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Friday, June 28, 2013
Luis Cruz finally loses his roster spot

By Mark Saxon

LOS ANGELES -- It's not as if no one could see this one coming.

Luis Cruz's roster spot was getting more and more tenuous as the Dodgers got healthier and healthier. On Friday, he finally lost it. The Dodgers designated the popular infielder for assignment to make room for Scott Van Slyke to come off the disabled list.

Cruz was out of options, so he must now clear waivers and accept the assignment to Triple-A Albuquerque to remain in the Dodgers' organization.

In 2012, Cruz, a native of Mexico nicknamed "Cochito," was among the Dodgers' most pleasant surprises, taking advantage of injuries to seize the third-base job. He batted .297 with 20 doubles in 78 games.

It was a different story this season. Cruz began the season in a deep batting slump and never emerged. He was batting .127 with just three extra-base hits in 45 games.

"I'd like to see him in the big leagues more than anywhere," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "If he doesn't end up in the big leagues, then you hope he'll end up in Albuquerque where he has a chance to get some swings and then you never know what happens at that point. He could get a chance to come back again and play."

Cruz was not in the clubhouse during the period in which the media is allowed.

Here are lineups for Friday's game, with the Dodgers trying for a seventh straight win:

Philadelphia
1. Michael Young 3B
2. Chase Utley 2B
3. Jimmy Rollins SS
4. Domonic Brown LF
5. Delmon Young RF
6. John Mayberry Jr. 1B
7. Ben Revere CF
8. Carlos Ruiz C
9. John Lannan LHP

Dodgers
1. Mark Ellis 2B
2. Yasiel Puig RF
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Hanley Ramirez SS
5. Matt Kemp CF
6. Andre Ethier LF
7. Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
8. Tim Federowicz C
9. Chris Capuano LHP