Tag:Hong-Chih Kuo
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 6:11 pm

Broxton placed on DL, shut down for 2-3 weeks

By Matt Snyder

Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone spur and bruise to his right (throwing) elbow. (LA Times via Twitter) Right-hander Kenley Jansen has been recalled to take Broxton's place in the bullpen as a corresponding move.

Broxton will not throw at all for 2-3 weeks, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has relayed. The ligament is fine and there are no floating bone chips, but the bone bruise makes it painful to throw at all, so he'll be shut down completely. He could have pitched in three to four days, but that would have eliminated the ability to pitch in back-to-back games. So Broxton will just shut it down for a while. That means he's going to have to build back his arm strength after that 2-3 weeks with no activity, so it will be quite a while before he's all the way back and ready to return to the Dodgers.

Broxton has had major issues early in the 2011 season, especially with a major decrease in velocity from where he was when dominant in 2009. In his last outing, against the Cubs May 3, he was only hitting 90 on the radar gun and couldn't find the strike zone (only three of 11 pitches were strikes). On the season, Broxton has a 5.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings. His strikeout rate (7.1 per nine innings) is far lower than his career mark of 11.5 K/9 and he's never been knocked around like this. So news of the injury wasn't surprising.

Of course, Broxton's agent said Thursday night there was no structural damage and the Dodgers wouldn't immediately place Broxton on the DL, instead waiting a few days to see how his arm responded. So much for that.

With Broxton on the shelf, the Dodgers have said they'll use both Vicente Padilla in save situations. He's already had a DL stint thus far in 2011, so it's possible Hong-Chih Kuo gets some chances to avoid overworking Padilla. Padilla has been effective this season out of the bullpen, sporting a 1.50 ERA in six innings. He converted his only save opportunity. Kuo's had some trouble in his limited action so far, but had a 1.20 ERA in 60 innings last season and converted 12 of his 13 save chances.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:10 pm

Pepper: Dangerous game for fans, too

Jose Salazar

By C. Trent Rosecrans

When I went to Class A game the other day, I sat in the front row just to film from that angle and I was shocked at just how close I was sitting -- and how little the fans around me were paying attention.

Of course, it's worse at the minor-league level and in spring training where the stadiums are smaller, but it's still dangerous at the big-league level. Last night in Los Angeles, a fan at the Dodgers game was hit by a foul ball from Matt Holliday and carried off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. [Associated Press ]

This spring, of course, Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar was struck in the face by a foul ball and lost an eye.

On Friday, Salazar returned to manage the Lynchburg Hillcats.

This weekend, it was a feel-good story to see Salazar back in uniform, but it was so close to being different. [Lynchburg News Advance ]

STRANGE BALK -- Take a minute to watch this -- last night Justin Verlander tried to pick off Daric Barton at first, but caught a cleat in the dirt, so instead of making a bad throw to first, he threw home and hit David DeJesus. Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck ruled it a balk, awarding Barton second base. DeJesus later walked. Verlander said afterward, even he laughed at how it looked. [MLB.com ]

BRADEN LEAVES EARLY -- A's starter Dallas Braden left Saturday's game with shoulder stiffness after five innings. There's no update yet, but it could be bad news for the A's. [San Francisco Chronicle ]

-- As teams honored Jackie Robinson this weekend, the Mets' Willie Harris finds the lack of African-Americans in the game "sad." Only 9.1 percent of major leaguers on opening day 2010 were African-American, while 20 percent were in 1995. Harris said he doesn't think MLB markets its top African-American stars, such as Torii Hunter, Carl Crawford and CC Sabathia, well enough. [New York Daily News

Rockies STARTER FALLS - - For the first time this season, a Rockies starter picked up a loss in the game. Jason Hamel was the first Rockies starter to earn an L, falling 8-3 to the Cubs and ending the Rockies' seven-game winning streak. [Associated Press ]

--The other day White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he has the league's best bullpen, despite his relievers blowing six saves and converting just one. On Saturday, he said he knows he has a good defensive team, despite its 15 errors this season, 13 in the last 10 games. [Chicago Tribune ]
SPEAKING OF -- The A's lead the majors with 17 errors, including one more on Saturday. First baseman Daric Barton -- widely viewed as one of the best defensive first basemen in the game -- is tied for the team-lead with three errors. Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has three, as well. [MLB.com ]

