February 21, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Sandy Koufax was struck in the head by a line drive Friday morning, but walked out of the Dodgers' spring-training complex a few hours later with a smile on his face. "I'm fine," Koufax said. The Hall of Famer was watching rookie right-hander Ross Stripling warm up in the bullpen at one of the practice fields when he was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Andre Ethier . "I never saw it," Koufax said. "It's one that has your name on it in the morning. " Koufax, 78, is in the camp as a special instructor.
February 14, 2014 |
PHOENIX - From the time he was called up to the major leagues last year, Yasiel Puig has viewed himself as an entertainer. "The fans go to the stadium to enjoy themselves," Puig said in Spanish. "After work, they spend their free time watching us play. We have to do our best to entertain them. " Puig did that last season with a hair-raising style of play, electrifying crowds in becoming one of baseball's top draws as a rookie. However, Puig also acknowledges he has to be more restrained on the field, admitting he has to be smarter on the bases and learn when to hit the cutoff man rather than throw directly to the plate from right field.
January 21, 2014 |
Joc Pederson can add and subtract same as you. Looks at the math exactly the same way. And it's bad enough four won't go evenly into three, but try five. The most curious, and potentially troubling, aspect to the 2014 Dodgers is how they will smoothly find playing time for four All-Star-caliber outfielders -- Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford -- for three spots. Then there's Pederson, ranked the Dodgers' No.1 prospect by Baseball America and their 2012 minor league player of the year.
January 13, 2014 |
We conclude our annual reviews with the Dodgers' enigmatic young outfielder, the one and only … YASIEL PUIG , 23, outfielder Final 2013 stats: .319, 19 home runs, 42 RBIs, 66 runs, .391 on-base and .534 slugging percentage. Contract status: Remains under contract for the next five years. The good: He was second on the team in batting average, runs, stolen bases (11), on-base and slugging percentages, third in home runs and fourth in hits - despite appearing in only 104 games.
December 19, 2013 |
SKIP SCHUMAKER , 33, utility player Final 2013 stats: .263 batting average, two home runs, 30 RBI, .332 on-base and slugging percentages, 31 runs and 0.00 ERA. Contract status: Last month signed a two-year, $4.5-million contract with the Reds, with a $2.5-million option for 2016. The good: When they traded for Schumaker last off-season, the Dodgers got exactly what they needed - and are currently lacking - a solid utility player who could play second and all three outfield positions.
December 16, 2013 |
Andre Ethier has started the Dodgers' opener in right field for five consecutive seasons. That streak appears over, barring injury to Yasiel Puig. That could leave Ethier in center field, or in left field, or left out, or on another team. The Dodgers say they have no plans to trade any of their four outfielders at this time, but they would not be opposed to trading one in order to replenish their prospect stock. That has left Ethier in the position of reading his name in trade rumors all winter, again.