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Jansen converted from a catcher to a pitcher at age 21 in 2009. Two years later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.
Baez converted from a third baseman to a pitcher at age 24 in 2013. One year later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.
The key difference: It’s not an exaggeration to say that Jansen never struggled as a rookie. In his first 25 games with the Dodgers in 2010, he allowed two runs. Two.
Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a low-intensity bullpen session at Dodger Stadium for about five minutes under the watch of head athletic trainer Stan Conte (and interpreter Martin Kim).
That might be considered ahead of schedule. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Ryu wouldn’t be throwing off a mound anytime soon.
Ryu is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained gluteus medius and piriformus muscle in his right buttock. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu could be activated within “a day or two” once he’s eligible to return on August 28.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will be among the major league all-stars who will play a team of all-stars from Japan in November, MLB announced today.
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will manage the MLB club. All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome). Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).
In July, Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw said they would not participate in the series. Dee Gordon said he would.
So far, Puig, Albert Pujols, Adam Jones and Robinson Cano are the only participating players that MLB has announced.
The Dodgers woke up Wednesday leading the San Francisco Giants by four and a half games in the National League West.
The Giants haven’t played today. Neither have the Dodgers.
Yet the Dodgers now lead the Giants by four games.
That’s because Major League Baseball upheld the Giants’ protest of their 2-0, five-inning loss to the Cubs last night. Here’s the release from MLB:
Greinke had an MRI on the elbow two weeks ago that “didn’t show anything different than when we first signed him,” Mattingly said. He isn’t expected to go on the disabled list.
But with Kershaw able to start tomorrow on regular rest — as well as Dan Haren, who now starts Friday — the Dodgers decided to hold Greinke back as a precaution.
“We’re better off giving him a couple extra days for the long term,” Mattingly said.
The Cooking Channel has an episode of My Grandmother’s Ravioli with Mo Rocca tonight featuring famous Dodgers chef Dave Pearson. The episode is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. PT.
Pearson, 75, has been a chef with the Dodgers organization for the past 50 years. Dave will train Mo “to cook like a major leaguer without too many drops, errors or rookie mistakes,” according to a press release from the network. Dave shows Mo how to make lasagna and later they prepare short ribs and green beans for a family dinner at his home.
“If he holds up good in that setting, then we try to get him into a bullpen situation where he’s trying to get into our routine,” the manager said.
There is no exact timetable for Perez to return, but Mattingly suggested the pitcher might need two or three more rehab games. Perez “didn’t look like he was favoring (his right) ankle” when he threw a scoreless inning Monday night for Rancho Cucamonga, Mattingly said.
Technically, Perez was eligible to come off the disabled list today. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 5.04 ERA in 42 appearances for the Dodgers this season.