July 2005 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Baker Denies Report That He Wants Dodgers' Job
The Los Angeles Times quoted sources saying that Dusty Baker wants to take over the Dodgers if Jim Tracy doesn't return in 2006. The Times quoted a source saying, "[Baker] would love the Dodgers to come calling and then hope the Cubs would let him go." Baker, 56, played for the Dodgers from 1976-82. He's in the third year of a four-year deal with the Cubs, and in 2003-04, led the team to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1971-72. The Cubs were 53-50 entering Sunday's game. "I don't know where these things come from," Baker said Sunday about the report. "I've got a year and some change on my contract [with the Cubs]. I've never not honored a contract in my entire life. I don't renegotiate contracts. I've never done that. Only one time have I ever signed before the end of the season, only one time. This is the first time since I was a player that I've had a contract over two years, and most of the times that was at my choice. "I didn't sign here for four years thinking about going somewhere else," Baker said. "I signed here for four years because I thought it might take that long, No. 1, and, No. 2, because I wanted to make sure we saw this thing through. LA, that's kind of out there. Sources, there's always a source saying something. It seems like I'm in more rumors than somebody in Hollywood."
Scott Erickson Designated For Assignment By Dodgers
The Dodgers designated pitcher Scott Erickson for assignment on Friday and optioned backup catcher Mike Rose to Triple-A Las Vegas. Replacing them on the 25-man roster are right-hander Jonathan Broxton, whose contract was purchased from Double-A Jacksonville, and switch-hitting catcher Dioner Navarro, who was recalled from Las Vegas. The 37-year-old Erickson was 1-4 with a 6.02 ERA in 19 appearances, including eight starts. The 14-year veteran, who helped lead the Minnesota Twins to a World Series title in 1991 with a 20-8 record, was demoted to the bullpen on May 22 after going 1-4 with a 7.22 ERA. He allowed one earned run in 11 2/3 innings over his last seven outings.
Penny Suspended Five Games
Pitcher Brad Penny was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his run-in with an umpire during the Dodgers' game against San Francisco last week. Penny was ejected by plate umpire Rob Drake last Thursday after throwing his helmet while returning to the dugout following a play at first base. Penny then had to be held back by third base coach Jim Lett and bench coach Glenn Hoffman before leaving the field. The right-hander's suspension is scheduled to begin Friday, though he will remain eligible to pitch if he appeals the penalty.
L.A. For Dunn?
Adam Dunn, a Cincinnati Red outfielder-first baseman, has 23 home runs. He hit 46 last season. The Dodgers' eight position players that finished Sunday's game had a total of 22 homers. Rumors are rampant that Dunn could be headed for L.A. if the Dodgers remain convinced they can make a run at the National League West title. Tracy, however, would not speculate on that. "I won't even begin to go there," said Chad Tracy.
Kent Strains Left Hamstring In 6-1 Loss To Colorado
Jeff Kent left Tuesday night's 6-1 loss to Colorado in the sixth inning with a strained left hamstring, just hours after the Dodgers placed All-Star shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list and learned that J.D. Drew will miss eight weeks with a broken wrist. Kent, one of the few Opening Day regulars who hasn't missed time this season, said he pulled himself from the game when he felt the hamstring tightening up. The Dodgers listed him as "day-to-day" and Kent said the team's dire injury problems won't force him to rush his comeback. "Sometimes you go with what you've got," Kent said. "I didn't have a whole lot in the second half of the game today and I'm hoping I have more tomorrow. It's got nothing to do with the team we have. It's got everything to do with me and with what I can contribute."
Dodgers Learn Drew Won't Need Surgery, Will Be Out Two Weeks
The injury-riddled Los Angeles Dodgers placed All-Star shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday -- two days after outfielder J.D. Drew broke his left wrist when hit by a pitch. The Dodgers learned Tuesday that Drew won't need surgery and is expected to return in about two months. Drew had a cast placed on the wrist Tuesday and will go back to the doctor in two weeks for a checkup. Surgery would have likely ended his season, so manager Jim Tracy called the news, "the best case scenario for us." "It will give him time to heal," Tracy said. Izturis was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Thursday, meaning he'll be eligible to be activated shortly after the All-Star break. He will attend the All-Star game next Tuesday, although Tracy said it's doubtful he'll play. "Putting him on the DL was the wisest thing to do," Tracy said. "He will only miss one game after the break."
Drew Breaks Left Wrist On A HBP
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder J.D. Drew broke his left wrist Sunday night when he was hit by a pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Brad Halsey. "It was a fastball that hit me right on the wrist," said Drew, who homered three times in the previous two games. "I went out there to test it and it started to swell on me. I came in and got a clean X-ray, and it showed a clean break. "It's going to be hard to pick up where I left off when I get back. It's out of my control. I was being aggressive at the plate and one just got away from him." It wasn't immediately known how long Drew would be sidelined, but one Dodger said Drew told a few teammates, "I'll see you in about 6-8 weeks." The injury-plagued Dodgers, already missing center fielder Milton Bradley with a torn ligament in his right ring finger and left fielder Ricky Ledee with a strained left hamstring, will be scrambling to find a suitable replacement for Drew.