Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before Thursday night's Freeway Series opener at Angel Stadium that the plan for the left side of the infield in Hanley Ramirez's absence might not be what is assumed. Simply sliding projected third baseman Luis Cruz to shortstop, and playing a committee at third, might not be the way the Dodgers go while Ramirez recovers from thumb surgery. "We'll see," Mattingly said, when asked about who's on third and at short. "With Hanley out of the equation, we could move Luis to shortstop, or use a number of guys. If we move Luis over, we could use a combination of guys (at third)." The Dodgers do have a plan, Mattingly indicated, but he's not revealing it. That leads to the possibility the six-week-temp shortstop might be on another roster right now, and could be on the waiver wire or available in a trade as rosters are reduced this weekend. When you have a $220 million player payroll, why scrimp for even six weeks? Or, the shortstop (or third baseman) could be a phone call away. Justin Sellers, who played 26 games at shortstop for the Dodgers the past two years but was optioned to minor league camp March 19, started against the Angels on Thursday, had a hit, and played flawless defense to back the Dodgers' two-hit pitching in a 3-0 victory. "He was good," Mattingly said of the 27-year-old from Marina High and Cal State Fullerton. "He catches the baseball. "I'm looking for the best defensive club I can put out there. We have good pitching – you saw it tonight – and, I want us to catch the ball for those guys."
Mattingly coy about plan for left side of infield
Orange County Register | Mar 29