May 2012 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Matt Kemp Set For MRI On Hamstring
Just a day after coming off the disabled list, Matt Kemp aggravated his left hamstring while scoring from first base against the Brewers on Wednesday night. Kemp's stride slowed noticeably as he came around third base. He left the game immediately. "I don't know what happened," the Dodgers center fielder said. "It's just kind of gave out. It's definitely frustrating, having just come back, and now I will be sitting out a while. ... I tried to hide it, but there really was no hiding this." Kemp, who broke a bat over his knee in the dugout before heading to the clubhouse, will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.
Abreu Providing Leadership To Dodgers
Bobby Abreu has been filling the role of veteran leader for the Dodgers this spring. Abreu has hit .327 with seven RBIs, six extra-base hits and 11 runs in 21 games since joining the Dodgers on May 4. The outfielder was released by the Angels on April 30 after hitting .208 to start the season. "His name came up when we saw he got released," manager Don Mattingly said. "It couldn't have been better timing for us. He kind of stepped in and all of a sudden we lose a few guys and Bobby has been playing a lot more than we really anticipated."
Texas Still Leads Hunt For Oswalt
The Dodgers are showing interest in Roy Oswalt, but team officials still believe the Rangers are leading the hunt for the right-hander. Oswalt has worked out for other teams, but Texas has long been believed to be his preferred destination. "I would be shocked if he doesn't go to Texas," a baseball official said. "A team is going to have to greatly outbid Texas to keep him from going there."
Oswalt Threw For Dodgers Last Week
The Dodgers watched Roy Oswalt throw last week in Starkville, Miss., according to a source. Oswalt, who had previously auditioned for the Phillies, Red Sox and the Rangers, has given teams indications that Texas is his destination of choice. The right-hander, 34, has a career record of 159-93 in 11 seasons with Houston and Philadelphia.
Report: Dodgers Made Offer To Oswalt
It is believed that Roy Halladay's shoulder situation has led the Phillies to consider signing Roy Oswalt, but they will have competition. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night that the Dodgers have made an offer to the right-hander. The Rangers, Red Sox and Orioles have also been linked to Oswalt.
Dodgers Will Force Kemp To Take Days Off
Don Mattingly says he is now willing to tell Matt Kemp when the center fielder needs to take a game off. Kemp is expected to be activated on Tuesday after landing on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Before the injury, Kemp had played in 399 consecutive games and he doesn't like to sit. No streak means no pressure to play him every day. "I think it makes it easier to say, 'Matt, we need to give you a day. It's the right day. We're going to take care of you,'" Mattingly said. "At that point, I know he'll fight me, but at that point I'll probably play my manager card."
Matt Kemp To Begin Rehab Assignment
Matt Kemp will begin what is expected to be a two-game rehabilitation stint at Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday. The Dodgers center fielder is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday in time to face the Brewers. He was sidelined May 14 with a left-hamstring strain, at a point when he was hitting .359 with 12 home runs, 28 RBI and a .446 on-base percentage.
Lidge: Phillies Need To 'Ante Up' In Talks With Hamels
Longtime Phillies closer Brad Lidge believes that the team needs to "ante up" in talks with Cole Hamels on a contract extension. "They're going to have to ante up. He hasn't been willing to take discount so far," Lidge said. He added that the Dodgers could be a potential landing spot for the left-hander, who is from California. "I'm sure I'm not the first to say that," he added.
Four Arrested After Beating At Dodger Stadium
A driver was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after a weekend game and four people were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to police. The driver, a man in his 20s, was in stable condition with scrapes and cuts to his face and his injuries are not life-threatening. The man was involved in a minor collision with another driver as he was leaving the stadium parking lot, and three men from another car also got involved.
Mark Ellis Faced Amputation Of Leg
Mark Ellis, who will miss six weeks of action with leg issues, faced amputation of the limb, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. After being injured Friday night on a hard slide by Tyler Greene of the Cardinals, Ellis was hurried to the hospital Saturday for surgery to reduce swelling in the leg. "Doc said last night that in another six or seven hours, he had a chance of losing his leg," Mattingly said. Ellis is expected to remain hospitalized until Tuesday.
Mark Ellis Has Emergency Leg Surgery
Mark Ellis has been placed on the disabled list following emergency surgery to remove pressure on his left leg.
Kemp Relents, Lands On Disabled List
Matt Kemp played through a hamstring injury for more than a week, but has finally landed on the disabled list.
Kemp To Have MRI On Injured Hamstring
Matt Kemp doesn't want to go on the disabled list to allow his hamstring to heal completely.
Dodgers Request Unconditional Waivers On MacDougal
He will be granted his release on Sunday if he is not claimed off waivers.
Dodgers Discussing How To Keep Ethier
Los Angeles now has new ownership and Andre Ethier, a pending free agent, is open to remaining with the team.
Jansen Will Replace Guerra As Dodgers Closer
Kenley Jansen will replace Javy Guerra as the Dodgers closer immediately.
Abreu Had Other Options, Liked Dodgers
Bobby Abreu has a relationship with manager Don Mattingly from their time together with the Yankees.
Dodgers Sign Bobby Abreu
Bobby Abreu hit .208 in 24 at-bats before the Angels let him go last Friday.
Dodgers, Abreu Discussing Part-Time Role
The Angels released the 38-year-old outfielder on Friday after he got off to a slow start in a limited role.
New Owners Lower Parking Cost At Dodgers Stadium
Magic Johnson, an NBA Hall of Famer, is the face of the team's ownership group.
New Ownership Increases Chances Of Ethier Deal
Andre Ethier, who had an issue with Frank McCourt, could receive a deal worth roughly $90 million over six years.
Sale Of Dodgers To Guggenheim Group Finalized
The sale of the Dodgers to a group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson for $2 billion has been finalized.
Report: Sale Of Dodgers Has Been Delayed
The sale of the Dodgers, which was expected to close on Monday, has been delayed.