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Juan Pierre is unsure of his status now

DODGERS FYI

He's happy Manny is with the team, but doesn't know what this does to his role on the club.

March 05, 2009|Dylan Hernandez

PHOENIX — Juan Pierre said he was expecting Manny Ramirez to re-sign with the Dodgers. But he had no answers Wednesday when asked how this affected his future with the Dodgers.

"I have no idea," he said, shaking his head. "I can't even speak on it."

Would this make him any more inclined to demand a trade?

"I haven't even looked into that," he said. "I don't know what this does for me right now. I can't speak on it."

Pierre, who is in the third year of a five-year, $44-million contract, finds himself where he was a season ago -- the odd-man out in a crowded Dodgers outfield.

The signing of Andruw Jones pushed Pierre out of the lineup last year. He fought his way back onto the field when Jones revealed himself to be a shadow of his former self, but the trade for Ramirez at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline moved him back to the bench.

Pierre said he understood why the Dodgers wanted Ramirez.

"What he did with the Dodgers last year, man, it speaks for itself," he said. "Fan-wise and on-the-field-wise, he took over L.A. He's the man."

Hudson rests

Orlando Hudson was a late scratch from the lineup, as the newly signed second baseman said his surgically repaired left wrist became sore during the team's pregame workouts.

"I'm fine," he said.

Hudson is a candidate to hit second behind Rafael Furcal, Manager Joe Torre said. Asked of the prospect of hitting in front of Ramirez, Hudson said, "Hopefully, I get that chance. He's one of the best hitters to ever play that game."

Torre said he's leaning toward batting Ramirez fourth to split up lefties Andre Ethier and James Loney, who could hit in the third and fifth spots.

Short hops

Clayton Kershaw had a rough start in the Dodgers' 10-8 loss to the San Francisco Giants. He retired the side in the first inning but gave up a pair of runs in the second. He gave up a total of four hits. . . . James McDonald was charged with two runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings and Scott Elbert struck out two in one inning but surrendered a run. . . . In his second game back from a bruised heel, Ethier hit a two-run home run.

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dylan.hernandez@latimes.com

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