Anderson happy to be in Dodgers camp

Garret Anderson was about to set a deadline that could have

ended his 16-year career when the Dodgers came calling.

Anderson signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on

Wednesday. He reported to camp Saturday, saying he stayed in shape

this winter but did not face pitchers.

“I was getting close, getting to a point where I was like, ‘OK,

if I don’t hear something by this point, it would be very hard to

start the season with a team,”’ Anderson said. “(The deadline)

was right around this time.”

Manager Joe Torre said Anderson will be kept out of games until

the veteran deems himself ready to play.

“I’m not ready to play any games yet,” Anderson said. “I at

least need a week or so. I’ve been hitting (off a pitching

machine), throwing and running, but even these guys took nine or 10

days to get into a game. From that standpoint, I need that grace

period that they had.”

An everyday starter for nearly all of his 16-year career, the

37-year-old Anderson will compete with Brian Giles and Doug

Mientkiewicz to be the club’s left-handed pinch-hit option. All

three are in camp on minor league deals.