If he arrives in time, he’ll make tomorrow’s trip to Tucson and pitch in that game.
The boys are really limping to the finish over here. They have lost four in a row, scoring a total of 10 runs in the process. There wasn’t much to report from today’s game other than Clayton Kershaw getting rocked. No one seemed too concerned about. Torre said he was overthrowing, which — and this is just a guess on my part, no one actually said this — might have had something to do with the fact the A’s version of Kershaw, highly touted, 21-year-old lefty Brett Anderson, was also pitching. He and Kershaw apparently know each other from Texas. They might have been trying to impress each other, because they each gave up three runs in the first inning. Anderson settled in from there, but Kershaw didn’t settle in until the third because he gave up four more in the second. That was basically the game. … Rafael Furcal went 2 for 4 with a single and a double. … James Loney had two singles in three at-bats. … Jonathan Broxton had a good inning, pitching around a one-out double by Chris Denorfia. … Guillermo Mota set down all three batters he faced in the seventh without a ball leaving the infield. This guy has had an excellent spring and has now retired the past seven batters he has faced, striking out seven of them. … Ronald Belisario, the guy who showed up late to camp because of visa problems, pitched the eighth and ninth and retired six of the seven batters he faced, with only Daric Barton reaching on an error by O-Dog. Belisario was sent to the minor-league side a long time ago, but he has nasty stuff, so remember his name. … Dodgers fall to 14-18. At the Diamondbacks tomorrow.
It’s a minor-league deal with major-league terms. What that means, in essence, is that the Dodgers found a way to send him down to Albuquerque for a few days so he can make up for missing almost all of spring training before they call him up. They have to call him up by April 14 or he can opt out. But they WILL call him up by April 14. He’ll get $1.35 million plus incentives based on appearances — although the $1.35 million will be slightly prorated for the two weeks he spends in the minors, during which he’ll receive a prorated share of $13,000/month. There also is a $2.2 million club option for 2010, with a $200,000 buyout. … Also, Shawn Estes has agreed, at least for now, to start the season in Albuquerque as well. So the Dodgers will begin the season without a situational lefty in their bullpen, but only for the first eight days.