Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Dodgers release Gregg; waiting on Lilly
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- It's never a bad idea to have a surplus of pitching, but the Dodgers are having trouble storing it.
Wednesday they released veteran reliever Kevin Gregg, who had been reassigned to Triple-A a few days earlier. Gregg was in camp this spring on a minor-league deal, but he said Saturday he expected to be released if the Dodgers didn't have room for him on their major-league roster.
"It was the right thing to do," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said after Wednesday's move.
Gregg, a former closer with the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles, pitched in more games than all but one Dodgers pitcher this spring and had a 0.82 ERA, with opponents batting .088 against him. With starting pitchers Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano moving into the bullpen and Paco Rodriguez giving them a left-handed option, the Dodgers had no room on their roster for Gregg.
They are still waiting to find out what veteran pitcher Ted Lilly will do. On the disabled list, Lilly is scheduled to pitch a minor-league rehab assignment Friday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, but he has not said whether he will show up. He said he is healthy but would not comment on what his next step will be.
"That's the last plan I heard," manager Don Mattingly said. "I haven't talked to Teddy about if he's going or not."