"I signed here to pitch in the Major Leagues," said Cormier, who pitched all last season with Tampa Bay, making 60 appearances with a 3.92 ERA.
Veteran Juan Castro, a contender for the last utility spot, was also told by the club that, barring an injury, he won't make the team. He will remain in Arizona, working with the Minor Leaguers, and his agent has permission to look for a Major League job elsewhere.
Castro (.387 batting average) had a very good spring training, but so did De Jesus (.333) and Miles (.319). DeJesus, who has never appeared in the Major Leagues, is the future. Miles has more offensive potential than Castro, but lacks the slick-fielding hands.
While Casey Blake is hurt, DeJesus figures to get most of the playing time at second base, with Juan Uribe playing third.
With either Elbert or Cormier, the seven-man bullpen includes Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Matt Guerrier, Kenley Jansen, Blake Hawksworth and Mike MacDougal. The starters are Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda. MacDougal, a non-roster pitcher like Cormier, said he still had not been told he made the club.
The infield has James Loney, Rafael Furcal, Uribe, Jamey Carroll, De Jesus and Miles. Rod Barajas is the starting catcher, and it appears Hector Gimenez (out of options) will be kept as the back-up over A.J. Ellis.
The outfielders are Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Marcus Thames, Jay Gibbons, Tony Gwynn and Xavier Paul (out of options). One decision still to be announced is the left-handed hitting platoon-mate for Thames in left field. Gibbons, Gwynn and Paul are in the running, although all are expected to be on the club regardless.
Expected to start the season on the disabled list are Blake (back), Dioner Navarro (oblique), Vicente Padilla (arm surgery) and Jon Garland (oblique).