Alex Guerrero, the Cuban infielder who did not play last season and is making the conversion to second base, made the cut (for now), but last year’s backup catcher, Tim Federowicz, did not.
The Dodgers elected to keep catcher Drew Butera, who is out of options, and send Federowicz, who still has them, back to the minors. Federowicz appeared in 56 games last season as A.J. Ellis’ backup, batting .231 with a .275 on-base percentage.
The Dodgers acquired Butera at the trading deadline last year from the Minnesota Twins to give themselves needed catching depth. Butera, however, is hardly an offensive upgrade. In parts of the last four seasons, he’s hit just .181 (90 for 497).
Carl Crawford remained back on paternity leave. Matt Kemp, Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley were put on the 15-day disabled list. They are eligible to return April 4 in the home opener against the San Francisco Giants if they do not play in the three Freeway Series exhibitions against the Angels.
So the current roster figures to last for just these two games in Sydney before the Dodgers add Greinke, Haren, Crawford and, presumably, League for the three-game series in San Diego beginning March 30.
Needing only two starters in Australia, the Dodgers are going with a whopping 10-man bullpen. They reassigned outfielder Joc Pederson, starting pitcher Zach Lee and infielder Miguel Rojas to the minors.
The 25-man roster for Sydney:
Catchers (2): Butera and Ellis.
Infielder/Outfielder (1): Chone Figgins.