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August 21, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
And now for something unexpected, which is not the same thing as saying it's unwelcome. The Dodgers surprisingly reinstated right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from the disabled list Tuesday and optioned former closer Javy Guerra to triple-A Albuquerque. So slightly a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, De La Rosa is back with the Dodgers, Guerra is likely down until rosters are expanded on Sept. 1 and rookie right-hander Shawn Tolleson is still here. It's a rapid return for De La Rosa, who had been impressive since returning to action.
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May 10, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Think all those players who come and go as Dodgers go on to great things with other organizations? Not hardly. Here's a look at the players who spent time with the Dodgers last season who are no longer with the club, and what they're up to now. James Loney, Superman of all first basemen aside, mostly they're not tearing it up. The list: Bobby Abreu: Out of baseball, reportedly in Venezuela and mulling over 2014 comeback, when he'll be...
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November 11, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
RUBBY DE LA ROSA, 23, starting pitcher Final 2012 stats: Pitched in just two-thirds of an inning. Contract status: Under Boston Red Sox control. The good: He made it back to the majors one year after having Tommy John surgery, even if his brief appearance later smacked of a showcase preceding his participation in the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox. Did not yet return to his previous 100 mph form, but did hit 96. The bad: Well, he's gone. That's the rub. He was probably the key player leaving the Dodgers of the five they sent to the Red Sox. What's next: Very likely a spot in the Boston rotation.
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February 25, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Catching up on some items on the web: -- Sandy Koufax lets Yahoo's David Brown know he's not all thrilled about being part of the 'Big Lebowski' lore. -- Sore-elbowed Chad Billingsley tells the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett: “I'm going to be like Takashi Saito. ” -- The one guy the Dodgers didn't want to give up in that blockbuster trade with Boston last summer, Rubby De La Rosa, has impressed Pedro Martinez: “He has an opportunity to be someone special.” -- Tampa Rays manager Joe Maddon likes his early view of James Loney , calling him a “good gamble for the Rays.” -- Feelin' Kinda Blue's Dustin Nosler has unearthed the White Sox video of Hyun-Jin Ryu's spring debut with the Dodgers on Sunday.
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August 21, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Rubby De La Rosa was in his hotel room in Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday morning when he received a call from Dodgers farm director DeJon Watson . The call was unexpected. Less than 13 months removed from a reconstructive elbow operation, De La Rosa was being called back up to the major leagues. He was taking the roster spot of former closer Javy Guerra , who was sent down to triple-A Albuquerque to work on his command. "I can't believe I'm here," De La Rosa said. He was thinking he would make his return in September, when teams can have as many as 40 players on their active roster.
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August 2, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Rubby De La Rosa was living his dream. Reared in poverty by his grandmother in the Dominican Republic, he was pitching in the major leagues. He looked like a star in the making, armed with a 100-mph fastball and a quiet confidence. Now, De La Rosa said he fears everything could be taken away from him. The 22-year-old rookie right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery to reconstruct a partially torn ligament in his elbow. "I have to make it back," De La Rosa said Tuesday. Trainer Stan Conte said De La Rosa could be sidelined anywhere from 10 to 16 months.
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June 12, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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August 1, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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June 29, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Minneapolis — When Dioner Navarro was activated from the disabled list in late April, he raved about a young pitcher he saw while on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment. The kid could throw 100 mph, Navarro said. He was fearless. He threw strikes. The kid's name was Rubby De La Rosa . De La Rosa was promoted to the major leagues in late May to replace a sidelined Jon Garland in the Dodgers' rotation, but he didn't look like the pitcher Navarro and front-office executives described.
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May 24, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from Houston — Having promoted Jerry Sands to great fanfare last month, the Dodgers dipped into the minor leagues again Tuesday for another top prospect. Consider Rubby De La Rosa as shocked as anyone by his arrival in the major leagues. "I'm very surprised," said the 22-year-old right-hander who had been pitching for double-A Chattanooga fewer than 24 hours earlier. Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers "wanted to put another quality arm out there" with four relievers on the disabled list and other pitchers battling bouts of ineffectiveness.
