Dodgers Disability Update

April 8, 2014

Hospital Ward

 

If it’s April, then it’s time to update the Dodgers DL.

 

On the DL

AJ Ellis – Surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.  Second time around for this meniscus.  Likely out until late May.

Clayton Kershaw – Back muscle tear, hopefully he will be back sometime in May.  The sooner the better, but make sure you are ready.

Chad Billingsley – Coming off a Tommy John surgery, he may be available in May, and boy, do we need him.  He could replace Paul Maholm in the starting rotation.

Onelki Garcia – He’s on the 60 day DL recovering from left elbow surgery.

Brian Wilson – Dead arm disease – he hopes to return by tax day.

Scott Elbert – Surgery on his left shoulder will likely keep him on the DL all of 2014, if not longer.

Josh Beckett – Recovered from losing a rib, now trying to stave off an ankle injury, he may move off the DL on Wednesday just in time to start against Detroit.

 

Off the DL

Matt Kemp – returned on Friday April 4th, hit two HRs on April 6th and hopefully he will stay of the DL for the remainder of 2014.

 

One foot in the DL

Yasiel Puig – Bonehead play sliding into first base has him sitting on the bench with a sore left thumb.

Drew Butera’s bat has been on the DL since 2007, which was the only year in professional baseball that he hit above .220.  And that was in AA ball.

Ned’s brain – Why else do we have Figgins on our bench?  At least we got rid of Baxter.

 

 

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Dodgers feeling the heat

July 7, 2012

Even though the Dodgers play tonight in 78 degree comfort under the Chase Field roof instead of sweltering in the 109 degree temperature outside, the team will still feel the heat of the Giants nipping at their heels and the frustration of leaving so many runners in scoring position last night.

In a game that saw Clayton Kershaw implode for 5 earned runs in the 6th inning, the Dodgers had 12 hits and blew a couple of opportunities to score.

Tonight Chad Billingsley takes the mound.  Billingsley was sharp out of the gates with five scoreless innings in his last start. However, he gave up three runs in the sixth to pick up his eighth loss. He has lost his last four outings.

Dodgers lineup:

  1. Herrera CF
  2. Cruz SS
  3. Hairston LF
  4. Loney 1B
  5. Kennedy 2B
  6. AJ Ellis C
  7. Van Slyke RF
  8. Uribe 3B
  9. Billingsley P

Not Much of A Generational Gap After All

September 22, 2011

I was perusing across the web last night, trying to get that awful game outta my mind, and came across some interesting pieces. Most of them were of the same things we write and speak of on here. However, it wasn’t until I scrolled down to someone’s comment that I got to thinking, this is interesting. What I’m referring to is the fact that someone brought up the fact that another crop of youngsters are about ready to step in for the veterans, again, and yet, this team has stayed in some sort of a limbo, where they’ve yet to know what they have in certain players (Loney), and know what they get in others (Kemp). Then there’s the enigma that is Broxton, and Martin, two Dodgers who became integral parts of this team when they first came up way back in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

With the likes of De La Rosa, Guerra, Jansen, Federowicz, Sands, Gordon, Lindblom, Elbert, Eovaldi, Sellers, De Jesus Jr., Van Slyke, etc., being ready to claim their place in Dodger lore, what can we say about our first core group of the new Millennium.? Most have matured and hit their peak, some have yet to find it, some have found a need to re-invent themselves, and yet, all are under 31. The only lack of minor league talent seems to be 3B, as again, we have used the old adage of signing players instead of developing them in order to fix our problems.

My rambling is such as to not only draw concern for this group but also to say, in a way, what would of been. Had Broxton not imploded, had he had a coach force him to lose the weight, had Martin eased up on his workload, had he not stepped the way he did when running home. What would of been in those playoffs, had Broxton not given up that bomb to Matt Stairs or the hit by Rollins. Would we have made it to the World Series?

What I can’t argue is the fact that had we won both Game 4’s, we’d of been tied up at 2 a piece, and from there, who’s to say we wouldn’t of won the next two. So many ifs, but with the 1st core, we accomplished so much, if even overachieving, with grit and determination. What can we do with this bunch. Dee looks to be a demon on the basepaths, Guerra and Jansen look deadly in the pen, Sands in hitting, Elbert is finally pitching well, and others should come along.

In essence, I write this not only to ask for some thoughts on what would of been, but also of what will be of this group, and can they jell together in time to see Loney, Billz and Ethier produce like they were intended to, not too long ago.


Dodgers Play Doubleheader Today…Maybe

September 8, 2011

With Wednesday’s game being cancelled, then uncancelled, then finally cancelled again on account of rain, the Dodgers and Nationals will play a traditional doubleheader today, weather permitting.  And with a 50% chance of rain today at game time, that is a big PERMITTING.

Game 1 will begin at 10:05 a.m. PT. The second game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. The probable starters for the Dodgers are Dana Eveland in Game 1 and Chad Billingsley in the nightcap.

Third baseman Juan Uribe underwent surgery to repair a left sports hernia Wednesday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Craig Smith, and Uribe will be able to start rehab within the next two weeks.

