Torre: 'We have decisions to make'

Updated: March 4, 2010, 10:10 PM ET
Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers suddenly have a logjam of outfielders that could end up affecting the pitching staff come opening day.

With the signing of veteran Garret Anderson late Wednesday, the Dodgers could be in position to have five outfielders on their 25-man roster once spring training ends.

That scenario might require the Dodgers to carry 11 pitchers into the season opener, instead of the 12 manager Joe Torre had originally projected.

"You think you're going to take 12 pitchers. Is 11 an option? I guess it is," Torre said Thursday, a day after Anderson was given a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp.

"We have an awful lot of decisions to make but we can't really start making them until we get deep into the games. I don't bother thinking about it right now. I've written it down. I'm just happy I don't have to do that today or tomorrow."

With a lack of confidence in their left-handed options off the bench, the Dodgers landed the former Angels outfielder, whom they had been considering most of the winter.

Anderson, 37, will make $550,000 if he makes the major league roster with another $200,000 available in bonuses. One roster spot will now go to a group of left-handed hitters that includes Anderson, Brian Giles and Doug Mientkiewicz.

Giles had microfracture surgery on his right knee in 2007 and an arthritic condition in the same knee last season. In the early part of camp, Giles has been unable to operate at full speed, which helps explain the signing of Anderson.

"I'm confident I can make this team but you have to be healthy," Giles said. "It's a hard game anyway and when you don't have the confidence in how you're feeling it doesn't help out. That's why I came here to see how I feel."

Giles, 39, isn't ready to pull the plug on a return to the field. But if he isn't on a major league team to start the season, he plans on calling it quits. He was asked if he would accept a minor-league assignment.

"Nah, I'd probably go home," he said.

Anderson might be facing the same decision if he doesn't make the Dodgers' roster.

In 16 seasons, the Southern California native is a .295 hitter with 285 home runs, 1,353 RBIs and 2,501 hits. He won a World Series with the Angels in 2002. He hit 13 home runs with 61 RBIs last season with the Atlanta Braves.

Like Giles, Mientkiewicz also is struggling with health issues. He had surgery last season to repair a right shoulder separation.

If Mientkiewicz doesn't make the roster, Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake would be considered the backup first basemen and would play there on days James Loney gets a rest.


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