March 31, 2013 |
All the roster intrigue may have been eliminated after the Dodgers completed their exhibition season Saturday night, but it finally became official Sunday afternoon. And there never was a spring trade of any of those extra starters, which doesn't mean it won't happen at some point. But as expected shortstop Hanley Ramirez, right-hander Chad Billingsley, left-hander Ted Lilly and left-hander Scott Elbert were all placed on the disabled list Sunday, cutting the active roster down to 25 and leaving a spot to bring back shortstop Justin Sellers.
March 8, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers have two games scheduled Friday and given the way their pitching is backing up, they'd like to play both. "This is a day where you want two games," Manager Don Mattingly said. He may not get his wish though. The chance of rain is 45% Friday afternoon, when the Dodgers are scheduled to play the Giants in Scottsdale, rising slightly to 50% for the night game at home with the Reds. It rained Friday morning. But much of the news Friday was coming from the trainer's room and the batting cages Friday anyway.
March 7, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Right-hander Zack Greinke, scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday with what the Dodgers say was illness, will wait until his turn in the rotation comes up again Monday before making his third appearance of the spring. Greinke has pitched five innings this spring, allowing two runs and six hits. He missed his last bullpen session Sunday because of forearm tightness but worked out Thursday. Scott Elbert, who had surgery on his left elbow last season, threw for the first time Wednesday and reported no problems.
March 6, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Left-hander Scott Elbert threw for the first time in spring training Wednesday, beginning a comeback from two surgeries in the past six months. "He'll get back to tossing a few balls," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Elbert, 27, was hoping to be ready to rejoin the team by April. He last pitched Aug. 26, retiring one batter against the Florida Marlins. Elbert then underwent arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in September. But team doctor Neal ElAttrache found a new area of cartilage damage during a second 40-minute arthroscopic procedure in January, necessitating more repair work.
February 13, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Well, this much is already clear about Hyun-Jin Ryu: He won't be competing in the Los Angeles Marathon any time soon. Ryu was at the end of a line of Dodgers pitchers that ran around the team's complex Tuesday as part of the first workout of the spring. As Ryu shuffled past more than two dozen South Korean journalists who were there to chronicle his every step, he said to them between gasps, “So fast.” The reporters laughed. Ryu, who has demonstrated a good sense of humor over the first two days of camp, appeared completely unshaken by where he finished on the team's morning run. The 6-foot-2 left-hander, who appears heavier than his listed weight of 215 pounds, said he wasn't worried about his conditioning.
February 12, 2013 |
The most expensive team in baseball history will start to assemble Tuesday, when pitchers and catchers report to the Dodgers' Arizona spring-training complex. The Dodgers have a projected opening-day payroll of $230 million and a roster that includes a dozen former All-Stars. Several of these players were acquired in the middle of last season, which ended with a shocking collapse that left them eight games back of their division rival, the San Francisco Giants. General Manager Ned Colletti thinks that spending the spring together could allow these Dodgers to meet the incredibly high expectations of their ambitious and free-spending owners.