Andre Ethier

In the days leading up the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first Cactus League game of 2015, manager Don Mattingly announced Erik Bedard was getting the nod to take the hill against the Chicago White Sox.

On Monday, Mattingly set the rotation for the Dodgers’ first four games and which relievers would follow the respective starters on Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday, the Dodgers’ lineup for their first spring game was revealed and of note, it has Andre Ethier starting in center field with Jimmy Rollins batting leadoff, via Eric Stephen of True Blue LA:

With Joc Pederson serving as the designated hitter, he’ll at some point be replaced in the lineup by Corey Seager, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:

With the center field job up for grabs, it’s long been presumed the highly touted Pederson would eventually be anointed the every day starter. However, the Dodgers have maintained it’s an open competition with no guarantees made to the 22-year-old Pederson.

While Ethier has expressed a desire to start on an every day basis, he doesn’t believe center field is the best position for him at 33 years old. Mattingly recently backed Ethier’s ability to play multiple positions, including first base, but the club nonetheless appears to see center field as his primary opportunity for playing time.

As Cactus League games begin, center field is the lone position where the Dodgers don’t yet have a clearcut starter. In theory, catcher could be included as well, however that’s more along the lines Mattingly determining how he wants to split the duties between A.J. Ellis and Yasmani Grandal.

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3 Responses

  1. Michael N. Norris

    He might not feel CF is his best position, but he is in no way a better RF than Puig…

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  2. Gary Peck

    But he is better than Crawford in Left. Carl doesn’t throw much better than Juan Pierre and opponents run on him all the time.

    Reply

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