Ethier, Blake Ailing; Mientkiewicz Signed
Manager Joe Torre said outfielder Andre Ethier and third baseman Casey Blake came out of Wednesday’s first game with slight injuries. Ethier was struck by a batted ball on the foot while taking fly balls before the game, played in the game, but felt discomfort afterward. Blake played in the game but felt his groin tighten doing outfield sprints after he was removed. Both figure to miss a few games. Jason Schmidt is on schedule to pitch in Friday’s “B” game. Yhency Brazoban, shut down after a cortisone shot in his shoulder, said he plans to resume tossing Friday.
Torre said the Dodgers signed free agent utilityman Doug Mientkiewicz to a Minor League contract and will bring him to Major League camp. Mientkiewicz, a left-handed hitter, batted .277 with Pittsburgh in 2008. He would be a longshot to make the club with Blake DeWitt, Mark Loretta, Juan Castro and Tony Abreu also in camp and capable of the same roles as Mientkiewicz. — Ken Gurnick