April 2013 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Yasiel Puig Arrested After Traffic Stop

Apr 29, 2013 7:33 AM

Yasiel Puig, the top prospect of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was arrested early Sunday in Chattanooga, Tenn., and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance.

Puig is on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A Chattanooga with a sprained left thumb.

"We're aware of the situation and we take it very seriously," a Dodgers spokesman said. "We'll be handling discipline internally."

The Dodgers signed Puig, 22, to a seven-year, $42 million contract last June.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Legal

Dodgers Emphasizing Versatility On Bench

Apr 27, 2013 2:22 PM

With a star-laden starting lineup, the Los Angeles Dodgers have looked to add versatile players to their bench.

Ned Colletti has players like Mark Ellis, Nick Punto and Skip Schumaker on his bench.

Ellis is nursing a thigh injury that will keep him out a few weeks, but Punto and Schumaker can fill in across the diamond.

"I like our guys. We're pretty flexible over there," Don Mattingly said.

Steve Dilbeck/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Hanley Ramirez To Begin Rehab, Could Return Tuesday

Apr 27, 2013 8:40 AM

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Saturday and could rejoin the team as early as Tuesday.

When Ramirez had surgery March 22 to repair a torn tendon in his right thumb, doctors predicted he would be out roughly eight weeks.

He has said that he plans to come back much earlier.

Ramirez's return has been helped by a flexible splint that allows him to hit and make throws without further injuring his thumb.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Kemp Struggling With Inside Pitches

Apr 26, 2013 7:40 AM

Matt Kemp hasn't been driving the ball this season, which may indicate that he's still building strength in his shoulder.

The outfielder had offseason labrum surgery on his left shoulder.

Kemp hasn't done much on inside pitches -- through Wednesday, he was 6-for-27 (.222) with one walk.

During his MVP-caliber 2011 season, he hit .402/.447/.698 with 14 home runs on inside pitches.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Stats

Hanley Ramirez Headed To Rehab Assisgnment

Apr 25, 2013 3:12 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly Thursday morning said he didn't have a day for the start of Hanley Ramirez's injury rehab assignment, but Ramirez tweeted a big hint an hour later. "Rancho coming soon!!!" tweeted Ramirez, an indication that he'll be headed to Class A Rancho Cucamonga, according to an MLB.com report.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Billingsley Has Tommy John Surgery

Apr 25, 2013 12:21 PM

The Tommy John surgery performed on Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley's right elbow Wednesday night went as expected, and he could be sidelined for a year, according to an MLB.com report.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the operation after Billingsley complained of pain following his second start of the season.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Quentin Has Spoken To Greinke Since Brawl

Apr 24, 2013 7:38 AM

Carlos Quentin, who returned to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, says he has spoken to Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke since their brawl on April 11.

The incident left Greinke with a broken collarbone and Quentin with an eight-game suspension.

Quentin charged Greinke after he was hit by a pitch, leading to a bench-clearing brawl.

"First, I thanked (Greinke) for taking time to speak with me," Quentin said. "We were able to talk and have a good productive conversation. As far as the details of that conversation, that's personal."

Associated Press

Tags: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Billingsley To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Apr 23, 2013 4:53 PM

Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

His recovery time is expected to be 12 months.

Billingsley has dealt with elbow issues this spring. In 12 innings this season, the right-hander had a 3.00 ERA and six strikeouts.

Los Angeles Dodgers (via Twitter)

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Scout: 'Crawford Looks Like The Old Crawford'

Apr 22, 2013 8:37 AM

Carl Crawford has looked good with the Los Angeles Dodgers so far this season.

He is hitting .338/.427/.492 with one home run, two RBIs and three stolen bases.

"Crawford looks like the old Crawford," a scout said. "He's running well, hitting the ball to all fields."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

Red Sox Never Went After Ted Lilly

Apr 22, 2013 8:28 AM

The Boston Red Sox never pursued Ted Lilly when he was made available by the Los Angeles Dodgers because it would have been too difficult to add him to the 25-man roster.

Boston has been looking for a veteran starter they can keep at Triple A in reserve, but haven't found the right guy.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Trade Rumor

Billingsley Lands On DL With Elbow Pain
Chad Billingsley made his second start of the season six days ago.


Lilly Will Start For Dodgers Next Week
Ted Lilly will start in place of Chris Capuano, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

J.P. Hoornstra/Los Angeles Times

Greinke Regrets Not Telling Ellis About Bad Blood With Quentin
Zack Greinke was back in the Dodgers clubhouse on Wednesday.


Hanley Ramirez Plans Early Return From Thumb Injury
The Dodgers initially expected Hanley Ramirez to return in mid-May.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

MLB Upset With Crawford Over Mismatched Cleats
Carl Crawford got the idea to wear two different cleats after seeing that Jimmy Rollins had changed shoes between his at-bats Monday night.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Lilly Agrees To Make Rehab Start, Buying Dodgers Time
Ted Lilly has agreed to make another minor league rehab start, which should buy the Dodgers more time to make a decision on his future.

Buster Olney/ESPN (via Twitter)

Ted Lilly Remains In Limbo With Dodgers
Ted Lilly remains in limbo with the Dodgers after refusing a Minor League assignment over the weekend.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

Quentin Drops Appeal, Begins Serving Suspension
Carlos Quentin has dropped his appeal and begun serving an eight-game suspension for rushing the mound against the Dodgers earlier this week.

Associated Press

Carlos Quentin Suspended Eight Games
Carlos Quentin has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for his role in a brawl with the Dodgers on Thursday night.

Associated Press

Mets May Buy At Deadline Regardless Of Record
They have been linked to Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Gonzalez, but Andre Ethier, Chase Headley, Carl Crawford, John Willingham and Alfonso Soriano could also be targets.

Kevin Davidoff/New York Post

Greinke Breaks Collarbone In Dodgers-Padres Brawl
Zack Greinke hit Carlos Quentin with a pitch on the left shoulder, starting the brawl.

Associated Press

Sources: Mariners To Acquire Aaron Harang
The Rockies are set to trade Aaron Harang to the Mariners, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Talks Between Dodgers, Kershaw 'Already Over $200M'
The Dodgers are still discussing a contract extension with Clayton Kershaw even though the season has started, according to sources.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Dodgers Trade Harang To Rockies For Hernandez
The Dodgers are also sending a significant amount of cash to the Rockies in the deal.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Yankees Set Opening Day Payroll Mark At $230M
The amount is almost 10 times what the Houston Astros are paying their players.

Associated Press

Yankees Again Have Highest Payroll After Acquiring Wells
For the fifteen-straight season, the New York Yankees have the highest Opening Day payroll in the Major Leagues.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today