Cuts trim Dodgers' bullpen competition

Cuts trim Dodgers' bullpen competition

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers made their second round of player cuts on Sunday, moving four pitchers and four position players out of the Major League clubhouse.

Left-handed pitcher Alberto Castillo was released. Reassigned to Minor League camp were these non-roster invitees: pitchers Ryan Tucker, Matt Chico and Will Savage; catchers Gorman Erickson and Matt Wallach; and infielders Lance Zawadzki and Jeff Baisley.

Manager Don Mattingly said Castillo was released because "we didn't feel like he was a fit for us and, more than anything, to be fair to him and give him a chance [to find another job] with clubs looking for lefties. We didn't see him as that guy for us or a guy to wait at Triple-A either.

The moves trim the field for the final one or two bullpen spots still to be finalized. Non-roster lefties still in contention are John Grabow, Wil Ledezma and Scott Rice. Non-roster righties are Angel Guzman, Fernando Nieve and Jamey Wright.

Josh Lindblom and Ramon Troncoso (out of options) are on the Major League roster and also are competing for spots. Ronald Belisario must first serve a 25-game suspension, but he is out of options and a decision will need to be made on him after he serves it.

One job appears open for certain, and another could be available if Matt Guerrier starts the season on the disabled list. He has been sidelined a week with lower back pain, but is improving and expected to throw off a mound Monday and face hitters in a simulated game Wednesday.