April 21, 2014 |
The Dodgers are in first place, but they might not be for long if something doesn't change. "I don't think we can sustain this pace," Manager Don Mattingly said. The bullpen is overworked, enough to where the Dodgers decided to face the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday with a four-man bench so they could add hard-throwing reliever Jose Dominguez to their roster. BOX SCORE: Phillies 7, Dodgers 0 Whatever Chone Figgins' demotion to triple-A Albuquerque did to address the potential crisis was almost immediately undone by Paul Maholm, who pitched only five innings of a 7-0 defeat at Dodger Stadium.
April 19, 2014 |
Progress sometimes may come in small increments, but it still makes for progress. And the good news is that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is making progress. Kershaw has been on the disabled list since March 30 because of a strain on a back muscle. Kershaw has been on a throwing program since suffering the injury, apparently in his Australia start, but Sunday he is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated game. “That's good news, that he's going in the right direction,” Manager Don Mattingly said.
April 18, 2014 |
With the Dodgers' brass still ensconced upstairs, the Dodgers' spokesman on the story of Yasiel Puig's incredible journey from Cuba to the United States remains Manager Don Mattingly. Which is unfortunate, and unfair. Mattingly shouldn't have to be the one to answer the media's daily questions about Puig's escape, yet the Dodgers' manager remains dangled out there alone. The Dodgers returned home Friday for the first time since the story broke Sunday, and Mattingly was again left to meet the local media, cameras and newscasters at Dodger Stadium vainly attempting to gain any insight on Puig's story.
April 15, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yasiel Puig remained silent Tuesday about the Los Angeles Magazine article that told a story of his escape from Cuba and the death threats he purportedly received last year from human traffickers under control of a major Mexican drug cartel. Manager Don Mattingly said he has spoken to Puig to check on his mental state. Asked how Puig seemed, Mattingly replied, “Fine.” Mattingly said he hadn't read the article but had heard about it. He said he wasn't worried about the team's safety.
April 12, 2014 |
Anybody starting to wonder whether Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly just doesn't want to pick between Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford when facing a left-hander? There is that benefit, but Mattingly has good reason for sitting both as he is doing again Saturday against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley. For the second time in a week since he's had all of his outfielders available, Mattingly elected to sit both left-handed hitters Ethier and Crawford, starting Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke. He also sat second baseman Dee Gordon, who only leads the team with a .405 batting average, in favor of right-hander Justin Turner.
April 11, 2014 |
PHOENIX -- The last time the Dodgers were at Chase Field, they won the National League West and celebrated by leaping into the swimming pool on the other side of the short wall in right-center field. A controversy ensued, as some of the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed they felt disrespected. Sen. John McCain blasted the Dodgers on behalf of his home state. The Dodgers rolled their eyes, pointing to this as the latest small-minded complaint by their middle-market division rivals. If any bad blood remains from the incident, it didn't resurface Friday, when Adrian Gonzalez drove in five runs and Hyun-Jin Ryu had a strong outing in the Dodgers' 6-0 victory over the last-place Diamondbacks.