EARNING HIS KEEP -- Could this be the year Alfonso Soriano lives up to his promise and salary? Soriano leads the Cubs with five home runs and 12 RBI. [Chicago Tribune ]

NO LEFTY -- The Dodgers don't have a left-handed reliever in their bullpen after Hong-Chih Kuo was place don the disabled list and replaced on the roster by right-hander Ramon Troncoso. [Los Angeles Times ]

ROYAL PEN -- One of the reasons the Royals are leading in the American League Central is their bullpen, well, almost all of their bullpen. In a reversal of expectations, only closer Joakim Soria, one of the best closers in baseball the last couple of years, has struggled. Manager Ned Yost said his closer is just "human" and should be fine. Still, the likes of Tim Collins, Jeremy Jeffress and Aaron Crow have impressed. [Kansas City Star ]

NEW PITCH -- Giants closer Brian Wilson is playing coy about a new pitch in his arsenal. Wilson, who will talk about most subjects, isn't discussing a new pitch he's throwing to right-handed batters. It may be a two-seam fastball, a cutter or even a screwball. [San Jose Mercury News ]

ATTENDANCE WOES -- This month six teams have set records for their lowest attendance since their current park opened -- the Braves, Indians, Mariners, Cardinals, Yankees and Twins. Overall attendance is down just two percent this year, which is less than I expected. [USA Today ]

HOW LOW CAN IT GO? -- Seattle is being hit particularly hard at the turnstiles. [Seattle Times ]

UBIQUITOUS OBLUQUE -- I missed this earlier this week, but heard Tim McCarver bring it up during yesterday's Mets-Braves games -- Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times wrote a great article about the oblique injury, noting 14 players had gone on the DL this year with an oblique injury. Also, before MRI technology improved to its current point, the injury had been called rib cage or abdominal injuries, the diagnosis is just better nowadays.

BIG DRAFT -- What if you had to pick from Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Justin Upton, Ricky Romero, Andrew McCutchen, Jay Bruce, Mike Pelfrey, Wade Townsend, Chris Volstad, John Mayberry Jr., Jacoby Ellsbury, Colby Rasmus or Clay Buchholz? The 2005 draft offered those choices. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ]

WRIGLEY GRIDIRON -- The Cubs and Northwestern want to continue playing football games at Wrigley Field, despite the challenges they faced this season. In the end, money wins. [Chicago Tribune ]

TUCSON HOME -- Padres owner Jeff Moorad said Tucson will be the Triple-A home for the Padres for at least another year and could be an option if the team isn't able to get funding for a park in Escondido, Calif. [Arizona Daily Star ]

A DIFFERENT MANNY -- Manny Ramirez changed when he went to Boston. [Akron Beacon-Journal ]

HOT DOGGIN' -- A look at the best and craziest hot dogs at ballparks this season. I'm thinking about getting that Meat Lovers Dog at Great American Ball Park later today. I'll take pictures. In the name of "journalism" of course. I'm also curious about the Bahn Mi Dog at Nationals Stadium and [SeriousEats.com ]

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 11:20 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 11:22 pm

Broxton won't be used in save situations

Jonathan Broxton Not that it came up in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Giants, but Joe Torre said before the game that he would no longer use Jonathan Broxton in save situations.

"I think we have to just put him in situations not in the ninth inning, I mean a save situation in the ninth inning," Torre told MLB.com . "And just try to get some appearances under his belt. Wherever we go, whether we're going to get to the postseason or not, I think this is very important: that he finishes this season with a good taste in his mouth."

Broxton gave up a two-run homer to Juan Uribe in the ninth inning on Saturday, his sixth blown save in 28 opportunities.

Torre had replaced Broxton with Hong-Chih Kuo as his closer, although he was still using Broxton in some matchup situations and when Kuo was unavailable. That duty will now fall to rookie Kenley Jansen.

Broxton is under contract for $7 million next season. Broxton is 5-5 with a 3.70 ERA and 22 saves.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:18 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:52 am

No-hitter watch: Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda has a no-hitter through five innings against the Phillies.

