Found October 11, 2012 on Feelin' Kinda Blue:
Something was painfully obvious this season: the Dodgers lacked a legitimate leadoff man. Dee Gordon, coming off a strong rookie campaign, faltered as the leadoff man and struggled with a wrist injury. The other players used in his place -- mainly Mark Ellis, Tony Gwynn and Shane Victorino -- didn't fare much better. The Dodgers got below-average production out of the leadoff spot in 2012 (.226/.281/.302). That isn't going to cut it with a team that has Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez hitting in the middle of it. So, it would seem the Dodgers are in need of a leadoff hitter. But they might have the perfect guy to plug into the leadoff spot right now. His name: Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez was acquired to be a middle-of-the-order bat, but his talents might better utilized hitting atop the Dodgers' order. Ramirez's best days came as a leadoff man, as he's hit .309/.385/.536 in his career (403 games). Conversely, he's hit .301/.372/.478 in the No....

Prospect news: Lee among SL's best, Puig out for AFL, first two AFL games

Zach Lee, who was ranked as the fifth-best prospect in the California League last week, was tabbed as the Southern League's 13th-best prospect, according to Baseball America. Lee was the only current Dodger prospect to make the list. Allen Webster, who was traded to Boston in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, was ranked as the league's ninth-best prospect. That was a little...

Yasiel Puig will miss the AFL due to a staph infection, Pedro Baez moves to the mound

So the Arizona Fall League started yesterday, and if you don’t already know what’s going on with that, you can check out the Dodgers players who are there in this article I wrote two months ago.One glaring difference between that list and what you’ll actually see or hear about is the absence of Yasiel Puig, as he’ll be missing the entirety of the AFL due to a staph infection...

Los Angeles Dodgers are under the knife

There are many terms in the English language that can only mean bad news.  We all know what “cable deregulation” has brought us.  And don’t even get me started on “health care reform.”  And then there is the world of sports.Starting pitcher Chad Billingsley might need “Tommy John” surgery and could be lost for the entire 2013 season.Just as the words “dance club”...

Dodgers outright Hawksworth, Angle

That crowded Dodgers 40-man roster was made a tad smaller Friday when the Dodgers outrighted reliever Blake Hawksworth and outfielder Matt Angle to triple-A Albuquerque. Hawksworth has had a tough go, missing all of last season with three surgeries. He had a pair of elbow surgeries before the 2012 season, then while rehabbing this summer he injured his shoulder and needed additional...

Hansen out as Dodgers hitting coach

Dave Hansen is out as hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have offered him another position within the organization. The team said Friday that Hansen has not yet decided whether to accept the offer. No replacement has been named. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, third base coach Tim Wallach, first base coach Davey Lopes, bench coach Trey Hillman and bullpen coach Ken Howell...

Dodgers' Puig has staph infection

Outfielder Yasiel Puig, who signed a $42 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers this summer, is recovering from a staph infection in the back of his right elbow. The team said Tuesday that the Cuban slugger is expected to make a full recovery in three to five weeks. The infection, which is non-MRSA, involved the bursa of Puig's elbow and didn't invade...
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