June 25, 1998 |
The rapid-fire change that has marked the Dodgers' disappointing season continued Wednesday night when new Manager Glenn Hoffman made several changes in his coaching staff. Hoffman dramatically reconfigured the on-field management team he inherited Monday from fired manager Bill Russell when he replaced three-fifths of his coaching staff after the Dodgers' interleague game with the Angels at Dodger Stadium, the third of four between the teams this season.
February 18, 1998 |
Those annoying visa problems solved, right-hander Ramon Martinez reported to Dodgertown on Tuesday and participated in workouts. As belated openings go, Martinez and the Dodgers couldn't complain. Martinez, sidelined for two months last season after suffering a small tear in the rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder, threw off a mound for about 12 minutes. He showed no lingering effects from the injury, saying he's eager to prove he has returned to full strength.
March 17, 1998 |
The Dodger outfield situation became more muddled Monday when Todd Hollandsworth re-injured his left hamstring. Hollandsworth aggravated the strain, which he suffered March 9 against the Kansas City Royals, while running to first base in the fifth inning of the Dodgers' 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Jupiter, Fla. "I felt it out of the box, and I knew it was the same thing again right away," said Hollandsworth, who started in center field.
February 22, 1998 |
His face isn't burdened by expectations and his body language isn't expressing failure, meaning Wilton Guerrero isn't the same. Guerrero doesn't resemble the shaken rookie of last season who failed to uphold Dodger tradition. Now, Guerrero is encouraged by his second chance, including strong indications he could make the opening-day roster. He reported to Dodgertown early after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder in the off-season, and the Dodgers quickly noticed his positive changes.
February 28, 1998 |
The competition for the fifth spot in the Dodger rotation began Friday, and left-hander Dennis Reyes struggled in the opening round. Reyes, battling right-hander Darren Dreifort for the job, was hit hard in the Dodgers' first exhibition game, a 10-inning, 7-7 tie with the Houston Astros that ended because the bullpens were depleted. Reyes gave up four earned runs on six hits in three innings in relief of starter Chan Ho Park.
March 6, 1998 |
The Dodgers won't make an announcement, but the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation is essentially completed. The job belongs to right-hander Darren Dreifort, who strengthened his position Thursday in his second start. He pitched four strong innings in the Dodgers' 10-2 victory over the Florida Marlins at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla., giving up a single and a solo home run to Todd Dunwoody in the third.