May 2007 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Nomo Trying To Get Back Into Baseball
Hideo Nomo and Mac Suzuki are eyeing a return to the major leagues. Nomo has been rehabilitating from elbow surgery in the Los Angeles area. According to his agent, Don Nomura, Nomo definitely wants to pitch again. "He's a little bit away from a return, but not too far away," said Nomura, who also is trying to get Suzuki a minor league deal.
Dodgers Recall LHP Kuo, Designate IF Valdez For Assignment
The odgers recalled left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, and designated infielder Wilson Valdez for assignment. In addition, right-hander Joe Mays opted out of his minor league contract and requested his unconditional release. Kuo, who began the season on the disabled list, has no record in five games for Las Vegas -- three of them starts. He walked five, struck out 19 and allowed four earned runs in 11 1-3 innings. By recalling Kuo, the Dodgers expanded their pitching staff to 12.
Dodgers May Covet Glaus
Even though the Dodgers have started well, they may be in the market to trade for a third baseman. Last week, Dodger scouts were watching the Red Sox and Blue Jays. Since there is little chance the Sox would move Mike Lowell after his hot start, perhaps the Dodgers are keeping an eye on Troy Glaus with the Jays on a rapid descent. The Dodgers may swoop in if the Blue Jays hold a fire sale.
Dontrelle Thinking About Pitching in LA Already?
Dontrelle Willis' best friend, Juan Pierre, plays for the Dodgers and since the pitcher will be a free agent after the 2009 season, Los Angeles might be a suitable landing spot. "I think he wants me to come to LA, so we'll see," Willis said about Pierre with a smile.
Dodgers Looking For 3B Help
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti hinted before Saturday's game he is considering promoting either Andy LaRoche or Tony Abreu from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the club's gaping offensive hole at third base. It was merely the latest subtle warning aimed at Wilson Betemit, who has played stellar defense all season but continues to struggle at the plate. Betemit was out of the lineup Saturday, but came through with a pinch-hit homer off - Betemit's first of the season - in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a valuable insurance run. "I think (LaRoche and Abreu) are both ready to be given consideration," Colletti said. "We won't know if they're ready (for the majors) until after we watch them play in the big leagues for a while. But they are both on the verge of making us make a decision." Meanwhile, there are indications from various sources around the league that the Dodgers are actively pursuing a third baseman via trade.