Mientkiewicz Leaves Camp
Non-roster veteran Doug Mientkiewicz, his chances to make the Opening Day roster vanishing, has left the Dodgers Spring Training camp, but the club has yet to make an official roster move.
The 35-year-old Mientkiewicz is a 10-year veteran who signed last year after Spring Training started, but had a successful longshot bid to make the club foiled when he blew out his throwing shoulder with a head-first dive into second base two weeks into the season. He played only 20 games last year, going 6-for-18 (.333).
A former Gold Glove winner, Mientkiewicz’s chances of making the club this year as the primary left-handed pinch-hitter took a serious blow with the late signing of Garret Anderson, who can still play the outfield. Mientkiewicz hasn’t lost the Gold Glove, but his ability to throw is severely limited. – Ken Gurnick