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MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - INSIDE PITCH
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers arrived at spring training with just one major question mark in their everyday lineup. It looks as if they will leave Arizona still looking for answers.
With a week left before the Dodgers break camp and travel to Australia for a two-game opening to their regular season, Guerrero had not seized the position. In fact, he was getting outplayed by another converted shortstop, Dee Gordon, in every way.
"He needs to play," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said of Guerrero, who did not play in the year before his defection and was limited in winter ball by hamstring issues. "We see the ability. We need to see the consistency."
Manager Don Mattingly has said he would have no problems filling the vacancy at second base with a platoon. In addition to Guerrero and Gordon, Chone Figgins, Justin Turner and Brendan Harris are vying for playing time at second base and a utility role on the Dodgers' bench to open the season.
Guerrero's contract allows the Dodgers to send him to the minors in 2014. After this season, though, they would need his permission to option him. That opens up the possibility that Guerrero could open the season in Triple-A, getting more comfortable at second base and further knocking the rust off his offensive game.
"I don't think now's the time to talk about where he's going to end up," Mattingly said. "Now we're still competing for a job.
"The plan for him is to get as many at-bats as possible while we're getting other guys ready also and giving them opportunities. At this point, we're happy with Alex and the way he's working and going about his business. We'll see where it goes."
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - NOTES, QUOTES
--OF Matt Kemp got seven at-bats in a minor league intrasquad game March 8, the latest step forward in his recovery from October ankle surgery. Kemp went hitless but would not have stayed in the game to run the bases had he reached. He did not play defense.
--LHP Clayton Kershaw will start the first of the Dodgers' two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the second game. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced his starting pitching choices for the historic series at Sydney Cricket Grounds.
--OF Yasiel Puig tore up the Cactus League a year ago, batting .517 with three home runs. He has not been the same force of nature this spring. Through March 9, he was batting .200 (4-for-20) and dealing with some inflammation in his upper back/shoulder blade area.
--RHP Zack Greinke was scheduled to throw a bullpen session March 10, and he could pitch in a game later in the week. Greinke had not pitched in a game since leaving his first spring start after only four pitches with a mild calf strain. Greinke likely will not make the trip to Australia, and he could open the season on the disabled list.
--RHP Ross Stripling, one of the Dodgers' top pitching prospects, tore a ligament in his elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery later this month. Stripling already underwent an elbow operation to remove loose bodies from the joint. He will have the Tommy John surgery after inflammation and swelling from that procedure subsides. Stripling will miss the entire 2014 season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Any time you get to start Opening Day, no matter what continent it's on, that's pretty cool. That's definitely an honor." -- Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw after being named the Dodgers' starter for the first of their two games in Australia.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - ROSTER REPORT