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.
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.
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.
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 4, 2009 |
Dodgers coach Ken Howell played seven years in the major leagues, but he had never seen anything like the sight that greeted him at Petco Park on Friday: More than four dozen journalists, notebooks and cameras at the ready, were crowded on the warning track, waiting for the Dodgers -- or waiting for one Dodger, at least -- to step on the field for batting practice. "All this," Howell complained, "for one guy?"
December 15, 2010 |
The lack of an established middle-of-the-lineup bat overshadowed another area of uncertainty for the Dodgers: the back end of their bullpen. The Dodgers moved to address the latter priority, reaching an agreement with former Minnesota Twins setup man Matt Guerrier, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical examination. The addition will come at a significant cost: $12 million over the next three years. Guerrier, 32, has spent his major league career with the Twins, compiling a 3.38 earned-run average over six-plus seasons.
March 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Mesa, Ariz. Would you give a green light to a guy who got caught stealing almost half the time last season? Matt Kemp was thrown out 15 times last season. He stole 19 bases. Of the other five major leaguers thrown out at least 15 times, none stole fewer than 32 bases. "They've always had confidence in me to get the job done," Kemp said, "Even last year, when I was not as successful, they still had the green light on. " The Dodgers will have the green light on again for Kemp this season, according to Manager Don Mattingly . However, in his role as the Dodgers' new baserunning coach, Davey Lopes will be empowered to turn off the light if necessary.
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.
August 20, 2011 |
Add Ted Lilly to the list of ailing Dodgers. A stiff neck forced Lilly to make a premature exit from the Dodgers' 7-6, 12-inning defeat to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Coors Field. The extent of the problem is unknown and the Dodgers will wait to see whether Lilly's condition improves in the coming days before deciding whether he will make his next start. "I don't expect to miss it," Lilly said. Lilly went into Saturday with a 1.71 earned-run average this month but literally zero run support.