Kuroda has thrown 59 pitches and struck out four. Jayson Werth has been the Phillies' lone baserunner. He was hit in the second inning.

UPDATE: Kuroda walked his first batter of the game, Carlos Ruiz, but got his fifth and sixth strikeouts of the game to get through the sixth inning. Roy Halladay hasn't been as sharp, allowing three runs on eight hits as the Dodgers lead 3-0.

UPDATE: And we're through seven, as Kuroda retired Chase Utley, Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard. He's thrown 83 pitches.

UPDATE: Now this is just funny -- a guy who was 1 for 46 coming in has more hits than the Phillies. Yep, Kuroda picked up his first hit of the season in the bottom of the seventh.

UPDATE: Kuroda has entered the eighth with a no-hitter before and is searching to leave the eighth inning with a no-hitter for the first time. Former Dodgers Shane Victorino singles to right with one out in the eighth to break it up.

UPDATE: Kuroda's night is done after 7 2/3. He struck out the last batter he faced, Carlos Ruiz. He finished with seven strikeouts and two walks and is on the hook for the two runners on base as Hong-Chih Kuo enters the game for Los Angeles.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 11, 2010 8:07 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2010 8:51 pm

Should one of seven players be an All-Star?

Omar Infante When the smoke finally cleared on all the injuries, dropouts and replacements, a total of 82 players will go into the books as 2010 All-Stars -- and that's assuming nothing happens in the next couple of days.

Heck, Braves closer Billy Wagner, who is retiring after this season, will be credited with his seventh All-Star berth just for taking a phone call from Charlie Manuel and saying, "Thanks but no thanks, my ankle is kind of sore."

There are, at any given time, 750 players on active major-league rosters. So 82 represents 11 percent. Let's say, conservatively, that each team has a backup catcher, two end-of-the-bench utility/pinch-hit guys and three long relievers -- spots that are irrelevant to the All-Star conversation. That gets us down to 570 let's call it "All-Star-eligible" major-league spots. You figure 82 of 570 is 14 percent.

What does it mean for the All-Star Game that one out of every seven players is an All-Star? Does it diminish the accomplishment?

The answer is yes. It would be impossible for it not to. "Four-time All-Star" will not mean the same thing, will not denote the same level of career achievement, 10 years from now that it did 10 years ago.

And yet, since commissioner Bud Selig decreed that "this time it counts" after the 2002 tie debacle, this is basically the way it has to be. All-Star managers must be given the number and variety of players they need to do everything possible to win the game.

That means Manuel has to select a guy like Braves utility man Omar Infante, giving himself the maximum number of options. It means Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo makes the team because of his extreme effectiveness against left-handers.

Yes, it's ridiculous to think each team needs a 34-man roster to play one baseball game. But it looks like there's no going back now.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: June 28, 2010 12:35 pm

Dodgers bullpen struggling

Jonathan Broxton The Dodgers will win or lose the National League West on the strength of its bullpen, the Los Angeles Times ' Bill Shaikin writes .

During the Dodgers' series with the Yankees, manager Joe Torre seemed only to trust closer Jonathan Broxton out of the bullpen. It led to victory on Saturday, but defeat and the loss of a four-run lead on Sunday.

Writes Shaikin, the Dodgers have two reliable starters and three reliable relievers: Broxton, Ronald Belisario and Hong-Chih Kuo.

Broxton leads the Dodgers' bullpen in innings, one of just three closers in the big leagues to do so. Broxton has allowed seven earned runs in 33 2/3 innings -- four of those on Sunday -- and has 16 saves, as well as a 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Shaikin says it's uncertain whether the uncertain Dodgers ownership will open its pocketbooks (or prospect cache) for middle relief help. The problem is middle relief is one of the toughest commodities to evaluate and acquire. Add to the inherent difficulties with a weak available class makes it a tough fix, even for a team with deep pockets and prospect coffers.

"Pitching is the only way we're going to do something special," Torre told the Times . However, the Dodgers hardly have a special staff and odds are against them striking gold in the trade market.

UPDATE: Recently designated Pirates left-hander Jack Taschner has been signed by the team to a minor-league contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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