March 2016 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Clayton Kershaw Doesn't Believe In Defensive Shifts

Mar 30, 2016 4:44 PM

Despite a recent trend that has seen more and more teams adopt them, Clayton Kershaw says he doesn't really believe in defensive shifts.

Defensive shifts have increased from around 2,400 in 2010 to 18,000 in 2015.

"I think just mentally for me I can live with a hard-hit ball getting through a hole as opposed to a soft, cheap ground ball that goes through because no one is playing there because of a shift," Kershaw told the Orange County Register.

"Mentally, it's just easier for me to swallow. You start making excuses in your head like, 'Ah, I made my pitch.' You just don't want to have that in the back of your mind. At least I don't."

Dave Roberts has said that defensive shifts will be a big part of his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"So if he's not comfortable -- especially a pitcher as accomplished as Clayton is -- you've gotta have the buy-in. If he's not comfortable and doesn't trust what we're doing behind him, then it doesn't work," Roberts said. "Certain guys that we might shift for a certain pitcher ... we might not with Clayton if he doesn't feel comfortable with it. I just don't think it's the manager's call or the coaches' call if a certain accomplished pitcher doesn't feel comfortable."


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Time Warner Cable Lowers Price Of Dodgers Channel

Mar 23, 2016 7:17 AM

Time Warner Cable is offering a proposal designed to end the stalemate over distribution of the sports channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers so fans in Southern California can see games this season.

This will be Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully's final season in the broadcast booth.

Time Warner Cable said late Tuesday that it had cut by 30% the price of the sports channel offered to DirecTV and other pay-television providers in hopes of spurring the long-stalled negotiations before the seasons begins April 4.

The move could provide an end in the bitter dispute that has prevented thousands of Dodgers fans from watching their favorite team for the last two seasons.

"We owe it to Dodger fans to try to get a deal done, especially because of the historic nature of this year with it being [baseball announcer] Vin Scully's final season," Time Warner Cable spokesman Andrew Fegyveresi said.

DirecTV, AT&T, Verizon and Cox Communications have balked at the price of the channel that Time Warner had been demanding.

Meg James/Los Angeles Times

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Andre Ethier Out 10-14 Weeks With Fractured Tibia

Mar 23, 2016 6:53 AM

Andre Ethier will be out for 10-14 weeks after fracturing his right tibia during a spring training game on Friday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were projected to start Ethier in left field. He was injured after fouling a ball off his shin against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It's a freak injury," Andrew Friedman said. "You see plays all the time where guys foul a ball off their leg, and very rarely does it result in this. But it is what it is, and he's motivated to work very hard to get back as soon as he can. Obviously, we were counting on him being a big, big part of our success this year, and we're still counting on him."

The Dodgers have other options in Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson.


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Hyun-Jin Ryu Unlikely To Pitch For Dodgers In May

Mar 17, 2016 9:41 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu isn't expected to appear in an exhibition game for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Roberts says it's unrealistic to believe he'll be able to appear on a Major League mound by May.

Ryu missed all of last season after having shoulder surgery in May 2015.

"He was a guy we had penciled in at the top of the rotation," Roberts said. "But you've got to adapt. Things are going to happen that we're not too excited about. But that's our reality."

Ryu threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Monday. It was his first since Feb. 26, after which he experienced discomfort in his shoulder.

Associated Press

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Corey Seager To Miss One To Two Weeks With Knee Strain

Mar 12, 2016 8:31 PM

An MRI on Dodgers' rookie shortstop Corey Seager's sore left knee revealed a mild strain, and he will miss one to two weeks, the team said.

Pain in the knee forced Seager to leave in the third inning of a spring training loss to the Angels on Friday.

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Alex Wood Dealing With Forearm Tightness

Mar 12, 2016 7:35 PM

The Dodgers scratched starting pitcher Alex Wood before a split-squad game Saturday night against the Mariners because of tightness in his left forearm.

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MLB Drops Chase Utley's Suspension

Mar 6, 2016 12:34 PM

Major League Baseball has dropped Chae Utley's two-game suspension, meaning the Dodgers second baseman will be available to play Opening Day, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adam Rubin and Pedro Gomez.

Utley was suspended for his hard slide into Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. Tejada suffered a broken leg on the play.

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Sources: Yasiel Puig Unlikely To Be Suspended

Mar 2, 2016 9:16 AM

Yasiel Puig is not expected to be suspended for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his sister, according to sources.

Puig, 25, was involved in an incident at a Miami bar in November in which police said he got into a fight with a bouncer.

While the investigation is not closed and a final decision might take some time, sources told ESPN's Pedro Gomez nothing has been uncovered that would warrant a suspension.

Pedro Gomez/ESPN

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