Lieberthal will be the designated hitter on Friday when the Dodgers play their Holman Stadium opener. The Dodgers have exercised the option of using the designated hitter rule in early games where the opposition -- in this case, the Nationals -- approves."He's on a little different schedule," Little said of Lieberthal. "We're not pushing him, but he'll catch games soon." Single-game tickets on sale Saturday: Individual game tickets for the Dodgers' 2007 home schedule will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. PT. This will be the first opportunity for fans to purchase single-game tickets to Opening Day, April 9, vs. the Rockies. Gate A at Elysian Park Avenue and Stadium Way will open at 8 a.m., and numbered wristbands will be handed out starting at 8:30 a.m. A lottery will be held at 9:30 a.m. to determine the start of the line, so there is no advantage to arriving early. There is a purchase limit of four tickets per fan for Opening Day. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting www.dodgers.com. Hey, Blue: The umpire crew chief for Friday's home opener will be Vero Beach resident Bruce Froemming, who will celebrate quite an achievement on April 11 in a game at Arizona. That date will mark 37 years and 11 days on the job for Froemming, moving past Bill Klem to the top of the longevity list for Major League umpires. "It's just unbelievable," said Froemming, 67, who walks daily around the Dodgertown complex with his hunting dog, Blu. Minor Leaguers report: Minor League pitchers and catchers reported to Dodgertown on Thursday. Position players report March 7 with the first full workout March 9. Coming up: The Dodgers' home exhibition opener is Friday against the Nationals, with Jason Schmidt starting in his Los Angeles debut, followed by Mark Hendrickson. Shawn Hill starts for Washington.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.