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DODGERS FYI

Fines but no suspensions for Prince Fielder and Guillermo Mota

Amounts aren't announced for incidents during and after Tuesday night's game at Dodger Stadium.

August 07, 2009|Dylan Hernandez

Fined by Major League Baseball on Thursday for throwing at Milwaukee's Prince Fielder two days earlier, Guillermo Mota said he considered the matter to be settled.

Mota, who avoided a suspension, said he wouldn't file an appeal.

"We're going to pay it and forget about it," he said, although he said he hadn't been told the amount of his fine.

Fielder was fined $2,500, but also not suspended, for attempting to enter the Dodgers' clubhouse on Tuesday night to look for Mota.

"He made it a bigger deal," Mota said of Fielder. "If he doesn't come to the door, I don't think it would be that big a deal."

Mota said he was surprised when he saw video footage of Fielder shouting obscenities outside of the clubhouse.

"I said, 'Whoa,' " Mota said. "I don't know why he got that mad."

Mota said that Fielder's build -- he is listed at 5 feet 11 and 270 pounds -- should have made the pitch he took on his leg less painful.

"He's a big guy," Mota said. "He has muscle."

Mota said his agent told him on Thursday that he received a letter from baseball informing him of his punishment.

Mota, who admitted to throwing inside on Fielder in response to a pitch that hit Manny Ramirez, said he had no ill will toward his former team.

"I might go play for them next year," said Mota, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Roster moves to come

The Dodgers could be making a series of roster moves in the coming days.

Infielder Tony Abreu is expected to be called up today from triple-A Albuquerque and right-hander Ronald Belisario threw a scoreless inning for Class-A Inland Empire in what Manager Joe Torre said would probably be the last game of his minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Eric Stults was pulled from his start in Albuquerque on Thursday night after only three innings, a sign that he could be promoted to replace Jason Schmidt as the Dodgers' starter in San Francisco on Monday. Stults, who was in the rotation until a sprained thumb landed him on the disabled list on May 31, bumped fists with teammates and waved at Albuquerque Manager Tim Wallach as he exited the game.

Schmidt was still scheduled to take his next turn in the rotation as of Thursday, but Torre said he still wanted to talk to him about how his surgically repaired shoulder felt before making that official.

Abreu, 24, was considered one of the top prospects in the Dodgers organization not long ago. A series of hip and groin problems resulted in his missing part of 2007 and all of 2008.

Playing mostly second and third base, Abreu hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, batting .382 with three home runs and 11 runs batted in over that span.

Hot dog heaven

The Dodgers denied they were promoting gluttony when they opened the all-you-can-eat pavilion in right field two seasons ago. Now, they appear to be embracing it.

The club will not only give away a free Dodger Dog to every fan in attendance for its game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 14, but will also host a hot-dog eating contest.

Fans who can scarf down 10 hot dogs the fastest will be rewarded with seat upgrades and passes to take batting practice on the field.

Team spokesman Josh Rawitch said the club hasn't determined whether contestants will be given water to soak hot dog buns or allowed to continue after reversals.

The Dodgers have reached out to competitive eating superstar Takeru Kobayashi to be a judge in the contest, which will be sponsored by KPWR-FM (105.9). The radio station will be responsible for registering contestants.

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dylan.hernandez@latimes.com

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