May 17, 2013 |
This smelled of a huge gamble. Looked like a reach. You had to wondered if it wasn't largely a publicity exercise, if the Dodgers had really spent a total of $61.7 million to sign Hyun-Jin Ryu. Yet nearly a fourth of the way into the season, it's time to give the Dodgers and their scouts great credit for the signing. Ryu, scheduled to start Friday night in Atlanta, has been fairly phenomenal. He has gone directly from the Korean Baseball Organization to the major leagues with relative ease -- like it happens all the time, not like he's the first.
May 10, 2013 |
Don Mattingly knows he's been a hot topic in recent days. A pair of stories in the Los Angeles Times ( by Bill Shaikin and Bill Plaschke ), in ESPN.com and multiple blogs, all wondering whether the slumping Dodgers would be better served by a new manager. “I know everybody was writing about it,” Mattingly said. People have told him about the stories. Mattingly said he has not, however, read any of it. Not that he didn't predict in the off-season whispers would start during the team's first serious losing streak.
April 29, 2013 |
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was reinstated from the disabled list Monday, more than two weeks before he was initially projected to return from thumb surgery. Ramirez was moved into the Dodgers roster spot that previously belonged to Clayton Kershaw , who was put on the bereavement list because of a death in his family. Kershaw has left the team but is expected to take his scheduled turn in the rotation Friday in San Francisco. Kershaw has to be out a minimum of three games and a maximum of seven.
April 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Chad Billingsley will sit out the remainder of this season, as well as part of the next, as he is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday for a partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow. The Dodgers expect Billingsley to return to competition in 12 months. "Obviously, we're disappointed, knowing it's not a start, it's the year," Manager Don Mattingly said. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 7, New York Mets 2 Before the Dodgers' 7-2 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field, the 28-year-old right-hander was examined by team physician Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
April 12, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Chris Capuano or Ted Lilly will replace sidelined Zack Greinke in the Dodgers' rotation, according to General Manager Ned Colletti. Capuano was 12-12 with a 3.72 earned-run average as a starting pitcher last season. But the additions of Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu forced him into a bullpen role. Capuano, who has made two relief appearances, was on a starter's throwing program for all of spring training. Lilly, who won 12 games as recently as 2011, is currently inactive.
April 6, 2013 |
By defecting from his superstar agent last week, Robinson Cano made the Dodgers look pretty smart. It's not all about the money, even for the local team that has an apparently endless amount of it. Cano ditched Scott Boras to ally with Jay-Z, the rap mogul who sang his "Empire State of Mind" hit at the New York Yankees' World Series parade in 2009. The song includes this line: "I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can. " Cano could be the marquee name in free agency this fall, but the agent switch makes it far more likely he stays with the Yankees.