As the Los Angeles Dodgers prepare for the upcoming 2008 Regular Season, there is some news circulating around Major League Baseball:
-It has been confirmed that Hong-Chih Kuo and Delwyn Young will be on the Opening Day 2008 roster. Delwyn Young, batting .146 in Spring Training, surprisingly made the roster because he is a switch-hitter and will compliment Mark Sweeney as a pinch-hitter. Joe Torre said, "I'm sure he's going to hit. The only thing is, he's played regularly and that helps you hit. He's a roster guy, based on his talent and having no options left. My thought process is he'll be on the club. As far as his ability, I'm not sure we'll see the same guy unless he's playing and I'm not sure where playing time will come from." The Dodgers are looking to replenish their injury-riddled roster for the 2008 Regular Season.
-Takashi Saito will not pitch in tonight's game against the Kansas City Royals. The superb closer stayed behind, suffering from tightness in his right buttocks. Saito would have pitched through the pain if it was the Regular Season, so this is a merely a precaution. It's better to be safe than sorry. Hopefully, Saito will be ready for Opening Day 2008 - which is in less than a week from now.
-Tony Jackson noted that Jeff Kent looked marvelous in a work-out today. The second-baseman is running through various drills, and is now batting and fielding. Although the veteran is not expected to be fully-recovered for Opening Day, it is now possible that he will return to the starting-lineup in time.
-Chad Billingsley didn't make a reassuring performance yesterday. The hurler is expected to be the third-starter in the Dodgers' Starting Rotation in 2008. Joe Torre said, "He had [no command].And the longer he was out there, the more frustrated he got." He is scheduled to make one final start before the start of the Regular Season.
-Tony Abreu is now expected to be the Dodgers' starting third-baseman for Opening Day 2008. Joe Torre has decided to give Chin-lung Hu, who has played third-base over the past couple of days, a break. It's good to know, however, that the Dodgers have both of these talented on their roster.
-Jayson Nix of the Colorado Rockies has won the job at second-base. Now, the Rockies are looking to trade Marcus Giles to the Dodgers. I would not trade with divisional rivals, because if the trade goes bad it will boomerang back and hurt Los Angeles even more.The Dodgers have a game against the Kansas City Royals tonight at 9.05 PM (EST).