As Opening Day inches closer and closer, the Los Angeles Dodgers are beginning to trim their Spring Training roster down.
The latest casualty is right-handed reliever Ben Rowen. Rowen is currently recovering from offseason thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and is nearly a week away from game action.
The Dodgers signed Rowen to a Minor League deal in January. He posted a 3.45 ERA and 31:9 K:BB ratio in 47 innings with Triple-A Round Rock (Texas Rangers affiliate) last season.
The Los Angeles native was a 22nd round pick in 2010 by the Rangers. His only Major League action came last season when he pitched 8 2/3 innings for the Rangers with a 4.15 ERA and seven strikeouts before being released by the team.
Rowen is just one of many to be reassigned in the past week. With just a little over two weeks remaining until Opening Day, the Dodgers have announced Scott Schebler was optioned, and Buck Britton, Chris O’Brien, Corey Seager, Darnell Sweeney, Shawn Zarraga, Erisbel Arruebarrena, Mike Bolsinger, Carlos Frias, Chris Anderson and Julio Urias, among others were all reassigned to Minor League camp, which opened in full on Saturday.
While the young prospects have performed well this Spring, its now time to get the everyday starters the innings they need to be ready for Opening Day.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Scott Van Slyke