Dodgers pitcher Frankie Montas will miss the next 2 to 4 months after undergoing a procedure Friday to remove his right first rib.
Montas was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in December in the three-team trade that sent Scott Schebler and Jose Peraza to Cincinnati. The 22-year-old right-hander was expected to begin the season in the starting rotation at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 19 in Glendale, Arizona. A two-month timetable would allow Montas to return during the second week of the major league regular season.
A Dodgers spokesperson said that Montas first noticed discomfort in his ribcage during an off-season workout. The procedure was performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas, Texas — the same surgeon who performed thoracic outlet surgery on Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett in 2013.
Montas made his major league debut with the White Sox in 2015 and appeared in seven games, starting two.
If you’ve seen a photograph on the Dodgers’ website, or in the pages of the monthly magazine sold to fans at Dodger Stadium, or on the team’s social media accounts, you know Jon SooHoo. He’s the official team photographer, and has been embedded in the Dodger Stadium dugout with a camera since Randy Johnson was an Expo.
SooHoo and Matt Brown, the Angels’ team photographer, will be sharing the tricks of their trade at an upcoming event in Los Angeles. “Behind the Lens: Southern California Baseball Photography with Jon SooHoo & Matt Brown” is a two-hour seminar geared toward beginners looking to learn more about sports photography. The cost is a mere $5. Brown and SooHoo will be presenting about 10 photos and talking about the story behind the shots. I saw some of SooHoo’s photos yesterday. Each shot featured someone so random, it had me thinking “no way, is that … ?” There should be some good stories.
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On the heels of one list ranking the Dodgers’ farm system second overall, we bring you another … ranking the Dodgers first!
BaseballAmerica.com crowned the Dodgers’ system as the champion of its annual list. Click the (subscriber-only) link for more details.
Alex Guerrero had a .490 slugging percentage as a pinch hitter in 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers are talking to “numerous teams” about a possible Alex Guerrero
trade, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com
Guerrero, a career .303/.386/.528 hitter in Cuba, had a .233/.261/.434 slash line last season after falling into a deep second-half slump. Besides having no obvious place in the Dodgers’ batting order, Guerrero hasn’t had a primary position since he defected either.
First, Vin Scully got a street name.
Now, the Hall of Fame broadcaster will receive the L.A. Sports Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Annual L.A. Sports Awards on Feb. 25. Former Dodgers president Peter O’Malley will present the award to Scully.
The two will engage in a 10-minute on-stage conversation during the show, which will be broadcast by Fox Sports West at a later date.
“I am always happy to spend time with my longtime friend Vin Scully,” O’Malley said in a statement released by the L.A. Sports Council. “Especially on an evening when he is receiving the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Sports Council and I know everyone will enjoy as he reminisces about his remarkable career.”