It has been a week since pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report to Dodgers spring training, and so far 58 of the 59 players invited to big league camp have shown up to Camelback Ranch. Eliezer Alfonzo is the only one who hasn't yet reported, and the team isn't quite sure when the catcher will show up.
"He was supposed to be here Monday," said manager Don Mattingly on Tuesday.
Alfonzo is dealing with a family issue, something the team knew about when he was signed to a minor league contract and invited to spring training. Given that Alfonzo is one of five catchers competing to backup A.J. Ellis on the major league roster, the Dodgers aren't exactly missing him.
"He's not on the roster, and it's a family issue. There are things he's dealing with, that we knew about from the beginning," Mattingly said. "There hasn't been anybody clamoring at what's going on."
With 28 pitchers in camp, there is always a need for catchers just during workouts, but Mattingly said things are working out with the five catchers in camp: Ellis, Tim Federowicz, Jesus Flores, Ramon Castro, and Wilkin Castillo. But if they do happen to need another catcher, Mattingly said they would call on director of player development De Jon Watson to send someone over from the minor league side. Gorman Erickson or Matt Wallach, who began 2012 in major league camp, could be two such options.
But Mattingly said he is not yet at the point of spring training that the backups are competing just yet.
"We're just working right now. We haven't got into games," Mattingly said. "We kind of know all these guys, we're starting to see what they can do, get them in shape. I don't know that we've started the competition yet."
Dodgers spring training 2013: Eliezer Alfonzo still hasn't reported
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