In the Summer of Manny, this isn’t going to get a lot of attention, but it’s an interesting read. In contrast to reports that he had retired, pitcher Shawn Estes talked to the Reno Gazette-Journal last week and didn’t have the kindest of words for the Dodgers and Ned Colletti.
Estes said, in part, “When I attempted to get my release, it was denied. He was not going to let me walk; he wanted something in return for me. If I signed somewhere else and pitched well for another team, it might make him look bad.”
Q&A: Estes ‘not retired,’ still wants to play in bigs
Jeff Weaver was told before batting practice Wednesday that he will indeed be starting for the Dodgers on Saturday against the Angels, meaning he will be facing off against his brother Jered. The only thing that would derail the outing is if Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda can’t make it out of the early innings in tonight’s start.
It will be the first time brothers have faced each other in a big-league game since 2002 when Alan Benes of the Cubs faced Andy Benes of the Cardinals. Brothers have squared off against each other 20 times in history, with Joe and Phil Niekro matching up nine of those times. In 1996, the Dodgers’ Ramon Martinez faced his brother Pedro of the Expos.
– Doug Padilla
Joe Torre said Wednesday that the Inland Empire 66ers are the most likely destination for Manny Ramirez when he starts to play minor league games in preparation for his July 3 return. Ramirez is expected to begin play for Inland Empire starting with their June 25-27 series at Lake Elsinore. He would presumably then play for the 66ers during their June 28-30 home series against Rancho Cucamonga.
– Doug Padilla