June 2016 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Dodgers Place Clayton Kershaw On DL; Trade For Bud Norris

Jun 30, 2016 4:40 PM

After placing Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list, the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Bud Norris in a trade with the Atlanta Braves.

Norris last pitched on Sunday, tossing seven scoreless innings against the New York Mets. He is in line to start for the Dodgers on Friday against the Colorado Rockies, an appearance that Kershaw was slotted to make.

Kershaw received an epidural shot on his ailing lower back, leading to the DL stint.

"I think that he understands that's the best course of action," Dave Roberts said of Kershaw. "He's been our most valuable player. And when you lose a player to the disabled list like Clayton that you have counted on every fifth day for a start -- obviously that's out of all of our control.

"I know Clayton is very disappointed. But it's up to us to pick him up."

The Dodgers also received outfielder Dian Toscano, a player to be named later and cash considerations in the deal.

Los Angeles gave up minor-league pitchers Philip Pfeifer and Caleb Dirks.

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Dodgers Remain In Wait Mode With Clayton Kershaw's Back

Jun 30, 2016 7:56 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are waiting for information on Clayton Kershaw's back.

He returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

"I know he landed safely and will get some scans sometime," Dave Roberts said. "I should hear at some point and time."

Kershaw gave up four runs on nine hits Sunday night in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, only his second loss in 16 starts this season. He was treated for a lower back issue the next day.

The left-hander is scheduled to pitch against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, but it remains to be seen if he'll make the start.

"I haven't learned anything new today," Roberts said. "I know [pitching coach Rick Honeycutt] talked to him before he left. The idea to get him back, settled, to get the doctors' eyes on him, increase those chances for Friday. I think that we are still holding out hope. Things can always change, but I think that's where we're at right now."

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Adrian Gonzalez Asks Dodgers For Extra Time Off

Jun 27, 2016 5:14 PM

Adrian Gonzalez had extra time off this weekend after requesting a break from Dave Roberts.

Gonzalez is hitting just .173 with a .212 slugging percentage for the Los Angeles Dodgers over his last 14 games.

"I was going to give him one day and he came in the other night and said, 'Maybe two days might be better for me mentally,'" Roberts said. "It's rare for him so for him to come in, and it's never easy to ask for an extra day, he's a guy that wants to be out there every single day, but to help the club moving forward it might be good for him to take two days."

Gonzalez has played at least 156 of the season's 162 games in each of the last 10 years, yet he has already been absent from four of the Dodgers' 77 games this year.

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Clayton Kershaw Receiving Back Treatment

Jun 27, 2016 5:06 PM

Clayton Kershaw is receiving treatment for minor back discomfort, but he is expected to make his next start for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dave Roberts insisted that the injury did not affect his pitcher's six-inning start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Kershaw gave up both his second-most hits (nine) and runs (four) on Sunday night.

Roberts called Kershaw's lower-back discomfort an "off-and-on issue" but sounded far from concerned about it, saying Kershaw "absolutely" would make his next scheduled start.

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Dodgers Hold Private Workout With Yulieski Gurriel

Jun 22, 2016 7:07 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a private workout with Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel on Wednesday, according to a source.

The Dodgers haven't confirmed the workout, which took place at Dodger Stadium.

Gurriel, 32, was officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball last week.

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Dodgers Sign Cuban Outfielder Yordan Alvarez

Jun 16, 2016 7:44 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $2 million bonus with Cuban outfielder Yordan Alvarez, according to a report.

Alvarez appeared in Cuba's Serie Nacional in 2013-14, beginning at just 16 years of age, and compiled a .279/.342/.327 batting line over 239 plate appearances.

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Clayton Kershaw Could Double Best-Ever Strikeout-To-Walk Ratio

Jun 15, 2016 3:27 PM

Clayton Kershaw has walked just six batters this season as he marches towards history.

The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher has more hits to his credit (seven) than free passes.

Kershaw has a 20.3 strikeout-to-walk-ratio. The record is currently held by Phil Hughes, who had a 11.6-to-1 ratio in 2014.

"What separates Clayton a little bit more is his ability to pitch with conviction," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "He trusts himself, he trusts his weapons. There is no tentativeness when he throws a pitch.

