May 29, 2013 |
Hanley Ramirez, missing Dodgers superstar, has lost most of the season thus far, but not his confidence. “I'm one of the best players in the game,” Ramirez said. “I always stay positive.” Ramirez tweeted Wednesday he will start his rehab assignment from a strained hamstring Thursday with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in Bakersfield. And start it ready to hit. “I'm born to hit, you know? It's a gift,” he said. “You have to just keep working.” If the weekend goes as planned, Ramirez would be back in the Dodgers' lineup at shortstop Monday when the Padres come to Dodger Stadium.
May 24, 2013 |
Matt Kemp's surgically repaired left shoulder is hampering his swing and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Friday that has played a big part in Kemp's season-long struggles at the plate. Kemp, who is hitting .266 with two home runs and 17 runs batted in, cannot fully extend on his swing, something teammates Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez both experienced when they returned from shoulder surgery. "He's not where he wants to be. He's frustrated out there," Mattingly said of Kemp.
May 1, 2013 |
Dwight Howard won't need off-season surgery on his shoulder. Howard was examined on Wednesday by Dr. James Tibone of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group, according to a Lakers news release. Tibone's assessment was that "surgery is not necessary at this time. " Howard tore the labrum in his right shoulder on Jan. 4 in a loss to the Clippers. During the season, the Lakers center sat out six games while dealing with soreness related to the tear. In late January, Howard told The Times surgery would knock him out for a lengthy period.
April 30, 2013 |
When you get older, things happen. This body part aches, that one creaks, another stings. Most of the time they come and go, but sometimes they linger. Sometimes they become a bigger issue. Ted Lilly is 37, which is hardly ancient, but if you're a professional athlete, it can feel like you're knocking at its door. So when Lilly found his back beginning to tighten the day after his first start, he figured it was just one of those things. “There are things that come up and then they go away,” Lilly said.
April 23, 2013 |
That felt inevitable, but no less damning. Chad Billingsley tried to buck the odds, tried to do it his way, but in the end all he did was delay a season-ending surgery. The Dodgers announced Tuesday that Billingsley would undergo Tommy John elbow surgery, be lost for the rest of the year and probably be out until at least April of next season. Billingsley was shut down last August with a partially torn elbow ligament, the type of injury that typically leads to Tommy John surgery.
April 15, 2013 |
Now here's a problem the Dodgers never saw coming. An uncomfortable standoff with left-hander Ted Lilly. Lilly is on the 15-day disabled list and says he's ready to pitch. The Dodgers think otherwise, or so they say. They want him to make another rehab start, and possibly two. Lilly has already made a pair of rehab starts, throwing 90 pitches in his last one, and doesn't see the need to make more. And as is his right, has refused another rehab assignment. So now what? At one point the Dodgers had three extra, veteran starters.