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Los Angeles Dodgers Notes, Quotes 2009-02-14

Los Angeles Dodgers Notes, Quotes 2009-02-14
--RHP Jeff Weaver was signed to a minor league contract Feb. 9 and will compete for a spot in the bullpen. Weaver's last major league relief appearance came in Game 4 of the 2003 World Series, when he gave up a Series-turning, walk-off homer to Florida's Alex Gonzalez while a member of the Yankees. Weaver spent all of last season with the Class AAA affiliates of Milwaukee and Cleveland.

--LHP Eric Milton was signed to a minor league contract and will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation. Milton, who missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, last pitched in the majors with Cincinnati in 2007. Milton might be at a disadvantage because the Dodgers already have two left-handers, Clayton Kershaw and Randy Wolf, locked into their season-opening rotation.

--LF Manny Ramirez appears no closer to re-signing with the Dodgers, but he did receive a call from manager Joe Torre, who said Ramirez sounded "upbeat." Although both Ramirez and the Dodgers appear to have run out of alternatives with free agents Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu having been snatched up by other clubs, Ramirez might be waiting now to make sure another club doesn't lose a left fielder to a spring training injury, something that could instantly double his market from one club to two.

--OF Andre Ethier appears headed to an arbitration hearing on Feb. 15. Ethier asked for a $3.75 million salary, while the Dodgers offered him $2.65 million. Ethier received $424,500 last season.

--RHP Chad Billingsley has recovered sufficiently from the broken left fibula he suffered in a freak accident at home this winter that he will begin spring training on the same throwing program as everyone else. However, he will be held back in some fielding drills. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Billingsley can field comebackers but probably won't be allowed to cover first base during pitchers' fielding practice.

BY THE NUMBERS: 36 -- Pitchers the Dodgers will bring to spring training, 16 of whom are non-roster invitees. The Dodgers are expected to carry, at the most, 12 on their Opening Day roster. The Dodgers have only one split-squad date on their Cactus League schedule, but because the club is sharing a new spring training complex with the Chicago White Sox, it will be easy to get pitchers work in hastily arranged "B" games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The main thing for me with Jon is that I think he needs to trust his split-finger a little bit more and work on his overall fastball command. I think he is experienced enough now to know what to do in certain situations and what he is trying to accomplish. He is a strikeout guy who has always attacked the zone, and I don't want to take that away from him." -- Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt on closer Jonathan Broxton.

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