March 18, 1994 |
Before the Dodgers signed Chan Ho Park, they sent team orthopedist Frank Jobe to Korea to examine him. Jobe reported that Park was a very sound prospect, but said there was a slight overgrowth of bone in his pitching elbow, a sign of overuse. Overgrowth is a common condition that does not interfere with pitching, but usually doesn't occur until later in a pitcher's career. What it told the Dodgers was that Park, 20, probably had been throwing hard for a long time.
August 5, 1992 |
For the first time since 1989, Fred Claire is not ruling out negotiating with the Dodgers' potential free agents before the end of the season. "We have no immediate plans to negotiate, but could that change? Yes," said Claire, Dodger vice president. This will be of interest to the seven potential Dodgers free agents: Mike Scioscia, Bob Ojeda, Roger McDowell, Eric Davis, Jim Gott, John Candelaria and Jay Howell.
March 21, 1992 |
After Jay Howell struggled while throwing 13 minutes of batting practice Friday, pitching coach Ron Perranoski was asked if Howell would be ready for opening day. "I can't answer that," Perranoski said. "We are working toward that, but I would rather he be ready a week after opening day then get into something where he misses three months or six months." Howell said: "I'm not sure. . . . All of a sudden, there could be a big change and I could be right on time."
September 10, 1991 |
After a team meeting called by Manager Tom Lasorda, many Dodgers decided Monday to stop talking to Atlanta-based reporters after they were told that their quotes were being used in inflammatory headlines and captions in an Atlanta newspaper. In the meeting, Lasorda urged his players to watch their words during the division race. He reminded them the 1988 Dodgers, considered underdogs, thrived on reading derisive statements about them.
July 9, 1992 |
Dave Hansen singled with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th inning Wednesday, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Expos in the opener of the Dodgers' third consecutive doubleheader. The Dodgers, who swept the Expos Monday and were swept by Montreal on Tuesday, are playing four doubleheaders in six days to make up games postponed by the Los Angeles riots. Eric Davis led off the 11th with a single off Sergio Valdez (0-1).
September 6, 1993 |
The Dodgers might have to rethink how they will pitch to Gary Sheffield and Jeff Conine next season. Walt Weiss' sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie Sunday as the Florida Marlins rallied to beat the Dodgers, 4-3. But it was Sheffield and Conine who did a lot of damage. Sheffield, traded from San Diego during the season, had three hits and scored twice, and Conine had two hits and scored two runs. Sheffield and Conine are a combined 34 for 66 (.515) against Dodger pitching this season.