June 2010 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Benched Kemp Meets With Torre
Dodgers manager Joe Torre met with outfielder Matt Kemp, who was not in the starting lineup for the third straight game, on Tuesday night. Kemp was pressed into action when Manny Ramirez left in the top of the first inning with a hamstring injury. Torre would not divulge what he and Kemp spoke about, saying nothing more than, "I thought the talk went well." The pair were both mum on what triggered the player's benching. "It was just a matter of deciding to play somebody else," Torre said.
Manny Day-To-Day With Hamstring Strain
Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez is day-to-day after injuring his right hamstring on Monday night. He slid back into second base awkwardly on an unusual play in the first inning against the Giants and left the game. Ramirez was initially listed as day to day, but the team won't know whether the injury is severe enough for Ramirez to be placed on the disabled list until he comes to the ballpark on Wednesday morning. He will not play on Wednesday afternoon.
A-Rod Almost Was Drafted By Dodgers
Alex Rodriguez could have been a member of the Dodgers. Until the mid-2000s, the team picking first in the draft alternated by league. In odd years, the worst American League team from the previous season picked first. The National League had the first pick in even years. In 1992, Dodgers lost 99 games and Seattle lost 98. But the 1993 draft occurred in an odd year, meaning the Mariners picked first and took Rodriguez, even though he had told them he wanted to play in the N.L. The Dodgers took pitcher Darren Dreifort, who went 48-60 in a nine-year career.
Torre Uninterested In Making Up With Yankees
Joe Torre insisted on Friday that he holds no hard feelings towards the Yankees. "I don't think the wounds were ever that deep," he said. "Maybe a scrape or two, but that was it." He sounded convincing, as he always does, and yet earlier Friday Mel Stottlemyre, Torre's close friend and former pitching coach, was saying quite the opposite over the phone. "If the Yankees decided to honor Joe in some way anytime soon, I think Joe would refuse," Stottlemyre said. "That's just my opinion, but I've talked to him enough to know how he feels about some things. "I just hope time heals the wounds, on both sides, really. I think maybe it will, at least for Joe. I don't know about the other side."
Torre Has Mixed Feelings About Facing Yankees
Dodgers manager Joe Torre will face the Yankees on Friday night for the first time since leaving the team three seasons ago. "The odd thing for me is that I'm going to be pulling against people I've never pulled against," Torre said. Torre guided the Yankees to four World Series titles and was managing when mainstays like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte came up. "I grew up with him," Jeter said. "I played for him when I was 21."
Could Dodgers Trade Kemp?
The Dodgers are in dire need of pitching and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports believes they should consider trading outfielder Matt Kemp in order to get some. "But hear me out before shrieking to the high heavens via your favorite blog or message board," Rosenthal writes. "Colletti was correct, if impolitic, when he said in late April that Kemp's defense and baserunning were below-average. Kemp's offense this season isn't so hot, either, and his attitude, for some in the Dodgers' organization, remains an issue." Los Angeles doesn't have the prospects in their farm system to make a play for Cliff Lee.
A-Rod Deflects Questions About Torre
The Yankees will face off against Joe Torre and the Dodgers this weekend in a series that will be as interesting off the field as it will be on the field. Alex Rodriguez has refused to discuss the four years he spent under Torre in New York. After Torre left the Yankees, he wrote a book entitled "The Yankees Years" that took several shots at the third baseman. "Business as usual," Rodriguez said. "I'm excited just to play a good team. This is the part of Interleague that I actually do enjoy; you can see how excited fans are in Arizona and I'm sure they'll be excited in L.A."
Furcal's Father Dies In Dominican Republic
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal's father died on Sunday morning in Dominican Republic three weeks after being kicked in the chest by a horse. Los Angeles placed Furcal on the bereavement/family emergency list before Thursday's game against Cincinnati. Silvino Furcal suffered serious internal damage after being kicked by a horse that was being saddled in the family farm.
Manny Homers, Dodgers Fall To Sox
Manny Ramirez homered against the Red Sox in Boston, but the the Dodgers still lost on Saturday afternoon. Boston topped Los Angeles 5-4 on second baseman Dustin Pedroia's ninth-inning single. Ramirez homered in his second game back at Fenway Park, a sixth-inning solo shot off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. He also had his first stolen base since 2008. He homered into the second row of Green Monster seats. As he rounded the bases, he was serenaded with a mixed response of cheers and boos.
Dodgers Looking To Add Pitching
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Friday that he's looking add a starting pitcher to a rotation that includes a pair of rookies. "The conversations have picked up a little," said Colletti. "It doesn't seem that anything is really hot. There are six or seven weeks to go [until the July 31 Trade Deadline]. Teams holding on to pitchers, their value won't go down unless they get hurt." Colletti didn't say Seattle's Cliff Lee is his target, but the team made a strong run at Lee last summer and reportedly is after him again.
Manny Declines Press Conference In First Fenway Return
Manny Ramirez was warmly greeted by fans, with only a handful of boos when he took batting practice at Fenway.
Kemp Benched Amid 0-For-15 Slump
Matt Kemp had played all but three innings of L.A.'s games this season prior to his benching Sunday.
Torre Isn't Concerned By Ethier's Outburst
Joe Torre has compared Andre Ethier to Paul O'Neill.
Dodgers Aren't Pursuing Oswalt
Any team looking to land Roy Oswalt will have to take on his entire salary.
Dodgers Deny Taking Unsignable Player
The Dodgers drafted a high school pitcher that appears to be headed to LSU in the first round.