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Fife among first round of cuts by Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Less than two weeks before leaving for Australia, the Dodgers on Tuesday made their first cuts of camp, sending 10 players to the Minor League complex.

Optioned were roster pitchers Pedro Baez, Stephen Fife, Yimi Garcia, Jarret Martin and outfielder Nick Buss. Reassigned were non-roster pitchers Sam Demel, Daniel Moskos and Chris Reed, and catchers Chris O'Brien and Griff Erickson.

Of the group, Fife has the most Major League experience, having started 15 games for the Dodgers the last two years, but the right-hander was on a reduced throwing program to prevent a recurrence of the shoulder tendinitis that plagued him last year.

The Dodgers have 47 players in camp, plus Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who has not yet arrived. They can take only 30 players on the trip to Australia, with 25 eligible to play in the two games against Arizona.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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