May 8, 2010
Good news: Manny Ramirez returned to the field for the Dodgers Saturday after missing 14 games because of a right calf strain. Bad news: Whatever boost he brings will come in the batter's box, not on the pitcher's mound. This point was ominously foreshadowed before the Dodgers' 8-0 loss to Colorado by Manager Joe Torre when he was asked if Ramirez' return would send the Dodgers surging. "He can't pitch," Torre said. "Our ability to go on a surge is going to be based on how well we pitch and how well we control the game."
May 8, 2010 |
Good news: Manny Ramirez returned to the field for the Dodgers Saturday after sitting out 14 games because of a right calf strain. Bad news: Whatever boost he brings will come in the batter's box, not on the pitcher's mound. This point was ominously foreshadowed before the Dodgers' 8-0 loss to Colorado by Manager Joe Torre when he was asked if Ramirez' return would send the Dodgers surging. "He can't pitch," Torre said. "Our ability to go on a surge is going to be based on how well we pitch and how well we control the game."
May 5, 2010 |
Manny Ramirez is expected back in the Dodgers dugout Saturday after he comes off the disabled list, Manager Joe Torre said Wednesday. The slugger will play in another game with the Inland Empire 66ers, the Dodgers' Class-A affiliate, at his normal position of left field as a final tuneup Thursday, Torre said. Ramirez played one rehabilitation game with the 66ers, against the Lake Elsinore Storm on Tuesday as a designated hitter, and went one for three with a run-scoring single.
May 3, 2010 |
After changing from his No. 58 uniform to a short-sleeved shirt and jeans, pitcher Chad Billingsley sat in front of his locker in a noisy Dodgers' clubhouse, lowered his eyes to the floor and searched for the right words. Until this last weekend, "anybody who was watching the games could see we weren't playing well," Billingsley said in his typical soft-spoken manner. "We definitely haven't played well. But we've got a really good team and we know we are good. It's just executing."
May 2, 2010 |
The Dodgers plan to again start rookie right-hander John Ely on Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers, Manager Joe Torre said Sunday. After Hiroki Kuroda's dominant win Sunday, the Dodgers are off Monday before opening a three-game series with Milwaukee on Tuesday with left-hander Clayton Kershaw . Right-hander Chad Billingsley will pitch on Wednesday. But with opening-day starter Vicente Padilla injured and the season's initial fifth starter, Charlie Haeger , ineffective lately, the main candidates to start Thursday had come down to Ely and another rookie, Carlos Monasterios , who threw four innings in his first major league start Saturday.
April 29, 2010 |
The Dodgers played sub-.500 ball through the first 21 games of the season, their pitching and hitting were inconsistent, and the club just wrapped up a dreary trip. Not only this year, mind you — that also was the Dodgers' status in late April 2008 in Joe Torre's first year as the team's manager, a year the Dodgers went on to win the first of two consecutive National League West titles. There's plenty about the Dodgers with which to find fault so far this season, and General Manager Ned Colletti did just that this week as the team ended its 2-7 trip, then returned to Los Angeles to open a 10-game homestand.
April 28, 2010 |
Citi Field looked like a wreckage site Wednesday, debris whirling around Matt Kemp as he stood in center field during the latest Dodgers defeat. Thrown into the middle of this actual and figurative whirlwind to make his major league debut was John Ely , who was the pitcher of record in the 7-3 loss that sealed a series sweep for the New York Mets. One of the two pitchers acquired in the deal that sent Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox last winter, Ely learned Monday that he would be called up from triple-A Albuquerque to replace sidelined opening-day starter Vicente Padilla . Ely was charged with five runs and six hits in six innings, but Manager Joe Torre said the right-hander pitched better than the statistics indicated.
April 27, 2010 |
Through the countless days of sitting in the bullpen, waiting his turn only to never be called, Jonathan Broxton said he has remained patient. "You have to," Broxton said. The exercise in patience continued Monday, when the Dodgers' game against the New York Mets at Citi Field was rained out. The game will be made up in a doubleheader Tuesday, with the first of two games to be played at 1 p.m. PDT. Broxton, who saved 36 games last season, has saved only one game in the first three weeks of the season, largely because of the problems of the Dodgers' middle relievers.
April 23, 2010 |
Well, at least it was better than last time. Charlie Haeger said he didn't view that as much of a consolation prize. "A loss is a loss," he said. Haeger was charged with four runs (three earned) and five hits in 5 1/3 innings of the Dodgers' 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday night. The performance was a significant upgrade over the knuckleballer's nightmare six days earlier, when he was pounded for seven runs and seven hits in three innings of a loss to the San Francisco Giants.
April 11, 2010 |
Rafael Furcal looked as relieved as he did pleased when talking about how he suddenly found his rhythm at the plate. Furcal had little interest in revisiting the past. Whatever caused him to have an awful spring was behind him. He didn't seek an explanation. That he was free of it was enough for him. "The best thing about spring training is that it's over," Furcal said. The Dodgers' leadoff hitter and starting shortstop is batting .381 through five games. He has reached based eight times in the last two games, including four times Saturday night against the Florida Marlins.