Dodgers name squad for China
Goodwill series with Padres to be played in Beijing
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The Dodgers on Monday announced the traveling squad for next week's goodwill trip to China, headlined by position starters Andruw Jones, Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Kemp and veteran utility man Mark Sweeney.
The series consists of games March 15-16 between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres at Wukesong Stadium, site of this summer's Olympic Games baseball competition. Game times are 1 p.m. local (10 p.m. PT, one day earlier, March 14-15).
The squad will be led by manager Joe Torre, while Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda will remain in Florida and manage the remaining players in Grapefruit League action. Torre's China coaching staff consists of Mariano Duncan, Lorenzo Bundy, John Shoemaker and Bill Mueller.
Torre will not have any of the top four starting pitchers from his rotation, as Brad Penny, Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda will remain in Florida. Because of a mix-up with the original charter company, the Dodgers will leave on March 12, one day later than originally planned.
"We'll work out Tuesday before we go to Orlando," said Torre. "The one-day delay shouldn't affect anything baseball-wise."
While Kuroda and fellow Japanese closer Takashi Saito are not on the trip, Hong-Chih Kuo and Chin-lung Hu of Taiwan are on the roster, as is South Korean Chan Ho Park.
Pitchers: Eric Hull, Mike Koplove, Kuo, Greg Miller, Justin Orenduff, Park, Matt Riley, Brian Shackelford, Eric Stults, Ramon Troncoso and Tanyon Sturtze.
Catchers: Danny Ardoin, A.J. Ellis, Lucas May.
Infielders: Angel Chavez, Garciaparra, Juan Gonzalez, Hu, John Lindsey, Ramon Martinez, Terry Tiffee and Sweeney.
Outfielders: John-Ford Griffin, Jones, Kemp, George Lombard and Wilkin Ruan.
Alternates: pitcher Brian Falkenborg, infielder Kevin Howard and outfielder Xavier Paul.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.