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April 25, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Juan Rivera doesn't think he'll have to be placed on the disabled list because of the strained left hamstring he suffered on Tuesday night. “They'll give me like two, three days,” Rivera said. Rivera was hurt running down the first base line on an infield single. Rivera said he felt something grab behind his left knee. The area was still “a little sore” on Wednesday, he said. Rivera took the field early in the afternoon and performed a series of stretches under the watch of trainer Sue Falsone.
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February 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
— The most interesting spring development regarding the Angels on Sunday happened in Florida, where Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees suffered a broken arm. Granderson is not expected to return until May, so might the Yankees fill the void by taking Vernon Wells off the Angels' hands? Probably not. However, Wells was well aware of the Granderson injury by the time he spoke with reporters midway through the Angels' 7-5 Cactus League loss to the Oakland Athletics. Wells reached base in each of his two plate appearances, once on an infield single and the other on an error, and stole a base.
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May 9, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The Dodgers are getting seriously hamstrung, but at least it hasn't struck Matt Kemp more severely. The news, however, was not so good for outfielder Juan Rivera on Wednesday. He was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. Although not officially announced, the Dodgers have called up outfielder Scott Van Slyke from triple-A Albuquerque to fill Rivera's spot on the roster. The Dodgers were hoping Van Slyke would arrive at Dodger Stadium before Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants.
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February 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - The most interesting spring development regarding the Angels on Sunday happened in Florida, where Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees suffered a broken arm. Granderson is not expected to return until May, so might the Yankees fill the void by taking Vernon Wells off the Angels' hands? Probably not. However, Wells was well aware of the Granderson injury by the time he spoke with reporters midway through the Angels' Cactus League game against the Oakland Athletics.
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May 11, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
And in this hour's Dodgers hamstring news, it turns out Juan Rivera's isn't some routine tear. His is a completely torn hamstring. Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said Friday the outfielder would be re-evaluated in two weeks, but the best possible scenario would be in a couple of weeks, while the worst is in the six-to-eight weeks. Earlier Friday the Dodgers placed Jerry Hairston Jr. on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. She said hamstring tears are graded from one to three.
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October 29, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers got busy real quickly after the World Series. The day after the Giants swept the Tigers, the Dodgers declined their options on outfielder Juan Rivera, reliever Todd Coffey and catcher Matt Treanor. Declining the options cost the Dodgers almost $1 million, but will take $7.45 million in 2013 salary off the books. Rivera was scheduled to make $4 million next season, but instead the Dodgers will pay him a $500,000 buyout. Rivera hit .244 with nine homers and 44 RBI in 312 at-bats, with .286 on-base and .375 slugging percentages.
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May 11, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Left fielder Juan Rivera could be sidelined for as long as two months, trainer Sue Falsone said. Rivera was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left hamstring injury. Falsone revealed that he, in fact, has a ruptured tendon. Surgery hasn't been ruled out. Utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. joined Rivera on the disabled list Friday with a strained hamstring. Hairston's place on the active roster was taken by Justin Sellers, who was recalled from triple-A Albuquerque.
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May 5, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The consensus among numerous television commentators was that Juan Rivera should have caught Jeremy Hermida's eighth-inning, opposite-field fly ball to left field Tuesday night. The ball bounced about a foot in front of the Green Monster in Fenway Park for a tie-breaking three-run double that led the Boston Red Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Angels. Manager Mike Scioscia said before Wednesday night's game that he still hadn't watched a replay of Hermida's hit, but Ron Roenicke , the bench coach who handles the outfielders, did. And what was the verdict?
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May 25, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
How long can the Dodgers survive with the kiddie brigade? Since Matt Kemp went on the 15-day disabled list, they have barely missed a beat, going 7-3. Twice they've started lineups with only one regular. Every minor leaguer called up has had his moment. Still, it's not reasonable to expect the young bucks to keep this up indefinitely, which means the news that both Kemp and Juan Rivera - apparently well ahead of schedule - could return by Tuesday is nothing but welcome.
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June 4, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
And here comes the cavalry! Of course, when you're in dire straits, you take your rescue where you can find it, or hope to. Which in the case of the Dodgers means Juan Rivera, who as expected, was activated from the disabled list Monday in time to start play in the four-game series in Philadelphia. To make room for Rivera, the Dodgers optioned rookie Scott Van Slyke back to triple-A Albuquerque. Van Slyke had one truly memorable home run , but otherwise was hitting .194 his first trip up. Now Rivera is not exactly the return of Matt Kemp, but when you've lost six of your last seven games and are struggling to score, you search for encouragement anywhere it can possibly be identified.
