April 2014 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Pitchers Expected To Dominate 2014 Amateur Draft

Apr 29, 2014 5:12 PM

Pitching is the name of the game as June's First-Year Player Draft approaches.

In 2011, the first four picks were pitchers and seven-straight were taken after Matt Bush went No. 1 overall in 2004. Jim Callis writes that this year could set a new record for pitchers drafted in the first round. The current standard is 20, which came in 2001.

"There could be eight or nine pitchers taken in the top 10," a scouting director with an American League team said. "How many can go in the top 15? Twelve? Thirteen? There are so many arms. This is a deeper pool of players than last year, especially with pitchers."

The consensus top four prospects in the Draft, to be held June 5-7, are all pitchers.

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Kemp Upset With Sterling's 'Unacceptable' Comments

Apr 27, 2014 10:09 PM

MLB has now been dragged into the Donald Sterling fiasco in the form of Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to an ESPN.com report.

Sterling, the owner of the NBA's Clippers, is under fire for racist comments he made to girlfriend V. Stiviano, who is Mexican and black. That tape was released to TMZ.com, but a different part of the tape not previously released was leaked to Deadspin.com and that version makes mention of Kemp.

Kemp was stunned to see his name mentioned with Sterling's when he woke up Sunday morning.

"I was shocked," Kemp said. "I was really shocked. I haven't been to a basketball game since maybe last year, and I did take my mom. I met the young lady, I've known her through mutual people. We all sat in the same [area].

"I remember taking the picture, but I didn't think it would ever come to this. This is crazy."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Kershaw Not Happy About One More Rehab Start

Apr 27, 2014 10:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw will make one more rehab start before returning to the Dodgers, and the left-hander didn't hide his feelings as he voiced his displeasure at the move Sunday.

Kershaw, who has lobbied to come off the disabled list this week, instead will start Wednesday for Class AA Chattanooga. He was placed on the DL with inflammation in his back after his Opening Day start in Australia last month.

ESPN.com

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Hanley Ramirez Leaves Game With Thumb Bruise

Apr 27, 2014 12:58 AM

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Saturday night's game against the Rockies with a thumb injury, according to an ESPN.com report. 

According to the team, Ramirez has a right thumb bruise. X-rays were negative and the team said it had nothing to do with Ramirez's right thumb injury from a season ago.

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Dodgers Mum On Kershaw's Return Date

Apr 25, 2014 9:13 AM

Clayton Kershaw will make a Minor League rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night.

Don Mattingly would not say how soon Kershaw might return to the team's rotation.

Kershaw has been on the disabled list since suffering a strained teres major muscle on the left side of his back in his Opening Night win in Australia.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

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Kershaw Set For Rehab Start On Friday

Apr 24, 2014 10:59 AM

Clayton Kershaw will start his minor league rehabilitation assignment Friday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

The left-hander made just one regular-season start before going on the disabled list with a strained teres major muscle in his upper back. The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to have him back within two weeks.

Don Mattingly wouldn't commit to how many rehab starts Kershaw would make before coming back, saying, "We'll just go one at a time and see. More than one, for sure."

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Kershaw Feels Fine After Throwing Simulated Game

Apr 20, 2014 11:06 PM

Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw has been on the DL with an upper back problem, but he threw a simulated game Sunday at Dodger Stadium at maximum effort and reported no problems afterward.

The Dodgers are reluctant to announce it, but as long as Kershaw feels no discomfort the day after, a rehab assignment is in his near future seems likely.

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Hamels Expected To Pitch In Los Angeles

Apr 19, 2014 10:43 PM

Cole Hamels is expected to make his season debut for the Phillies on Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, according to an ESPN.com report.

Hamels wasn't ready for the start of the season after feeling discomfort in his pitching arm in November. The left-hander was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis.

"We'll fit him in there in L.A.," manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters before Friday's game against Colorado. "We're still discussing it, but as we speak we're leaning toward Wednesday."

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Hanley Ramirez Hit On Hand, X-rays Negative

Apr 17, 2014 9:22 AM

Hanley Ramirez left Wednesday night's game against the San Francisco Giants after getting hit in the left hand by a Ryan Vogelsong pitch in the seventh inning.

A 90 mph fastball caught Ramirez on the back of the hand.

X-rays taken on the hand came back negative.

"You guys know me. If it's good tomorrow, I'll be in there," Ramirez said. "That's it. It's good news that it's not broken. Now, you just have to see how it feels tomorrow morning. I'm going to get here early, try to hit and see if I can go."

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Puig Subjected To Threats, Civil Suit

Apr 16, 2014 4:16 PM

Yasiel Puig has received threats from the human traffickers who orchestrated his 2012 defection from Cuba to Mexico, according to an investigation by ESPN The Magazine.

The report also explores a civil lawsuit filed in a Florida federal court that accuses Puig of wrongfully accusing a man of attempting to set up a defection. The suit was reported on by LA Magazine earlier this week.

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Dodgers' Gonzalez Approaching Several Team Records
Adrian Gonzalez has hit a home run in each of his last four games, including a three-run blast on Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

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Puig Back In Lineup After Missing Three Games
Yasiel Puig returned to the starting lineup Friday night after missing three games with a strained left thumb.

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Length, Not Value, Biggest Issue In Hanley Extension Talks
If the two sides reach an agreement, the average annual value is expected to be in the range of $22 million to $25 million.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Dodgers Send Puig For MRI On Thumb
Puig sat out on Sunday after initially injuring the thumb while sliding headfirst into first base on Saturday.

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Puig Back In Dodgers' Lineup
Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff for the Dodgers on Saturday against the Giants.

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Puig Apologizes For Being Late
Yasiel Puig apologized to Don Mattngly and his teammates after batting practice on Friday.

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Puig Pulled From Lineup For Being Late
The Dodgers scratched Yasiel Puig from their lineup on Friday after he was late for batting practice.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Ortiz Has MLB's Highest-Selling Jersey
The top 20 players are spread across 13 teams.

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Honeycutt: Shorter Spring Would Mean Fewer Injuries
The Dodgers are dealing with injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson early in the season.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez Still Discussing Extension
The sides have decided to keep things quiet and it is unknown were the talks currently stand.

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Kershaw Out 2-3 More Weeks
Clayton Kershaw will then be re-evaluated to determine when he can start throwing at increased velocity.

Mark Saxon/ESPN