September 2007 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Furcal Could Sign Extension With Dodgers
Rafael Furcal could be looking to extend his stay in Los Angeles by seeking a contract extension in the winter. The 2008 season will mark the final year of a three-year, $39 million contract that was the first big move of the Ned Colletti era. "It's something I'll leave to my agent," said Furcal, 29, who has yet to speak with Colletti. "I don't like to talk about my contract during the season. Maybe we'll talk later. "I want to stay here. I like the city."
Schmidt Optimistic For Spring Return
Jason Schmidt, speaking publicly for the first time since he had shoulder surgery in June, said Thursday that he hoped to be ready for the start of spring training. "It'll kind of dictate itself," Schmidt said. "If it's not [ready by spring training], I can't see it much longer than that." Schmidt, who was 1-4 with a 6.31 earned-run average in six starts before getting his shoulder repaired, was visiting Los Angeles from his Arizona home for a routine checkup with Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Schmidt said he hasn't set a target date to start throwing, and that he would be examined after another six weeks of rehabilitation.
Lowe Misses Start With Hurt Hand
The season that Derek Lowe felt was long grew even longer Wednesday, his start pushed back by a contusion in his pitching hand. Lowe was hurt playing catch with Jonathan Broxton during pregame warmups Tuesday, as a ball missed his glove and struck his right hand between his thumb and forefinger. He said his hand was swollen and that he had trouble gripping a baseball. X-rays were negative and Manager Grady Little said Lowe was "day to day." Lowe is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday in the second game of the Dodgers' three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lowe's turn Wednesday was taken by Chad Billingsley, whose spot today will be filled by David Wells. Because the Dodgers didn't play Monday, Billingsley and Wells received a normal four days' rest. "It caps off the year for me so far," said Lowe, who has also battled hip problems in the second half of the season.
Dodgers' Wells To Start Serving Suspension
Dodgers pitcher David Wells decided Saturday to drop his appeal of a seven-game suspension stemming from an incident July 7, when he was still with San Diego, in which he reacted to being ejected by umpire Ed Hickox by flinging a ball toward the backstop. Wells began serving the suspension immediately and will be eligible to return Saturday at San Francisco, although he might not start until Sunday. Wells hurried off the field after batting practice, declining to discuss his decision with a group of reporters.
Wolf To Undergo Shoulder Surgery
Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf's last-ditch effort to return from the disabled list before the end of the season has been snuffed out by another setback. The left-hander felt more discomfort in his shoulder this week and will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic to determine the cause. The development casts Wolf's future into doubt, especially given that he spurned a handful of multi-year offers last winter to accept a one-year contract with his hometown Dodgers. "Obviously, I took a huge risk to come here," Wolf said. "I knew it was a risk, but I took a gamble, and I lost. Life is full of them." The Dodgers hold a $9 million option on Wolf for next season that they clearly aren't going to exercise.