Non-roster catcher Eliezer Alfonzo won’t be in the Dodgers’ major-league camp this spring, as he remains in his native Venezuela infected with dengue virus. Don’t ask me. Wiki that thing if you must. All-in-all a tough break for Alfonzo who is on a minor league contract with the Dodgers. Alfonso was already given permission to report late to camp so he could tend to a family matter. While in Venezuela, he contracted the virus. Alfonso had a shot to back up A.J. Ellis this season, that shot has all but vanished. Should Alfonzo reports to the Dodgers’ spring-training complex, he will be in the minor-league camp. Don’t count on seeing Alfonzo in 2013, at least not with the Dodgers.
Alfonzo has already been busted twice for positive PED tests, is desperately trying to resurrect his career at the age of 34. Alfonzo has played in 193 games over six seasons with four teams. He is a career .240 hitter with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs, so it’s not like the Dodgers will be starved to find a better option. Going with a younger option like Tim Federowicz makes more sense to me. Or how about the guy taking Alfonzo’s place in camp, Matt Wallach, son of third base coach Tim Wallach. Wallach, 27, batted .232, with four home runs and 17 runs batted in, in 59 games at double-A Chattanooga last season.