August 2011 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Strasburg To Start For Nats On September 6
Washington manager Davey Johnson on Tuesday confirmed plans for Stephen Strasburg to make his first 2011 start for the Nationals on Sept. 6 against the Dodgers Strasburg will start for Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday. It is expected to be his final rehab appearance in his comeback from Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. "I've got a spot open for him," Johnson said.
Several Players Approaching 30/30 Club
With a little less than a month left in the regular season, there are a number of players approaching the 30/30 club. There were no new members of the club last season, the first time that has happened since 1986. Ryan Braun, Curtis Granderson, Jacoby Ellsbury and Ian Kinsler are all within range of the accomplishment. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has already joined the club.
Ethier Returns After Meeting Over Knee
Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier returned to the starting lineup on Monday night, one day after meeting privately with manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti. Ethier met with Mattingly and Colletti to clear the air in the wake of comments the outfielder made that seemed to imply he was being forced to play through a knee injury against his wishes. He later backtracked on those comments, saying he was the one whose decision it was to keep playing. Ethier will likely require offseason surgery. After reinserting Ethier into the lineup on Monday, Mattingly said that isn't a concern. "We're not going to do any damage to it," Mattingly said. "We're not taking a chance at tearing any ligaments."
Ethier Meets With Mattingly, GM About Knee
Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Sunday morning for further examination on his right knee. Ethier has experienced gradually increasing discomfort over the past two years and will probably undergo minor surgery after the season. Before meeting with Dr. ElAttrache, Ethier sat down with manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti to address comments the right fielder made in Sunday's editions of the Los Angeles Times. Ethier seemed to imply that Mattingly was playing him against his wishes despite the knee pain. "I got kind of blindsided by that (column)," Mattingly said. "To me, the way I read it was that Dre has been telling us he couldn't play and we said play anyway. That definitely isn't the case. For me, that is taking a shot at my integrity. Not just mine, but the organization, the training staff and Ned. "His knee has been banged up, there is no denying that. But with that, we check with him. 'Are you OK today?' There have been times when I will get him in the weight room after a game and say, 'I'm giving you the day off tomorrow,' and then he'll come into my office and say he wants to (play)."
Matt Kemp Reaches 30/30 Plateau
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp became the first major league player in two years to reach the 30-home run/30-stolen base plateau. Kemp reached the mark when he homered over the center-field wall off Rockies reliever Matt Reynolds in the seventh inning on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. He also became just the second player in Dodgers franchise history to do it, joining former outfielder Raul Mondesi, who went 30/30 in both 1997 and 1999. "This is something I worked hard for in the offseason," Kemp said. "Raul Mondesi was a great Dodger, and that is a big part of this. It's pretty special. To do it here at home, that makes it more special."
Scully Will Return To Dodgers In 2012
Vin Scully announced on Friday night that he will return for a 63rd season as the Dodgers primary play-by-play voice next year. He will announce all home games and road games against National League West opponents. Scully, 83, began his announcement in unique fashion, by holding up two chocolate-chip cookies in front of the camera so viewers could see them. "Every year at this time of year, a nice lady in Woodland Hills named Mrs. Marti Squires sends me some chocolate chip cookies," Scully said. "This year, when she sent them in the letter, it said, 'This is a bribe to get you to come back next year.' Well, I don't want to make a big deal out of it, you and I have been friends for a long time. But after a lot of soul searching and a few prayers, and deciding that maybe we can do it, we have decided that we will come back with the Dodgers for next year."
Dodgers Attendance Takes Major Hit
The Dodgers have played in a somewhat empty stadium in Los Angeles this season. Dodgers Stadium is expected to welcome 2.2 million to 2.3 million this season, according to court testimony. If every one of Dodger Stadium's 56,000 seats were filled for every game, the team's attendance for the season would be 4.536 million. If the Dodgers attract 2.25 million people, they would play to 49.6% of capacity.
Brewers Turn Triple Play Against Dodgers
The Brewers defeated the Dodgers 3-0 on Monday night thanks to a triple play and three solo home runs. "The best thing a team can do is each part of the game that might be lacking that day, pick that part up. We did a great job today. I got in a jam a couple of times ... and they made great plays behind me," starting pitcher Randy Wolf said. Milwaukee has won 17 of their last 19 games. In the second inning, James Loney hit a grounder that second baseman Josh Wilson grabbed up the middle, flipping the ball out of his glove to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt threw to Prince Fielder at first and Fielder fired home, where George Kottaras tagged out Matt Kemp. "You never really plan on those things happening," Kottaras said. "It was really amazing."
Dodgers, First-Round Pick Agree To Terms
The Dodgers have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Chris Reed, according to a team source. Reed, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound left-handed pitcher out of Stanford, was the 16th overall selection in June's First-Year Player Draft. He posted a 1.80 ERA in 45 relief innings during his junior season, but struggled in his lone start.
Dodgers Losing $27M This Season
The Dodgers are struggling financially, which is no surprise, but a drop in attendance has furthered their woes. The Los Angeles Times writes that the team has lost $27 million this season and that may only be the beginning. The figures are based on the decrease in tickets sold, the only numbers Major League Baseball makes available. It cannot include an accurate picture of revenue lost from no-shows.
Dodgers, MLB Agree On Financing
The Dodgers and Major League Baseball have agreed on a bankruptcy financing plan for the team.
Dodgers May Lose De La Rosa For Season
Dodgers rookie Rubby De La Rosa may require elbow surgery.
A's Owner Wants McCourt To Sell Dodgers
A's owner Lew Wolff is hopeful that Frank McCourt will soon sell the financially troubled Dodgers.