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Dodgers trying to get Kevin Gregg on the roster

ANAHEIM -- On most teams, in most spring training camps, Kevin Gregg would have had an open path back to the major leagues.

After signing a minor-league deal shortly before camp opened this spring, the former closer has been virtually un-hittable. In 11 games, he has a 0.82 ERA and opponents are batting .088 against him.

But the Dodgers are loaded with guaranteed contracts and, barring a late trade, they will need two extra bullpen spots to stash spare starters Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano. That means Gregg could be headed to the minor leagues, presuming he accepts the assignment (and that's no lock given the $20 million in earnings he has amassed in his career).

The Dodgers might not announce their final 25-man roster until Sunday.

"He definitely intrigues us. I think from top to bottom, we like Kevin Gregg," manager Don Mattingly said. "Trying to make that situation work out has been tricky."

To have gotten to this point is something of a triumph for Gregg, 34, who was released by the Baltimore Orioles late last season with a 4.95 ERA and bloated 1.695 WHIP. No major league team offered him a guaranteed contract, a fact he has quietly stewed over for months.

"The way last year ended, the way the offseason unfolded, you're not a competitor if you don't have a little fire to show your abilities," Gregg said.

Gregg is 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds -- another reason Mattingly likes the idea of having him on the team.

"He gets outs. He doesn't walk anybody. We've had zero issues. He comes in ready and quiet, takes the ball," Mattingly said. "He's big as hell, too. I wouldn't want to fight this guy. That's always good."