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.
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.
June 10, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver The Dodgers' season is two months old, but General Manager Ned Colletti said he still doesn't know what to make of his team. "We haven't seen the team yet," Colletti said. In their first 65 games, the Dodgers have put 13 players on the disabled list. Five of them made repeat visits to the DL. Asked how he would go about determining the team's needs with so many players out, Colletti replied, "At some point, you figure you're not going to get somebody back and you assess it as an open spot.
August 21, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver — While most of his teammates were still in the clubhouse Sunday morning, James Loney started playing long toss in the outfield at Coors Field. Before long, he was throwing off one of the mounds in the visitors' bullpen. This is what the Dodgers' season had come to. They were so short on usable arms that Manager Don Mattingly warned Loney that he could be called upon to pitch in an emergency. "Let's hope we don't see it today," Mattingly said. Mattingly was spared his nightmare scenario by Chad Billingsley, who couldn't prevent the Dodgers from falling into last place but pitched 7 2/3 innings of the team's 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
May 22, 2011 |
Reporting from Chicago One step forward, three or four steps back. Just as the Dodgers finally got injured shortstop Rafael Furcal back in the lineup, right fielder Andre Ethier and catcher Rod Barajas were hurt in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. And that was after infielder Juan Uribe was put on the 15-day disabled list. In addition, the Dodgers' heretofore strong starting pitching again failed them, with Hiroki Kuroda giving up six runs, four of them earned, in 5 2/3 innings one day after Jon Garland gave up seven runs in his losing start.
July 25, 2009 |
Orlando Hudson's next run batted in will give him 50 for the season, allowing him to join Andre Ethier (61), James Loney (58), Casey Blake (57) and Matt Kemp (55) in the 50-RBI club and making the Dodgers the only team in the majors to have that many players with that many RBIs. And that doesn't even include Manny Ramirez, who has driven in 37 in 44 games. "I like the fact that you spread it around," Manager Joe Torre said.
March 14, 2010 |
Manager Joe Torre has made it clear that Blake DeWitt's play at second base will determine whether the converted third baseman makes the Dodgers' opening day roster. While uncertainties remain about DeWitt's ability to play his new position — he has made one error in five starts — he's making clear that he's advancing as a hitter. DeWitt was two for four in the Dodgers' 7-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday and hit his first home run of the spring — a three-run shot to center field in the third inning.
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.
August 26, 2010 |
After the Dodgers' Andre Ethier took a called third strike in the sixth inning Thursday against Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo , his frustration didn't subside after he returned to the dugout. While James Loney was at bat, Ethier continued to complain to home plate umpire Adrian Johnson , who then tossed Ethier from the game — Ethier's first ejection of the season. "I thought it was a bad call," said Ethier, who then trotted back out on the field at Miller Park to further complain to Johnson until Manager Joe Torre intercepted him. "The pitch was repeated with the next batter — same exact pitch, I thought an even better pitch — and he called it a ball that time," Ethier said.
September 4, 2010 |
The Dodgers' ambitions of a miracle run to the postseason were dealt a crushing blow on Saturday night — specifically a two-run home run Jonathan Broxton served up to Juan Uribe in the ninth inning that turned a one-run lead into a 5-4 defeat to the San Francisco Giants. Of Broxton's memorable late-game meltdowns, the one Saturday night might have been the most devastating, if only because the Dodgers have 26 games remaining on their regular-season schedule. They trail the free-falling first-place San Diego Padres by eight games in the National League West.