May 31, 2013 |
DENVER - In the past week Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis has been hit by a pitch, taken a foul ball directly off his knee and was flattened by the St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in a collision at the plate. But it took a freak swing in batting practice to keep him out of the lineup the last two days and now the Dodgers are hoping Ellis' strained left oblique doesn't force him to the disabled list. "It's day to day," Manager Don Mattingly said. Ellis, who was slowed for three days by an oblique strain in spring training, said he felt a twinge during batting practice Wednesday and took two nights off to try to let things calm down.
May 29, 2013 |
Back in Anaheim, despite a late power burst, that two-game winning streak for the Dodgers went south. The Angels beat them 4-3 on Wednesday behind the pitching return of Jered Weaver and the bat of Mark Trumbo, which might not even have been the bad news. Matt Kemp left the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, walking off the field with an assistant trainer with an unknown injury. The Dodgers did not immediately announce what was wrong with their center fielder. BOX SCORE: Angels 4, Dodgers 3 [Updated: 10:11 p.m., May 29: Kemp suffered a mild right hamstring pull and will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.
May 15, 2013 |
Perhaps you noticed it was Kenley Jansen, and not the struggling Brandon League, who came in to get the final out and the save Tuesday against the Nationals. Which naturally indicated that Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has decided to change closers again. Unless it doesn't, because if you simply listen to Mattingly, you could think anything. The simple question was, is Jansen now the closer? “We'll see,” Mattingly said. “I don't know if I really have to set roles. We always talk about where we're at in the lineup.
April 30, 2013 |
Josh Wall, who took one for the team Monday night throwing 62 pitches in the Dodgers' 12-2 loss to the Rockies, was rewarded Tuesday. He was optioned back to triple-A Albuquerque. The Dodgers called up former closer Javy Guerra to fill his spot on the roster. Neither move was exactly a surprise. Wall, 26, had struggled with the Dodgers, posting an unsightly 18.00 earned-run average in six appearances. Much of the damage came Tuesday when he allowed seven earned runs in two innings.
April 8, 2013 |
Adrian Gonzalez hit a team-high .379 against left-handers in his partial season with the Dodgers last year. And he's doing even better in the early going this year after collecting two hits and three runs batted in against Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke on Sunday to raise his average against left-handed pitchers to .455. Gonzalez, a left-handed hitter, credits his approach for his success. "They allow me to simplify things," said Gonzalez, who is hitting .328 against left-handers over the last four seasons, more than 20 points higher than his average against right-handers.
March 24, 2013 |
PHOENIX - If the Dodgers have a lead heading into the ninth inning on opening day, Manager Don Mattingly knows to whom he will turn: Brandon League. Mattingly also knows Kenley Jansen or Ronald Belisario will pitch the seventh inning if starter Clayton Kershaw doesn't make it that far. The hard-throwing reliever who doesn't pitch the seventh will pitch the eighth. The relative certainty is something new for Mattingly. In his first year as manager, in 2011, his closer on opening day, Jonathan Broxton, was coming back from a miserable season in which he lost his job. The other back-end options, Hong-Chih Kuo and Vicente Padilla, had disconcerting medical histories.
March 17, 2013 |
Texas 4, Dodgers 0 AT THE PLATE: Outfield prospect Yasiel Puig was one for three, beating out a seventh-inning grounder to shortstop for a single. Later that inning, he was caught stealing. "He did get 50% of our hits today," Manager Don Mattingly said. The other hit came from non-roster utilityman Alfredo Amezaga, who led off the game with a single to right. Amezaga was also caught stealing. ON THE MOUND: Left-hander J.P. Howell inherited a one-out, bases-loaded situation from Brandon League and limited the damage to one run. Javy Guerra returned from a mild groin injury to face two batters, striking out both.
March 14, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Kenley Jansen will draw a higher salary this season than the player many consider to be the best in baseball. Jansen will earn $512,000 -- or, $2,000 more than Mike Trout of the Angels. The players' salaries are a reflection of the service time the players have accrued. Jansen has more than two years of major league service time; Trout has a little more than one. Players with fewer than three years of major league service time have no leverage when negotiating with their clubs and can be assigned a salary.
March 6, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Carl Crawford is scheduled to start swinging a bat again Thursday, but his availability for opening day remains in doubt. The outfielder, who underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in August, had expected to begin Cactus League play last week. But minor nerve irritation in his left forearm forced the Dodgers to shut him down for a week. And the team said it intends to proceed cautiously with Crawford's comeback, having him begin by hitting off a tee in the batting cage.
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.