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Don Mattingly says there are no Dodgers roster moves, but a report claims otherwise

Manager doesn't mention whether reliever Blake Hawksworth is headed for the disabled list or whether minor league pitcher Javy Guerra is on his way to joining the club, as reported in a Chattanooga website.

May 14, 2011|By Jim Peltz
  • A report on Chattanoogan.com says Javy Guerra, shown pitching for the Dodgers during spring training, has been called up to the big leagues from double-A Chattanooga.
A report on Chattanoogan.com says Javy Guerra, shown pitching for the Dodgers… (Jake Roth / US Presswire )

Dodgers middle reliever Blake Hawksworth appeared headed toward the disabled list because of a strained right groin.

Although Manager Don Mattingly said he had no roster moves to announce after Saturday's game, the website Chattanoogan.com reported that Javy Guerra, 25, another right-handed reliever, was called up to the big leagues from double-A Chattanooga.

Two other Dodgers relievers, closer Jonathan Broxton (sore elbow) and Hong-Chih Kuo (anxiety disorder), already are on the disabled list.

Hawksworth suffered the injury May 10, his last outing. He threw a few pitches off a mound Saturday and said that the strain was "still there a little bit" but that "every day it's been better."

Guerra, who is on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, is 1-0 with three saves and a 1.06 earned-run average with the Chattanooga Lookouts.

Ethier's elbow

Right fielder Andre Ethier said his sore left elbow is getting healthier, but he still feels occasional pain while hitting and throwing.

"I'll have a random swing or something and I'll feel it kind of bite on me, or I'll throw a ball and feel the same way," he said.

The left-handed Ethier, then riding what would become a 30-game hitting streak, sat out the last game of the Dodgers' last home stand, May 4, to rest the elbow.

Then, in one game during the Dodgers' trip last week, Ethier fielded a hit in Pittsburgh and threw awkwardly to second base, raising questions about whether the elbow was bothering him.

But Ethier said that wasn't the case.

"Donnie even asked me afterward, 'Does your arm hurt?' " Ethier said, referring to Mattingly. "I said, 'No, I was just trying to get the ball in quick to second base.' I just kind of flung it in that way."

Regardless, Ethier said the elbow still requires treatment.

"I have to get in [the training room] every day, 20 to 30 minutes, and get work done on it, and after the game make sure I'm icing it and stretching it out . . . just make sure it's loose," he said.

Barajas power

Rod Barajas is tied with Matt Kemp for the club lead in home runs with seven, which Barajas said is partly due to his being the everyday catcher for the Dodgers.

With the off-season departure of Russell Martin, Barajas became the Dodgers' primary catcher. Barajas, 35, re-signed with the Dodgers this year after the club acquired him on waivers from the New York Mets in August.

"When you come to the field knowing you're going to be in the lineup, getting consistent at-bats, it makes it easier" to hit well consistently, said Barajas, who grew up a Dodgers fan in Norwalk.

"When things are going good you're going to be able to keeping repeating those [swings], and when things are going bad you've got the next game to make the adjustment," he said.

Barajas hit a career-high 21 home runs in 2005 with the Texas Rangers.

Barajas had nine home runs at this point in the season last year while with the Mets. Even so, "I feel like I'm a little more consistent power-wise," he said.

james.peltz@latimes.com

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