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Dodgers announce first 15 non-roster invitees for spring training

December 13, 2011 |  2:54 pm

Cory1The Dodgers have released their first group of non-roster invitees for spring training, and the field appears fairly weak.

Most have had brief stops in the majors elsewhere, but none with the kind of highlights that Aaron Miles and Mike MacDougal, both of whom made the team last year, at least had on their resumes.

Here are the first 15:

Right-handed pitchers Angel Guzman, Fernando Nieve, Jose Ascanio, Ryan Tucker, Shane Lindsay, Will Savage, left-handed pitchers Alberto Castillo, Matt Chico, Scott Rice, Wilfredo Ledezma, catcher Josh Bard, infielders Jeff Baisley, Lance Zawadzki and Luis Cruz, and outfielder Cory Sullivan.

Savage and Rice pitched well last season at double-A Chattanooga.

Bard, 33, got in 81 at-bats last season for the Seattle Mariners (.210). Sullivan, 30, has spent parts of six seasons with three teams in the majors, but all of it last year at the Philadelphia Phillies’ triple-A Lehigh Valley team, where he hit .210.

The Dodgers are negotiating to bring back MacDougal, but if for some reason that goes awry, a middle reliever could yet emerge from this group. Castillo, 35, was 1-0 with a 2.31 earned-run avereage in 17 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks last year.


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Photo: Former Colorado Rockies outfielder Cory Sullivan in 2007. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images