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October 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
That crowded Dodgers 40-man roster was made a tad smaller Friday when the Dodgers outrighted reliever Blake Hawksworth and outfielder Matt Angle to triple-A Albuquerque. Hawksworth has had a tough go, missing all of last season with three surgeries. He had a pair of elbow surgeries before the 2012 season, then while rehabbing this summer he injured his shoulder and needed additional surgery. Hawksworth, who technically had to be activated from the 60-day disabled list before being outrighted, had capsular repair and labral debridement in his right shoulder on Aug. 22. The Dodgers said his recovery time from the shoulder surgery is one year.
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January 1, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
I'd like to start this by resolving that this will be my last cheap resolutions post. At least until I'm desperate for material to start the next year. Otherwise, here are some 2013 new year's resolutions for the Boys in Blue: Juan Uribe: Eat three meals a day. To eat only three meals a day. Andre Ethier: To remember how I hit .279 against left-handers in 2007. Magic Johnson: Not to be found sitting next to Frank McCourt at next season's opener. Luis Cruz: To remember walks really are allowed.
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March 12, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
The last time Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth appeared in a regular-season game, he was lying on the ground at Wrigley Field after a line drive by the Chicago Cubs' Sam Fuld had smashed into Hawksworth's upper lip. That was Sept. 25 and Hawksworth, then a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, was done for the year. Two months later, the right-hander was traded to the Dodgers for infielder Ryan Theriot . Now, Hawksworth is poised to be a key middle reliever for the Dodgers, and he said Friday that whatever trepidation he felt about facing batters again had dissipated.
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October 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
That crowded Dodgers 40-man roster was made a tad smaller Friday when the Dodgers outrighted reliever Blake Hawksworth and outfielder Matt Angle to triple-A Albuquerque. Hawksworth has had a tough go, missing all of last season with three surgeries. He had a pair of elbow surgeries before the 2012 season, then while rehabbing this summer he injured his shoulder and needed additional surgery. Hawksworth, who technically had to be activated from the 60-day disabled list before being outrighted, had capsular repair and labral debridement in his right shoulder on Aug. 22. The Dodgers said his recovery time from the shoulder surgery is one year.
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June 5, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin
Reporting from Cincinnati Juan Uribe is supposed to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday for the Dodgers' opening game of a three-game series in Philadelphia. So are Marcus Thames and Blake Hawksworth . But Manager Don Mattingly was measured when speaking about their anticipated returns. "I'm not going to get excited yet," he said. The last time the Dodgers were expecting a player to be activated, the player in question didn't make it back.
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March 27, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Jamey Wright was officially added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to make the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a reliever. The Dodgers cleared a place for him on the 40-man roster by moving Blake Hawksworth to the 60-day disabled list. Wright, who came into camp on a minor-league contract, said the previous day that General Manager Ned Colletti told him he would make the opening-day roster. He will draw a base salary of $900,000. Wright can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives: $62,500 for 40 games pitched, $62,500 for 45 games pitched, $75,000 for 50 games pitched, $100,000 for 55 games pitched, $100,000 for 60 games pitched and $100,000 for 65 games pitched.
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February 21, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Phoenix — What was long presumed became official Tuesday when Clayton Kershaw was selected the Dodgers' opening-day starter by Manager Don Mattingly . The Dodgers open the regular season at San Diego on April 5. "It's nice to have something to look forward to, to have a goal in mind of what you're getting ready for," Kershaw said. "I'm definitely excited to do it. " Kershaw also pitched for the Dodgers on opening day last season and went on to win the National League Cy Young Award.
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October 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
If you secretly dream of one day being a major league coach, here's some absolutely free advice: Best that you don't want to be a hitting coach. They have precariously short life spans. When the offense struggles, calls go out for their heads. And too often, they are left a scapegoat for the failures of an underwhelming or underperforming cast. And so it continues to go, or at least it appears to, with the announcement by the Dodgers Friday that their entire coaching staff will return next season - save for hitting coach Dave Hansen.
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March 26, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
There must be something about the challenge of making a team as a non-roster invitee that brings out the best in pitcher Jamey Wright. For the seventh consecutive spring, Wright came to camp without any guarantee of making a major league club. Without a single promise. And for the seventh consecutive spring, he has apparently bucked the odds. A first-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 1993, the 37-year-old right-hander will be with his 10th team in the last 10 years when he joins the Dodgers this season.
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January 1, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
I'd like to start this by resolving that this will be my last cheap resolutions post. At least until I'm desperate for material to start the next year. Otherwise, here are some 2013 new year's resolutions for the Boys in Blue: Juan Uribe: Eat three meals a day. To eat only three meals a day. Andre Ethier: To remember how I hit .279 against left-handers in 2007. Magic Johnson: Not to be found sitting next to Frank McCourt at next season's opener. Luis Cruz: To remember walks really are allowed.
