About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

Paco Rodriguez thinks he can pitch tonight. When he really might join the Dodgers’ bullpen.

Paco Rodriguez

Paco Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since August 3 with a strained muscle near his left armpit. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Paco Rodriguez thinks he can pitch this weekend.

“Oh yeah,” he said. “If I feel good I’ll be the first one to tell you I can be activated.”

But then, why wait? How about tonight?

“I can do it,” Rodriguez said.
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MLB clarifies rule 7.13, and Don Mattingly appreciates it.

MLB executive and former Dodgers manager Joe Torre sent an email Tuesday clarifying how Rule 7.13 (restricting catchers from blocking home plate) would be applied.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been an outspoken advocate for clarifying the controversial rule. Here’s what he had to say about the email today:

Yasiel Puig late again, but it’s an excused tardy.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was the last position player on the field Wednesday, arriving a few minutes after his teammates for the pregame routine.

That is nothing new; today’s tardy, however, was excused. Puig informed team officials in advance that he would be late because he had to take his mother to a hospital.

Puig is batting leadoff tonight against the San Diego Padres.

“It’s time to get him going,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “The biggest thing is that we need him. Everything we’ve tried to so so far has been trying to get him going, trying to take pressure off him in different spots. When he’s going good were a better team.”

Vin Scully has a Babe Ruth story. Yes, they met once.

It’s not often that we get to see Chris Perez warm up on the mound anymore. He’s only pitched twice in September, so get a good look at this video.

As you watch closely, Vin Scully tells a story about meeting someone when he was 13 years old. Some lady named … Ruth. Baby Ruth.

Clayton Kershaw is lined up to start the Dodgers’ first playoff game.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Clayton Kershaw‘s September starts have been lined up “for a while now.”

In theory, Kershaw would start Sunday in San Francisco, Sept. 19 in Chicago, and Sept. 24 at home against the Giants. That presumes that Kershaw takes every turn in the rotation in order, on schedule.

A few implications:

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Dodgers left-hander Paco Rodriguez is hoping to pitch a lot in October.

Paco Rodriguez

Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since August 3 with a strained muscle near his left armpit. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Paco Rodriguez has a bullpen session scheduled for Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. If all goes well, he’ll throw live batting practice Friday or Saturday. The next step would be for him to pitch in a game.

Those words could have been written a week ago, or even a week before that. The plan might not come to fruition this time, either. Each time Rodriguez has tried getting off a mound, he’s felt some pain in the teres major — a muscle near his left armpit — within 48 hours after the last bullpen session.

Rodriguez said he felt fine Tuesday afternoon. Though he might be running out of time to pitch this season, Rodriguez is planning on pitching a lot in October.

“That’s what I’m getting ready for,” he said. “Whether they make the decision to have me on the playoff roster or not, I’m going to stay ready.”

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