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April 28, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Citi Field looked like a wreckage site Wednesday, debris whirling around Matt Kemp as he stood in center field during the latest Dodgers defeat. Thrown into the middle of this actual and figurative whirlwind to make his major league debut was John Ely , who was the pitcher of record in the 7-3 loss that sealed a series sweep for the New York Mets. One of the two pitchers acquired in the deal that sent Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox last winter, Ely learned Monday that he would be called up from triple-A Albuquerque to replace sidelined opening-day starter Vicente Padilla . Ely was charged with five runs and six hits in six innings, but Manager Joe Torre said the right-hander pitched better than the statistics indicated.
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December 19, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers traded John Ely on Wednesday to the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Ely debuted in 2010, and after his first seven starts he was 3-2 with a 2.54 earned-run average. He finished the season 4-10 with a 5.49 ERA and went back to Albuquerque, where he fared no better (5-4, 6.22). He made one Dodgers start in 2011 and a pair of relief appearances last season. Rasmussen, 23, was almost a Dodger previously. He was drafted in the 27th round out of Pasadena Poly in 2007, but instead went to UCLA.
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March 11, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Change is good, or so John Ely has come to realize. The Dodgers pitcher was a rookie sensation early last year, but then the right-hander lost his way and, for part of the season, his spot on the big-league club. Coaches and teammates tried to help, but the 24-year-old Ely paid little heed. "I didn't listen to what people were telling me," Ely said. "I probably should have. " But during the winter, Ely realized he did need to make changes, and so far this spring they've paid off ?
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December 19, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
He'll always have Elymania. There just won't be any reprieves for John Ely, at least not as a Dodger. On Wednesday the Dodgers traded Ely to the Houston Astros for minor-league pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Ely fairly exploded upon the scene in 2010. The Dodgers were practically holding tryouts for a fifth starter before he was called up from triple-A Albuquerque and unexpectedly - if briefly - seized his opportunity. After his first seven starts, he was 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA. It seemed somewhat mystifying, since the light-throwing right-hander hardly had overpowering stuff.
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May 27, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Reporting from Chicago -- There might come a day when Xavier Paul laughs about the joke Wrigley Field played on him Thursday. There might come a day when he can chuckle at the video, as he tries to chase down a ball in the outfield without his glove. But Thursday was not that day, not after the rookie outfielder misplayed two balls that led to the only run of the game. Paul is not the first outfielder to have a hostile initiation at the Friendly Confines, and he won't be the last.
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February 27, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Angels 0 At the plate: With the exception of using a designated hitter, the Dodgers fielded what they expect to be their everyday lineup. Rod Barajas hit a solo home run, Rafael Furcal had two hits, Casey Blake had a double and Matt Kemp hit a two-run single. On the mound: John Ely struck out three over two scoreless innings to begin his longshot campaign to make the team. Jon Link also pitched two scoreless innings. Mike MacDougal, Blake Hawksworth, Kenley Jansen, Ramon Troncoso and Juan Rincon all pitched one scoreless inning.
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March 8, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Dodgers 7, Brewers 1 AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers hit three home runs in their first 10 spring games and four in the first five innings Tuesday, with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Aaron Miles each hitting his first Cactus League home run. Kemp, Ethier, Miles and Ivan DeJesus Jr. had two hits apiece; Kemp is batting .389 this spring. ON THE MOUND: John Ely pitched three shutout innings; he has given up no runs, no walks and two hits in six spring innings.
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March 10, 2011 | By Jim Pelt
Reporting from Phoenix ? The Dodgers said Thursday they hope pitcher Jon Garland will at most miss one or two starts when the season begins because of a strained oblique muscle in his torso. "We still have three weeks left in camp and we really don't need a fifth starter for a little while into the season, so hopefully he won't miss much more than a turn or two," Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said after an MRI exam confirmed Garland's injury. Manager Don Mattingly said John Ely and Tim Redding ?
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March 13, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
White Sox 6, Dodgers 1 Cubs 4, Dodgers 3 (10) AT THE PLATE: Hector Gimenez hit a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs in Las Vegas, one of the Dodgers' split-squad games Sunday. In the other, against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers' three hits included doubles by Dioner Navarro and Justin Sellers. ON THE MOUND: Hiroki Kuroda pitched six innings against the White Sox ? the longest stretch for a Dodgers starter so far this spring ?
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March 14, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Texas 5, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: With most of the Dodgers' regular starters being rested, Xavier Paul had a run-scoring triple, Trayvon Robinson singled home two runs and Marcus Thames had a run-scoring double. ON THE MOUND: John Ely was tagged for four runs (three earned), including a home run by Josh Hamilton, in four innings, the first runs he has given up this spring. Scott Elbert and Lance Cormier each pitched a scoreless inning. EXTRA BASES: Ely had three strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
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September 4, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The third time, the magic wasn't to be for the Dodgers. It was there for the taking, almost teasing them, but this time they were unable to come up with the dramatics. After winning their last two games with walk-off hits, the Dodgers again went into extra innings Tuesday, at which point a walk-off was the only way they could win. Only this time it was the Padres who came up big, scoring three times in the 11th inning to earn a 6-3 victory before an announced crowd of 40,619 at Dodger Stadium.
