Dodgers make first cuts

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers made their first cuts of spring training on Thursday, sending nine players to the minor league side, none of whom had a realistic shot of making the opening-day roster when camp began.

Those players on the 40-man roster who were optioned to the minors were right-handers Chris Withrow, Stephen Fife and Josh Wall; lefty Michael Antonini; utility man Alex Castellanos; and outfielders Scott Van Slyke and Alfredo Silverio.

Two other players, right-hander Shane Lindsay and infielder Russell Mitchell, were reassigned to minor league camp.