The Chattanooga Lookouts, the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate, lost game three of the Southern League Championship Series to the Jacksonville Suns, ending their season.
Shortstop prospect Corey Seager went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
Left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia, who’s on the major-league 60-day disabled list, was charged with two runs in a relief appearance. He allowed two hits and walked a batter while recording two outs.
Left-hander Onelki Garcia threw a scoreless inning for Double-A Chattanooga on Sunday. Suddenly Garcia, who has spent the entire season on the disabled list to this point, suddenly has a chance to become the second left-hander in the Dodgers’ bullpen for the stretch run.
“It sounds like he’s feeling healthy and ready to go,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Remember Scott Elbert?
Scott Elbert threw two bullpen sessions in extended spring training recently and hasn’t had any setbacks since, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. His fastball, which has averaged 92.1 mph in 120 career games, touched 90 mph on the radar gun during a recent live batting practice session.
“Scottie’s on the move and feeling good,” Mattingly said.
Could a minor-league rehab outing be next?
“I would think that he’s heading that way,” Mattingly said. “There’s been no talk about it. I think he’s a little bit behind Bills.”
Billingsley said Sunday that he could make five rehab starts, starting Saturday, before returning to the majors.
The news wasn’t as good on Onelki Garcia, another left-handed pitcher taking up space on the Dodgers’ 60-day disabled list.
Garcia underwent a procedure last November to remove bone spurs from his left elbow, and another in February to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
Of Garcia, Mattingly reported “a lot of setbacks, one after the other.”
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Julio Urias is waiting.
On March 15, after he pitched a scoreless inning against the San Diego Padres — something Brian Wilson couldn’t do last night — Urias still didn’t know where he would begin the regular season. At least the Dodgers’ prized pitching prospect had no trouble identifying the hardest part of being uprooted to the United States at 16.
“It wasn’t really hard except for the food,” he said in Spanish. “The food was probably the hardest part for me.”
Fortunately for Urias, now 17, there are many options in the neighborhood of the Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate in the California League.
In case you’re counting at home, that’s four of the club’s top 10 prospects (per MLB.com) playing in one spot, about an hour east of Los Angeles.
Urias, Anderson and Windle all finished last season with Class-A Great Lakes, and each saw action in one Cactus League game. The Dodgers drafted Anderson and Windle in the first and second rounds of the 2013 draft, respectively, out of college. Urias was signed as a free agent out of Culiacan, Mexico.
The Dodgers selected the contract of Justin Turner on Sunday, adding him to their 40-man roster in advance of their flight to Sydney, Australia tonight. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers placed Onelki Garcia on the 60-day disabled list.
Turner signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers with an invitation to spring training and subsequently batted .333/.432/.467 while seeing time at all four infield positions.
Garcia hasn’t pitched at all since undergoing surgery on his left elbow in November. A 60-day disabled list stay means that Garcia won’t appear in a game before May 27. He was a longshot to make the major-league roster if healthy, and will likely be sent to the minors once he’s ready.
In a pair of expected moves, catcher Miguel Olivo was reassigned to the Dodgers’ minor-league camp one day after requesting his release, and infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena was optioned to the minor-league camp.
The moves help narrow down the list of 30 players the Dodgers are bringing to Sydney, Australia.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The narrative in camp surrounding second base so far goes something like this: Alex Guerrero is a project. He didn’t play last season in Cuba, he’s still learning second base, and Triple-A might be the best place for him to get up to speed once the regular season starts. That leaves Dee Gordon as the best option on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster to be the starting second baseman Opening Day. But he hasn’t played much second base either, so Chone Figgins, Justin Turner, Brendan Harris and Miguel Rojas are all getting a long look at the position. (Buster Olney of ESPN.com picked up the Gordon vs. Figgins narrative here, while Ron Cervenka at ThinkBlueLA.com makes the case for Gordon here.)
Meanwhile, Ned Colletti ought to be working the phones, because no respectable team with a payroll in the neighborhood of $240 million ought to be entertaining notions of a platoon involving Gordon/Figgins/Turner/Harris/Rojas at second base. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com recently explored the trade possibilities. (A couple of those scenarios actually make quite a bit of sense.)
With one swing of the bat Wednesday, Guerrero changed the narrative.
His grand slam in the Dodgers’ 10-3 Cactus League victory over the Cincinnati Reds was the first extra-base hit for Guerrero in his seventh Cactus League game. That it came off a left-hander, veteran Jeff Francis, is significant. Gordon has a career .221/.267/.232 slash line against left-handed pitching, compared to .271/.316/.348 against right-handers. (Andre Ethier, by comparison: .235/.294/.351 against lefties.) The Dodgers will take that right-handed slash line from Gordon, maybe with a few walks thrown in for good measure.
The more significant development is that Guerrero, in the words of Don Mattingly, looked “more comfortable.”
“I thought in general, he just looks more fluid and smoothing out a little bit,” the manager said. “For me, early on it was really rough and stiff. It’s gotten better. With Alex, we’re just going to try to keep playing him as much as we can. We’re going to try to keep getting him at-bats.”
Is that progression typical for a player in his first spring training?
“I think it’s typical for a guy who hasn’t played in a while,” Mattingly said. “BP’s a whole lot different from games. As you get in playing every day, I think things just come back to you — more natural. As you get a little tired, you’ve been doing your work and you want things to just come out naturally. That’s what I’m looking for, to see what it’s going to look like when he gets tired taking his ground balls every day.”
If the grand slam was no fluke, and Guerrero has really settled in to the comfort level that earned him a four-year, $28 million contract, it carries an important implication. Namely, that he can be ready for the majors by Opening Day.
That doesn’t bode well for Figgins, Turner, Harris or Rojas. The sample sizes are still small and skewed, but for what it’s worth Rojas — statistically a poor Triple-A hitter in his career — has the best spring batting average of all of them at .417. None of their numbers will matter if Guerrero remains comfortable in the field and at the plate.
Left-handed reliever Onelki Garcia had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow Friday, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. According to the team, it was “a basic clean out procedure and spur removal.” Garcia is expected to be throwing in about 5 to 6 weeks and “should be competitive” by the beginning of the regular season.
Garcia made his major-league debut with the Dodgers in September after being added to the 40-man roster from Triple-A Albuquerque. In three games, the 24-year-old from Cuba allowed two runs in 1 ⅓ innings, walking four batters and striking out one.
Some bullet points for a Tuesday:
The Dodgers announced their preliminary AFL roster on Aug. 27, including four “pitchers to be named later.” The AFL begins play on Oct. 8, so today’s announcement has no bearing on Garcia’s current status with the Dodgers. Garcia has appeared in two games since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sept. 11.
Manager Don Mattingly said at the time that Garcia didn’t figure to make the Dodgers’ postseason roster.
Tolleson is recovering from back surgery and a torn muscle and has only appeared in one game this season.
Thomas, a left-handed reliever, and Garcia, a right-handed reliever, both finished the season at Double-A Chattanooga.