Dodgers acquire veteran right-hander Justin Germano from Texas Rangers.

The Dodgers have acquired veteran right-hander Justin Germano from the Texas Rangers for future considerations, Rangers vice president of communications John Blake wrote on Twitter.

The 32-year-old from Claremont had started 21 games for Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League and posted a 4.51 earned-run average. Germano has been assigned from Round Rock to Albuquerque.

The Dodgers lost Triple-A right-hander Stephen Fife to Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, ruling him out for the remainder of this season and likely 2015 as well. The Dodgers can transfer Fife to the 60-day disabled list in order to make room for Germano on their 40-man roster.

Germano has pitched 96 major-league games for seven different teams in a career that began in 2004. He’s 10-30 with a 5.40 ERA in his career.

Dodgers recall Darwin Barney from Triple-A; Hanley Ramirez goes on DL.

MILWAUKEE–Darwin Barney’s flight landed here at 5 a.m. Sunday. A new uniform was waiting for him at Miller Park with number 30 on his back. A new position was waiting for him, too.

Barney, a second baseman for most of his professional life, might need to help the Dodgers more at shortstop — one of two positions (along with third base) he was asked to learn at Triple-A Albuquerque. Hanley Ramirez strained his right oblique muscle in the batting cage Friday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time this season, retroactive to Saturday.

Ramirez underwent an MRI scan Sautrday. Results have not been made available to the media.

Barney said he’s comfortable playing shortstop. He played three innings Saturday night in Las Vegas with Albuquerque, then flew out at 11:30 pm.

Dodgers acquire Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins. Update.

Kevin Correia

Kevin Correia, who was traded to the Dodgers on Saturday night, leads the American League in losses with 13. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins late Saturday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

The Dodgers are expected to make a corresponding 40-man roster move later tonight.

“Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive.”

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Hanley Ramirez (“right side tightness”) leaves game after one plate appearance.

MILWAUKEE — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez batted only once Friday against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse. He swung and missed twice, took four balls out of the strike zone, and took his free pass to first base. He didn’t have to slide, didn’t have to move up a base, and didn’t score. Just like that, his day was over.

Miguel Rojas took Ramirez’s place at shortstop to begin the bottom of the first inning.

According to the Dodgers, Ramirez left the game with “right side tightness” and is day-to-day.

Ramirez hasn’t spent any time on the disabled list this season, but he’s been sidelined repeatedly with shoulder ailments and missed a total of 17 games. The circumstances of this road trip aren’t helping much. The Dodgers flew overnight from LAX to Milwaukee. At least one player (not Ramirez) was complaining of neck stiffness before the game.

More updates as we get ‘em.

Matt Kemp named National League Player of the Week.

Matt Kemp was named National League Player of the Week on Monday for the week of July 28-August 3.

In six games, Kemp was tied for the Major League lead with five home runs and nine RBI while leading the NL with a 1.091 slugging percentage and ranking second with 24 total bases. He hit .409 (9-for-22), the N.L.’s fourth-highest mark last week, and compiled a .458 on-base percentage, which was good for sixth. Kemp added a stolen base and six runs scored.

This is Kemp’s fifth career Player of the Week honor, having won previously for the weeks ending May 4, 2008; September 25, 2011; April 8, 2012; and April 15, 2012.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Matt Kemp will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time.

Dodgers acquire Darwin Barney from Chicago Cubs.

Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney’s +46 defensive runs saved at second base from 2012-14 ranks first in the major leagues. (Associated Press photo)

According to multiple reports Monday morning, the Dodgers have acquired second baseman Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs. The 28-year-old veteran had been designated for assignment six days ago.

Update (12:30 p.m.): The trade is official. The Dodgers acquire Barney and cash from the Cubs for a player to be named later. Barney hasbeen added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster so there is no corresponding move at the moment.

Barney, 28, is hitting 230/.265/.328 in 217 plate appearances with the Cubs this season. Known for his defense, Barney’s Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games is +15.5. He’s got +7 Defensive Runs Saved this season and +46 over the past three seasons, first in the majors.

