paul played well in Spring Training, but were not given a reallistic shot at making the Major League roster. I hope to see more of them in the future.
2) Nomar Garciaparra, recently named the starting third-baseman for the 2008 Regular Season, will be sidelined until at least Thursday with a swollen right wrist. The slugger has been out of action since March 7th, 2008. It looks as if this wrist injury is worse than it seems, but I'm confident that Blake DeWitt will do well in his absence.
3) Juan Pierre went two-for-three in the game, knocking in two runs on a spectacular double. Believe it or not, those two RBIs are the outfielder's first of Spring Training '08. Torre will probably decide to start Pierre in left-fielder during 2008.
4) Tony Abreu returned to action, after taking a brief trip to visit his doctor in Philadelphia, with a single. The first-baseman lasted seventh innings, experiencing only a minor limp. Hopefully, he will be fully recovered for the 2008 Regular Season.
Tanyon Sturtze, a former-Yankee, will probably be spending the 2008 Regular Season in AAA. The relief pitcher has given up seven earned runs in 2.66 innings. However, it's good to know that we have somebody with experience in the Minors if we desperately need a reliever.
Although the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't have a successful trip to China, they had a ton of fun (as reported by Andruw Jones). In life, that's all that truly counts.