March 30, 2014 |
With a lineup built around Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers might have more offensive firepower than any team in the National League. But catcher A.J. Ellis said that if they win the World Series this year, the primary reason will be the same as it was for any of the franchise's previous titles. "Like all the great Dodger teams of the past, it's going to be the pitching that carries us," Ellis said. The franchise's fundamental philosophy remains the same, which is reflected in the Dodgers committing about half of their record $250-million payroll to pitching.
March 26, 2014 |
The Dodgers won two games on their season-opening trip to Australia last week, but they may have lost two of their top three starters along the way after Clayton Kershaw was scratched from Sunday's game in San Diego because of a sore back and Hyun-Jin Ryu was considered questionable as his replacement after tearing the nail on his right big toe. “There's not a whole lot to tell you,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “I think from this point we move forward carefully.” Ryu was injured running the bases during his start in Australia.
March 25, 2014 |
Matt Kemp is coming! Matt Kemp is coming! Exactly when is another matter. Currently on the 15-day disabled list, he cannot be activated until April 4 - and could be. "It's a possibility," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Kemp also could be sent out on a rehabilitation assignment, the Dodgers trying very hard to be careful in the prognosis department as he returns from off-season foot and shoulder surgeries. Kemp did not join the team Tuesday when it practiced at Dodger Stadium for the first time since returning from Australia, where it swept two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend.
March 21, 2014 |
SYDNEY, Australia - Even on the other side of the world, the Dodgers have been cast as the villains. The buildup to their season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks is reminiscent of the scenario the Dodgers faced when they played the St. Louis Cardinals last year during the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers' wealth and perceived arrogance have made them the bad guys here. Catcher A.J. Ellis wasn't surprised. "We're the bad guys back in the States," Ellis said.
March 17, 2014 |
Meanwhile, back at the ranch … While the Dodgers were preparing to land in Australia on Tuesday, back at Camelback Ranch some of the players they left behind were back at work Monday. Right-hander Zack Greinke tested his sore calf, apparently without problem against a Class-A Padres team. He threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. The Dodgers said he used all his pitches, had one fielding play and covered first base on another. He threw 42 pitches, 32 for strikes.
March 12, 2014 |
PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke will start for the Dodgers in their exhibition game Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The start will be the second of the spring for Greinke, who threw only four pitches in his Feb. 27 appearance because of a strained right calf muscle. Other pitchers expected to appear in the game are Kenley Jansen, Zach Lee, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell and Chris Withrow. Bench coach Tim Wallach will manage the Dodgers in place of Don Mattingly, who left camp because of a death in his family.