The Dodgers released right-hander Mark Lowe on Sunday, which means that the last two non-roster pitchers remaining in camp are Kevin Gregg and Peter Moylan. The Dodgers opted out of his contract which included a deadline of Monday. If they hadn’t they would have been on the hook for his $1.5 million contract.
The 29-year old pitched in 9 games for the Dodgers this Spring. He had a 4.15 ERA with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks in 8 2/3 innings.
Mattingly commented on the reality of the situation in which the Dodgers have to possibly hang on to eight starting pitchers:
“Lowe didn’t do anything wrong in camp. We just didn’t have a spot. Gregg and Moylan, they both don’t have deadlines. We had to make a decision.”
Kevin Gregg has pitched pretty well this Spring, and he has a 1.00 ERA in 9 innings of work. The righty reliever has only allowed one earned run and three hits. Although Gregg’s Spring showing could win him a spot in the Dodgers bullpen, there are far too many pitchers and few precious spots.
The Dodgers will likely need to stash Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, and Ted Lilly in the bullpen. Kenley Jansen, Brandon League, Ronald Belisario, and J.P. Howell are shoe-ins. That leaves Matt Guerrier, Paco Rodriguez, Josh Wall, Gregg, and Moylan as the remaining contending relievers. Gregg and Moylan will most likely be sent down to the Minors.
There are now 38 players remaining in Major League camp with just a week left before Opening Day. Next Thursday the Dodgers play an exciting split squad game back in California. There will be an exhibition game played against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at the Epicenter and the Freeway Series begins in Anaheim. The Dodgers may hold off on any more cuts until after Thursday.