Martin signs, Furcal says he’ll play again

The Dodgers have agreed in principle with top draft pick Ethan Martin on a $1.73 million signing bonus. He took batting practice (even though he was drafted as a pitcher) under the watchful eyes of several people, including Joe Torre and Tommy Lasorda, and actually went yard four times. …
Rafael Furcal made his first appearance since his surgery. Says he is going to play it safe, but that he feels great. He only feels pain at the site of the surgery, where he used to also feel it in his left leg.
“I think I will play (again), because I feel so much better than before,” he said. “We have three months left. They say … six, seven, eight weeks. But I don’t want to go on the field just because I feel good. I want to get it a little bit stronger.”

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  • Yeager

    Glad to know Tommy’s still involved. Joe could use all the sharp minds available

  • El Lay Dave

    Whoa, at first I thought that headline was for RUSSELL MARTIN signing an extension. Signing up Martin for the next six years (four arbitration years, two FA years) is the biggest off-season no-brainer in the history of mankind.

  • rjthrelkeld

    Tony, why doesn’t LA go after Christian Guzman. He’s cheap (~4 & in his showcase year), has a good OBP and is a reliable SS. He might go for Delwyn Young, who badly needs a change, for his sake.

  • TeamHasHoles

    Hey Tony, Your boy Plaschke references you and your article about Dodger Management this week in his article for tomorrow… Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!!

  • TeamHasHoles

    Hey Tony, Your boy Plaschke references you and your article about Dodger Management this week in his article for tomorrow… Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!!

  • TeamHasHoles

    it’s so cool I had to say it twice ;)

  • TeamHasHoles

    Oh, and by the way Tony, Frank would REALLY like to know who your source for that story was. :)

  • Display Name

    Plaschke seems to be implying that Colletti was your source on the story about McCourt squashing the Sabathia trade. Was he your source? Would you be willing to rule him out as a source?

  • Dave R.

    Like Tony is going to tell you…geez

  • TeamHasHoles

    And while you’re at it Tony, could you give us a list of all your baseball sources and their phone numbers. Since you’ve worked so hard over the years to generate such a great rolodex and the trust of all those people, and since giving away even one source would pretty much destroy your reputation, I figured maybe you could pass along all that info to me.

  • Display Name

    Better that Colletti should get fired for being a rat, than for Jackson to burn a source who lied to him? Got to make sure the liar feels comfortable lying again, right? That’s what journalistic careers are built on.

  • TeamHasHoles

    Who says his source lied to him?

    Why, because McCourt denied it? People accused of things deny them all the time, that doesn’t mean they’re not accurate.

    And no that’s NOT how journalistic careers are made. Journalists go to jail for their sources, because they know that if they “out” even a lying source, other sources will never come forward.

    McCourt already has enough reasons to fire Colletti, he really doesn’t need another.

  • Display Name

    As nice as it is to think of Jackson’s spending some time in jail, I think you should probably calm down, THH. Journalistic ethics are not very important to normal people, and mostly not to journalists, either. And there’s certainly no ethical obligation to refuse to rule out a person who stands falsely-accused (assuming the accusation is false; it’s Plaschke, after all) of being a source.

  • Tony Jackson

    Yes, I will definitely rule out Colletti as one of my sources for that story. It absolutely, positively wasn’t Ned. If you recall, Ned was QUOTED in that story defending Frank as anything but a cheapskate. Beyond that, I will have no further comment on this matter. Oh, and I have read Plaschke’s column, and I don’t think he was trying to implicate Ned as one of my sources.

  • fitzpatrick

    Perhaps Plashchke should write for Us Weekly, or People Magazine. His reporting on the Dodgers these days is dependent upon creating a dramatic angle that doesn’t seem to have any basis in reality.