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October 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
If you secretly dream of one day being a major league coach, here's some absolutely free advice: Best that you don't want to be a hitting coach. They have precariously short life spans. When the offense struggles, calls go out for their heads. And too often, they are left a scapegoat for the failures of an underwhelming or underperforming cast. And so it continues to go, or at least it appears to, with the announcement by the Dodgers Friday that their entire coaching staff will return next season - save for hitting coach Dave Hansen.
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June 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
The days on the bench have turned into weeks. The weeks are about to turn into months. Matt Kemp is still waiting to play. "It feels weird," Kemp said. "It definitely feels weird. I miss baseball. I want to play. " Kemp shook his head. "Things happen, things happen for a reason," he said. "It's where I'm at right now. This is part of my life. This is part of baseball right here, getting hurt. " Kemp has played in only two of the Dodgers' last 37 games.
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June 20, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
OAKLAND — When relief pitcher Ronald Belisario returned to the Dodgers on May 4, the team did not know what to expect. After all, the hard-throwing Venezuelan had not pitched for the Dodgers since Oct. 1, 2010, because of various personal problems, including a 25-game suspension at the start of this season. But since Belisario rejoined the club, "It's been a nice surprise," Manager Don Mattingly said. Entering Wednesday's play, Belisario was 3-0 with a 1.25 earned-run average.
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April 1, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX — On the day the Dodgers broke camp, Chad Billingsley served up two home runs in the first three innings of a 6-2 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks. His earned-run average ballooned to 5.91 in what was his final tuneup for the regular season, but Billingsley didn't look or sound concerned. "This spring, I'm very, very happy with," he said. "My curveball was very good. My fastball wasn't getting hit too much. My changeup was outstanding. " So how does he explain the results?
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March 29, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX — Matt Kemp has never lacked confidence. Long before he made his first All-Star team, he talked about hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases in the same season. Now, Kemp is saying he would "definitely" beat Magic Johnson in a one-on-one game of basketball. "Probably not back in the day," Kemp said. "I'd definitely take him one on one now. I don't think he's shooting hoops no more. He's wearing suits now. He's writing my checks. " Kemp laughed as he said this but sounded serious.
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March 27, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Jamey Wright was officially added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to make the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a reliever. The Dodgers cleared a place for him on the 40-man roster by moving Blake Hawksworth to the 60-day disabled list. Wright, who came into camp on a minor-league contract, said the previous day that General Manager Ned Colletti told him he would make the opening-day roster. He will draw a base salary of $900,000. Wright can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives: $62,500 for 40 games pitched, $62,500 for 45 games pitched, $75,000 for 50 games pitched, $100,000 for 55 games pitched, $100,000 for 60 games pitched and $100,000 for 65 games pitched.
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September 4, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Aaron Miles was noticeably downcast standing in front of his locker. A split-second lapse in judgment by Miles in the seventh inning might have cost the Dodgers the game on Sunday, as they blew a three-run lead in that inning and went on to fall to the Atlanta Braves, 4-3. That was bad enough. But what made the third baseman's errant throw on a rushed double-play attempt particularly painful was that it might have compromised Clayton Kershaw's candidacy for the Cy Young Award.
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July 17, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Phoenix — Do the Dodgers have to sweep the San Francisco Giants in the three-game series that starts Monday? The Dodgers, who dropped a 4-1 decision to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, will go into AT&T Park trailing the first-place Giants by 121/2 games. "You have to go in there and gain some ground," Mattingly said. "But you can't go in there and say, 'We have to sweep.' I say you go in there, win the series, pick up a game. " But considering the circumstances, isn't a sweep necessary?
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March 26, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
There must be something about the challenge of making a team as a non-roster invitee that brings out the best in pitcher Jamey Wright. For the seventh consecutive spring, Wright came to camp without any guarantee of making a major league club. Without a single promise. And for the seventh consecutive spring, he has apparently bucked the odds. A first-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 1993, the 37-year-old right-hander will be with his 10th team in the last 10 years when he joins the Dodgers this season.
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February 21, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Phoenix — What was long presumed became official Tuesday when Clayton Kershaw was selected the Dodgers' opening-day starter by Manager Don Mattingly . The Dodgers open the regular season at San Diego on April 5. "It's nice to have something to look forward to, to have a goal in mind of what you're getting ready for," Kershaw said. "I'm definitely excited to do it. " Kershaw also pitched for the Dodgers on opening day last season and went on to win the National League Cy Young Award.
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