Wanted to pass along a note from Doug Padilla:
Injured Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will throw about 35 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday to get ready for a simulated start Tuesday.
Kuroda, who is out of the first round with a bulging disk in his neck, has shown no ill effects from a 20-pitch bullpen session Friday.
Kuroda admits he still is not at 100 percent, but is moving as quick as he can with his recovery to be ready for the National League Division Series. The simulated game Tuesday will go a long way toward deciding if he is a legitimate candidate for the NLCS roster.
Just got home and caught the rebroadcast of the Red Sox – Rays game with Rick Sutcliffe doing the color commentary. In the sixth inning, Sutcliffe told a story of a similar situation he had with the Dodgers back in the day.
“I did that with the Dodgers,” Sutcliffe said. “Pedro Guerrero hit a home run off of me and stood there looking at it. I was going to get him the next time up but he took himself out of the game.”
After that, Sutcliffe said he went over to the Dodgers clubhouse after the game to have a few words with Guerrero. Some of the Dodgers let him in and told him Guerrero was in the training room.
He was about to enter when Manny Mota stepped in front of him and talked him down.
Sutcliffe turned around and went back to the visitors’ locker room.
“I know a lot of people are all over Prince for that, but I applaud him,” Sutcliffe said.
Reaction to Manny Ramirez’ suspension came from far and wide Thursday. Here’s what USC football coach Pete Carroll had to say, via his Twitter feed:
“bummer manny went that way… we love him, but it hurts… now it’s all about opportunity for juan pierre… could he be the new wally pipp?
song of the day! goes out to juan pierre: light my fire by the doors.”