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November 13, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Forget star players. It seems you can never have enough coaching. The Dodgers finalized their coaching staff for the 2013 season Tuesday, officially adding John Valentin as the assistant hitting coach and Chuck Crim as the bullpen coach to Manager Don Mattingly's staff. Valentin was the Dodgers' triple-A Albuquerque hitting coach the last two seasons, while Crim served as their double-A Chattanooga pitching coach the last two years. Both are former major leaguers. Ken Howell, who had been the bullpen coach for the past five seasons, will now serve as the newly created assistant pitching coach.
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November 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
They want Los Angeles, they want all of the major leagues, they want the whole Earth! Not that it's a bad thing. Say this for the Dodgers' new owners, they have not been bashful. Certainly not with their money, whether dropping a quarter of a billion in a late-season blockbuster trade, making international signings or adding front office personnel. On Monday they moved to bolster their international scouting department, adding six veteran scouts. They will report to the new vice president of international scouting, Bob Engle, who was hired Nov. 1. The new scouts will have specific regions to cover: Pedro Avila (Venezuela)
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November 11, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
RUBBY DE LA ROSA, 23, starting pitcher Final 2012 stats: Pitched in just two-thirds of an inning. Contract status: Under Boston Red Sox control. The good: He made it back to the majors one year after having Tommy John surgery, even if his brief appearance later smacked of a showcase preceding his participation in the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox. Did not yet return to his previous 100 mph form, but did hit 96. The bad: Well, he's gone. That's the rub. He was probably the key player leaving the Dodgers of the five they sent to the Red Sox. What's next: Very likely a spot in the Boston rotation.
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August 25, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with what the Dodgers described as "right elbow pain. " In terms of buzz, the development was of secondary importance, as it came on the day the Dodgers completed their nine-player trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. But in terms of what it meant to the Dodgers' postseason ambitions, it was potentially devastating. Billingsley was injured in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' win over the Marlins on Friday.
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August 25, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
If the Dodgers can add $260 million to their payroll in one trade, and close to $500 million in four months, is there a limit to their spending? "Somewhere, I suppose," Chairman Mark Walter said Saturday. And where might that limit be? "I haven't found it yet," President Stan Kasten said. "I'll let you know when we get there. " As Adrian Gonzalez put on his Dodgers uniform for the first time, the new owners let it be known that they saw no reason to choose between paying the price to win now and paying the price to win later.
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August 25, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
If the Dodgers can add $260 million to their payroll in one trade -- and close to a half-billion dollars in four months -- is there a limit to their spending? "Somewhere, I suppose," Chairman Mark Walter said Saturday. And where might that limit be? "I haven't found it yet," President Stan Kasten said. "I'll let you know when we get there. " As Adrian Gonzalez put on his Dodgers uniform for the first time, the new owners let it be known that they saw no reason to choose between paying the price to win now and paying the price to win later.
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July 4, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers did what they could to recapture their past glory. They sold some tickets for as little as $4 to ensure Dodger Stadium would be as full as it was on previous Independence Days. They promised a fireworks show. On the field, James Loney turned back the pages of the calendar, driving in runs the way he used to in better times. Rookie Rubby De La Rosa pitched like the legendary pitchers who used to call this ballpark home. But the Dodgers couldn't escape the present.
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June 7, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Philadelphia — Dee Gordon was at shortstop, aware that his father was watching him from the stands. Rubby De La Rosa was on the mound, convinced that his grandmother was looking down on him from the heavens. The two 23-year-olds came from distinctly different backgrounds, but they shared a dream. They lived that dream Tuesday night, when they made their first starts in the major leagues. Gordon, the son of a former well-paid major league pitcher, had three hits, a stolen base and a run in the Dodgers' 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
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August 25, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers have been respected and admired through most of their years, mocked and pitied for the last couple of years. Now they will be hated. This is not hate from San Francisco, the hate born from a rivalry. This is hate from every other city in the National League, the hate born from the rich new kids on the block trying to buy a championship. The Dodgers are on the verge of paying about $140 million for three players - just to secure the chance to pay about $120 million more for the one player they really want.
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August 25, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are on the verge of completing what would be one of the most spectacular trades in their history, a nine-player waiver deal with the Boston Red Sox in which they would acquire former All-Stars Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. The agreed-upon trade, in which Gonzalez was viewed as the centerpiece, is revolutionary from a financial standpoint. The Dodgers are expected to be taking on more than $260 million in salary obligations, a staggering amount considering Crawford recently underwent elbow surgery and Beckett appears to be far removed from his best days.
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