Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach has been granted permission to interview with the Boston Red Sox for their vacant manager’s job, a source confirmed Wednesday. The story was first reported by the Boston Herald.
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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.
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.
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.
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.