In his Hall of Fame induction speech Sunday, former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza said he “will always be truly grateful” to the organization that drafted him and employed him from 1988 to 1998.
Piazza thanked Tommy Lasorda, his first owner, Walter O’Malley, former hitting coach Reggie Smith and former Dodgers teammate Eric Karros, among others he singled out by name.
Lasorda sat in attendance with the other Hall of Famers as Piazza rattled off some fond memories of his first manager:
“You always sent me baseball equipment when I needed it,” Piazza said, “you convinced the Dodgers to draft me, you gave me big league at-bats in spring training when I was a big wide-eyed kid out of junior college, you went to bat for me when I walked away from the game, you convinced the Dodgers to let a very popular catcher in Mike Scioscia go so that a veteran pitching staff would know I was their catcher my rookie year.”
Watch Piazza’s comments here:
Mike Piazza, who will be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, is the subject of an advertisement placed by the Dodgers in the official magazine being distributed this weekend in Cooperstown, New York:
Julio Urias has made nine starts for the Dodgers this season, including Thursday in Washington D.C. He was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers optioned Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday and recalled catcher/infielder Austin Barnes. Barnes is with the team for tonight’s game in St. Louis against the Cardinals.
Urias allowed one run in four innings yesterday against the Washington Nationals, and did not factor into the decision in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win. He’s 1-2 with a 4.69 earned run average in nine major league starts this year.
By rule, the Dodgers aren’t allowed to recall Urias from the minor leagues unless another player is injured. Since the team has placed 22 different players on the disabled list — already matching the most by any National League team in the last 30 years — Urias might well be back soon.
But the Dodgers were attempting to limit Urias’ innings by working him out of the Oklahoma City bullpen when he was summoned for his spot start Thursday. A return to the Triple-A bullpen is likely next.
Justin Turner hit two home runs in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Justin Turner’s two home runs were enough to lift the Dodgers over Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals, 6-3. The box score is here.
The San Francisco Giants didn’t play Thursday, so the Dodgers moved within four games of first place in the National League West for the first time since June 11.
Julio Urías’ fate, in the short term at least, is up in the air.
A few minutes after he entered the game as a defensive replacement, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was removed from Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals with an apparent lower body injury.
Update (12:17 p.m.): The Dodgers announced that Puig left the game with tightness in his right hamstring.
In his only plate appearance against the Nationals, Puig hit a sharp ground ball to third baseman Anthony Rendon. Puig was thrown out, briefly hopped on his left leg after running through first base, then immediately exited down the tunnel leading to the visitors’ clubhouse.
Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir nearly left Tuesday’s game with cramping in one his legs, but was able to stay in. Puig has already missed time this season with a left hamstring injury. The nature of this injury is unknown.
The Dodgers have lost more man-games due to injury than any MLB team and have 11 players on the disabled list at the moment.