April 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Red Sox Will Look To Deal For Izturis
Although the Red Sox insist they're committed to Alex Gonzalez for his defense at shortstop and not concerned with his sub-.300 on-base percentage, they are getting ready to engage in trade talks with the Dodgers for Cesar Izturis as soon as he comes off the disabled list.
Reds Acquire Ross, Designate Womack For Assignment
The Cincinnati Reds acquired outfielder Cody Ross from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named Monday and designated infielder Tony Womack for assignment. "I'm happy to find a home, especially with the Reds, a great organization with a lot of history," Ross said after arriving at RFK Stadium in time to take batting practice before Cincinnati's game against the Washington Nationals. "It's an exciting time for me now."
Ross On His Way To Cincinnati?
Ned Colletti declined to comment on a report ? on his team's website ? that the Dodgers were close to trading outfielder Cody Ross to the Cincinnati Reds. The Dodgers designated Ross for assignment last week.
Dodgers Shop Izturis
The Dodgers are shopping former Gold Glove shortstop Cesar Izturis, who'd prefer not to be a backup outfielder for them. The club signed Rafael Furcal over the summer, displacing Izturis.
Nomar Goes 2-For-3 In Rehab Assignment
Nomar Garciaparra went 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s on Thursday night as he rehabs from a rib cage injury. Garciaparra batted leadoff and played first base in the first of two games he plans to play in the minors before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend. He doubled to deep right-center field on the game's first pitch and singled in the third inning. In his final at-bat, Garciaparra was retired on a slow chopper to shortstop with runners on first and third and two outs in the fifth. "Health wise, everything looked good for him," Las Vegas manager Jerry Royster said. "He was ambitious with the bat and running the bases. He got to make some plays at first base. Everything seems to be on course."
Nomar Getting Closer To Dodger Debut
Nomar Garciaparra is one step closer to playing his first game of the season after going through a second consecutive round of batting practice Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. The only remaining questions now are how his ribcage muscle feels today and whether he'll make his 2006 debut with the Dodgers or on a minor-league rehab assignment. Garciaparra suffered a strained right ribcage muscle during the last weekend of spring training. He's been on the DL since Opening Day. Garciaparra expects to know how he feels sometime today. After two straight days of rigorous batting practice, his body will let him know whether he's healed enough to withstand real-game conditions. As for where he'll make his season debut, based on Grady Little's feelings, it looks like Garciaparra will play some minor-league games before being activated.
Dodgers Trying To Trade Ross
Cody Ross will always have Pittsburgh. But he probably is no longer a Dodger. The outfielder who belted a grand slam and a three-run home run against the Pirates on Thursday was designated for assignment, meaning the Dodgers have 10 days to trade, waive or release him. General Manager Ned Colletti has been trying for weeks to trade Ross, but even a seven-for-14 showing with the Dodgers ? including the big game against Pittsburgh ? hasn't generated interest.
Kent Suffers Mild Concussion
A CT scan on Jeff Kent's head taken at Good Samaritan Hospital after he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning was normal and the Dodger second baseman was diagnosed with a mild concussion and a bruise on the left side of his head. Kent will visit an ophthalmologist today because he complained of cloudiness in his left eye. Kent lay motionless for about 15 seconds after being hit by a pitch from San Francisco Giant right-hander Brad Hennessey.
Brazoban Faces Tommy John Surgery
The latest player to go down is relief pitcher Yhency Brazoban, who learned Friday he has to undergo Tommy John surgery next week to repair his right elbow and will be lost for the rest of the season. Brazoban injured his arm throwing a pitch Wednesday in Pittsburgh to Jeromy Burnitz, and though he stayed on to throw two more pitches he knew something was seriously wrong. After undergoing an MRI test in Los Angeles on Friday, Brazoban's fears were realized. His surgery is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Los Angeles and he faces at least a year-long rehabilitation. "It was tough to deal with learning about how serious the injury was," Brazoban said through an interpreter. "But now that I've had some time to think about it I know this is what I have to do to get my arm healthy again."
Colletti Talking Trade To Fill L.A. Holes
New Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti attended his revamped club's first week worth of games before returning to Los Angeles from Philadelphia on Sunday evening. On Tuesday, Colletti offered a succinct summation of what he had witnessed. "I see some good things, and I see a couple of areas that I still think need to get sorted out," he said. "But I think the people are there to sort them out." Colletti is talking to other clubs about possible trades, but that is nothing out of the ordinary, and it doesn't appear that any deal is imminent. While he wouldn't say it, it is clear two areas he would like to shore up are left field and the starting rotation.
Gagne Could Be Back In Six Weeks
Eric Gagne could be pitching in Dodgers games in as little as six weeks after undergoing a relatively minor operation on Friday morning to remove a sensory nerve in his right arm.
Gagne To Have Surgery
Dodgers closer Eric Gagne will have surgery Friday to remove a nerve from his pitching elbow - his second arm operation in less than a year - leaving his season in doubt.