With the Dodgers playing in San Diego tomorrow for their Opening Day, the organization needed to solidify a 25-man roster to prepare for the regular season. During the Australia series, the team had the luxury of a 30-man travel roster, but as the season begins here shortly, they were forced to condense their roster.
With that being said, it seems that the Dodgers have finally compiled a roster of 25 players for Opening Day. On Saturday before the Dodgers last exhibition game against the Angels, Don Mattingly announced that right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez was optioned to the minors via Bill Plunkett of the O.C. Register:
#Dodgers also optioned RHP Jose Dominguez to minors. That sets their 25-man roster for re-opener Sunday in SD.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 29, 2014
Dominguez was a rookie last year and earned some time in a Dodgers uniform in 2013. He pitched 8.1 innings in nine game appearances with four strikeouts and a 2.16 ERA. His time in the majors was limited after being placed on the disabled list with a strained quad muscle, and he was then forced to spend the rest of the 2013 season in Triple-A.
By the time Spring Training came around this year, the 23-year-old came into camp healthy and ready to work hard. Domiguez logged a 2.16 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 8.1 innings this spring, and these outings earned him a ticket to travel with the team to Sydney. Although in his only outing of the Australia series, the right-hander gave up three runs and two walks, logging only 0.1 innings of relief.
Dominguez is still young and has plenty of room for improvement, but he definitely made an impression on the organization this spring. The Dodgers bullpen is looking crowded going into the start of the season, but with the ever-present possibility of injuries, Dominguez could possibly be called up to assist the relievers.
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