Tag:Jonathan Broxton
Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:56 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Furcal, Broxton nearing returns for Dodgers

By Evan Brunell

FurcalThe Dodgers are moving closer to having two important parts of the team back in the fold. In regards to injuries, L.A. has been one of the most snakebitten teams this season, especially in their infield.

That could receive a boost by the end of the month as Rafael Furcal, who is attempting to return from a strained left oblique, may be ready to embark on a rehab assignment as early as next Monday, ESPN Los Angeles reports. Furcal, who has been sidelined long-term for the second time this year, fielded ground balls and threw across the diamond. He also took swings in the batting cage from the right side.

"He took some soft-toss [left-handed], but he wasn't 100 percent yet,'' Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said. "We're shooting for a rehab assignment when we leave to go on the road. That is what I'm hoping for."

Furcal could come back to limited playing time because prospect Dee Gordon has impressed in the time he's manned shortstop. The 23-year-old is hitting .298/.313/.340 and flashing solid defense, and he has stolen four bases in 12 games. If the club wants to keep Gordon in the lineup, they should consider moving Gordon or Furcal to second or third base, with Juan Uribe occupying the other. That would free up Casey Blake to head out to left field and attempt to plug the gaping hole there.

Jonathan Broxton is another Dodger on the comeback trail. He'll take the mound for Triple-A on Tuesday and Thursday in his recovery from a bone bruise in his right elbow that has held him out for a month. While Broxton has been very shaky as a closer for some time, no one has run away with the job so far in L.A., so he should be able to capture saves fairly immediately upon activation, which could happen by the end of the week.

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Posted on: June 18, 2011 12:10 am
 

Padilla out for season, but Broxton on way back

By Matt Snyder

The 2011 season has been one chock full of disaster for the Dodgers, so it's not surprising that two instances of good news are slightly negated by one item of bad news. Right now seems like one of those times where I ask if you want the good news or the bad news first. Since this isn't really interactive, we'll get the bad news out of the way.

One-time closer Vicente Padilla is likely out for the season after having surgery to fuse some vertebrae in his neck (MLB.com). He managed just 8 2/3 innings for the Dodgers this year, but did mix in three saves.

As for the good news, former -- and likely future -- closer Jonathan Broxton appears to be making progress. He's been on the DL since May 4 and wasn't even healthy in the few weeks leading up to that. He's ready to go out on a minor-league rehab assignment on the Dodgers expect him back before July.

Broxton, 27, is a two-time All-Star and was regarded as one of the best closers in baseball for a short time period. He dealt with inconsistency in 2010 and was pretty awful before hitting the DL this season. He has a 5.68 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings for 2011 thus far. If he can come back fully healthy, though, his stuff is too good for him to not become effective again.

Meanwhile, Hong-Chih Kuo, who hasn't thrown since May 9 due to anxiety disorder, is feeling like he's ready to get back on the hill.

"I'm more excited than nervous, so that's a good sign," he told Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.

When Kuo's right in the head, he's a great weapon from the bullpen. In 2009, he had a 2.14 ERA in 80 innings. In 2010, he had a 1.20 ERA and 12 saves in 60 innings. He's struck out 10.6 hitters per nine innings throughout his career. It's seemingly just a matter of him being mentally balanced when on the mound.

So, to sum up, Padilla's done, but Broxton and Kuo are likely coming back soon. The Dodgers have had a heck of a time figuring out who to use in the late innings, so getting the two back might provide some semblance of stability by the All-Star break.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 8:20 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Dodgers' Padilla to have neck surgery

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Vicente PadillaThe Dodgers have announced reliever Vicente Padilla will have neck surgery on Thursday and is out an "extended period of time."

The 33-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched since May 13 when he was put on the disabled list. Padilla has no record and a 4.15 ERA in nine appearances with three saves.

The Dodgers have been using a hodgepodge of relievers in their bullpen, as seven different pitchers have recorded saves for the team this season. Lefty Scott Elbert was the latest Dodgers reliever to record a save, picking up the first of his career by recording one out against the Rockies on Sunday.

Kenley Jansen (right shoulder inflammation) and Hong-Chih Kuo (anxiety disorder) are currently on rehab assignments, while closer Jonathan Broxton (bone bruise in right elbow) is expected to start a rehab assignment this week.

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Posted on: June 4, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Dodgers add ninth, 10th players to DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Rafael FurcalThe Dodgers disabled list has reached double-digits, as the team placed shortstop Rafael Furcal (strained oblique) and pitcher Jon Garland (right shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list.

The Dodgers have the most players on the disabled list in the majors, but infielder Juan Uribe (hip) and outfielder Marcus Thames (quadriceps) are expected to return soon. Starter Vicente Padilla has had a setback with pain in his neck, so he wasn't called up.

The Dodgers called up infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. and right-hander John Ely.

Furcal returned from the DL on May 22 after suffered a fractured left thumb and was hitting just .225/.244/.300 with one home run and a stolen base in 10 games since his return. He's hitting just .212/.246/.273 in 17 games overall.

