May 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Gagne Ready For Thursday
Reliever Eric Gagne allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save in his second and final rehab assignment for Class AAA Las Vegas. Gagne said he is scheduled to return to the Dodgers on Thursday, when they return home to play Philadelphia. "My arm felt great. I feel confident," said Gagne, who had elbow surgery April 7. "I'll be ready for Thursday. You get mentally ready and bounce back in the big leagues."
Gagne Getting Closer To Return
With a little luck and another uneventful rehabilitation appearance with Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, injured closer Eric Gagne could be activated by the end of the week, Dodgers manager Grady Little said on Saturday. But Little cautioned that there is no guarantee that the right-hander will resume his normal ninth-inning duties while hinting that Gagne may be eased back into that role. "The way he feels will dictate how we use him," Little said before the Dodgers faced the Washington Nationals on Saturday at RFK Stadium. "But our plan will be to use him, not to abuse him, so we have him the rest of the season."
Dodgers Could Be Favorites In D-Train Derby
A general feeling, reports Joel Sherman, exists among executives that the Marlins will at least see what Dontrelle Willis gets in a thin market, and may kick the tires with Miguel Cabrera as well. Florida will value high-ceiling prospects, catchers and center fielders particularly. GM Larry Beinfest's modus operandi is to prioritize about 10 teams and go in order asking for the prospects Florida most desires. The Dodgers, with prospects such as Russ Martin and Matt Kemp, and an aggressive GM in Ned Colletti, could be the favorites.
Gagne Likely To Return In Early June
Eric Gagne threw another bullpen session before Sunday's game, adding curveballs to the mix for the first time since April 7 surgery to remove a sensory nerve in his right elbow. It was Gagne's third session of approximately 20 pitches this week. Gagne is expected to pitch to hitters sometime this week and could go on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment soon, with an early-June return now likely. "We've got a little gap we have to bridge (until Gagne returns)," Little said. "We feel very confident Gagne will be back around the first week of June. This will relieve a lot of the tension we're having."
Mueller To Have Procedure On Knee On Monday
Bill Mueller found out on Friday that an MRI had revealed more damage in his right knee. He will have his third procedure on that knee since May 28, 2004, today in Phoenix, to be performed by Dr. David Zeman. Mueller signed a two-year, $9.5 million deal as a free agent in the offseason, had hoped to get through a season without surgery. He wanted to make a big impression with his new team, wanted to make sure Dodgers manager Grady Little could write him into the lineup every day. ''I hate to let Grady down," Mueller said. ''I tweaked it a couple of weeks ago and I knew then, really. I didn't have to have any tests. I knew. It felt just like it did when I hurt my knee for the Red Sox in '04 when I was going for a foul pop fly in Seattle. But I wanted to see if I could play through it, and for a couple of weeks I thought I could. ''But I've been a mess. I've been making errors and haven't been hitting. I had about 50 ccs of fluid drained the other day. Had a cortisone shot, which dried up the extra fluid. I played one day on it and it swelled back up on me. I knew I had to shut it down."
Perez Now Unlikely To Be Dealt To Mets
Odalis Perez was activated from the bereavement list on Tuesday and was sent to the bullpen. "We need to see if we can get (Perez) back on track," manager Grady Little said. "We think throwing a few times out of the pen might help him out." He has been mentioned in rumors involving a trade with the Mets, but that now appears to be an unlikely scenario.
Drew Insists Opt Out Is In Case He Didn't Like Los Angeles
When J.D. Drew signed with the Dodgers, all anyone wanted to talk about was that Jeff Boras had insisted on an escape clause after the second year was an example of him looking to make out big in case he had another big season. Drew said if he uses that clause, it won't be to seek an even bigger contract following a solid season. It was included only as a hedge in case he and his wife didn't care for life in Los Angeles. "Basically, we were concerned a little bit about coming this far from home," Drew said. "We had heard the stories about the traffic and all that. So I talked to Scott, and he put that in so we wouldn't have to be unhappy here for five years. But we love where we're at in Pasadena, because it's so close to the ballpark. "This has been a great fit for us so far."
Dodgers Will Shop Perez To Mets
The Dodgers tried to trade Odalis Perez during the off-season, but no one was willing to take on his salary. Including a deferred signing bonus, he is owed about $9 million this season and $10 million next season. There is also a club option for 2008, which can be bought out for $1.5 million. A potential trade partner might be the New York Mets. Starter Victor Zambrano suffered a torn flexor tendon in his elbow Saturday and will be sidelined the rest of the season. Met third base coach Manny Acta was the manager of the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic, and Perez pitched well for him. Two sources said the Dodgers will contact the Mets about Perez, perhaps as soon as today.