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.
December 3, 2010 |
Russell Martin is open to General Manager Ned Colletti's idea of returning to the Dodgers as a utility player, according to Martin's agent. "He's interested in the opportunity the Dodgers have described," Matt Colleran said. Martin, a former All-Star catcher, wasn't tendered a contract by the Dodgers on Thursday night and became a free agent. Colleran said Colletti told him he wanted to re-sign Martin to play second base, third base and the outfield, in addition to catching.
May 29, 2013 |
Between them, Dodgers President Stan Kasten and General Manager Ned Colletti have been major-league baseball executives for almost 60 years. They are known entities, veterans who have weathered most every kind of baseball storm. Then there is Mark Walter, team chairman and baseball newbie. Walter is the great unknown -- the Dodgers' controlling partner with almost zero track record. He's new to all this baseball business, to high expectations and great struggles. So how he's personally reacting to the Dodgers' poor start has been something of a mystery.
January 18, 2014 |
The Dodgers' off-season maneuvering is more down to the fine-tuning than meeting glaring needs. Sure, they're interested in Masahiro Tanaka and would listen on David Price. They'd listen to a lot of things. But a real need is something else, and the only thing they could really use right now is a utility infielder. Gone are Nick Punto and Skip Schumaker. To the booth has moved Jerry Hairston Jr. Long gone is Luis Cruz. Maybe Dee Gordon can become that guy or we really should take General Manager Ned Colletti seriously when he talks about weak-hitting minor leaguer Miguel Rojas.
February 4, 2014 |
The Dodgers still have a math problem in the outfield, but you have to wonder if it will ultimately be the one so anticipated. They still have four high-profile outfielders for three spots. Of course, they were expected to have the same problem last season after the emergence of Yasiel Puig. But because of various injuries, it happened one game all season. But now all four expect to be healthy. And to play, naturally. Matt Kemp made it clear he expects to be in the lineup each game, which would reduce this four for three to a three-for-two spots dilemma.
August 7, 2013 |
The beard remains. Brian Wilson, the colorful closer who finished the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series championship and signed last week with the Dodgers, reported for rehabilitation duty at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. “I'm excited,” Wilson said minutes after entering the Quakes' clubhouse. “I'm with a squad [the Dodgers] showing strong playoff potential. I've played against these guys, it seems like they have a great team. My philosophy is when you have a loose clubhouse atmosphere, you have success.” Wilson, 31, proclaiming himself recovered reconstructive shoulder surgery after last pitching in the big leagues in April 2012, is scheduled to start for Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday night and pitch just the one inning.
November 4, 2010 |
Scott Podsednik has opted for free agency instead of exercising his half of a mutual option for 2011, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't be playing for the Dodgers next season. "We're still engaged in discussions with the Dodgers," said Ryan Gleichowski, the outfielder's agent. Podsednik is presumably asking for more than $2 million, the value of the option he declined. The Dodgers exercised their half of the option Tuesday. The Dodgers are short on power and Podsednik, who hit .262 in 39 games with the team in 2010, would add almost none; he has hit 10 or more home runs once in 10 major league seasons.
February 9, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Officially, Hyun-Jin Ryu doesn't weigh any less than he did last year. The Dodgers still list his weight as 255 pounds. But his face doesn't look nearly as self-indulgent. His torso appears leaner. "I weigh significantly less than I did this time last year," Ryu said through interpreter Martin Kim. Ryu declined to specify how much less - "Only I know," he said with a smile - but the South Korean left-hander certainly looked lighter on his feet Sunday in the first workout of the spring for the Dodgers pitchers and catchers.
March 18, 2006 |
With spring training winding down, the Dodger brain trust will convene Sunday to exchange views on the 25-man roster and formulate a plan for a triple-A team stocked with top prospects. General Manager Ned Colletti, assistants Kim Ng, Roy Smith and Bill Lajoie, Manager Grady Little and his coaches will be joined by player development director Terry Collins and the triple-A staff of Manager Jerry Royster and coaches Steve Yeager and Ken Howell.
July 12, 2011 |
Manny Ramirez he is not. But the Dodgers were convinced they made an upgrade in left field Tuesday by acquiring former Angel Juan Rivera from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named or cash. The Dodgers cleared a roster spot for Rivera by designating Marcus Thames for assignment. "I don't know if it's a final push, but he's someone we thought could improve our club," General Manager Ned Colletti said. The Dodgers are 11 games out of first place in the National League West.