September 28, 2011 |
Reporting from Phoenix — Finishing the season with a winning record might not seem significant for a franchise that has won six World Series titles and counts Sandy Koufax and Duke Snider among its former players. But consider this: The Dodgers were a season-worst 14 games under .500 on July 6. "I'm proud of my guys," said Matt Kemp, a leading candidate to win the National League's most valuable player award. Management's enthusiasm about the team's turnaround was more tempered.
September 20, 2011 |
Matt Kemp , whose priorities were questioned by club officials as recently as a year ago, was voted by his teammates as the winner of the Roy Campanella Award as the Dodgers' most inspirational player. "I'm surprised," Kemp said. He shouldn't be. Kemp, who will be presented the award by the daughter of the late catcher in a pregame ceremony Wednesday night, has played in 356 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the major leagues. "I've always wanted to play every single day," said Kemp, one of the leading candidates to win the National League's most-valuable-player award.
September 16, 2011 |
So the mysterious bone bruise wasn't the problem after all. With his bruise healed but his pain persisting, sidelined closer Jonathan Broxton has decided to undergo a minor elbow operation Monday to shave down a bone spur and remove loose bodies. Broxton went on the disabled list in early May, when an MRI exam showed he had a bruised elbow and bone spur. Figuring the bruise was responsible for Broxton's pain, team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache prescribed rest. The two-time All-Star made enough progress to pitch in a couple of minor league games in July, but had to be shut down when the pain returned.
September 15, 2011 |
Jonathan Broxton was on the mound for some of the Dodgers' most significant moments in recent years, some of them euphoric, some of them devastating. But as the Dodgers edged closer Thursday night to their inevitable elimination with a 6-2 defeat by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Broxton was unable to influence the outcome of the game or the direction of his career. The former All-Star closer hasn't appeared in a game in more than four months because of a bruised elbow and won't pitch again this season.
September 12, 2011 |
Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly did not allow a hit until the fifth inning as he dueled Arizona Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders. But Lilly was saddled once again with the Dodgers' familiar nemesis this season, poor run support, so he was working with a mere one-run lead that proved not nearly enough. Arizona tagged Lilly and relievers Matt Guerrier and Scott Elbert for five runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 7-2 win that, for the Dodgers, spoiled the opening game of their final homestand of the season.
September 10, 2011 |
The last time the Dodgers had as many wins as losses, Jonathan Broxton was still closing for them. Clayton Kershaw had only three wins. The Dodgers returned to the .500 mark for the first time on May 2 with a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night at AT&T Park. The team's 15th victory in 18 games came behind seven scoreless innings by journeyman left-hander Dana Eveland, who held the Giants to three hits and three walks. The win was the second in as many starts for Eveland, who was called up from triple-A Albuquerque on Sept.
August 8, 2011 |
The Dodgers chose not to start Dee Gordon on Monday night to give the rookie shortstop an extra day to nurse his injured right shoulder. "Dee's good, he's still got just a little tenderness," Manager Don Mattingly said before the Dodgers' game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. "He probably could have played today but we're just going to give him an extra day," Mattingly said, adding that the 23-year-old Gordon also might be a late-game replacement Monday.
August 6, 2011 |
Javy Guerra went into Saturday a perfect 10 for 10 in save opportunities. The 25-year-old rookie right-hander had a 1.69 earned-run average. "He has a calmness to him," Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said. But how can you truly measure the inner workings of a reliever who pitches mostly in front of half-empty ballparks in games with little or no postseason implications? "You can't put the step in front of somebody when it's not available," Colletti said.
August 1, 2011 |
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.
July 17, 2011 |
More than two months removed from the day he was called up to the major leagues for the first time, Javy Guerra says he's surprised by the way his season has unfolded. What initially looked like a two-week stay has turned into much more. Guerra is essentially the Dodgers' closer. "I always wanted to do this," Guerra said. "So did I envision it? Yes. But realistically? Probably not. " Guerra, who started the season at double-A Chattanooga, began Saturday with a 2.29 earned-run average in 20 appearances.