June 15, 2011 |
Dodgers first baseman James Loney went hitless in four at-bats Wednesday against Cincinnati, in part because Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes made a diving catch of a Loney line drive that was sure to make the highlight clips. Perhaps less noticed was that Gomes' catch also helped snap a six-game hitting streak that Loney had pieced together. That's a modest streak, but it was a place to start for Loney, who has struggled mightily at the plate this season. "It's going better," said Loney, whose streak included three multiple-hit games and a grand slam on Sunday.
June 14, 2011 |
Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said he was not implying that some of his players on the disabled list should not be there when he used the words "safe haven" and "vacation" in discussing the DL on a morning radio show Tuesday. In the latest of his on-air conversations with KABC 790's Peter Tilden , Colletti noted how the Dodgers have been hit hard by injuries this season. Then Colletti added: "Sometimes you wonder what the thought process is too. The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a safe haven, it might be a couple of weeks' vacation.
June 13, 2011 |
Vicente Padilla needs surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck, possibly ending the relief pitcher's season, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Monday. Padilla was expected to have the operation Thursday and his return "just depends on how he comes out" of the procedure, Mattingly said. Asked whether the Nicaraguan right-hander could be out for the season, Mattingly replied, "Definitely I think we're looking at an extended period of time … it's not one of those two-, three-week deals.
June 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver Rubby De La Rosa said he knew how hard he had thrown the ball to strike out Troy Tulowitzki to end the third inning. "Whenever I pitch, I always look," De La Rosa said of the stadium radar gun. In this instance, the pitch registered 100 mph, the first triple-digit clocking by a Dodgers pitcher since Jonathan Broxton in 2009. "That's normal," De La Rosa said, smiling. A stand-in for the sidelined Jon Garland , De La Rosa improved to 3-0 in the Dodgers' 10-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
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.
June 1, 2011 |
The commissioner's office hopes to conclude its investigation into the Dodgers' finances by June 22, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly, characterized the potential end date as a goal, not a guarantee. Such a development would represent a significant step toward the end of the ownership drama that has enveloped the Dodgers for 18 months, with Frank McCourt fighting to retain sole ownership of the team amid opposition from his ex-wife, Jamie McCourt , and a trustee imposed on the club by Commissioner Bud Selig . June 22 is the date set for a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing in which Frank McCourt will ask for a ruling that his ex-wife has no standing to challenge a proposed long-term television contract with Fox, one that he says would restore the team to robust financial health.
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.
May 28, 2011 |
Let's get this part out of the way: The Dodgers' bench isn't the worst in the history of baseball, at least not in Don Mattingly's view. "I can't think all the way back, so I'm going to disagree," the manager said. Dodgers pinch-hitters have hit .200 this season and have combined for two home runs, both hit by Marcus Thames , currently on the disabled list. When he wants to rest a starter, Mattingly can find an occasional threat on his bench, such as Jamey Carroll on Saturday night.
May 26, 2011 |
When it comes to a projected everyday lineup, you can miss what you never had. For all their shortcomings, the Dodgers might not rank near the bottom of the National League in runs scored and earned runs allowed if they did not lead the league in injured players. "I don't want to be first place on this side of the equation," said Stan Conte, the Dodgers' increasingly busy trainer, who couldn't recall being part of a team with eight players on the disabled list at one time before this season.
May 23, 2011 |
Reporting from Houston — Kenley Jansen repeatedly needed to make one pitch. It never came among the 38 he threw. By the time the Dodgers' fill-in closer walked off the mound Monday night during a disastrous ninth inning, he had secured only two outs and the Houston Astros were celebrating a wild, come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Minute Maid Park. "We couldn't let him go much further as far as pitches," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, "but it was pretty much his game.