Found March 12, 2014 on Dodgers Digest:
(via) Early last month, I looked into the disastrous end of Paco Rodriguez‘ 2013 regular season. The most common question that I received after posting the article was “was Paco tipping his pitches?” It’s a natural question, given his unorthodox delivery (pictured above). On Monday, this question re-surfaced, when Ken Gurnick reported that Rodriguez has made a mechanical tweak in his delivery: Paco Rodriguez and the Dodgers’ staff believe they’ve found a mechanical flaw … [the flaw], noticed when he breaks his hands at the start of his motion, grew progressively worse last year. … “Once I figured it out, it was like, ‘Wow, that’s how it feels,’” said Rodriguez. “I was pitching so well, but my arm slowly came up and it took away from my ability to hide the ball. It’s like night and day… I was showing the ball more than I normally do. Just one outing and it feels better.” “Mechanical fix” is used almost as frequently as “best shape of his life” during spring traini

What it would take for Joc Pederson to make the Dodgers

Soon, but not quite yet. Joc Pederson is going to be a good baseball player. There’s no denying that. He has a sweet swing, better-than-advertised power and can play good defense in center field (despite letting that popup drop in on Saturday night). The question many fans are asking is, “Is he going to break camp with the team?” The answer is simply, no. The 22-year-old is...

Maholm Hit Hard, Billingsley Looks Great, Pitching Staff Still Unsettled

It’s a good thing these games don’t count, because this one was one to forget. Paul Maholm gave up two long homers — one absolutely crushed by Todd Frazier — and allowed eight baserunners in 2.2 innings. Though already-cut Red Patterson looked good in allowing a single hit over 3.1, our new favorite toy Seth Rosin had his first tough outing, allowing six baserunners in three...

Trade With Bob Walk The Plank: Kemp, Kershaw, Puig, Bauer, Magill, Ryu, Cole.

I completed my first trade with Matthew from Bob Walk The Plank, a relatively new card blog. Matthew contacted me about a swap of cardboard and he sent over some fantastic cards. Go check out his site and work out a deal of your own, as you will not be disappointed.Another Yasiel Puig RC in the books, and I'm very grateful I've been able to trade for the vast majority. This...

Photo: Yasiel Puig, Juan Uribe hang out with lifesize cutout of Hanley Ramirez

Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe are apparently enjoying their time in spring training this year.A photographer recently captured the two hanging out together with a lifesize cardboard cutout of Hanley Ramirez in tote. Yes, a cardboard cutout. Who knows where the real Hanley Ramirez was in this photo.Of course, this comes a day after Ramirez hid in Uribe's locker to jump out and scare...

Dodgers' Zack Greinke could appear in game Wednesday

The Los Angeles Dodgers had an excellent season in 2013 which included a 93-win regular season and trip to the NLCS.  In order for that success to carry over into this season, the Dodgers will continue to need a stellar performance from their pitching staff, which was second in the league in ERA at 3.25. One pitcher to keep an eye on is Zack Greinke, who strained his right calf...

Dodgers' Josh Beckett could miss Friday's start

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Josh Beckett is currently dealing with a sprained thumb, which is hindering his progress in returning from a season-ending condition from a year ago. The Sprain appears minor, but it is enough to force Beckett to miss his next scheduled Spring Training start on Friday, March 14. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times announced the news.Josh Beckett...

Josh Beckett got his thumb caught in a door

Josh Beckett is trying to make a comeback from thoracic outlet syndrome, the surgery for which ended his 2013 season in July, but now the Dodgers right-hander is dealing with a sprained thumb. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times described Beckett as frustratedly shaking his head while saying “this is what I’m dealing with” in regard to the new setback, which could cause...

Vargas solid, Royals fall to Dodgers 7-5

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Dan Haren pitched four effective innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5 Tuesday. Haren yielded seven singles, walked one and struck out one. Noel Cuevas hit a three-run homer in the ninth and Scott Van Slyke a two-run drive in the eighth. Justin Maxwell went 3 for 5 for the Royals, including a two-run single in the eighth...

Prospect Nation 2014: #3 SS J.P. Crawford

JP Crawford, Image- Jay Floyd Equipped with big-time athleticism, a strong baseball IQ and all the right on-field tools, J.P. Crawford joined the Phillies system last year and quickly proved to be among the organization’s best prospects. Drafted in the opening round of last year’s amateur draft, Crawford looked sharp and put himself on the map as a fast rising talent in baseball...

Don's DDNTL: Matt Kemp

Praying to the baseball gods he stays healthy Photo Credit: SD Dirk   Diehard players know that among all the fantasy sports, baseball is the true test of an owner's skill and dedication. Whether it’s the long season, huge player pool or myriad of stats to pore through, fantasy baseball rewards knowledge and preparation. Some of the most difficult things to prepare...

Thoughts on Matt Kemp

Full disclaimer: this is A) a longshot, and B) not even a rumor. I say that only because there are far too many media outlets that perpetuate opinions as rumors, and while this is squarely the former, it is emphatically not the latter. I got to thinking about Matt Kemp the other day. Am I greedy? Perhaps. That’s part of being a Yankee fan, wouldn’t you say? ...

Video: Hanley Ramirez scares the mierda out of Juan Uribe

Hanley Ramirez looks to be the Dodgers' resident prankster. He scares the mierda out of Juan Uribe in this clip.

Zack Greinke’s First Start Since February and Other Dodgers Notes


Rubby De La Rosa Feeling ‘Free’ With Red Sox In Second Camp Since Dodgers Trade

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pitcher Rubby De La Rosa finds it hard to believe he’s been with the Boston Red Sox for less than two years. De La Rosa, who was traded to the Red Sox in the August 2012 blockbuster that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers, said Thursday he’s feeling right at home in the Boston organization as he progresses...
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