March 3, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The Dodgers' sprawling spring training clubhouse got a bit more spacious Sunday when six players prepared to join their respective national teams for the World Baseball Classic. Infielder Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic) and reliever Ronald Belisario (Venezuela) will begin play Thursday in Puerto Rico, while infielder Nick Punto (Italy) and infielders Luis Cruz and Adrian Gonzalez and reliever Javy Guerra, all with Mexico, will train with their WBC teams in the Phoenix area.
January 22, 2013 |
Reliever Jamey Wright's ongoing quest to pitch in the postseason has moved out of town. Too bad; even at 38, there seemed to be life left in his right arm, and he gave the Dodgers a solid season out of the bullpen in 2012. His annual bid to make a team as a nonroster invitee has moved to Tampa Bay, the Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney reporting Wright has signed a minor league contract with the Rays that includes an invite to spring training. This will be the eighth consecutive spring that Wright will attempt to earn a major league job as a nonroster invitee.
January 19, 2013 |
For the meet-and-greet types, the Dodgers have announced the schedule for their 10th annual community caravan. The caravan begins Monday, with team alumni featured the first four days at one stop per day. On Friday, 15 current players will be joined by Manager Don Mattingly during four stops. Players scheduled to participate Friday include Clayton Kershaw, Javy Guerra, Matt Guerrier, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, Brandon League, A.J. Ellis, Andre Ethier, Luis Cruz, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tim Federowicz, Mark Ellis, Skip Schumaker, Shawn Tolleson and Kenley Jansen.
January 1, 2013 |
I'd like to start this by resolving that this will be my last cheap resolutions post. At least until I'm desperate for material to start the next year. Otherwise, here are some 2013 new year's resolutions for the Boys in Blue: Juan Uribe: Eat three meals a day. To eat only three meals a day. Andre Ethier: To remember how I hit .279 against left-handers in 2007. Magic Johnson: Not to be found sitting next to Frank McCourt at next season's opener. Luis Cruz: To remember walks really are allowed.
November 4, 2012 |
JOSH LINDBLOM , 25, relief pitcher Final 2012 stats: 3-5, 3.55 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, one save in four opportunities, .232 opponents batting average, 8.9 strikeouts per inning pitches in 74 games. Contract status: Under Phillies team control. The good: He was 2-2 with a 3.05 ERA with the Dodgers before they dealt him to the Phillies at the trading deadline. Looked like he was becoming comfortable in a relief role, after mostly being used as a starter in the minors.
November 2, 2012 |
Looking back on it now, Javy Guerra had himself one heck of a season. Now maybe you're thinking otherwise, what with him starting off 2012 as the team closer , losing that role by early May and ultimately earning a trip back to the minors. Yet Guerra finished with a 2.60 earned-run average and saved eight games, despite having mid-season knee surgery , returning only to sustain a season-ending oblique injury - - and it turns out, pitching with a bum shoulder. Yep, injury No. 3 in Guerra's troubled season emerged when the Dodgers announced Friday he had undergone arthroscopic right shoulder surgery.
October 31, 2012 |
The San Francisco Giants have won two of the last three World Series championships, but pitcher Brandon League said Wednesday the Dodgers would be "the team to beat next year. " "The Giants had a great year," League said. "They won the games they needed to win. But I think in 2013, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be the team everyone wants to beat or tries to beat. " The 29-year-old closer spoke to reporters on a conference call after he signed a $22.5-million, three-year deal with the Dodgers.
October 19, 2012 |
A.J. ELLIS, 31, catcher Final 2012 stats: .270 batting average, 13 home runs, 52 RBI, .373 on-base and .414 slugging percentages, threw out 33% of base runners. Contract status: First year of arbitration eligibility. The good: Had just a terrific season on the field, behind the plate and in the clubhouse. Exceeded all expectations. Saw more pitches per plate appearance (4.44) than any catcher in baseball. Led regulars in on-base percentage. Went all of 2009 and 2010 without hitting a home run at any level, so his 13 homers were a pleasant surprise.
October 18, 2012 |
Can you have too much of a good thing? Oh, how we'd all like to find out. The Dodgers, though, seem bent on testing the theory, and I'm not talking just on the field. On Thursday they added highly respected front-office executive Gerry Hunsicker. Hunsicker was most recently Tampa Bay's senior vice president of baseball operations, a title he's held the past seven years, where he helped a young general manager (Andrew Friedman) build the Rays into an expected annual contender.
October 17, 2012 |
JAVY GUERRA , 27 on Halloween, relief pitcher Final 2012 stats: 2-3, 2.60 ERA, eight saves in 13 opportunities, 1.49 WHIP, 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings, .241 opponents batting average. Contract status: Under team control. The good: He had the kind of start the Dodgers expected. He saved his first five games, and seven of his first eight. After a rough stretch that cost him the closer's spot, came back to allow only one run in his next 16 appearances. Did not allow a run in his final 10 appearances.