Bigbie starts over with Blue Crew

first_img“They have a lot of pitchers here,” a resigned Dessens said. “I will do whatever they want me to do. Of course I want to start. That’s why I went to winter ball (Hermosillo of the Mexican League), to build up my innings.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For that, he can thank the hernia that ended his 2006 season four months early, forcing him to watch his St. Louis Cardinals teammates win the World Series without him. “It’s just unfortunate,” Bigbie said. “After 2004, I felt like my career was in a pretty good position. Now, I’m pretty much back to square one, where I have to re-establish myself.” “I just want to get back to doing things the way I used to do them,” Bigbie said. “That starts with staying healthy.” Penned in Dodgers manager Grady Little was asked on Friday why veteran Elmer Dessens, who has 135 career starts, isn’t part of the long list of candidates for the vacant fifth spot in the rotation. Little said he simply had forgotten to mention Dessens when naming the candidates earlier this spring. But that was a dubious explanation at best. The fact is, Dessens’ only shot at the job is for all of the other seven candidates to fail miserably. Barring that, the right-hander will return to the unglamorous middle relief role he had all last season, when he made a combined 62 appearances and posted a 4.56 ERA for the Dodgers and Kansas City. center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the caste system that is the Dodgers’ spring training clubhouse, one end of the room is occupied by the establishment, those well-compensated veterans who have nothing to worry about over the next five weeks except getting themselves ready for opening day. The other end, appropriately the one closest to the exit door, is populated by guys who cross their fingers and hold their breath every time cuts are announced. That’s the area where Larry Bigbie presently finds himself. Eight years after being drafted in the first round (21st overall) by Baltimore and at a point when he has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, Bigbie finds himself, by his own admission, starting over. last_img read more