Sports hernia symptoms include groin pain along the low abdomen where the abdominal muscles connect with the pelvis and leg. Unlike a true hernia, there is no bulging. A sports hernia is a tear or weakness in these muscles.

Unlike most sports injuries that can be diagnosed easily, there are no diagnostic tests to detect a sports hernia. A misdiagnosis by a doctor unfamiliar with sports hernia symptoms can lead to chronic groin pain and unnecessary delay in returning to athletic competition. It is best diagnosed by a specialist familiar with sports hernia who treats athletes with groin pain on a regular basis.

This Day in Dodgers History

September 8, 1955 – The Dodgers clinch their eighth National League pennant with a 10-2 victory over the Braves at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Brooklyn’s 17-game lead makes it the earliest date that a team has captured a flag in baseball history.


Welcome Back Stephen Strasburg / The Mind of Mattingly

September 6, 2011

Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals fireballing phenom, will make his season debut today against the Dodgers.  Last year, Strasburg went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA before undergoing the Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in September.  He was on a rehab assignment by August, going 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA in six games.  Tuesday’s start, against Ted Lilly, will be Strasburg’s first big league game since Aug. 21, 2010.

If Strasburg can pick up where he left off, last year he routinely posted a close to triple digit fastball and a wicked curve, the currently struggling Dodger offense will face quite a challenge.

Lilly, who had a 2.35 ERA in August after a mediocre June and July, is looking for his first three-game winning streak of the season.

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Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly wants more offense for 2012.  Mattingly says the team needs to boost its offensive production, but that could deplete the team’s pitching, one of its few strong points.

More from Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times:

…Don Mattingly said that if he had to decide between the Dodgers‘ adding a quality bat or a quality arm over the winter, he would take the bat.  “A solid bat is something we’ve got to have or we’ll right back to where we were,” Mattingly said.  By that, he means before their mid-July acquisition of Juan Rivera, who has helped transform the Dodgers’ offense from abysmal to respectable.  “It tells you what one bat can do to your lineup,” Mattingly said.

But at what cost?  With the Dodgers in bankruptcy and their ownership situation in limbo, adding offense could force them to subtract pitching.  Starting pitching has been about the only part of the organization that hasn’t appeared compromised by its financial troubles.

Anchored by Cy Young Award candidate Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ rotation has the third-lowest earned-run average in the National League behind the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.  The Dodgers were designed this way. They went into spring training with six established starters — Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland and Vicente Padilla, who was sent to the bullpen.

When Garland and Padilla went down because of season-ending injuries, they called up top prospect Rubby De La Rosa, who was armed with a 100-mph fastball. When De La Rosa was lost to an elbow operation, they replaced him with another top prospect, Nathan Eovaldi.  “Every time we walk out there, you feel like you have a starter who’s going to keep you in the game and give you a chance to win,” Mattingly said…

This Day in Dodgers History

September 6, 1981 – With his seventh blanking, Dodger lefty Fernando Valenzuela ties the major league rookie record for shutouts beating the Cardinal, 5-0.


Dodgers Need to be Brave to Play Atlanta

September 2, 2011

The Dodgers are on a roll.  They have won nine of their last ten games and three consecutive series.  By winning the make up game yesterday in Pittsburgh, they also took that series by winning three of the four games dating back to May 9 when the series began.  The teams they beat lately have been the weaker teams.  All that will change when they roll into Atlanta, Georgia today.

The Braves, who have gone 8-3 in their last 11 games, are 8 1/2 games ahead in the NL Wild Card standings.  Only Philadelphia has a better win-loss percentage than Atlanta in the National League.  The Braves have five of the top 22 hitters in the National League since the All-Star break.  They also lead the NL in homers with 56 since the break.

The Dodgers will need to play their best to win in Atlanta.

Today, Chad Billingsley (10-10, 4.08) goes against RHP Brandon Beachy (7-2, 3.31) starting at 4:35 this afternoon.

This Day in Dodgers History

September 2, 1993 – Drawing a crowd 47,699 for their 62nd home game, the Rockies surpass the 1982 Dodgers by drawing of 3,617,863 fans to Mile High Stadium in Denver setting a new National League single-season attendance record. The expansion club will also break the 1992 Blue Jays major league mark of 4,028,318 before the season is over.


Conundrum Amongdem

July 18, 2011

Since its on everyone’s mind – who do we root for this series? On the one hand, how can you ever root for the Gnats? On the other hand, we know what Ned’s thinking.  A three game sweep by the Gnats almost assuredly means Ned at least won’t be a buyer at the trade deadline. A three game sweep by our boys in blue would almost certainly mean Ned will trade the farm, or what’s left of it. I’m of the opinion even winning two will encourage Ned into thinking he can find the right piece(s) to make a run, even though we’ve already lost a game in the standings since the all-star break, which flies in the face of Ned’s “if we can make up one game a week” scenario.

Billingsley may make the decision easier.  He’s been pitching well of late, but not so coincidentally it was with A.J. Ellis behind the plate. Now that A.J. is back in the desert and its Barajas/Navarro, will Billz revert back?

Who will you be pulling for this series?