Prior to being designated for assignment by the Cubs, Barney had hit safely in eight of his previous 10 games, batting .385 (15-for-39) with two doubles, two triples and an RBI since July 1. He hit .230 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games overall.

Update (2:06 p.m.): Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said via text message: “We added him because we believe he is a plus defender who can play second, short and third.”

Giants trade for Jake Peavy, who will start Sunday against the Dodgers.

SAN FRANCISCO >> The Giants traded minor-league pitchers Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for veteran right-hander Jake Peavy. He is expected to start tomorrow against the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

Update (11:00 a.m.): The Giants have confirmed the trade. It’s official.

Peavy is 14-2 with a 2.21 earned-run average in his career against the Dodgers. He pitched for the San Diego Padres from 2002-09.

Sunday’s game is an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast. Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to start for the Dodgers at AT&T Park.

Dodgers sign first-round draft pick Grant Holmes.

The Dodgers signed first-round draft pick Grant Holmes on Tuesday. The pitcher from Conway (South Carolina) High School received less than $2.51 million and more than $2.4 million to sign, well above the $1.98 million slot value for the 22nd overall pick.

Holmes said Monday that his fastball has been clocked between 94 and 96 mph. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder struck out 82 batters in 40 innings as a senior, posting a 4-1 record with a 0.35 ERA while earning Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year honors.

Holmes’ mother broke the news on Twitter:

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies at age 54.

Tony Gwynn

Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn had 3,151 hits in his career. (Getty Images)

Dodger fans, take heart: Bob Welch held Tony Gwynn under a .300 lifetime batting average (actually .292). The only time Gwynn struck out three times in a game was a 1986 contest against the Dodgers. Welch was pitching. Somewhere in heaven, the old Padre is giving props to the old Dodger.

Gwynn died Monday at age 54.

From UTSanDiego.com:

Having battled an especially vicious form of cancer with the same tenacity that he fouled off unhittable pitches — before an opposite-field singles through the 5.5 hole — Gwynn passed away with eight National League batting titles. Also with baseball’s near-unanimous belief that “T” was the greatest pure hitter of the last half of the 20th Century.

Gwynn’s son, Tony Jr., a Dodger from 2011-13, told us in April that his father’s health had been improving. (Gwynn’s brother, Chris, also played for the Dodgers from 1987-91 and from 1994-95.) According to a recent report, Gwynn took a turn for the worse. From CSNPhilly.com:

In recent months, the battle has gotten tougher. Gwynn has tried some new treatments that have sapped his energy and weakened his immune system. In March, he had to take a leave of absence from San Diego State University, where he has been head baseball coach since 2003. The Aztecs went on to win the Mountain West Conference tournament with a Tony Gwynn bobblehead sitting in the dugout taking in all the action.

Gwynn, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, totaled 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001, compiling a career .338 batting average – 18th best of all-time – in 2,440 games. The 15-time All-Star won eight batting titles and five Gold Glove Awards. He was a key member of the 1984 and 1998 San Diego Padres National League Championship teams.

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Former Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch dies at age 57.

Bob Welch

Bob Welch pitched for the Dodgers from 1978-87. (Getty Images)

Former Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch has died after suffering a heart attack at his home last night, the Dodgers announced Tuesday. He was 57.

Welch pitched for the Dodgers from 1978-87, winning 115 games. He started game one of the National League Championship Series in 1978 and 1981, winning the first.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Welch,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “He was one of the greatest competitors to wear the Dodger uniform. Dodger fans will always remember his confrontation with Yankee great Reggie Jackson in Game 2 of the 1978 World Series, when the 21-year-old rookie struck out Jackson to end the game.”

As a 21-year-old rookie, Welch was called on to close out game two of the 1978 World Series at Dodger Stadium. His final pitch ended a nine-pitch duel with Jackson to earn the save:


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