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.
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The San Diego Padres recently hired A.J. Preller to be their new general manager, choosing him over a list of candidates that included current Dodgers amateur scouting director Logan White and former Dodgers executive Kim Ng.
A story published today on the Padres’ website details how Preller honed his chops as a member of the Dodgers’ baseball operations department in 2001. His journey also included stops at the Pantry Café in downtown Los Angeles and Jerry’s Famous Deli in Marina Del Ray. It’s worth a read.
In case you missed it (I did; I was flying home from Atlanta), MLB owners elected Rob Manfred as commissioner yesterday. The 55-year-old former deputy commissioner will officially assume the job when Bud Selig retires in January.
Team president Stan Kasten and CEO Mark Walter represented the Dodgers at the election in Baltimore.
If you only read three stories about the commissioner-elect today:
1. It was a contentious process at times. Manfred didn’t have everyone’s vote when the day began, but when the day ended he vowed to be impartial toward all 30 owners. (USA Today)
2. Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf tried to undercut Manfred’s candidacy behind closed doors. (New York Times)
3. The Dodgers were not among the eight teams that backed Reinsdorf’s preferred candidate, Boston Red Sox co-chairman Tom Werner. (Yahoo!)
USA Today also put together this graphic of the history of the commissioner’s office (right-click to expand):
Do something healthy!
Today’s announcement from the Dodgers will appeal to fitness enthusiasts:
Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte talks to injured starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) as catcher A.J. Ellis looks on at left, in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Ryu left the game under his own power. (Associated Press photo)
ATLANTA >> Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was hoping to use an off-day in the schedule on Monday to give his starters an extra day of rest.
Now, the possibility exists that Roberto Hernandez, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will all pitch on regular rest in the three-game series against the San Diego Padres beginning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
That’s because Hyun-Jin Ryu left last night’s game with a strained right gluteal muscle, putting his next start in jeopardy.
“I don’t feel like his chances are very good of pitching on his turn,” Mattingly said of Ryu. “Let’s say he can’t pitch on his turn, if we’re going to go hypothetically. He may be ready to go next time.”
ATLANTA — Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu left the Dodgers’ game against the Braves on Tuesday in the sixth inning with a strained right gluteus muscle. The Dodgers were trailing 3-2 at the time.
Ryu walked B.J. Upton on his 97th and final pitch of the game, then motioned toward the Dodgers’ dugout after his follow-through. Head athletic trainer Stan Conte and interpreter Charlie Kim headed to the mound immediately. After a brief meeting, Ryu left the game and was replaced with right-hander Jamey Wright.
Ryu missed 20 games in April and May with left shoulder inflammation. That’s the only time Ryu has been placed on the disabled list since the Dodgers signed him out of South Korea last year.
Ryu was originally scheduled to start Tuesday, but his start was pushed back a day when Don Mattingly chose newcomer Kevin Correia to pitch Monday’s game.
Prior to Ryu’s injury, Dodgers pitchers had a streak of nine consecutive starts of six innings or more dating to August 3.
Minor-league pitcher Stephen Fife will undergo Tommy John surgery today, the Dodgers announced.
The ligament-replacement surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The standard timeframe for return is 14-18 months.
Fife went 2-2 with a 6.34 earned-run average in 12 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. He made one spot start for the Dodgers, allowing four runs in six innings against the Miami Marlins in May.
In 2013, a season interrupted repeatedly by shoulder bursitis, Fife was 4-4 with a respectable 3.86 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) for the Dodgers.
Update (4:00 p.m.): Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that injuries prevented Fife from being in more than one spot-starter discussion this year. “There haven’t been a whole lot of times where we looked and he’s been healthy down there,” Mattingly said. “That was our only time. I think the other time was between him and Red (Patterson) with Minnesota, and Minnesota’s a team that just takes and makes you throw the ball over (the plate). Red’s more of a strike-thrower than Fife.”