"It’s funny how, even when a pitch that has the same velocity as another pitch, the one that is thrown with conviction just always seems to have that extra aggressiveness, that extra life to it. And as that ball just kind of gets to me in the hitting zone, you can feel that energy behind it versus one that is trying to be placed somewhere."

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Dodgers Sign Will Venable

Jun 14, 2016 8:28 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Will Venable to a Major League contract.

The Dodgers optioned Austin Barnes to free up a roster spot.

Venable previously signed deals with the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies, both of which were of the Minor League variety.

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Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results

Jun 9, 2016 8:56 PM

The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft is Thursday night in New Jersey and RealGM will track all of the first round action as the picks unfold.

First Round

1. Phillies: Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) HS

2. Reds: Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee

3. Braves: Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa (N.Y.) HS

4. Rockies: Riley Pint, RHP, Saint Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) HS

5. Brewers: Corey Ray, OF, Louisville

6. Athletics: A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida

7. Marlins: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence (Ala.) HS

8. Padres: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford

9. Tigers: Matt Manning, RHP, Sheldon (Calif.) HS

10. White Sox: Zack Collins, C, Miami

11. Mariners: Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer

12. Red Sox: Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat (N.J.) HS

13. Rays: Joshua Lowe, RHP, Pope (Ga.) HS

14. Indians: Will Benson, OF, The Westminster Schools (Ga.)

15. Twins: Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum (Pa.) HS

16. Angels: Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia

17. Astros: Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights (Texas) HS

18. Yankees: Blake Rutherford, OF, Chaminade Prep HS

19. Mets: Justin Dunn, RHP, Boston College

20. Dodgers: Gavin Lux, SS, Indian Trail HS

21. Blue Jays: T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Pittsburgh

22. Pirates: Will Craig, 3B, Wake Forest

23. Cardinals: Delvin Perez, SS, Colegio Individualizado PJ Education School

24. Padres (Justin Upton compensation): Hudson Sanchez, SS, Carroll HS

25. Padres (Ian Kennedy compensation): Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State

26. White Sox (Jeff Samardzija compensation): Zach Burdi, RHP, Louisville

27. Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen compensation): Cody Sedlock, RHP, University of Illinois

28. Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann compensation): Carter Kieboom, SS, Walton HS

29. Nationals (Ian Desmond compensation): Dane Dunning, RHP, Florida

30. Rangers (Yovani Gallardo compensation): Cole Ragans, LHP, North Florida Christian HS

31. Mets (Daniels Murphy compensation): Anthony Kay, LHP, Connecticut

32. Dodgers (Zack Greinke compensation):Will Smith, C, Louisville

33. Cardinals (John Lackey compensation): Dylan Carson, OF, Elk Grove HS

34. Cardinals (Jason Heyward compensation): Dakota Hudson, RHP, Mississippi State

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Dodgers Use Plate Umpire's Songs As Walk-Up Music

Jun 6, 2016 7:15 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers used Joe West songs as walk-up music during their first at-bats Sunday, perhaps hoping to score points with the home-plate umpire.

West, the longtime umpire who has two country albums to his credit, was behind the plate for Sunday's game between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. He was seen laughing behind his mask at one point during the game.

"That was Chase [Utley]'s idea," Dave Roberts added. "We could only find six songs, though, so we had to kind of loop them. I think Joe enjoyed that."

The Dodgers returned to their usual walk-up music starting with Utley's at-bat in the second inning.

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Dodgers Designate Carl Crawford For Assignment
The Dodgers are now responsible for the remainder of an guaranteed deal.

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Dodgers Will Meet To Discuss Plan For Julio Urias
Julio Urias made his second Major League start for the Dodgers on Thursday and allowed three home runs to the Cubs in defeat.

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Reports: MLB Won't Discipline Dodgers Over Lasers
The Dodgers will not be punished by Major League Baseball for using laser rangefinder devices to mark set positions in the outfield at Citi Field, according to multiple sources and reports.

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Dodgers Bring Julio Urias Back To Major Leagues
The Dodgers have recalled Julio Urias, who was sent back to the Minor Leagues on Saturday after a less-than-stellar debut against the Mets on Friday night.

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