March 9, 2012 |
After experiencing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat on Thursday night, Kenley Jansen left the Dodgers' spring-training complex to visit a doctor this morning. Jansen is expected to return to Camelback Ranch later today. Jansen spent a month on the disabled list last season with heart problems. He was hospitalized for a week with an irregular heart beat and was placed on blood-thinning medication to prevent a clot or stroke. Jansen averaged 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings last season, setting an all-time major-league record.
March 8, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — The Andre Ethier that Cory Hahn knows isn't short-tempered. He isn't moody. The Ethier that Hahn knows was among the first people to visit him in the hospital last year after he broke his neck sliding into second base in a game at Arizona State. "He's a genuine guy," Hahn said. "On the field, he's a gamer. Off the field, he's been nothing but nice and awesome to me and my family. " Hahn and his father visited the Dodgers' spring-training complex Thursday as guests of Ethier, who played college ball at Arizona State.
March 7, 2012 |
Dodgers 3, Oakland 3 (game called after nine innings) AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers' Cory Sullivan, who has played with Colorado, the New York Mets and Houston and was in triple A for Philadelphia last season, was three for four and drove in the tying run in the seventh inning. Oakland opened with four consecutive hits, scoring twice in the first inning against Dodgers starter Aaron Harang. The Dodgers scored twice in the fourth inning without a hit, taking advantage of four walks.
March 6, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — No longer does Andre Ethier wake up in the morning wondering how his right knee will feel. Almost six months removed from a minor knee operation, Ethier said he is free of the pain that crippled him last season and drained him of his trademark power. Ethier hit his first home run of the spring Tuesday, a towering solo shot against Barry Zito in the second inning of the Dodgers' 8-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch. "It's just you going up there taking hacks and knowing you can take them and not feel twinges here and there, knowing your mechanics are sound, knowing that you've practiced and done the work," Ethier said.
March 5, 2012 |
Dodgers 6, Chicago White Sox 4 At the plate: The Dodgers had six hits in a five-run sixth inning that broke open the game. Four of the hits were by sons of former major leaguers, who combined for the cycle in the inning. "That's crazy," Scott Van Slyke said. Tony Gwynn Jr. singled, Justin Sellers doubled, Ivan De Jesus Jr. tripled and Van Slyke hit a towering two-run home run that cleared the Dodgers' bullpen in left field. The Dodgers started their projected opening-day lineup, except for third baseman Juan Uribe, who will start Tuesday.
March 5, 2012 |
And then on the fifth day of March, they played baseball. Maybe it was only the Dodgers' spring training opener, but given the dearth of anything approaching genuine interest during the first two weeks of camp, it offered a welcome reprieve. It qualified as a nice spring opener too, the Dodgers rolling to a 6-4 victory Monday over their Camelback Ranch neighbors, the Chicago White Sox. The Dodgers mostly played fundamental baseball, received some good performances from several players and an absolutely monstrous home run from their reigning minor league player of the year, Scott Van Slyke.
February 26, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- Make no mistake: Juan Uribe is still top-heavy. But Uribe reported to spring training over the weekend with a firmer-looking torso than he did in his disastrous first season with the Dodgers, when he appeared bloated and hit .204 with four home runs and 28 runs batted in. His shoulders and arms are heftier. His midsection isn't protruding as much. "I worked hard to try to regain what I lost last year," Uribe said. Before the Dodgers' projected starting third baseman can move forward, he must revisit the past.
February 24, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — Matt Kemp said Friday he was relieved to hear that Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers had successfully appealed his positive drug test and wouldn't be serving a 50-game suspension. "I was happy that he was not found guilty," Kemp said. "I know he's been going through a lot. Now, he and the Brewers can concentrate on just playing baseball, going about their business. " Kemp finished second to Braun in voting for the National League most valuable player last season.
February 21, 2012 |
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.
February 18, 2012 |
The Dodgers' pitchers and catchers will show up at Camelback Ranch in Arizona in a few days for spring training. And so will Sue Falsone. She won't be in the stands; she'll be in the dugout and the clubhouse, with the guys. She's the Dodgers' new head athletic trainer and physical therapist - and she is the first woman to become head trainer in any of the four major professional sports. This Buffalo gal has taken a career lap around the country, from her native upstate New York to a master's degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, to the boys of summer's spring training turf in Arizona, and a previous stint at Dodger Stadium, where she was first hired as an assistant trainer for the team in 2007.