I’m working on a story about Rob Manfred, the commissioner-elect of Major League Baseball. Team president Stan Kasten, speaking on the topic of Bud Selig’s ability to build consensus, had a fantastic quote that might not make the story but needs to be transcribed: “In the history of this world, maybe ever, there will never be anyone like Bud Selig. He is number one and there is no number two. Let’s put it in that context.”
Juan Uribe was removed in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday with tightness in his right hamstring.
The team said that Uribe was removed for precautionary reasons and is day-to-day. Justin Turner took over for Uribe at third base.
In three plate appearances Friday, Uribe went 1 for 3 with a single. He flied out in his final at-bat just before exiting the dugout with head athletic trainer Stan Conte.
Uribe missed 34 games in May and June with a strained right hamstring.
Ryu, who was walking with a noticeable limp Friday, will be re-evaluated in a few days to determine his progress.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “You feel regret that you didn’t take care of yourself better. You wonder what you could have done.”
There is no official timetable for Ryu’s recovery, but the pitcher said he expects to return before the end of the regular season.
“No doubt about it,” he said.
Kevin Correia will take Ryu’s start Tuesday against the San Diego Padres, and presumably five days later on August 23 against the New York Mets. Correia scattered four hits and one run over six innings in his Dodgers debut Monday in Atlanta. He was acquired from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash on August 9.
Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 earned-run average in 23 starts for the Dodgers this season.
Pedro Baez will take Correia’s spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen. He was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday to take Ryu’s spot on the active roster.
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):