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)
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.
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.
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.