Archive for May, 2016

Ryu’s return pushed back – again

Just when it appeared that left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu was nearing a return to the Dodgers starting rotation, the 29-year-old Incheon, South Korea native suffered yet another setback after upping his fastball velocity to 90 MPH last Wednesday afternoon. The following morning the popular lefty felt soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder, forcing the Dodgers to scratch his scheduled Monday […]

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It’s Alex Guerrero decision day for Dodgers

Update: May 31, 2016 at 4:30 PM (PT) – Alex Guerrero has been designated for assignment by the Dodgers. It’s a day that has been long in coming and one that the Dodgers have long dreaded, although you probably won’t get anyone in the crowded Dodgers front office to admit this. It’s the day on […]

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Quakes Jeff Malm makes transition to pitching Former first baseman enjoying success on the mound for first place Quakes

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the High-A California League are currently in first place in the Southern Division of the league with a half-game lead over the High Desert Mavericks. They also have the second best winning percentage at .615 in the entire league. Supported by arguably the best offense in the league, the pitching staff […]

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The other huge at-bat on Sunday night

It goes without saying that Adrian Gonzalez‘s dramatic bases-loaded two-RBI single with one out in the top of the ninth inning was the game-winner in Sunday night’s 4-2 victory over the New York Mets in front of 42,287 Chase Utley-hating fans at Citi Field. But it was two enormously huge walks off of Mets star closer Jeurys Familia […]

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Have the Dodgers found a diamond in the rough? Right-hander Casey Fien makes great first impression in his Dodgers debut

Amidst the endless chants of “Ut-Ley Sucks!” at every plate appearance at Citi Field on Saturday night, Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley quietly went 2 for 5 on the night (both home runs) with five runs batted in; this following his four-RBI night on Friday. And while the raucous Mets crowd started out strong, his […]

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Urias debut not as bad as you may think

There is no denying that Dodgers top left-handed pitching prospect Julio Urias struggled in his major league debut on Friday night. After all, he allowed three runs on four hits and threw 36 pitches in the first inning alone. However, he did not allow another run after that. In other words, Urias experienced the exact same butterflies in […]

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Meet Dodgers minor league pitching coordinator Rick Knapp Former Tigers pitching coach now in fourth season with Dodgers

Dodgers minor league pitching coordinator Rick Knapp has an interesting distinction – the 54-year-old Baltimore, Maryland native was a three-time draftee. And while this may not be a huge distinction, it is a distinction nonetheless. He was initially drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of 1981 MLB January Draft-Regular Phase and then […]

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Urias debut culminates long wait for Dodger fans … and one scout

When 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias takes the mound tonight against the New York Mets at Citi Field for his major league debut, it will not only be historic but it will also bring to a close a huge chapter for the man credited with finding him. As he has done for decades, legendary Dodgers scout Mike […]

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Kershaw – Urias: Can you see the difference?

While it is always a risk in comparing one player and his circumstances to another, sometimes the temptation to do so is just too strong to overcome. Their personal backgrounds are always different and their paths to major league baseball simply are never absolute parallels even if they should be raised in the same family […]

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Not all future Dodgers pitchers are at Oklahoma City

It’s hard to argue that the pitching staff of the Oklahoma City Dodgers isn’t a formidable one – both their starters and relievers. After all, we’re talking about guys named Julio Urias, Ross Stripling, Jose De Leon, Jharel Cotton, Logan Bawcom, Ian Thomas … and so on. But if you look about two hours to the […]

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