August 2013 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Kemp Gets Five At-Bats In Rehab Game

Aug 30, 2013 8:20 AM

Matt Kemp got five at-bats in his first rehab game with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday night, taking the next step towards a return to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He went 0-for-5 after missing five weeks with a sprained ankle. Kemp served as the team's designated hitter and hit second in the lineup.

"I got more comfortable as the game went on," Kemp said. "I knew I wasn't going to come out feeling super good. But I hit some balls hard and that's all you can ask for."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Reports: Padres Send Edinson Volquez To Dodgers

Aug 29, 2013 1:52 AM

Right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez has agreed to a major league deal with the Dodgers pending a physical, according to reports by Fox Sports and the Los Angeles Times.

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

Kemp Nearing Return, Wants To Play Everyday

Aug 28, 2013 5:11 PM

Matt Kemp, who could return as soon as next week, plans to play everyday for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers have Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier.

Kemp tested his ankle running the bases on Tuesday.

"I'm a center fielder. That's my role, to play center field every day," Kemp said. "I don't know why people keep asking me what role I'm going to play. I want to play every day. I don't like to sit out games. I like to give my team a chance to win, and I feel like I can do that."

He injured his ankle sliding into home plate July 21.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Puig Removed From Game For Disciplinary Reasons

Aug 28, 2013 4:55 PM

Yasiel Puig was removed from Wednesday's game for disciplinary reasons.

He left in the fifth inning of the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins and no injury was mentioned.

Hardball Talk

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Mattingly Was Two Days Away From Being Fired

Aug 26, 2013 8:41 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers struggled over the first third of the season, briefly putting Don Mattingly on the hot seat.

According to a baseball official, Mattingly might have had 48 hours to save his job at one point. The Dodgers lost the first two games of a series with the San Diego Padres on June 20-21. They were 9.5 games out of first place in the National League West and 12 games under .500.

Had the Dodgers lost the last two games in San Diego, according to the official, Mattingly might have been fired. The Dodgers won the final two games of the series, beginning a 42-8 run.

"I love my manager, as I always have," Stan Kasten said when asked to confirm the story.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

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Dodgers Lose First Series Since Mid-June

Aug 26, 2013 8:27 AM

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 on Sunday night, giving them a series victory over the hottest team in baseball.

The Dodgers hadn't lost a series since June 14-16, when Pittsburgh also took two of three. Los Angeles is 46-12 since June 22.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Stats

Josh Beckett To Resume Throwing

Aug 26, 2013 8:23 AM

Josh Beckett has declared himself ahead of schedule after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and expects to be ready for the start of spring training.

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Beckett in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox a year ago.

"There's still some hurdles to get over, but I feel really good for where I'm at," Beckett said. "We were looking at eight weeks before I started throwing again, and I beat that by about two weeks. So we're ahead of schedule right now. I don't think anybody was expecting that, so everything's going good. But I think we'll know more probably when I begin my bullpens. December's going to be long, so I'd like to get over those mental blocks now. It's something to look forward to."

Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in his first eight starts this season before going in the disabled list in mid-May.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Kruk Falls Ill At Dodger Stadium

Aug 26, 2013 8:18 AM

ESPN analyst John Kruk left the television booth at Dodger Stadium on Sunday night after becoming dehydrated.

Kruk was treated at the stadium and was cleared to return to his hotel.

He was feeling dizzy before being diagnosed with dehydration.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

Dodgers Working To Keep Crawford Healthy

Aug 25, 2013 5:12 PM

Carl Crawford was not in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday afternoon.

Crawford had started 21 of 24 games, but has battled left hamstring and lower back trouble this season.

"I want to take care of Carl from the standpoint of him being healthy the rest of the year," Don Mattingly said. "I'm sure he wants to play, but it's my job to give these guys the best chance to be healthy. We found out with Carl if you go too many days in a row, something ends up nailing him."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Dodgers 'Absolutely' Interested In Extending Ramirez

Aug 24, 2013 5:58 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are "absolutely" interested in extending Hanley Ramirez's contract, according to controlling owner Mark Walter.

Ramirez's current contract runs through the end of the 2014 season.

"I think a guy like Hanley Ramirez, he's a special, special player," Walter said. "If you know where we could find five more, we'll take them all. I don't think there are five more."

Ramirez will earn $15.5 million this year and $16 million next year.

"Hanley's a special guy," Walter said. "He's fun in the clubhouse. He inspires other people. He hits the ball harder than anybody else."

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Sources: Kershaw, Dodgers Were Close To $210M Deal
The Dodgers backed off and the two sides have not negotiated in months.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Dodgers Targeted Gonzalez Months Before Red Sox Trade
The Dodgers inquired about Adrian Gonzalez at least twice before the Red Sox were comfortable dealing him last August.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Vin Scully To Return For 65th Season
Vin Scully plans to return to the booth for the Dodgers in 2014, for a 65th season.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Kershaw On Pace For Historic ERA
Clayton Kershaw dominated the Miami Marlins on Thursday, lowering his ERA to a Major-League best 1.72.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Brian Wilson Sharp In Dodgers Debut
Dodgers reliever Brain Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Dodgers' win over the Marlins on Thursday afternoon.

Puig Fined For Showing Up Late
Yasiel Puig was fined by the Dodgers for showing up late to the ballpark on Tuesday.

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Dodgers May Not Go After Cano This Winter
The Dodgers have long been linked to Robinson Cano, but they may be looking at other options at second.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Sources: Angels, Dodgers Discussed Kendrick
The Angels and Dodgers held extensive discussions involving Howie Kendrick prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Gibson: 'Cheaters' Like Braun Rob Others
Kirk Gibson believes "cheaters" like Ryan Braun rob other players of special baseball moments.

Associated Press

Puig Ignores Appeals To Hit Cutoff Man
Don Mattingly has confirmed that Yasiel Puig continues to ignore appeals to hit the cutoff man while playing in the outfield.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Dodgers First NL Team To Go 37-8 Since 1953
Los Angeles was 30-42 back on June 21, more than nine games out of first place.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Carlos Martinez To Make First Career Start For Cardinals
The Cardinals will start rookie Carlos Martinez against the Dodgers on Thursday night.

Mattingly: Dodgers Were Close To Firing Me
The Dodgers are red-hot, but they were close to making a managerial change when they started the season 30-42.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

McGwire Expresses Regret, Hopes MLB Cleans Up Game
Mark McGwire was emotional as he spoke to reporters following the suspensions of 13 Major League players tied to performance-enhancing drugs.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Hanley Jams Shoulder, DL Stint Possible
Hanley Ramirez jammed his right shoulder when he tumbled into the stands after a catch Sunday.

Associated Press

Dodgers Push Back Greinke's Start
The Dodgers pushed back Zack Greinke's scheduled start in an effort to keep him rested and fresh.

Associated Press

Dodgers Release Ted Lilly
The Dodgers have requested unconditional waivers on Ted Lilly, according to a source.

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Puig Injures Thumb, Downplays Severity
Yasiel Puig was injured making a diving catch in right field.

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Three Teams Vying For Cuban Shortstop
Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero remains on the open market and three Major League teams are vying for his services.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Sabean: Giants Were Interested In Brian Wilson
Giants GM Brian Sabean insists that the team had serious interest in re-signing their former closer, Brian Wilson.