Their lockers stand in a row, interrupted only by a doorway leading into the Dodgers' clubhouse at Camelback Ranch.
Their nameplates represent the best problem general manager Ned Colletti can have: Too much starting pitching.
Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang won't all fit in the rotation. None can be sent to the minor leagues. It's a problem that epitomizes the spoils of the Dodgers' estimated $213 million payroll.
Or is it a problem?
All eight pitchers reported to camp healthy and two, Lilly and Capuano, said they would consider switching to the bullpen.
"I want to be a part of what's going on here first and foremost," Lilly said Tuesday, when Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. "I would prefer (pitching out of the bullpen here) other than go somewhere else and start, yes, but I would like to start."
Said Capuano: "I want to be part of this organization and what's going on here. Most importantly I want to win. At this point of my career, I want to be part of something special.
"I would certainly have to think about (moving to the bullpen) if the time came for that conversation."
Don Mattingly isn't taking volunteers yet. But the Dodgers manager acknowledged he has a tentative plan for who could switch to the bullpen if needed.
Eight is more than enough
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