March 2007 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Nomar, Mia Become Proud Parents Of Twin Girls
Former soccer star Mia Hamm, wife of Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, has delivered twin girls. "Both are healthy and over 5 pounds," Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said, adding the births took place late Tuesday in the Los Angeles area. Rawitch said Garciaparra flew from Florida to witness the births, but was in the air when the babies were born. "He was on a speaker phone with the delivery room speaking with Mia during the births," Rawitch said. Garciaparra went straight to the hospital upon arriving in Los Angeles to be with his wife.
Brewers' Sheets To Start Opening Day Against Dodgers
Brewers ace Ben Sheets will pitch the season opener for the fifth time in his career. The Brewers start April 2 against the Dodgers. Sheets started four openers in a row before beginning last season on the disabled list and missing half the season with shoulder problems. He finished last year 6-7 with a 3.82 ERA. "I just needed to see that he was healthy," manager Ned Yost said. "That's all I was worried about."
Dodgers Trade Dessens To Milwaukee For Clark
The Dodgers resolved two roster issues on Tuesday, trading reliever Elmer Dessens to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Brady Clark and cash considerations. The right-handed Dessens, acquired in the Odalis Perez trade last season, was about to lose his bullpen spot to non-roster invitee Rudy Seanez. Clark, 34 next month, essentially replaces the injured Jason Repko as the fourth outfielder and takes away a spot that might have gone to James Loney or Larry Bigbie, although each could still make the Opening Day roster.
Dodgers' Kuo To Rest Shoulder
Dodgers pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo, out of contention for the fifth spot in the rotation due to a sore shoulder, will go through two to three weeks of rehabilitation before throwing.
Furcal Suffers Ankle Sprain
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal suffered a sprained left ankle and was removed from Thursday's Grapefruit League contest with the Orioles. Furcal suffered the injury in the top of the first inning when Baltimore's Corey Patterson opened the contest with a fly ball to shallow center field. The speedy Furcal made the catch before colliding with center fielder Jason Repko, who slid to avoid contact. Furcal was taken off the field on a golf cart and went to a hospital for X-rays.
Little Given Contract Extension
Grady Little, the Dodgers' surprising hire as manager more than a year ago, was rewarded for last season's on-field turnaround Tuesday with a one-year contract extension. Little's original contract was for two years plus an option for 2008. The club guaranteed that option with the extension and added a 2009 option. His annual salary has been estimated at $600,000, which would be in the bottom third of all managers. Yankees manager Joe Torre's $7.5 million is at the top of the salary list.
Dodgers Reassign 'The Billionaire'
Left-hander Matt White, whose quest to make the Dodgers' pitching staff as a non-roster invitee was overshadowed by revelations of his billion-dollar rock find, was one of seven players demoted Monday morning. In addition to White, the Dodgers assigned to Minor League camp John Meloan, outfielder Choo Freeman and infielder Tony Abreu, who injured his shoulder Saturday and is out for two to four weeks. Pitchers D.J. Houlton and Eric Stults and outfielder Delwyn Young were optioned. White said he would accept the assignment and continue pitching in the Minor Leagues, working on a sidearm delivery designed to make him more effective against left-handed hitters. After receiving the news, he toured the clubhouse for a farewell handshake with each teammate and carried his bags over to the Minor League clubhouse.
Broxton Struggles On Monday
The promising Jonathan Broxton, expected to be the Dodgers' primary setup man this season, faced five batters, walked three, went to three-ball counts on almost all of them, failed to retire any and saw all five score. Most disturbing was that he was missing not just off the corner, but all over the place and sometimes by as much as a foot. The result was that a close game got out of hand and the Dodgers trudged away with a 9-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. "I was just out there working on some stuff," Broxton said. "I fell behind a lot of hitters, and I couldn't bounce back from it. I was trying to find my splitty, but it kept going up and away. ... Earlier (this spring), I just went fastball-slider. I'm just now starting to work on my split. It's up in the zone right now, and I have to get it back down."
Dodgers Send Rock-Rich Pitcher To Minor League Camp
The Dodgers pitcher who made more headlines for his rocks than his lobs during training camp this spring was reassigned to the team's minor league camp Monday. Matt White, a 29-year-old left-hander, discovered a valuable rock quarry behind a house he bought from an aunt three years ago in western Massachusetts. But while everyone else wanted to talk about his possible fortune, White wanted to stay focused on baseball. The attention the quarry received wasn't to blame for his reassignment, he said.
Dodgers' McCourt Says 2009 Spring Move To Arizona On Track
Owner Frank McCourt says everything is on track for the Dodgers' move in 2009 from their longtime Florida home to a new spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., they will share with the White Sox. "These things are never done till they are done, but there's nothing I see on the horizon in that category of something that would recall the deal," McCourt said Saturday.