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September 1, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers have brought in their first wave of September call-ups, summoning reliever Javy Guerra, catcher Tim Federowicz and starting pitcher John Ely from triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. Federowicz and Guerra were already on the 40-man roster. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ely, the Dodgers placed minor league outfielder Alfredo Silverio on the 60-day disabled list. Silverio was involved in an off-season car accident and hasn't played this year Guerra started the season as the Dodgers' closer but lost his job to Kenley Jansen.
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June 1, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers finally have the resources to acquire additional talent, and it's the year Major League Baseball has added an additional wild card team and precious few teams are out of the race and wanting to deal. And right now, it looks like the Dodgers could use an additional starting pitcher. Trainer Sue Falsone said left-hander Ted Lilly is scheduled to undergo an arthrogram on his sore left shoulder on Friday. Lilly said he threw on the side Wednesday and reported no improvement.
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September 18, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Rookie Jerry Sands continued to make his case for being a Dodgers regular next year. Sands had four hits, including a three-run home run, and four runs batted in in the Dodgers' 15-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The 23-year-old Sands has a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .390 (16 for 41) since being recalled from the minor leagues Sept. 6. "It's an old saying that hitting is contagious and today it was," the outfielder-first baseman said. "It was fun. " Sands played with the Dodgers early this season but struggled and was sent to the minors in June, where he made major changes to his swing.
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August 3, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from San Diego — Ted Lilly gave up one run too many Wednesday: One. Lilly might have been facing a San Diego Padres lineup that might be the worst in the major leagues, but opposing starter Tim Stauffer was pitching against a Dodgers team that isn't significantly better. As a result, the sixth-inning home run Lilly served up to Jason Bartlett was enough to condemn the left-hander to his 11th defeat. The Dodgers lost, 3-0, as relievers Matt Guerrier and Blake Hawksworth each gave up a run. "We've played this game before," Manager Don Mattingly said, referring to the Dodgers' lack of run production.
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August 2, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Rubby De La Rosa was living his dream. Reared in poverty by his grandmother in the Dominican Republic, he was pitching in the major leagues. He looked like a star in the making, armed with a 100-mph fastball and a quiet confidence. Now, De La Rosa said he fears everything could be taken away from him. The 22-year-old rookie right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery to reconstruct a partially torn ligament in his elbow. "I have to make it back," De La Rosa said Tuesday. Trainer Stan Conte said De La Rosa could be sidelined anywhere from 10 to 16 months.
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February 26, 2011
Angels 4, Dodgers 1 AT THE PLATE: Mark Trumbo belted a long two-run home run in his second at-bat, erasing a 1-0 Dodgers lead. Reggie Willits had a run-scoring single and Chris Pettit drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly. Matt Kemp had a single and a stolen base and scored the lone Dodgers run. ON THE MOUND: Six Angels pitchers combined on a three-hitter, striking out six. Starter Trevor Bell gave up the only run. Right-hander Anthony...
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September 18, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Rookie Jerry Sands continued to make his case for being a Dodgers regular next year. Sands had four hits, including a three-run home run, and four runs batted in in the Dodgers' 15-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The 23-year-old Sands has a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .390 (16 for 41) since being recalled from the minor leagues Sept. 6. "It's an old saying that hitting is contagious and today it was," the outfielder-first baseman said. "It was fun. " Sands played with the Dodgers early this season but struggled and was sent to the minors in June, where he made major changes to his swing.
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August 1, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa , one of the few pleasant surprises in a turbulent season, became another source of despair for the Dodgers on Monday night. An MRI exam De La Rosa underwent in the afternoon revealed the 22-year-old rookie right-hander had a sprained elbow ligament that could sideline him for the remainder of the season. The Dodgers' medical staff hasn't decided on a course of treatment, but surgery is a possibility, a team spokesman said. Complaining of soreness in his elbow, De La Rosa was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the Dodgers learned of the extent of his injury.
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June 6, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Philadelphia Dee Gordon might have benefited from playing out the remainder of the triple-A season and waiting until September for his first major league call-up, General Manager Ned Colletti conceded. But the Dodgers couldn't wait, not with Rafael Furcal on the disabled list. So, the Dodgers called up their top position player prospect Monday, the same day they activated infielder Juan Uribe , outfielder Marcus Thames and reliever Blake Hawksworth . The Dodgers cleared room on their active roster by sending John Ely and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to triple-A Albuquerque and designating Juan Castro and Jay Gibbons for assignment.
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