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PHOENIX Matt Kemp is expected to play Friday for the first time since off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. But Carl Crawford, the Dodgers' other rehabbing All-Star outfielder, hit a bump in his comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery.
"It depends on how he comes in in the morning," Manager Don Mattingly said of Kemp's status. "The morning tells us usually. You may feel good at the end of the day, but the next morning you see how it's going."
Kemp has been hitting against live pitching this week and said he has been pain-free, but, Mattingly cautioned, "he's just getting started."
"It's not like we're running him out there and playing nine innings. We're going to give him a couple of at-bats and he's going to go home."
Crawford experienced soreness in his left forearm after swinging in the batting cages Thursday morning. The Dodgers, who believe Crawford probably aggravated the injury while throwing, had hoped he could play this weekend. That's unlikely now.
"We still look at it like we've got plenty of time before opening day. So we're going to be cautious with him," Mattingly said. "I don't know if it's a step back or just a pause a little bit for Carl."
More than 80 prospective players including a former professional pitcher from Japan performed for Dodgers scouts at an open tryout Thursday. And though many of them were better than Daniel "Doc" Jacobs, none are braver than the Iraq war veteran.
Jacobs, a former high school infielder who passed up offers to play in college to join the military, lost his leg below the knee and suffered serious hand and foot injuries when a improvised explosive device detonated beneath him in 2006. But at the invitation of Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, the 27-year-old Jacobs tried out for the Dodgers anyway, then threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the team's Cactus League win over the Angels.
Thursday was Sandy Koufax's last day in camp and Clayton Kershaw was among those sorry to see him leave.
"He's great," Kershaw said of the Dodgers legend, who served as special spring-training instructor. "I have so much respect for him. And I just love talking to him. I hope we get to see him sometime in the future."
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If Chris Capuano had any trade value he has done a great job of destroying it in the early days of spring training.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have eight starting pitchers on their current roster, three more then the standard rotation. A trade would be the most logical way to trim the Dodgers rotation down but the players the Dodgers want to trade are the least desirable.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have shut down outfielder Carl
Crawford due to nerve irritation, an ailment that could cause the veteran to
start the season on the disabled list.
Don Mattingly said Carl Crawford's status for opening day is in question. "This challenges that."
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 1, 2013
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly...
Daniel "Doc" Jacobs, a disabled Navy veteran who lost his left leg below the knee after an IED exploded underneath him in Iraq, had a tryout with the Dodgers,
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford could miss his team’s April 1 opener against San Francisco after leaving spring training to have his elbow examined in Los Angeles.
Recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Aug. 23, Crawford felt nerve irritation in his left arm. The Dodgers said Friday he was examined a day earlier by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who prescribed...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It seems almost like yesterday Josh Beckett was overpowering hitters with a high-90s fastball and wickedly effective sinker, helping the Boston Red Sox win a World Series. In 2007, he was an All-Star who won 20 games and finished second in Cy Young voting. He was one of the league's elite pitchers.
"Josh basically was Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke...
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn’t view
veteran pitcher Aaron Harang as a candidate for the team’s bullpen, meaning he
could quickly become a trade candidate this spring, according to Steve Dilbeck
of The Los Angeles Times.
“Aaron Harang doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that pitches
out of the pen,” Mattingly told reporters. “To me he’s...
A truly inspiring tale of perseverance is playing out much like a Hollywood script in the city of angels.
Former Iraq veteran Daniel ‘Doc’ Jacobs has two main goals in life: to serve his country and second to play Major League Baseball–check both off.
The Huffington Post has reported the 27-year-old’s story of being one of 80 hopefuls at Dodgers Camelback Ranch training...
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Chris Capuano had problems with home runs for the second straight start.
Trying to earn a job in the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation, Capuano allowed long balls to Mike Zunino and Franklin Gutierrez during a three-run third inning Saturday in a 9-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Capuano started with two perfect innings that included three strikeouts before...
Trading away Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto last August was like taking medication in the midst of a brutal headache. Seven months later, despite some minor residual effects, it’s clear the Red Sox are prepared to tackle the 2013 season with a clear head.
The Dodgers? Not so much.
Boston was immediately praised in the aftermath of its 2012 megadeal...
When Guggenheim Baseball Management spent 2.15 billion dollars to buy the Dodgers from Frank McCourt last year, lots of things were said about the organization and the rich new world it had just been entered into.
Spending huge amounts of money on player acquisitions and organizational improvements would become routine, and the goal of the new management was to return the Dodgers...
It didn't take long for Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz to recover from food poisoning.
In his first at-bat after two days in bed, Cruz hit a two-run homer that helped the Dodgers beat the Angels 10-8 Thursday and leave their Los Angeles rival with an 0-5-2 record at spring training.
''I'm still weak,'' Cruz said after sending a pitch from Jerome...
PADRES 7, DODGERS 5
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke was hit hard in his second spring training appearance, allowing three doubles and a triple over three innings Friday as a Los Angeles Dodgers' split squad lost to the San Diego Padres 7-5.
After pitching two scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox in his first game after signing a 147 million, six-year contract, Greinke...
The current ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which as you know includes NBA legend Magic Johnson, paid $2.15 billion for the team — the most ever for a sports franchise. They are expected to have a payroll of $230 million in 2013, which is the highest in baseball history. The team is also planning to spend over $100 million in stadium upgrades and improvements.