April 23, 2012 |
They hit, they pitched, they played defense. They also ran the bases, but that's another matter. Mostly, though, the Dodgers opened their three-game series against a hot Atlanta Braves team on Monday by treating them just like all those struggling teams they'd been beating up on. The Dodgers used seven effective innings from Chris Capuano and some timely hitting from the bottom of the order -- including four...
April 19, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe has a sore left wrist and will miss Thursday's series finale against the Brewers at Miller Park. The injury was disclosed before the game by Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, who said he first heard about it during the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday night. "They came to me like in the seventh inning and said Uribe can't swing -- he can play defense, though," Mattingly said, adding that Uribe said he might have injured the wrist sliding.
April 8, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO — If the first three games provided reasons why the Dodgers could make a run at the playoffs, their 8-4 defeat to the San Diego Padres on Sunday at Petco Park reintroduced the unsettling possibility that this season might be similar to last. Except for Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley, their rotation is showing signs that it could be a severe handicap. A day after Chris Capuano pitched only 42/3 innings against what is arguably the worst lineup in baseball, No. 4 starter Aaron Harang sent the Dodgers crashing to their first defeat by lasting a mere 41/3.
April 4, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO — Of the countless questions the Dodgers faced heading into spring training, the most important pertained to outfielder Andre Ethier. Specifically, would he recover from the knee injury that drained him of his power last season? The 18 spring-training games Ethier played in Arizona answered the question. "A month of running on it, swinging on it, staying on my legs, up to this point I haven't had an issue," Ethier said. He batted .396 with three home runs and 16 runs batted in. Of his 19 hits, 15 were for extra bases.
March 21, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — As Clayton Kershaw walked by the pingpong table in the middle of the Dodgers' clubhouse Wednesday morning, Juan Uribe picked up a paddle and challenged him to a game. Kershaw accepted. As soon as Uribe was ahead by a couple of points, he set down his paddle, planted himself on a nearby chair and declared, "I win!" The nearby crowd of Spanish-speaking players roared with laughter. Kershaw smiled, shook his head and returned to his locker. Uribe is still smiling and still optimistic but still isn't hitting.
March 6, 2012 |
San Francisco Giants 8, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: Andre Ethier hit his first home run of the spring. Juan Uribe, who batted .204 in his first season with the Dodgers last year, reached base in both of his plate appearances. Uribe singled to left in the second inning and drew a walk in the fourth. Leadoff hitter Dee Gordon demonstrated his speed in the first inning when he hit a grounder to first baseman Brett Pill but beat pitcher Barry Zito to first base for an infield hit. ON THE MOUND: Ted Lilly served up two towering home runs in the first inning, including one to leadoff hitter Melky Cabrera that went out of the ballpark.
February 26, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- Make no mistake: Juan Uribe is still top-heavy. But Uribe reported to spring training over the weekend with a firmer-looking torso than he did in his disastrous first season with the Dodgers, when he appeared bloated and hit .204 with four home runs and 28 runs batted in. His shoulders and arms are heftier. His midsection isn't protruding as much. "I worked hard to try to regain what I lost last year," Uribe said. Before the Dodgers' projected starting third baseman can move forward, he must revisit the past.
February 25, 2012 |
Juan Uribe reported to spring training with a firmer-looking upper body and an oversized smile. He exchanged loud greetings and embraces with his teammates, then spoke about everything from the work he did to avoid a repeat of his disastrous first season with the Dodgers and to how he could miss the first few days of full-squad workouts because he is a defendant in an upcoming civil trial. Andre Ethier also showed up at the Dodgers complex Saturday. But Ethier wasn't smiling.
September 29, 2011
The Dodgers have four players under contract for 2012 and they will make about $33.75 million. They are: Ted Lilly: $12 million Juan Uribe: $8 million Matt Guerrier: $4.75 Chad Billingsley: $9 million Total: $33.75 million
September 1, 2011 |
Reporting from Pittsburgh — Casey Blake tried playing hurt. Juan Uribe tried resting. But the Dodgers' two injury-riddled infielders are expected to end their seasons the same way: on the operating table. Surgeries are planned for Blake and Uribe in the coming weeks, with Blake scheduled for a neck operation on Tuesday and Uribe receiving a second opinion before undergoing a procedure to repair a sports hernia. "It's really a microcosm of what's happened to us," Manager Don Mattingly said.