After brawl, Erisbel Arruebarrena assigned to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Erisbel Arruebarrena‘s rehab assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque came to a violent end Saturday night, when the 24-year-old infielder incited a massive brawl in the Isotopes’ game against the Reno Aces.

Sunday, the Dodgers activated Arruebarrena from the 15-day disabled list and re-assigned him to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The timing of the move, one day after the brawl, suggests this is more than a coincidence.

Arruebarrena had not been performing badly at Albuquerque. He hit his first Triple-A home run Saturday — his slow home run trot might have provoked Reno to begin with — and was batting .351/.410/.486. Albuquerque is playing Reno again tonight and Monday.

A source with knowledge of the situation said there is no precedent for a player on a major-league rehabilitation assignment being suspended by the Pacific Coast League. Nonetheless, the league is reviewing the incident and is expected to discipline Arruebarrena. It’s unclear whether or not he would be required to serve his suspension while playing in a different league.

Alex Guerrero’s rehab moves to Rancho Cucamonga.

Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero, whose progress to the majors was stunted when then-teammate Miguel Olivo bit off a portion of his ear during a Triple-A game in May, will continue his rehabilitation playing for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Guerrero had been playing games for the Dodgers’ Rookie-level affiliate in Arizona since July 11. He is due to play second base and bat third today for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, who are playing in Bakersfield until Tuesday.

The Quakes’ next home game is Thursday. Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias is scheduled to start that game.

Juan Uribe returns to the field in Single-A rehab assignment.

Juan UribeJuan Uribe played six defensive innings at third base for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as planned on Friday. Uribe went 0-for-3 at the plate, grounding out, grounding in to a double play and popping out in his three plate appearances.

The 35-year-old is currently on the Dodgers’ disabled list with a strained hamstring. He went 2 for 4 as the Quakes’ designated hitter Thursday.

Juan Uribe collects two hits in first rehab game. (Video)

Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe went 2 for 4 with a double in his first rehab game with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday night. Uribe, on the disabled list since May 21 with a strained hamstring, served as the designated hitter and batted second.

Here’s a short video of Uribe’s four at-bats:

Uribe is expected to be in the lineup again tonight when the Quakes host the Inland Empire 66ers at 7 p.m.

Daily Distractions: The Dodgers’ “old-timers game” lineup is a star-studded affair.

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Former Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green, who participated in the 2013 World Baseball Classic for Team Israel, looks like he can still play. (Associated Press photo)

One of the first fantasy baseball leagues I participated in was a “legacy” league back in the 1990s. You could draft players from any era. Old Hoss Radbourn was in the league. So was Lyman Bostock.

That memory was rekindled when the Dodgers announced the list of participants for Saturday’s “old-timer’s game,” which will be played at Dodger Stadium after the 1 p.m. game between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

I mean, an outfield of Darryl Strawberry, Dusty Baker and Raul Mondesi? An infield of Nomar Garciaparra, Maury Wills and Eric Karros?

Admission to the game is free with a ticket to the Dodgers-Giants game. Introductions will be followed by a two-inning game. The full list of participants:

Team 1 (will wear Dodger home jerseys)
Dusty Baker OF
Tim Wallach 3B
Mickey Hatcher SS/OF
Steve Sax 2B
Mike Marshall 1B
Reggie Smith OF/1B
Steve Yeager C
Raul Mondesi OF
Davey Lopes 2B
Darryl Strawberry 1B/OF
Ron Cey 3B
Eric Gagné P
Fernando Valenzuela P

Team 2 (will wear Dodger alternate road jerseys)
Shawn Green OF
Derrel Thomas 2B/C
Bill Russell SS
Ken Landreaux OF
Eric Karros 1B
Rick Monday OF
Nomar Garciaparra 3B
Maury Wills SS
Steve Finley OF
Orel Hershiser P
Rick Honeycutt P

Additionally, Tommy Davis, Charlie Hough, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Manny Mota, Don Newcombe and Jerry Reuss will be on hand and a part of Old-Timers pre-game introductions.

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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw to begin rehabilitation assignment Friday in Rancho Cucamonga.

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will throw approximately 55 pitches Friday in a rehab start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. (Associated Press photo)

Clayton Kershaw will make the first rehabilitation start of his career Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

No timetable has been set for his return to a major-league mound, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed that Kershaw will need at least two rehab starts total. He’s expected to throw approximately 55 pitches Friday — not much more than he threw in a three-inning simulated game Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

“He came out of the bullpen good yesterday and we feel like we’re ready,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think anyone’s going to let him go out, even throw that sim game, if we weren’t allowing him just to go pitch.”

Kershaw hasn’t any setbacks in his recovery from a strained teres major muscle in his upper left back since he first threw off a mound 10 days ago.

In case you were wondering, tickets for the game are sold out except on the secondary market (links at the right). Dodgers prospect Julio Urias, 17, is expected to pitch after Kershaw. A Brian Wilson “bobble-beard” giveaway will take place that night.

Daily Distractions: ‘Analyzing’ the Dodgers-Diamondbacks ‘rivalry.’

The rivalry between the Dodgers and Giants has coasted for more than a century on a steady undercurrent of organic circumstances. There have been personal grudges (Wilbert Robinson vs. John McGraw), geographical allegiances (Manhattan vs. Brooklyn; San Francisco vs. Los Angeles), beanballs and brushbacks (Juan Marichal vs. John Roseboro). The fan violence is beyond unhealthy but there it is, holding up the ugliest corner of the narrative. It’s raw. It’s real.

