Tag:Gabe Kapler
Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: January 18, 2011 3:45 pm

Dodgers agree with Thames

Marcus Thames
The Dodgers have reached agreement with Marcus Thames to be Jay Gibbons' platoon partner, giving them some pop but not much defense in left field.

Thames, who spent last season with the Yankees, flirted with the idea of playing in Japan, but will man left for the Dodgers against left-handed pitching. The move provides Los Angeles with some outfield flexibility given their uncertainty about Tony Gwynn Jr.'s offense and the possibility of Gibbons being unavailable or ineffective. Gibbons, who has postseason eye surgery, recently came home from a winter ball assignment in Venezuela after experiencing vision problems.

Thames batted .288/.350/.491 last season with 12 homers in 212 at-bats.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are also close to a minor-league deal with veteran outfielder Gabe Kapler.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 4:37 pm

Rays activate Pena, place Kapler on DL

Carlos Pena The Rays have activated first baseman Carlos Pena and placed outfielder Gabe Kapler on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.

Kapler suffered the sprain on Saturday in a play at the plate with Baltimore's Matt Wieters and told reporters it's "best to address it now."

As in when the roster is still limited to 25 players. Kapler didn't play on Sunday, so he's eligible to return to the roster on Aug. 30, two days before rosters expand.

Pena has been out of the lineup since July 31 due to a plantar fascia sprain. He's hitting .212/.332/.441 with 23 homers and 68 RBI.

Kapler is hitting .210/.288/.290 with two homers and 14 RBI in a reserve outfielder role.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 7, 2010 8:11 pm

Doubront faces former manager Kapler Tuesday

Felix Doubront During Tuesday's game against the Rays, Boston starter Felix Doubront was presented with a situation that doesn't exactly occur every day.

He faced his former manager.

Gabe Kapler was a backup outfielder for the Red Sox from 2003-06 before he retired and took a gig managing Boston's Class-A Greenville Drive. Doubront pitched part of the year for the Drive, but did not fare well.

Kapler managed several other current Red Sox as well, such as Daniel Bard, Jon Lester, Josh Reddick and Dustin Richardson. However, it wasn't until Tuesday night that Kapler squared off a former protege.

"He was another hitter I wanted to strike out," Doubront cracked to CSN New England when asked what it was like to face Kapler. Kapler, for his part, noted that Doubront was a completely different pitcher now than he was back in 2007, according to the St. Petersburg Times .

This is certainly true. Doubront posted a 5.66 ERA in eight starts for Class-A Lowell before moving to Greenville in 2007 and tossing up an unsightly 8.93 ERA in 11 starts. Now, he's one of the team's better prospects with a 2.36 mark in Triple-A Pawtucket over six starts in 2010. He's also made eight starts for Double-A Portland (2.51 ERA) and has stepped into the breach twice so far for the BoSox on the year. Over two starts at the major-league level, Doubront has a 4.22 ERA in 10 2/3 innings, whiffing five and walking six.

Kapler was recently activated from the disabled list and is hitting .220/.314/.286 on the season in 106 plate appearances.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 12, 2010 3:49 pm

Rays ship out Kapler, recall Ruggiano

The Rays have placed outfielder Gabe Kapler on the disabled list with a right hip flexor strain and called up outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Triple-A Durham.

Kapler, 34, has had a rough season in Tampa Bay, batting just .217 with an on-base percentage of .305. Ruggiano batted .291 for Durham. The St. Petersburg Times says the new guy is expected to arrive in time for tonight's game against the Marlins.

-- David Andriesen

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