April 7, 2009 |
How could that be true? "No way," Russell Martin said. "I don't believe that." How could the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on opening day mark the first loss they've pinned on Jake Peavy in more than five seasons? How could something that felt so casual have taken so long to happen?
July 10, 2011 |
The Dodgers needed to sweep the San Diego Padres to escape the National League West Division cellar before the All-Star break and are given 1,000 to 1 odds of reaching the World Series. Grading on a curve, or maybe it's a hard slider, against the rest of baseball, the team has passed some crucial tests in the first half but still have some makeup assignments to complete in the second half. Overall grade: C Starting rotation: C The Dodgers have used seven starters and although four of them — All-Star Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda, Chad Billingsley and Rubby De La Rosa — have earned-run averages below 4.00, only Kershaw and Billingsley have winning records.
June 15, 2010 |
Reporting from Cincinnati — As many leg problems as Chad Billingsley has had over the years, he was never subjected to a stint on the disabled list. Until Tuesday. Unable to throw his regularly scheduled bullpen session without discomfort in his right groin, Billingsley was told he would be sidelined for at least two weeks starting Wednesday. Billingsley's protests were ignored. "I can only do so much," he said with a shrug. Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach with Billingsley, the Dodgers decided to move forward with a rotation that will continue to include two previously unknown rookies, John Ely and Carlos Monasterios . The latter was expected to be the odd-man out by Saturday, when opening day starter Vicente Padilla makes his scheduled return from the disabled list in Boston.
May 14, 2011 |
Dodgers middle reliever Blake Hawksworth appeared headed toward the disabled list because of a strained right groin. Although Manager Don Mattingly said he had no roster moves to announce after Saturday's game, the website Chattanoogan.com reported that Javy Guerra , 25, another right-handed reliever, was called up to the big leagues from double-A Chattanooga. Two other Dodgers relievers, closer Jonathan Broxton (sore elbow) and Hong-Chih Kuo (anxiety disorder)
September 13, 2008 |
DENVER -- Takashi Saito is expecting to be activated from the 60-day disabled list and was told by Manager Joe Torre that he will pitch today for the first time in more than two months if the right situation presents itself. Saito last pitched on July 12, the night the 38-year-old closer went down with a sprained elbow ligament that threatened his career. Watching the Dodgers play without him over the last two months, Saito said he was reminded of his first year in the majors.
July 11, 2011 |
There are plenty of reasons to remain skeptical about the Dodgers. They are still 10 games under .500. They still haven't demonstrated an ability to score with any kind of consistency. And the three-game sweep they completed Sunday was over the San Diego Padres, who replaced them as the last-place team in the National League West. But after extended their winning streak to a season-long four games with a 4-1 victory over the Padres at Dodger Stadium, Manager Don Mattingly said he wished his team could continue playing rather than head into the All-Star break.
June 7, 2011 |
Reporting from Philadelphia — Chris Reed was second-team all-league as a senior at Reseda Cleveland High. He rarely pitched in his first two years at Stanford. In a conference call Tuesday, the left-hander talked about how he emerged from obscurity to become the Dodgers' top draft pick and the 16th overall pick Monday in Major League Baseball's amateur draft. "It's obviously a dramatic transformation from where I was," Reed said. "I worked hard to get here. " Reed, who became Stanford's closer this year, said he made a conscious decision to rededicate himself to baseball last spring.
May 29, 2011 |
At this rate, the Dodgers could soon have enough injured closers to outfit an entire division. They lost a fourth late-inning reliever Sunday when Kenley Jansen was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. The rookie threw 38 pitches in two-thirds of an inning Monday against Houston and 30 more pitches Saturday night in an inning against Florida. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly was annoyed that Jansen did not disclose any discomfort in his arm until Saturday, even though it was an ongoing issue.
October 1, 2010 |
The Dodgers' next manager believes he has found the team's next closer. The old one. The one who saved the All-Star game for the National League in July, only to lose his job as the Dodgers' closer the next month. You know, Jonathan Broxton. "I think we can count on him," said Manager-to-be Don Mattingly before the team's 7-5 loss at Arizona on Friday night. "When he goes home, I want him thinking he'll be the closer when he comes back. " General Manager Ned Colletti said he was of the same mind-set, adding that he was unlikely to search for a new closer in the off-season.
April 14, 2011 |
One aspect of the Dodgers' sputtering offense is full speed ahead. The team entered Thursday tied with San Diego for the most steals in the National League. The Dodgers' 76.5% success rate going into Thursday represented a considerable uptick from last season's 64.8%. Even more significant, they were on pace for 175 steals, nearly double their total of 92 from a year ago. "I've been very satisfied," said first base coach and baserunning instructor Davey Lopes , who is in his first season with the Dodgers as a coach.