And really, what says “raw” and “real” more than this:

The Arizona Diamondbacks have a pool to protect when the big, bad, overpaid Dodgers invade Chase Field for three games starting Friday. You know, when they “renew a rivalry” that has already been renewed three times in spring training and twice in Sydney. To protect the pool, the good people of Phoenix deployed their finest … mermaid, flanked by another woman dressed as the Jolly Green Giant and a dude wearing a Neptune costume. We can only hope that Arizona Sen. John McCain approves.

How seriously can we take a “rivalry” symbolized by a woman wearing a dolphin’s tail?

Seriously enough that MLB.com ran with the headline “Dodgers, D-backs return to ‘pool party’ scene.” The topic will probably get some airtime on Phoenix sports-talk radio. Maybe in Los Angeles too, unless the Lakers decide to “relieve Mike D’Antoni of his coaching duties” (or however someone gets fired these days … do coaches still get fired?).

Here’s a better storyline: Who wants these games more, a 3-8 Diamondbacks team that has been outscored 67-45, or a 6-4 Dodgers team that just split a pair of 10-inning burners against arguably the most talented club in the American League? It’s early April, not an important juncture in the baseball season. Though, for what it’s worth, no team is farther out of first place in any division than Arizona (four games).

Maybe that matters. Maybe it doesn’t. Until someone drops a shark in the pool, let’s not dwell on the pool.

In the meantime, here is the Diamondbacks’ PR director doing some kind of shoulder-shake dance. Or something:

 

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Chad Billingsley’s right elbow is ‘doing well’ after scare at Rancho Cucamonga.

Chad Billingsley

Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings Sunday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. (Associated Press photo)

Chad Billingsley threw a curveball Sunday and heard — and felt — a crack in his right elbow.

“When you crack your back or your neck, that’s kind of what it felt like,” he said.

Billingsley motioned for a trainer and left the game immediately. He was supposed to throw two innings in his first rehabilitation start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and fell two outs short of the goal.

The 29-year-old pitcher, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April, was worried. “I threw a curveball and thought ‘oh my God.’”

After meeting with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, Billingsley was reassured that the sensation was caused by scar tissue breaking up, a normal part of the recovery process. The doctor didn’t even send Billingsley in for an MRI exam.

Tuesday, Billingsley was back in the Dodgers clubhouse. He still hasn’t been cleared for his next bullpen session or rehab start but doesn’t think it will be long.

“It’s actually doing well right now,” Billingsley said. “It feels like normal second-day soreness.”

The original schedule called for Billingsley to make five rehab starts. That hasn’t changed, but a potential return in early May is on hold for now.

“Whenever he gives me the OK, I’ll start back up,” he said.

Dodgers’ Josh Beckett throws bullpen session, on track to make his 2014 debut Wednesday.

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Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett threw a bullpen session Sunday. (Associated Press photo)

Josh Beckett is on track to make his 2014 debut Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers after throwing a normal bullpen session Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The veteran right-hander has been on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb contusion since the season began. He suffered the injury in spring training when the clubhouse door swung open and hit his thumb.

The thumb wasn’t an issue when Beckett threw four-plus innings in a minor-league rehab start Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, but he aggravated something in his right calf/ankle area.

On Sunday, Beckett threw for about 15 minutes with head athletic trainer Stan Conte watching.

“It was better than yesterday,” he said.

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Daily Distractions: Accept it, Dodger fans: Your team is the big favorite.

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Fans take in a recent Dodgers game. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)

This non-native Southern Californian is about to make a broad observation about Dodger fans. Try to hang with me for two minutes before returning the favor in the comments section.

The updated 2013 World Series odds were released today by online oddsmaker Bovada. The Dodgers are the strong favorites at 13:4. The Detroit Tigers are second at 19:4. This represents a shift since the last time Bovada released its odds on Aug. 16, when the Dodgers were the cautious 9:2 favorites, edging the Tigers (5:1) for the first time all season.

In the National League, the Atlanta Braves (11:4) are given the best chance of knocking off the Dodgers (3:2) for the pennant.

Rather than liking those odds, fans offered feedback in step with the I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it pessimism that’s prevailed since … well … you tell me.

Quick psychological litmus test: When the Dodgers fell short of the playoffs last season, did you accept your inevitable fate or feel genuinely disappointed? When the Dodgers became the first team since 1942 to go on a 42-8 streak over 50 games in July and August, did you start looking forward to October or wonder how your team would manage to blow it? Would you have fired Don Mattingly by now?

If you’ve worn off the paint on the PANIC button to the point it’s become PC, today’s odds probably come as little comfort. Maybe a little skepticism is healthy. It’s not unearned. But if the Dodgers’ bandwagon were a Walmart, some crusty old guy would be standing front and center, restraining a smile and greeting new visitors with a reminder about no World Series appearances since the 1988 championship. Or so I imagine.

In the early days of sports blogs, DodgerBlues.com was among my favorites. Maybe it’s a sign of newfound optimism that the site hasn’t been updated in a year and a half (and that the last blog entry portended hope — a symbolic death of “Dodger blues”?). It’s also telling that the site exists at all, and that the Kirk Gibson fist-pump clock is still rolling.

Accept it, Dodger fans: Your team is the big favorite now. Whatever that means.

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