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January 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
More evidence that the Yankees are the new Dodgers. No, wait, that's backwards. Whatever, Monday brought one more slight role reversal. The Yankees have signed former Dodger Juan Rivera, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchad . At least it was only to a minor-league deal and not the $4 million he earned from the Dodgers last season (plus a $500,000 buyout for this year), though he is in decent position to earn some playing time in New York. All three of the Yankees starting outfielders are left-handed hitters --  Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson -- and a right-handed hitting outfielder figures to get a decent amount of playing time.
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November 6, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
JUAN RIVERA , 34, outfielder/first baseman Final 2012 stats: .244 batting average, nine home runs, 47 runs batted in, 30 runs, .286 on-base and .375 slugging percentages in 310 at-bats. Contract status: Free agent. The good: His nine homers were actually the fifth-highest total by a Dodger. Played both left field and first base, and though he hardly excelled at either, he approached adequate and gave the Dodgers needed flexibility. Basically quiet, as never a problem in the clubhouse.
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October 29, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers got busy real quickly after the World Series. The day after the Giants swept the Tigers, the Dodgers declined their options on outfielder Juan Rivera, reliever Todd Coffey and catcher Matt Treanor. Declining the options cost the Dodgers almost $1 million, but will take $7.45 million in 2013 salary off the books. Rivera was scheduled to make $4 million next season, but instead the Dodgers will pay him a $500,000 buyout. Rivera hit .244 with nine homers and 44 RBI in 312 at-bats, with .286 on-base and .375 slugging percentages.
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August 25, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
As Dodger Stadium buzzed with talk of the Dodgers' latest big trade, pitcher Chad Billingsley had a 6-3 lead over the Miami Marlins in the fourth inning Friday. Then, with one out and a 2-0 count on pinch-hitter Gorkys Hernandez, the right-hander suddenly left the game with what the Dodgers later said was a tender right elbow. The Dodgers went on to win, 11-4, in the opener of their three-game series. But the night also was a setback for Billingsley, who had won his last six consecutive starts.
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July 14, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
Not even a big night from Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier could save the Dodgers on Saturday. The Dodgers' two most productive batters combined for six hits and drove four runs, but Everth Cabrera and Will Venable stole the show in the top of the ninth to give the San Diego Padres a 7-6 win in front of a crowd of 54,014 at Dodger Stadium. Cabrera, who had come in as a pinch-runner for Yonder Alonso, stole home. Venable scored from second on the same play after Jansen overthrew home plate trying to nab Cabrera, and the Padres slipped away with the win. But early on, it appeared the Dodgers would roll.
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June 23, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
A five-run deficit two innings into a game would have spelled doom for the Angels in the first month of the season, but as the pitcher who put his team in that hole Friday night and still wound up with a "W" next to his name knows, these Angels are not those April Fools. "That first month, if we were down by five, we'd have no chance," right-hander Dan Haren said after an 8-5 come-from-behind victory over the Dodgers before a sellout crowd of 44,540 in Angel Stadium. "But this club, we're very close, we've got each other's backs.
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November 6, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
JUAN RIVERA , 34, outfielder/first baseman Final 2012 stats: .244 batting average, nine home runs, 47 runs batted in, 30 runs, .286 on-base and .375 slugging percentages in 310 at-bats. Contract status: Free agent. The good: His nine homers were actually the fifth-highest total by a Dodger. Played both left field and first base, and though he hardly excelled at either, he approached adequate and gave the Dodgers needed flexibility. Basically quiet, as never a problem in the clubhouse.
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May 25, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera sprinted and stretched on the field at Dodger Stadium on Friday. But this was before their team faced Houston, a game both missed because of injuries. However, it's possible that the outfielders, who have each been suffering from left hamstring strains, could return to the Dodgers on Tuesday against Milwaukee. "They both ran really well today," Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said. As part of their rehab assignment, Kemp and Rivera are expected to play for triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday and Monday, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, adding that Rivera's rehab assignment may be extended a day or two if needed.
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June 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
It was an interesting night for a pair of former Angels, Adam Kennedy suffering through a forgettable game and Juan Rivera making it a night to remember. After Andre Ethier celebrated the $85-million contract he signed earlier Tuesday by singling in the tying run in the eighth, Rivera unloaded a three-run homer to send the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Angels. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia may have gone a little too long with right-hander Jerome Williams, letting him face Ethier in the eighth with two on. Ethier, who  had hit Williams hard twice, singled to right to tie the game at 2-2. Williams threw just one pitch to Rivera.
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