Sorry I never got around to posting pregame. Crazy day. By the way, just to clarify, I was somewhat misinformed as to what Mark Sweeney did in the dugout tunnel after Tuesday night’s game, as he pointed out to me before the game in a respectful, professional manner. It was NOT a profanity-laced tirade, and he did NOT destroy his own equipment. He admits he was very angry at himself, but it wasn’t as I described it in either the paper or this blog. And as I told him, in no way did I intend to portray him as a hothead. But if every player who takes issue with something I or any other reporter writes would handle it exactly the way Sweeney did today, pulling me aside for a mutually respectful conversation in normal speaking voices, a coherent explanation of his point of view and an amicable resolution, the relationship between them and us would be much more productive — and beneficial to both sides.
By Tony Jackson
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on Thursday that it is unlikely the team will add a significant piece before Aug. 31, the last day for teams to trade for players who have cleared waivers if those players are to be eligible for the postseason.
But Colletti did say he will keep looking.
“We’re trying to find that piece,” Colletti said. “If it presents itself, we’ll do it. But the list of players who have cleared waivers doesn’t present us with a lot of opportunities or intrigue.”
Last year, the Dodgers picked up utility man Marlon Anderson from Washington minutes before the deadline passed for lightly regarded minor-league pitcher Jhonny Nunez. While the trade seemed fairly insignificant at the time, Anderson soon became the Dodgers’ everyday left fielder and was a key part of their run to the playoffs.
Before a player can be traded after the non-waiver deadline, which was July 31, that player must clear waivers. But in the continuation of what has been a trend in recent years, only a handful of players actually cleared without being claimed by other clubs, many of whom claimed players simply to prevent them from being picked up by rival clubs.
Most of the players who are claimed are pulled off waivers by their present clubs, precluding them from being traded the rest of this season.
“So many guys get claimed now,” Colletti said. “The only players who don’t get claimed are players you suspect are breaking down and you’re seeing the results, or there is a lot of contract to go, two or three years, and they have underachieved this year. So yeah, you can roll the dice on that type of player, but I’m not sure that does you any good.”
Colletti said the Dodgers have put in at least 40 waivers claims on other clubs’ players this month, about half of which were on players the Dodgers actually were interested in and half of which were on players they wanted to block from going to other clubs.
Wolf update: Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf is experiencing no pain and full range of motion in his left shoulder and is expected to start his throwing program sometime next week, but it still is too early to tell whether the veteran lefty will pitch again this season.
“We are cautiously optimistic,” Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said. “We don’t want to say everything will be OK, because we thought that before he made his rehab start.”
Wolf felt good in a rehabilitation start at Single-A Inland Empire last month, but experienced pain in the days that followed. He hasn’t thrown a ball since then.
Moving on: Colletti said any disagreement over whether infielder Tony Abreu was truly injured — he didn’t play for almost a month after the Dodgers optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 18 — would have no impact on Abreu’s standing within the organization.
Abreu is expected to be one of a handful of players promoted to the majors for the September roster expansion.