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Dodgers Shut Down Broxton Again

Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton has been shut down from throwing again for at least another three weeks after suffering a setback with his right elbow.

The setback came just as the right-hander was set to come off the disabled list.

As a result, club officials won't say at this point that they are counting on getting Broxton back the rest of the season.

"We don't have a timetable now," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We did this once before, where he was shut down for three weeks and did all the stuff to return, and then we got back here. It's just hard to say now that we're going to get him back in six weeks or seven weeks or eight weeks. To me, at this point, if we get him back, great, all the better. But we have to kind of move forward."

Via Tony Jackson/ESPN.com


MLB May File To Seize Dodgers

Major League Baseball is considering a move to seize control of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A person familiar with the league's plans said that MLB "probably" will file a motion to seize the Dodgers, which has been operating under the oversight of a monitor appointed by league commissioner Bud Selig in April.

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt won a reprieve in bankruptcy court Tuesday to maintain day-to-day operations.

Baseball's constitution allows Selig to take control of a team that seeks Chapter 11 protection, but the league first must file a motion seeking termination of the franchise.

Via ESPN.com


Hiroki Kuroda Drawing Trade Interest

The Dodgers are willing to trade pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and he has drawn interest on the market.

A major-league source told Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that "a lot of clubs" are showing interest in the right-hander.

In fact, the Reds and Rockies had scouts present at Kuroda's most recent outing, though it's not clear if they were there to see him in particular.

Via Hardball Talk


MLB Objects To Dodgers Ch. 11 Financing

Major League Baseball has objected to the bankruptcy filing by the Los Angeles Dodgers, accusing team owner Frank McCourt of siphoning off more than $100 million in club revenue and driving the Dodgers into a liquidity crisis.

Just a few hours later, a Delaware judge granted several routine motions that will allow the team to continue operations.

Judge Kevin Gross authorized the Dodgers to continue paying vendors, utility providers and employees, and to keep up with tax and insurance obligations.

After granting several of the motions, Gross ordered a 30-minute recess, allowing time for discussions between attorneys for the Dodgers and MLB, which opposes the team's request for authorization to enter into a $150 million financing arrangement.

"It's a foregone conclusion that a loan is going to be approved," said Dodgers attorney Bruce Bennett. "We have to decide which one and on what terms."

Via ESPN.com


Dodgers File For Bankruptcy Protection

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multi-billion-dollar television deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat.

The Chapter 11 financing permits the Dodgers to use $150 million for daily operations and buys time for the team to seek a media deal and ensure the team's long-term financial stability.

A judge would need to approve use of the money and a hearing is set for Tuesday.

"There will be no disruption to the Dodgers' day-to-day business, the baseball team, or to the Dodger fans," the team said in a statement.

Via ESPN.com


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