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This Russell Doesn’t Catch

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Russell Mitchell isn't converting from a corner infielder to a catcher the way another Russell M. did for the Dodgers a few years ago, even if Mitchell was listed that way on the official roster of the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. Turns out that was merely a creative way to get Mitchell onto the club, because the Dodgers had a catcher slot availble to them on the Surprise roster.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Taking It Slow

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ighthander Chris Withrow, the Dodgers' first-round draft choice last summer, was activated for the first time this season on Aug. 7 and assigned to high Class A Inland Empire, an unusually high level for a player with such limited experience. He made his debut for 66ers on Aug. 10 and yielded one run, one hit and one walk in an inning of work.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Taking It Slow

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Lefthander Scott Elbert, a first-round pick in 2004 and once one of the Dodgers' top pitching prospects, has finally come to the end of a 14-month rehabilitation from shoulder surgery that included at least a couple of setbacks. Elbert, 22, was promoted from extended spring training to Double-A Jacksonville, where he made his season debut on June 4 with one hitless inning out of the bullpen against Mobile.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

A Starting Role

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Jon Meloan had spent virtually his entire professional career as a hard-throwing reliever, posting 19 saves in 35 appearances for Double-A Jacksonville last season before a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. Even his big league debut in September was out of the bullpen. Still, the Dodgers decided this spring to convert him into a starting pitcher.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Warming Up

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Jovanny Rosario, the speedster who batted .331/.376/.452 and stole 22 bases with Rookie-level Ogden last summer, began this season with a 14-game hitting streak at low Class A Great Lakes, batting .316 during that stretch. Rosario, 22, who was converted from a second baseman to a center fielder a few years ago, spent his first three professional seasons in the Dodgers' Dominican program before playing in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2006.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Who’s At Third?

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Blake DeWitt had no idea when he arrived in spring training that he would wind up getting promoted to big league camp a few days in. But then, Dodgers officials had no idea that both Nomar Garciaparra and Andy LaRoche, the two guys they had planned on watching compete for the everyday third-base job, would both be injured in the same game on March 7.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Ahead Of Schedule

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It isn't clear what would have happened if Yhency Brazoban hadn't reported to spring training too heavy and Rudy Seanez hadn't been so ineffective. But those events opened the door for righthander Ramon Troncoso to pitch his way onto the Dodgers' Opening Day roster, despite having a grand total of 35 appearances above Class A.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

A Made Guy

Tony Jackson -Premium Content

Cory Wade didn't know what to expect going into the winter. He was sure he had done all he could possibly do last summer, going a combined 7-1, 2.09 in 39 relief appearances and a couple of spot starts between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Jacksonville. But a lot of Dodgers minor league pitchers had put up strong enough seasons to warrant being protected on the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Dodgers Organization Report

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Righthander Bryan Morris got off to a rocky start in his professional career when he had Tommy John surgery in October 2006, just four months after the Dodgers drafted him with their second first-round pick and after just 14 starts at Rookie-level Ogden. A year and a half later, though, Morris believes he is ready to come back full speed—even if some club officials aren't so sure.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports