Today’s rehabilitation assignment begins Carl Crawford’s road back to the Los Angeles, but his arrival is sure to create a traffic jam.
Expected to finish his recovery from a strained left hamstring with four games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Crawford will join a Dodgers outfield including the game’s hottest hitter and two cornerstones of the franchise.
The question is, how will Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, rookie sensation Yasiel Puig and Crawford coexist in one outfield?
“I wouldn’t want to be the one making the decisions about who’s going to play,” Dodgers utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. said. “But it’s a good problem to have.”
One day after he allowed five runs in two innings to swell his earned-run average to 6.35, the Dodgers optioned right-handed reliever Peter Moylan to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Called up to take his place in the bullpen was Jose Dominguez, a 22-year-old with a 100-mph fast ball. The right-hander is highly regarded, but began the season serving a 25-game suspension for violation of the minor league drug prevention program. The specifics of his violation are unknown.
Yasiel Puig was down 0-and-2 with two outs for the Dodgers, when he caught up with a low ball outside and singled to left-center field to score the tying and game-winning runs for the Dodgers in the seventh inning. The Puig factor strikes again. As for coming through, Puig said through an interpreter: “I feel really happy. We ended up winning the game.”
won a baseball championship in the last 25 years! The UCLA Bruins were honored by the Dodgers on Thursday after winning the College World Series on Tuesday. UCLA players took to the field while Phillies players were stretching, then watched their batting practice. They also chatted with former Bruin Chase Utley.
The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988.
National Radio Hall of Fame. Charley Steiner, the Dodgers radio broadcaster, will be inducted on Nov. 9 in Chicago. Well deserved, Charley.
Manny. You know, the Manny being Manny one.
Ramirez is batting .485 with two doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI during his last nine games.
“Hanley’s really good. None of this stuff surprises me,” Mattingly said. “He can really hit. I was watching him tonight, and I’m thinking of Manny (Ramirez). Honestly, when you see him you think like that. He’s that good. He’s a special talent.”