March 7, 2014 |
The future made an appearance for the Dodgers on Friday. Not the one coming this season maybe, but some season not too far distant. Right-hander Zach Lee, the Dodgers' No. 1 pick in 2010 who had been slowed by a muscle strain in his back, finally made his first spring appearance, starting in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Rangers at Camelback Ranch. It was only two innings, but it was a start. Lee, 22, allowed two hits - including a leadoff double to Shin-Soo Choo off the wall - struck out one and did not walk a batter in his two scoreless innings.
December 23, 2013 |
Hope Jamey Wright can adjust. Wright, who has made a career out of making teams as a non-roster invitee, Monday signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers, The Times' Dylan Hernandez tweeted. That's not the same as saying Wright will automatically be on the roster - - things are starting to get a bit crowded in the Dodgers bullpen -- but for the first time in nine seasons he will not go to camp as a non-roster invitee. The right-hander spent a mostly successful 2012 season (5-3, 3.72 earned-run average in 66 games)
March 15, 2014 |
Dodgers 5, Padres 4; White Sox 5, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon was two for three with a triple, raising his exhibition average to .282. Gordon also stole a base, making him nine for his ninth in nine on the spring on stolen-base attempts. Manager Don Mattingly has been highly complimentary of Gordon, an indication he could be the team's opening-day second baseman. ON THE MOUND: Closer Kenley Jansen threw another scoreless inning to maintain his 0.00 earned-run average.
April 5, 2014
ON THE MOUND: Nearly three weeks after the Dodgers broke camp, veteran left-hander Paul Maholm made his first start for his new team. The pitcher who replaced a sidelined Clayton Kershaw in gave up five runs and seven hits over 41/3 innings. Maholm gave up two home runs, including a three-run home run to Pablo Sandoval in the fifth inning that increased the Giants' lead to 5-1. With the bullpen depleted by Hyun-Jin Ryu's two-inning start Friday, the Dodgers were forced to use the likes of Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell and Chris Perez in a blowout loss.
March 30, 2014 |
With a lineup built around Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers might have more offensive firepower than any team in the National League. But catcher A.J. Ellis said that if they win the World Series this year, the primary reason will be the same as it was for any of the franchise's previous titles. "Like all the great Dodger teams of the past, it's going to be the pitching that carries us," Ellis said. The franchise's fundamental philosophy remains the same, which is reflected in the Dodgers committing about half of their record $250-million payroll to pitching.
January 2, 2014 |
Let's count, because we do that a lot watching baseball. Numbers are everywhere. Whether you are a traditionalist or convinced WAR is the greatest number ever, this is for everyone. Count with me now: Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Brandon League, Chris Perez, Chris Withrow and Jamey Wright. Backward or forward, that's eight, right? Eight relievers all understandably planning on being part of the Dodgers' 2014 bullpen. And that's not even counting bullpen candidates Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert, Onelki Garcia, Jose Dominguez and Yimi Garcia.
March 12, 2014 |
You want sharp, buy a Henckels. Try and match wits with P.J. O'Rourke. Read Jim Murray. Right now the Dodgers just need Zack Greinke to build some arm strength, and all that sharpness can come later. Greinke threw only four pitches this spring before a strained calf forced him to the sideline. He finally made his second appearance Wednesday , and if he wasn't completely sharp, that was understandable and fine. He came out of his two-inning appearance against the Diamondbacks healthy and went on to throw a simulated inning in the bullpen.
March 16, 2014 |
Javy Guerra, who started the 2012 season as the Dodgers closer, was designated for assignment Sunday, part of a flurry of moves to cut the roster to the 30 total players they can take to Australia. Guerra, 28, can still be traded while the Dodgers wait to see if he's claimed on waivers. If he goes unclaimed, he could still be sent to triple-A Albuquerque. The Dodgers added two players, Justin Turner and Chone Figgins, to their 40-man roster to fill utility roles. Both will make the trip to Australia.
March 21, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Detroit Tigers needed help at shortstop, and the Angels took advantage of that need to fortify their pitching depth. The Angels acquired left-hander Jose Alvarez from the Tigers on Friday for shortstop Andrew Romine. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said Alvarez would join the team Sunday and could emerge as a minor league starter or major league swingman. Dipoto said the trade addressed the "much-discussed" issue of whether the Angels had sufficient depth among starting pitchers.
March 9, 2014 |
PHOENIX - For a relief pitcher it's not how you start but how you finish that counts. So it didn't matter that, for five months last summer, Paco Rodriguez was almost unhittable, posting a 1.88 earned-run average and holding opponents to a batting average far lower than that. Because in September and October, when it counted most, Rodriguez was pounded like he was pitching batting practice. And that pounding left a mark. "I took it personal," says Rodriguez, whose late-season fade cost him a spot on the Dodgers' playoff roster.