May 2013 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Hamstring Lands Kemp On DL

May 31, 2013 8:13 AM

The Dodgers have placed Matt Kemp on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

The club is hoping that the strain in mild, but Kemp missed 51 games with a left hamstring injury last season.

"I don't want to be in the same situation where I come back, hurt it again and sit out another month," Kemp said. "That's just not what I want to happen this year, so just kind of get it better now and, you know, be better."

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Kemp Scheduled For MRI On Hamstring

May 30, 2013 8:39 AM

Matt Kemp left Wednesday night's game with a strained right hamstring and may be headed for the disabled list.

Kemp injured himself chasing a double by Mike Trout in the seventh inning and called out for a trainer before walking off the field.

Kemp missed 51 games with injuries to his left hamstring last season then underwent left shoulder surgery in October.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Dodgers Insist Struggling Kemp Is Healthy

May 29, 2013 8:13 AM

Matt Kemp continues to struggle at the plate, but the Dodgers insist his health is not an issue.

Kemp struck out four times on Monday, the first time he's done so since 2010. He is in the second year of an eight-year, $160 million deal.

He underwent left shoulder surgery in October to repair damage he sustained when colliding with a wall in Colorado last August.

"I would tell you, internally, that we're all assured that he isn't [hurt], you know? So, he's not," Stan Kasten said in an interview with 710 ESPNLA. "We can't really put our finger on it. We certainly can't blame it on that, because he assures us he's not hurt. The doctors, the trainers have all assured me that he's not hurt, that it's just something he's working through."

Kemp is batting .253 with two home runs and 17 RBIs after 186 at-bats.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Would Anyone Take On Ethier's Contract?

May 24, 2013 7:32 AM

Don Mattingly benched Andre Ethier on Wednesday for a supposed lack of hustle, which has sparked talk about whether he has value on the trade market.

Prospect Yasiel Puig is playing well at the Double-A level, hitting .314/.385/.579 with six home runs and 10 steals, and could be in line for a promotion.

Ethier signed a five-year, $85 million extension last year and has hit .270/.346/.415 over the last calendar year.

While it seems unlikely that a team would be willing to take on Ethier's salary, the Dodgers have the financial capability to eat some of his future pay in order to move him and create a spot for Puig.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Trade Rumor

Kasten Understands Mattingly's Critical Comments

May 23, 2013 9:41 PM

Dodgers president Stan Kasten said he was "absolutely" understanding of manager Don Mattingly's critical comments about the team before Wednesday's game in Milwaukee and that he had no problem with them.

"I didn't know the specifics of what he was going to say -- I was out of town on the East Coast in meetings -- and I don't know what he's going to say every day, but I'm very aware of Don's thoughts on the team," Kasten told ESPN LosAngeles. "It was not an issue for me at all. [GM] Ned [Colletti] hasn't expressed any issue to me."

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Mattingly Not Critical Of Dodgers' Front Office

May 23, 2013 9:37 PM

When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly abruptly criticized the lack of fight and competitiveness on his team's "All-Star" roster Wednesday morning, he wasn't aiming that critique at the front office, despite assumptions to the contrary, sources say.

In fact, the manager and GM Ned Colletti were in agreement on those sentiments, sources told ESPN. And multiple sources say Mattingly is in no imminent danger of being fired.

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Mattingly Critical Of Dodgers' Grit, Benches Ethier

May 23, 2013 1:57 AM

Before Wednesday's game, Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly expressed his unhappiness with the team and benched right fielder Andre Ethier.

Mattingly, in the third and final year of his contract, discussed his club's lack of mental toughness and said he wanted a balanced team that has grit and fight, according to an report.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Scott Proctor Retires

May 21, 2013 8:32 AM

Scott Proctor has decided to retire, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

Proctor signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants this offseason but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in March and released at the end of April.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Scout: Kemp's Shoulder Is Bothering Him

May 21, 2013 8:30 AM

A scout believes Matt Kemp is playing with shoulder pain this season.

"Matt Kemp doesn't complain, but it's obvious his shoulder isn't back to 100 percent," the scout said.

Kemp had offseason shoulder surgery and is hitting .267/.315/.358 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 43 games.

Peter Gammons/ (via Twitter)

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

GM Issues Support For Don Mattingly

May 21, 2013 8:14 AM

Don Mattingly insists that he doesn't expect to be fired by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said his manager is "doing fine" and has kept the team steady despite its last-place showing in the NL West.

Mattingly also talked with team president Stan Kasten within the past couple of days and didn't get any indication he was about to be replaced.

"As far as any kind of rumors or whatever they are, I talked to Stan the other day. He didn't fire me that day," Mattingly said. "I'm still here. Ned didn't tell me I wasn't going to be here tomorrow or today. That's the way I look at it."

Associated Press

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Dodgers Have 'No Plans' To Fire Mattingly
Don Mattingly's status has appeared tenuous since the Dodgers were swept in San Francisco two weeks ago.

Steve Dilbeck/Los Angeles Times

Dodgers To Fire Mattingly Soon?
The Dodgers are 17-25 despite a $217 million payroll.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Greinke Comes Off DL To Beat Nats
Zack Greinke pitched 5 1/3 strong innings Wednesday night in his first start since April 11.

Dodgers Will Sign Jonathan Sanchez
Assuming his physical goes well, Jonathan Sanchez will sign with the Dodgers.

Pedro Gomez/ESPN

Kershaw Throws Career-High 132 Pitches
It's only the fourth time in his career that Clayton Kershaw has topped 120 pitches.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Greinke To Come Off DL, Start Wednesday
Zack Greinke is coming off the DL more than three weeks ahead of his original timetable.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Greinke May Start On Wednesday
Zack Greinke broke his collarbone about a month ago.

Austin Laymance/

Lasorda Backs Mattingly Despite Poor Performance
Don Mattingly is operating under the final year of his contract and the Dodgers are just 13-20.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Greinke To Begin Rehab Friday In Class-A
Zack Greinke will begin a minor league rehab assignment in a Class-A game on Friday night.

Asian-Born Pitchers Dominating This Season
Yu Darvish, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Hisashi Iwakuma, Hiroki Kuroda, Wei-Yin Chen, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, Kyuji Fujikawa and Hisanori Takahashi have dominated hitters in 2013.

Dave Cameron/Fan Graphs

Dodgers Crushed Cubs, Rangers In Bidding For Ryu
Chicago bid $15 million, while Texas placed a $18 million bid for Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Buster Olney/ESPN (via Twitter)

Hanley Ramirez Lands Back On DL
Hanley Ramirez hurt his left hamstring running the bases on Friday.

Associated Press

Hanley Helped Off Field With Hamstring Injury
Hanley Ramirez grabbed the back of his left leg just above the knee after getting thrown out sliding into third as he tried to go from first to third.


Dodgers Aren't In Rush To Extend Mattingly
The Dodgers have an option for Don Mattingly in 2014 and they are in no rush to make a move.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Kershaw To Start Friday Following Father's Death
Clayton Kershaw is currently on the bereavement list following the death of his father.

Mark Saxon/ESPN