April 2010 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Colletti Says He Didn't Single Kemp Out
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti called out his team on Tuesday, appearing to single out center fielder Matt Kemp. On Wednesday, Colletti felt the need to address his comments as they had become a big story around the team. "First of all, I didn't single Matt Kemp out," Colletti said. "I was asked a question by the radio station. They singled Matt Kemp out. I responded to that question the station had, that Peter had, regarding Matt Kemp, and it sounds like they didn't take any of it out of context. I'm not satisfied with how our club has played. We could have a record of 12-8 [instead of 8-12], and I would still feel that way. It's about the presentation, the execution and the thought process." Colletti said on KABC's "The Peter Tilden Show" that Kemp's defense and baserunning were below average and wondered aloud whether Kemp's new contract made him complacent.
Manny Will Have Calf Looked At Monday
Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez will have his strained right calf looked at on Monday. Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday. He has an appointment with team physician Neal ElAttrache on Monday to review the results of an MRI that was taken on Friday.
Dodgers Place Padilla On DL
The Dodgers have placed pitcher Vicente Padilla on the disabled list with a right arm injury. Padilla's upper right forearm muscle is bothering him. Los Angeles manager Joe Torre didn't say who would take Padilla's spot in the rotation on Tuesday against the Mets.
Dodgers Place Manny On 15-Day DL
The Dodgers have placed outfielder Manny Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. The injury caused him to miss two starts last weekend and flared up on Thursday night at Cincinnati. Los Angeles recalled outfielder Xavier Paul from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Manny Leaves Game With Strained Calf
Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez left the team's loss to the Reds on Thursday night with a strained right calf. Ramirez suffered the injury while running out a single. Cincinnati defeated Los Angeles 8-5. Dodgers manager Joe Torre said that Ramirez would likely miss a few days.
Russ Ortiz Opts For Free Agency
Russ Ortiz has chosen to become a free agent after being designated for assignment over the weekend. The Dodgers said the right-hander opted out on Thursday. They had cut the 35-year-old right on Sunday. The Dodgers purchased Ortiz's contract from Triple-A Albuquerque on April 5. He was 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA in six games.
Report: Gagne To Retire
Eric Gagne has decided to retire from the game of baseball, according to the French-Canadian website RueFrontenac.com. Gagne won the 2003 National League Cy Young award as the closer of the Dodgers and recorded 84 consecutive saves over parts of three seasons. He failed to complete a comeback with as a non-roster invitee to spring training. His legacy was sullied when his name showed up in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball.
Scully Marks 60 Years With Dodgers
Sunday marked the 60th anniversary of the first game ever called by Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. "I had no idea," said Scully, who had to be reminded of the achievement. He also remembers no details from his first game, on April 18, 1950. The defending National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers opened their season that day with a 9-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. "I was probably scared to death, seriously," he said. "At least I had done a lot of exhibition games for a month. In those days, I would only do the third inning and the seventh inning on radio."
Dodgers Almost Forced To Use Loney On Mound
Projected by most teams as a pitcher when the Dodgers drafted him out of high school, James Loney has always joked about his desire to step on a major league mound. "I thought about it a little bit," Loney said. The Dodgers exhausted seven relievers on Thursday, including knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, who is scheduled to start against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. The only reliever who didn't pitch was Jeff Weaver and that was because he unavailable after having appeared in six of the previous seven games. Manager Joe Torre said that had the Dodgers tied the score in the 11th inning and sent it into the 12th, he would have surveyed the position players to see if any of them would volunteer to pitch.
Manny Reaches 2,500-Hit Milestone
Manny Ramirez has become the 91st player in major league history to record 2,500 hits in his career. He reached the feat with an infield single in the fifth inning against the Marlins on Saturday. The last player to register his 2,500th hit with the Dodgers was Luis Gonzalez in 2007.
Rihanna Confirms Relationship With Kemp
On Thursday, Rihanna confirmed that she is dating Matt Kemp.
Manny No Longer Represented By Boras?
Manny Ramirez may be represented by Carlos Lopez now.
Russ Ortiz Appears To Have Made Dodgers
Russ Ortiz is rumored to have beat out Nick Green for the final roster spot.