This weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for three exhibition games before heading to San Diego to restart the regular season.
A 30-man roster was used in Australia and a few starters remained in Arizona finishing their preparation for the 2014 season. The Dodgers are allowed to treat the games like Spring Training, meaning they can still carry an expanded roster.
According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, the Dodgers have decided to bring in four players for the weekend series:
Looks like Dodgers will have for Freeway Series all 5 minor leaguers from Australia trip plus J.C. Boscan, M.Olivo, T.Robinson & D.Sweeney
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 25, 2014
Olivo asked for his release from the team after being left off the travel roster for Australia, but it seems he’ll be in uniform for at least the weekend. Robinson, in his second stint with the Dodgers, participated in a few games this spring and will add depth to the outfield. Sweeney also impressed a bit this spring in limited time and should fill in the later innings in the infield. Boscan gives the Dodgers five catchers for the Freeway Series and may find himself behind the plate for a few innings.
Zack Greinke and Dan Haren are expected to start the first two games after staying in Arizona while the team played their two-game series in Australia. The projected second and fourth starters will use the games as a final tuneup before the regular season. These games will serve as the final games for the five minor leaguers that made the trip and the four that have been added for the weekend, as the Dodgers’ will have to make all decisions final by Sunday for their opening game in San Diego. Most starters will play at least five innings in the exhibition games before giving way to these other players.
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