Bigbie a hit in first two games

first_imgAll of which would seem to suggest that the hernia is history. The question now is whether Bigbie, who has an escape clause in his contract should another club come calling with a major-league deal, will soon be history, too. “I’m not looking at it like that,” Bigbie said. “Every day I put a Dodgers uniform on, I’m playing for this team. I don’t think about scouts in the stands. But obviously, if I play well, anything can happen. I just want to get my name back out there as a healthy player.” The harsh reality for Bigbie and just about any other Dodgers position player on the bubble is that there isn’t much of a bubble to sit on. If the Dodgers go with the now-standard 11 pitchers, there probably will be room for one player who isn’t already a lock. If they go with 12 – which is unlikely considering they don’t have to use a fifth starter until April 10 – it doesn’t appear there will be room for anyone. “But a lot of things can happen in one month,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “We certainly don’t feel like we have too many players.” Late-inning heroics by fringe players are fairly common in spring-training games, a consequence of the fact those players generally are facing bottom-of-the-barrel pitchers. Bigbie’s first homer came off Chris Schroder, his second off Emiliano Fruto. Left-hander Mark Hendrickson, one of the combatants for the vacant fifth starter’s spot, came on in relief of Jason Schmidt to begin the third inning. Thirteen batters later, Hendrickson had given up seven runs on five hits while recording just five outs. In fairness, three of the runs were unearned as a result of the Dodgers’ fourth and fifth errors in their first two exhibition games. Still, it was a harrowing spring debut for Hendrickson, a veteran starter who made it clear before arriving in camp that he has little interest in pitching out of the bullpen as he did late last season. “Usually in spring training, you’re going to have two or three outings where you (struggle),” Hendrickson said. “There are going to be times down here when you make good pitches and get hit and times when you make bad pitches and get outs.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bigbie took over in left field in the fifth inning of Friday’s game – a 12-7 victory over the Washington Nationals in front of 4,101 at Holman Stadium – and promptly went 3 for 3 with a three-run homer, a two-run homer and a leadoff double that barely missed being his third home run of the day. It landed just inside the right-field foul line and just short of the wall. In two Grapefruit League games, Bigbie is 4 for 4. Throw in Wednesday’s intrasquad contest, and he already has three home runs. center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – Veteran outfielder Larry Bigbie, who is in spring training with the Dodgers on a minor-league contract, said a week ago that he would have to play a handful of Grapefruit League games before he would know whether he had fully recovered from the hernia that sidelined him for most of last season. A handful apparently meant two. Three if you count intrasquad games. last_img