Finally! Dodgers, Padres, Phillies complete blockbuster trades.

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp became a San Diego Padre on Thursday. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)

Matt Kemp is a San Diego Padre. Jimmy Rollins is a Dodger.

Two blockbuster trades that seemed inevitable a week ago became official Thursday after an issue with Matt Kemp’s physical caused an awkward delay.
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Report: Matt Kemp has arthritis in both hips.

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp has been placed on the disabled list seven times in his career, but never for a hip injury. (Associated Press photo)

Matt Kemp was reportedly scheduled to take his physical with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Two days later — seven days since the framework of the trade was agreed to by both teams — Kemp is still a Dodger.

So what’s the holdup?

For a 30-year-old player who has had serious shoulder and ankle issues the last two years, this diagnosis poses another serious blow. The arthritis might not be Kemp’s most serious problem at the moment. Continue reading

Report: Padres would likely include Yasmani Grandal in a Matt Kemp trade package.

Yasmani Grandal

Yasmani Grandal was suspended 50 games for testosterone use prior to the 2013 season. (Getty Images)


The Dodgers are discussing the framework for trading Matt Kemp to San Diego. That was the instant takeaway — and isn’t that the only takeaway that interests anyone these days? — from the following two tweets from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Thursday afternoon:

But that’s the lazy takeaway, and it shouldn’t be the only takeaway.
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Dodgers 4, San Diego Padres 0: Tonight’s game story.

Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford went 4 for 4 and his three doubles tied a single-game team record. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Dan Haren‘s ERA is under 4.00 for the first time since June. How did he do it? Click here for the game story and box score.

Dee Gordon didn’t play today, but he is no longer sliding head-first. More on that in today’s notebook.

Dodgers announce pitching matchups for series against San Diego Padres.

The Dodgers announced the pitching matchups for their three-game series against the San Diego Padres.

On Monday, right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 3.06) will oppose left-hander Clayton Kershaw (17-3, 1.70). On Tuesday, right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-7, 2.39) will oppose right-hander Roberto Hernandez (8-10, 4.00). On Wednesday, right-hander Ian Kennedy (10-12, 3.75) will oppose right-hander Dan Haren (12-10, 4.17), who’s throwing his bullpen session right now.

All three games begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised exclusively on SportsNet LA.

The Dodgers faced Kennedy and Cashner — and lost to both pitchers — last week in San Diego. Despaigne allowed two runs over seven innings in his only career appearance against the Dodgers, a loss on July 10 at Dodger Stadium.