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May 5, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Jose Valentin could be sidelined until August because an MRI exam Wednesday revealed three partially torn ligaments in his right knee that resulted from his slide into home plate Tuesday during the Dodgers' 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. Valentin, who was put on the 15-day disabled list, must wait eight to 10 weeks before resuming baseball activities. The injury is not expected to require surgery.
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September 11, 2006 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
A year ago, Jose Valentin sat glumly in the Dodgers' clubhouse contemplating retirement. He had been brought in to plug the gap at third base left by the departure of Adrian Beltre, but he tore up his knee early in the season and finished with a .170 batting average and two home runs. The Dodgers paid him $3.5 million for the trouble and never even considered asking him back. "I needed someone to believe in me," he said. "There was a point I thought it would be hard to find a job."
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August 6, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Jose Valentin has made the transition from infield to outfield look easy, making several outstanding catches in the five games he has played left field since coming off the disabled list. The 13-year veteran had played only 25 major league games in the outfield before this season, but he frequently played center field in the Puerto Rican winter league. Valentin's bat is not coming along as well as his glove. He is batting .186 and is one for 14 since getting two hits in his first game back.
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August 30, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Taking a moment to reflect after returning to the city where he flourished for five seasons with the White Sox, Jose Valentin said he would consider retiring unless he is offered a major league contract during the off-season. He has a one-year deal with the Dodgers for $3.5 million and does not expect them to re-sign him. The 35-year-old utility player owns a winter team in his native Puerto Rico, so he knows how these things go.
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July 27, 2005 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
Jose Valentin, who has made significant strides since suffering torn ligaments in his right knee on May 3 and is on a rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Las Vegas, returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday. But it was so the third baseman could undergo an MRI exam on his sore right elbow. Valentin was diagnosed with a mild sprain and he took batting practice and played catch.
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July 20, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
The questionable platoon at third base the Dodgers employed at the start of the season could be resurrected -- in left field. The Dodgers are considering moving infielder Jose Valentin to left field when he returns from the disabled list and are giving Antonio Perez a crash course at the position. The emergence of Oscar Robles as an everyday player is prompting the moves. Robles, who is batting .
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September 11, 2006 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
A year ago, Jose Valentin sat glumly in the Dodgers' clubhouse contemplating retirement. He had been brought in to plug the gap at third base left by the departure of Adrian Beltre, but he tore up his knee early in the season and finished with a .170 batting average and two home runs. The Dodgers paid him $3.5 million for the trouble and never even considered asking him back. "I needed someone to believe in me," he said. "There was a point I thought it would be hard to find a job."
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August 30, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Taking a moment to reflect after returning to the city where he flourished for five seasons with the White Sox, Jose Valentin said he would consider retiring unless he is offered a major league contract during the off-season. He has a one-year deal with the Dodgers for $3.5 million and does not expect them to re-sign him. The 35-year-old utility player owns a winter team in his native Puerto Rico, so he knows how these things go.
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April 18, 1996 | From Associated Press
Jose Valentin hasn't been his reliable self in the field this season. Thankfully for the Milwaukee Brewers, he hasn't been his usual self at the plate, either. Valentin made his seventh error Wednesday but matched his career high with four runs batted in, and the Brewers chased David Cone early in an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees for a sweep of their two-game series at Milwaukee.
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April 7, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Left, right, left. With no marching orders from Manager Jim Tracy, switch-hitting Dodger third baseman Jose Valentin batted from the left side against one left-handed pitcher and from the right side against another left-hander Wednesday night. Whatever works.
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August 6, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Jose Valentin has made the transition from infield to outfield look easy, making several outstanding catches in the five games he has played left field since coming off the disabled list. The 13-year veteran had played only 25 major league games in the outfield before this season, but he frequently played center field in the Puerto Rican winter league. Valentin's bat is not coming along as well as his glove. He is batting .186 and is one for 14 since getting two hits in his first game back.
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July 27, 2005 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
Jose Valentin, who has made significant strides since suffering torn ligaments in his right knee on May 3 and is on a rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Las Vegas, returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday. But it was so the third baseman could undergo an MRI exam on his sore right elbow. Valentin was diagnosed with a mild sprain and he took batting practice and played catch.
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July 20, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
The questionable platoon at third base the Dodgers employed at the start of the season could be resurrected -- in left field. The Dodgers are considering moving infielder Jose Valentin to left field when he returns from the disabled list and are giving Antonio Perez a crash course at the position. The emergence of Oscar Robles as an everyday player is prompting the moves. Robles, who is batting .
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May 5, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Jose Valentin could be sidelined until August because an MRI exam Wednesday revealed three partially torn ligaments in his right knee that resulted from his slide into home plate Tuesday during the Dodgers' 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. Valentin, who was put on the 15-day disabled list, must wait eight to 10 weeks before resuming baseball activities. The injury is not expected to require surgery.
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April 7, 2005 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Left, right, left. With no marching orders from Manager Jim Tracy, switch-hitting Dodger third baseman Jose Valentin batted from the left side against one left-handed pitcher and from the right side against another left-hander Wednesday night. Whatever works.
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December 18, 2004 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Bye, bye Beltre. Happy Valentin. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, a Dodger since he was 15, was introduced in Seattle on Friday, donning a Mariner cap, smiling for the cameras and professing his undying love of a city he knew little about before talking to a former teammate a few days ago. Meanwhile, the Dodgers held a hasty holiday party and got back to work. They are on the verge of signing free agent Jose Valentin to play third base, a curious choice at first glance. Valentin, 35, batted .
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December 18, 2004 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Bye, bye Beltre. Happy Valentin. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, a Dodger since he was 15, was introduced in Seattle on Friday, donning a Mariner cap, smiling for the cameras and professing his undying love of a city he knew little about before talking to a former teammate a few days ago. Meanwhile, the Dodgers held a hasty holiday party and got back to work. They are on the verge of signing free agent Jose Valentin to play third base, a curious choice at first glance. Valentin, 35, batted .
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February 1, 2005 | Steve Henson
The Dodgers won negotiating rights to Japanese third baseman Norihiro Nakamura on Monday after submitting the highest bid during a four-day posting period. Nakamura, 31, is expected to be offered a minor league contract with a guaranteed salary if he makes the Dodgers. The 13-year veteran and the all-time home run hitter for the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes auditioned for the Dodgers last year during spring training. It is anticipated that Jose Valentin and Antonio Perez would platoon at third base.
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April 18, 1996 | From Associated Press
Jose Valentin hasn't been his reliable self in the field this season. Thankfully for the Milwaukee Brewers, he hasn't been his usual self at the plate, either. Valentin made his seventh error Wednesday but matched his career high with four runs batted in, and the Brewers chased David Cone early in an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees for a sweep of their two-game series at Milwaukee.
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