The Dodgers will finalize their 2015 coaching staff in the coming days and weeks. (Getty Images)
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly addressed a number of topics in his season-ending media session Thursday. The big takeaway, as I explained in today’s editions: If the Dodgers didn’t beat themselves, and the manager only would’ve done one thing differently, then whoever assembled the team is primarily accountable for an early playoff exit.
That’s the manager’s opinion, and Don Mattingly doesn’t have the power to fire Ned Colletti.
But he did address Colletti’s status directly, and a few other things I wasn’t able to expand on in that piece: Continue reading →
If and when that becomes official, there will be one fewer shortstop on the free agent market once the season ends. That carries a few implications for the Dodgers and impending free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Continue reading →
DENVER >> Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Hanley Ramirez’s sore right elbow had improved, one day after he was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup:
Mattingly also talked about how difficult the season has been for Ramirez, who’s battled nagging injuries throughout the season (elbow, shoulder, hand) and spent 15 days on the disabled list in August with a strained right oblique muscle:
Hanley Ramirez has seven hits in 12 games since coming off the disabled list. (Getty Images)
Hanley Ramirez drew two walks in four plate appearances Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He scored both times, thanks to a pair of three-run home runs by Adrian Gonzalez.
Ramirez has taken over the number-two slot in the batting order effectively vacated by Yasiel Puig.
“Over the last three months, Yas is probably hitting where he should be hitting right now,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
In the same breath, Mattingly professed his faith in Ramirez, who has seven hits in 43 at-bats since coming off the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle.
“That spot there, who do you want the extra at-bat going to? Right now it’s not necessarily Yasiel,” Mattingly said. “Hopefully it ends up being Hanley swinging the bat better and better, because I do feel like we’re going to need him going down the stretch here. If we’re going to be lucky enough to get into the postseason and do something, we’re going to need Hanley to do what he does. Hanley’s proven over the years that he’s a batting title type guy. He’s an MVP-type guy. He hits good pitching. He can hit good pitching. That’s what we’re hoping to get back to.”
Hanley Ramirez takes a minute to get up after injuring himself turning toward second base during the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO >> When the camera isn’t rolling, Hanley Ramirez prefers to work in the shadows these days.
In the clubhouse before the Dodgers’ game against the Padres, he politely informed reporters that he isn’t doing interviews. Less than an hour later he was in a dark corner of left field, the only portion of Petco Park not bathed in sunshine, where the Western Metal Supply Co. building casts its shade. It’s the same building into which Ramirez hit a 390-foot home run last night.
Hanley Ramirez takes a minute to get up after injuring his left quadriceps muscle turning toward second base during the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday. (Associated Press photo)
Hanley Ramirez spent the minimum time on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. (Getty Images)
Hanley Ramirez was in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Sunday for the first time since he strained a right oblique muscle August 8 in Milwaukee. Ramirez was batting fourth then, and has batted either second, third or fourth every time he’s been in the lineup this year.
Why is he batting fifth today?
“I wanted to let Hanley get back into the flow,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s been a little bit of time. He doesn’t really have a history with (New York Mets starter Bartolo) Colon. Matt’s got a little history.”
“We’re not really going to try to be that cautious,” Mattingly said. “We’re going to play him. We’re not going to run him into the ground. If he’s not feeling good we’re going to give him a break. With the days off coming, just kind of play it by ear. Play one, got one off. Play two, got another one off. Then we’ve got six in a row. Unless we’ve got something going on, he should be fairly rested.” Continue reading →