February 2014 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Greinke Leaves With Strained Right Calf

Feb 28, 2014 7:25 AM

Zack Greinke left his first spring training start in the first inning Thursday with a strained right calf.

Greinke was joined on the mound by trainer Stan Conte and manager Don Mattingly after throwing just four pitches. He left the field and retreated to the clubhouse with Conte.

"I think it's minor, but we'll see," Greinke said. "I don't know exactly what it was, but it felt kind of like a cramp."

The Dodgers termed Greinke's removal "precautionary," but even a small injury could push back his season debut.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Kemp Scheduled For MRI On Left Ankle

Feb 25, 2014 4:39 PM

Matt Kemp will have on MRI on his troublesome left ankle later this week.

The exam should set the course for the remainder of Kemp's spring.

If doctors clear Kemp to resume running, he could be playing in spring games within a week or so and would have a chance of being on the field shortly after Opening Day.

The Dodgers have already ruled out Kemp for their season opener March 22 in Australia.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Australian Officials Upset By Greinke's Comments

Feb 24, 2014 6:48 AM

Zack Greinke upset organizers of Major League Baseball's season-opening series in Australia when he said he was not excited for the trip.

The Sydney Morning Herald said Australian officials have reached out to the Dodgers and Major League Baseball for an explanation.

The opening series at the Sydney Cricket Ground was planned between Australian officials, MLB, the players association, the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it. There just isn't any excitement to it," Greinke said. "I can't think of one reason to be excited for it."

The Dodgers responded to the uproar from Australia by explaining that the team, as a whole, is looking forward to the excursion.

"Zack has this endearing, contrarian quality to him that we all know and love about him," Stan Kasten said. "He's famously focused and meticulous about his training regimen. It's what makes him so good and such a great teammate. This is clearly going to alter his routine. I understand that aspect of it.

"But my problem right now is trying to make room for all the people that want to go -- players, family, front-office people. As an organization, we couldn't be more excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

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Either Agrees With Kemp: Everyone Wants To Start

Feb 21, 2014 4:13 PM

Andre Either agrees with Matt Kemp in not wanting to be the odd man out when the Los Angeles Dodgers try to fit four outfielders into three spots.

After Kemp made headlines by saying he would not accept a role as a fourth outfielder, he consulted Ethier.

"I said, 'That's the way I feel. I know that's the way you feel and, I think, that's the way you should feel,'" Ethier said. "You want guys having that kind of edge to them, keeping their game at the highest level instead of settling for a lesser role.

"The team's made a financial commitment to all of us. If, all of a sudden, a guy says he's happy accepting that kind of role, wouldn't you as a fan say, 'He's happy being complacent?'"

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Koufax Hit In Head By Foul Ball

Feb 21, 2014 4:06 PM

Sandy Koufax was struck in the head by a foul ball as the Los Angeles Dodgers were taking batting practice at their spring training complex on Friday.

The Hall of Famer was standing in foul ground next to the bullpen, watching pitching prospect Ross Stripling throw, when Andre Ethier hit a low liner toward the area.

The ball hit Koufax on the left side of the head.

His head was not bandaged and there was a small cut near his left temple. He told reporters he was fine.

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Koufax: Puig Needs To Improve Fundamentals

Feb 17, 2014 4:08 PM

Sandy Koufax enjoys watching Yasiel Puig, but he'd like to see the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder improve his fundamentals.

"If the showmanship doesn't involve bad decisions, it's fine," Koufax said during his first appearance with the team at spring training.

"I think people love it. You've got a great arm, you want to show it off, but you'd like to see it go to the right place all the time. He's young, he hasn't played. I think the biggest thing is he hasn't played against competition as good as he is, so you're always able to have your physical ability make up for whatever else you did. He's learning. I'm sure it's going to happen. There's too much talent not to."

Koufax, a three-time Cy Young award winner, joined the Dodgers as a special assistant to owner Mark Walter last spring.

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Kemp 'Won't Accept' Bench Role With Dodgers

Feb 14, 2014 4:37 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers could go into the season with four outfielders for three starting spots.

Matt Kemp, one of those options, is making it clear that he won't accept a bench role.

"I'm not a fourth outfielder. We can cut that off right there," Kemp said. "I won't accept that role. I can't accept that role."

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Hanley Ramirez Wants To Be 'Dodger For Life'

Feb 12, 2014 4:17 PM

Hanley Ramirez says he wants to be "a Dodger for life."

Ramirez otherwise declined to talk about his contract status, saying with a smile, "I'm a baseball player."

Position players are scheduled to report for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

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Jansen, Dodgers Agree To $5.3M Deal

Feb 11, 2014 5:03 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal with Kenley Jansen.

The 26-year-old had sought $5.05 million while the Dodgers initially offered $3.5 million. An arbitration hearing was scheduled for Feb. 18.

Jansen was 4-3 with a 1.88 ERA and 28 saves with 111 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings in 2013.

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Beckett Insists He'll Be Ready For Season

Feb 11, 2014 10:03 AM

Josh Beckett insists that he will be ready for the start of the 2014 season after having a rib removed last July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm.

"I don't have numbness and tingling, anymore," Beckett said.

Beckett is expected to battle Paul Maholm for the fifth spot in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting rotation this spring.

"I'm not tentative," said Beckett. "I'm going to throw as hard as I can and see what happens. Right now, I feel great. I'll throw the ball until I blow out and I'm hoping that's not for a few more years."

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Mattingly Enjoys 'Confidence' Dodgers Showed Him
The Dodgers signed Don Mattingly to a three-year contract this winter after question marks dominated the end of the 2013 season.

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Haren Throws First Bullpen Session For Dodgers
Dan Haren signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Dodgers during the offseason.

Dodgers To Add Maholm To Rotation
Paul Maholm is 76-95 with a 4.28 ERA over nine seasons with the Pirates, Cubs and Braves.

ESPN.com

Arroyo May Be Nearing Contract Agreement
Bronson Arroyo will reportedly end up with either the Diamondbacks or Dodgers.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Arroyo Lowers Asking Price To $22M
Bronson Arroyo and his representation have lowered their asking price to roughly $22 million over two seasons.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Arroyo Down To Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Orioles
The Diamondbacks are considered "slight favorites" to sign Bronson Arroyo.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Justin Turner To Sign With Dodgers
The infielder will receive a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Tim Dierkes/MLB Trade Rumors

Dodgers Still In Talks With Arroyo
The Dodgers at one point were said to have Arroyo's name on a "short list" of fallback options in the event that they were unable to land Masahiro Tanaka.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Puig May Hit Leadoff For Dodgers
Don Mattingly says switching Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford in the order would provide better balance.

Ken Gurnick/MLB

Diamondbacks Considering Bronson Arroyo
The hold up in talks appears to be the vesting option and/or third season Arroyo has been requesting.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Puig Apologizes To Fans For Reckless Drving
Yasiel Puig apologized to fans on Saturday for his recent reckless driving arrest.

ESPN.com

Dodgers, A.J. Ellis Agree On Deal
A.J. Ellis has agreed to a $3.55 million deal with the Dodgers.

ESPN.com