March 16, 2010 |
There are aspects of baseball in this country that Hiroki Kuroda still isn't used to. Heading into his third season in the major leagues, Kuroda hasn't completely adjusted to pitching every five days. Or to the slickness of American baseballs. Or to even the spring-training schedule. So before leaving Los Angeles for Camelback Ranch last month, Kuroda picked up the phone and called the Japanese pitcher who overcame these obstacles better than any other. A pitcher who did that while wearing the same Dodgers colors Kuroda wears today.
July 18, 2008 |
Dodgers closer Takashi Saito said that when team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache diagnosed him with a sprained ligament in his right elbow on Tuesday, the option of undergoing surgery was presented to him. Saito refused. "There is still a possibility of that happening," Saito said, "but I want to try to rehabilitate over the next six weeks and pitch again this season."
October 6, 2004 |
Although his decision was expected, Manager Jim Tracy said Tuesday it was nonetheless difficult to exclude Hideo Nomo from the National League division series roster. "I wanted him here, I'll tell you that, because I cannot forget contributions players have made over the course of the four years I have been here," Tracy said. "He is an integral part of that."
September 7, 2004 |
Hideo Nomo, playoff starter? It seemed unlikely Nomo would be part of the Dodger postseason rotation after he was 3-10 with an 8.06 earned-run average in his first 14 starts and then was put on the disabled list July 1 because of rotator cuff inflammation. But things could change, especially considering the state of the Dodger rotation. "I tend to think with him that the impossible is possible," pitching coach Jim Colborn said.
September 1, 2004 |
Regardless of how well he pitches tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks in his first appearance since June 30, Hideo Nomo is guaranteed at least one more start for the Dodgers, Manager Jim Tracy said Tuesday. Nomo, who will be activated today from the disabled list, also is scheduled to pitch against Arizona on Sept. 7 at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander, who is recovering from tendinitis in his rotator cuff, could earn further starting assignments based on his performance.
August 28, 2004 |
Hideo Nomo to the rescue? Manager Jim Tracy said Friday the Dodgers planned to activate Nomo from the disabled list to take Wilson Alvarez's spot in the rotation, and they hope the veteran right-hander provides a boost to a group that has an 11.01 earned-run average in its last six games. Tracy said the Dodgers have not determined when Nomo would start, but he is expected to pitch Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of a three-game series at Bank One Ballpark.