Report: Tim Wallach a candidate in Toronto.

Always a candidate, never a manager, Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach’s name has surfaced in another report over a managerial vacancy. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun wrote on his Twitter account that Wallach will interview for the Blue Jays’ vacant manager position.

Wallach recently interviewed for the Boston Red Sox manager’s job, which ultimately went to incumbent Toronto manager John Farrell. That opened yet another vacancy in Toronto.

There’s an interesting wrinkle to the Wallach-Toronto courtship. Wallach wasn’t interviewed two years ago when the Blue Jays needed to hire a replacement for Cito Gaston (the job that ultimately went to Farrell) but Mike Cormack of Sportsnet.ca reports that we shouldn’t look too much into that:

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Welcome back. We’re feeling pretty.

I clicked on insidesocal.com/dodgers yesterday and the first thing I saw was a picture of a tree branch. It looked like it belonged to a cherry blossom tree, but I couldn’t be sure. After hitting “refresh,” that pretty branch became a rocky coastline, then a designer chess set, then a boutique hotel in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ah, clip art. No baseball blog has ever looked prettier.

I asked my editor and he said the clip art would be gone soon, replaced with something more germane to baseball or the Dodgers. (What, so soon?)

Anyways, I’ll be back blogging soon. Enjoy Game 3 of the World Series tonight and, if you’re feeling pretty, go hit “refresh” a couple more times.

Gerry Hunsicker, ex-Astros GM, joins Dodgers front office.

The Dodgers hired Gerry Hunsicker as Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations on Thursday, adding another veteran baseball mind to their growing front office.

According to the team’s official announcement, Hunsicker will “assist GM Ned Colletti and President and CEO Stan Kasten with the Dodgers’ big league club while also lending his expertise to international scouting and development, pro scouting and minor league development.”
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Dodgers to reassign batting coach Dave Hansen.

Batting coach Dave Hansen is the only member of the Dodgers’ coaching staff who will not return to his current position in 2013, the team announced Friday. The 43-year-old has been offered another position within the organization.

Hansen was named interim hitting coach in July 2011 after Jeff Pentland was fired at midseason, and had the ‘interim’ tag removed prior to the 2012 season.

As a team, the Dodgers ranked near the bottom of the 16-team National League in many key categories — runs (13th), slugging percentage (15th), home runs (15th). They ranked first in sacrifice hits, with 82, but that was often attributed to their inability to advance runners with base hits.

The returning coaches include pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, first base coach Davey Lopes, third base coach Tim Wallach, bench coach Trey Hillman, bullpen coach Ken Howell, catching coach Steve Yeager, bullpen catcher Rob Flippo, as well as Manny Mota and Mickey Hatcher. Wallach is a candidate for the Boston Red Sox manager’s job. If hired, he would leave the Dodgers with two coaching vacancies to fill this winter.

Hatcher, 57, was the Angels’ hitting coach from 2000 until he was fired in May. He joined the Dodgers as a special assistant to the general manager but quickly became an in-uniform coach.

Dodgers farmhand Antonini tweets about elbow surgery.

Michael Antonini, who spent four days with the Dodgers this season without throwing a pitch, had surgery to remove a bone spur in his left (pitching) elbow Wednesday according to his Twitter feed:

The 27-year-old was recalled twice from Triple-A Albuquerque this season but didn’t get into a game. He was designated for assignment on July 31 and outrighted to Albuquerque on Aug. 3.

Antonini went on the minor league disabled list on Aug. 25 with left elbow irritation. For the year, he went 2-7 with a 5.71 earned-run average, splitting time between the Isotopes’ bullpen and starting rotation.

Puig sidelined by staph infection.

Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig developed a staph non-MRSA infection in the back of his right elbow, a team spokesperson said Tuesday.

A full recovery is expected to take 3 to 5 weeks, during which time Puig will remain at the team’s facility at Camelback until he regains full range and strength. That timeframe all but rules out Puig for the remainder of the Arizona Fall League schedule — the short-season league populated by prospects ends Nov. 15.

According to the spokesperson, the infection involved the bursa of the elbow but did not invade the elbow joint. He was initially treated with oral antibiotics that were unsuccessful. This necessitated a “wash out procedure” on Sept. 18 by Dr. Brian Shafer in Phoenix. Puig’s elbow was immobilized to assure the incision healed and remained closed. His elbow will remain immobilized until Oct. 15.

Non-MRSA is considered a less serious strain of the Staphylococcus bacteria than the antibiotic-resistant MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus).

Puig defected from Cuba and signed a 7-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers in June. He batted .400 (12 for 30) in nine games with the AZL Dodgers and .327 (17 for 52) in 14 games with the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

A.J. Ellis has surgery, out six weeks.

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis underwent arthroscopic surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles Friday morning to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the Dodgers announced Monday.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery, what the team called a “30-minute clean up procedure.” Ellis sustained tears to the medial and lateral meniscus, which were debrided. He will start physical therapy next week and is expected to be able to return to his normal off-season workouts in 6 weeks.

Ellis is expected to be “fully competitive” at the start of spring training, the team announced.

Here’s a picture of the catcher, courtesy of his wife’s Twitter feed.

Kemp has torn labrum repaired; expected to be ready for opening day.

Matt Kemp had the torn labrum in his left shoulder repaired Friday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a procedure that could delay his start to spring training but leaves him on track to debut on opening day.

Kemp sustained the injury on Aug. 28 in a collision with the outfield wall at Coors Field. The 60-minute procedure also involved minor debridement of Kemp’s rotator cuff. He will start physical therapy in 7-10 days and is expected to start swinging a bat in early January.