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June 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Here's a day most everyone had seen coming since, oh, April. The Dodgers knew they were gambling going into the off-season, counting on Luis Cruz as their starting third baseman. By the end of April it was clear the gamble wasn't going to pay off, Cruz batting just .089. Things got no better in the next two months, so on Friday the Dodgers finally did what seemed inevitable, designating Cruz for assignment to activate Scott Van Slyke off the disabled list. Cruz, a journeyman infielder who earned the Dodgers' shaky trust after hitting an unexpected .297 in the second half last season, never could get it going this year.
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June 28, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Carl Crawford could return from the disabled list as early as July 5 when the Dodgers open a three-game series in San Francisco. Crawford has been on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring since June 2. He was batting .301 when he was injured. Crawford is scheduled to start a four-game minor league rehabilitation assignment Sunday with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, according to Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly. Ted Lilly, who is sidelined because of a strained neck, is supposed to pitch in that game.
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June 28, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
There was no fairy tale for Luis Cruz this year, only frustration. Unable to break out of his season-long slump, Cruz was dropped from the Dodgers' roster Friday, as the team designated him for assignment. The third baseman's place on the roster went to outfielder Scott Van Slyke , who was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. Cruz hit .127 with one home run and six runs batted in in 45 games. He couldn't recapture the magic of last season, when he went from being a career minor leaguer to batting .297 in 45 games with the Dodgers.
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June 26, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
One day after breaking into the Dodgers lineup for the first time since May 29, Matt Kemp is back out of it. No need to worry though, Dodgers fans. His hamstring is fine, his shoulder is fine. It's just a scheduled day off, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Kemp will be available off the bench and took batting practice with the team. “I bet you he's a little sore just body wise today,” Mattingly said. Kemp said he's fine too after making the game-saving catch in the Dodgers' 6-5 win over the Giants last night, though he did have to beg Mattingly to let him play in that game.
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June 25, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Now to finally see if the Dodgers' grand plan can actually pay off. The Dodgers activated Matt Kemp off the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game, pretty much giving them the lineup they had planned on using for the first time all season. “We've been saying we're pretty much full strength,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “This kind of puts us there. Obviously Carl [Crawford] is not back yet, but we kinda inserted Yasiel [Puig] there. We'll figure that piece out when Carl gets back, but our lineup is pretty much back to full strength.” Kemp has been out since May 30 with a strained right hamstring.
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June 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Less than five weeks ago, Andre Ethier was under fire as his competitive spirit was questioned publicly by Don Mattingly . On Monday, Ethier was described in far more glowing terms by the Dodgers' manager - "savior," to be exact. "I can't imagine what we'd be trying to do here if we didn't have him playing some center," Mattingly said. Ethier has served as the Dodgers' primary center fielder since Matt Kemp was put on the disabled list May 30. He started there for the 18th time this season Monday, when the Dodgers opened a three-game series at home against the San Francisco Giants.
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June 21, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list Friday and said the pitcher will undergo further tests next week for what has been diagnosed as a blood clot under his left arm. "You always want to keep pitching. But at the same time I'd rather not have a blood clot," said Vargas, who has won six of his last seven decisions. "If I was pitching and it came loose, then it could really cause some issues. So I'm definitely glad the staff recognized it and we got it taken care of and looked at. " Vargas is scheduled to be examined by a doctor at UCLA on Monday.
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June 21, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list Friday and said the pitcher will undergo further tests next week for what has been diagnosed as a blood clot under his left arm. "You always want to keep pitching. But at the same time I'd rather not have a blood clot," said Vargas, who has won six of his last seven decisions. "If I was pitching and it came loose then it could really cause some issues. So I'm definitely glad the staff recognized it and we got it taken care of and looked at. And we're going through the right channels.
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June 12, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers didn't throw at the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night and the Diamondbacks didn't throw at them. The benches never cleared and no punches were exchanged. But the brawl from the previous night at Dodger Stadium was still on their minds as Arizona piled up 20 hits in an 8-6, 12-inning victory. "I don't think it ends there," reliever Ronald Belisario said before taking the loss. BOX SCORE: Arizona 8, Dodgers 6 (12 inn.) Manager Don Mattingly also implied that the situation could escalate later in the season, as he sounded more concerned about administering vigilante justice than he did about the consequences of doing so. As it was, the Dodgers already lost Yasiel Puig from the starting lineup, as the rookie outfielder sat with a strained right shoulder he presumably sustained in the fracas.
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June 11, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It's a twist on the old joke: If the day ends in a “y” it must be time for the Dodgers to put someone on the disabled list. So Tuesday rolled around and Scott Van Slyke found himself a member of the Dodgers' most popular club, joining the 15-day DL because of shoulder bursitis. Which as it turned out, was very good news. “We actually thought it was worse than the results we got today,” Van Slyke said. “We thought maybe I had a slightly torn labrum.” That would have required surgery, similar to what Matt Kemp underwent last season, and ended his season.
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