Garland is 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA in nine starts. He's pitched 54 innings this year and could lose money because of his injuries. Garland is making $3.5 million this year, but would received another $3.525 million if he pitches between 150-190 innings this season and a vesting option for 2012 at $8 million if he pitches 190 innings this year.

Also on the 15-day disabled list for the Dodgers are relievers Jonathan Broxton (elbow), Blake Hawksworth (groin), Kenley Jansen (shoulder) and Hong-Chih Kuo (illness). Catcher Hecotr Gimenez (knee) is on the 60-day disabled list.

Los Angeles has just one pitcher on the 40-man roster who isn't either in the majors or on the major or minor league disabled list. That pitcher, Luis Vasquez, is currently at Class A Rancho Cucumonga.

The Twins currently have eight players on the disabled list, including two (Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka) on the 60-day disabled list.

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Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Who is the Dodgers' closer?



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked what appeared to be a pretty simple question before his team's game against the Rockies on Monday: Who is the Dodgers' closer?

"How do I know?" Mattingly answered, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, Vicente Padilla and Kenley Jansen are all on the disabled list.

Matt Guerrier and Mike MacDougal both have saves this season, but Mattingly said he'd rather keep those two pitching in the middle innings -- and as a safety net if one of his younger relievers gets in trouble and have to leave in the middle of an inning.

That leaves him with Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert and Rubby De La Rosa as the choice to close. All three have recently been called up from the minors.Combined, the three have pitched 39 1/3 innings in the big leagues -- and 30 1/3 of those belong to the lefty Elbert, who appeared in 19 games for the Dodgers in 2009.

The three have pitched well enough in their limited appearances so far.

Elbert, 25, had given up just one hit and a walk, while striking out five in four scoreless innings before Monday, when he allowed a hit and a walk, but no runs or outs in his six-pitch outing. He was rescued by Guerrier, just as Mattingly said he wanted to do.

Guerra, 25, came into Monday's game having allowed four hits and two walks in six innings, allowing two runs, while walking two and striking out four. He earned a save last week against the Astros.

De La Rosa, 22, picked up the win in his last outing, Friday against the Marlins when he allowed a run on two hits in two innings of work. It was just the second outing of his career, having made his big-league debut three days earlier with a scoreless inning against the Astros. The hard-throwing right hander was 7-2 with a 2.37 ERA and six saves last season at Class A and Double-A.

Mattingly didn't need to tip his hand Monday, as the Dodgers led 7-1 going into the ninth, a non-save situation. However, Guerra finished out the game for Los Angeles, allowing two hits, but no runs, in his inning of work.

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Dodgers search for another closer

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Vicente PadillaAlready on their third closer of the season, the Dodgers will be searching for No. 4, as Vicente Padilla has been placed on the disabled list with a stiff right forearm.

Padilla will join Jonathan Broxton (bruised elbow) and Hong-Chih Kuo (anxiety disorder) on the DL, along with Blake Hawksowrth (strained right groin).

The Dodgers will have to use Matt Guerrier and Kenley Jansen as their primary closers, with Mike MacDougal also in the mix. Guerrier picked up the save on Tuesday, but manager Don Mattingly has said matchups would dictate which of the two -- Guerrier or Jansen -- would close.

Los Angeles called up Ramon Troncoso from Triple-A. The right-hander has allowed 12 hits to the 17 batters he's faced this season -- for those of you not down with stats, that's not good. In 2 2/3 innings, he's given up six runs -- but hasn't walked (or struck out) a batter, so there's that.

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: May 17, 2011 11:05 am
 

Pepper: Galarraga rotation spot in danger



By Evan Brunell


BLOWUP: Think Armando Galarraga is nervous about doing his job? Check out this meltdown against a reporter...

Reporter: Do you worry about your spot in the rotation?
Galarraga: No, why would I be worried? Is there something I have to worry about?
Reporter: Well, after tonight's performance, possibly...
Galarraga: You think? Why don't we talk about it at the end of the season? I don't count five starts.
Reporter: Aren't you disappointed?
Galarraga: I'm disappointed for this start. I'm not disappointed for the rest of the season. What are you talking about? What are you talking about, "When I next start"? Huh? Who you say I'm gonna be worried about my next start? Huh? (Unintelligible) ... my next start, or are you saying I'm gonna lose my job. Are you trying to say that?

Galarraga has made eight starts on the year so far and has a 5.91 ERA to show for it. He was already in danger of losing his job prior to Monday and then gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings to the Padres, walking two and whiffing one.

Hey, it's not easy to be someone like Galarraga -- a fringe major-league player who won't ever haul in millions of dollars unless something changes fast. He's got minimal job security, is on his third team in his career and clearly sees the writing on the walk. Just chalk this one up to a bad day. Athletes are asked a lot to stand before a microphone day in, day out on both good and bad days -- and woe to those who aren't in the right frame of mind and run out of patience. Everyone's allowed one of these days. (AZ Snakepit)

APT COMPARISON?
What to do when a diminutive white player gains a cult following, the appreciation of a manager and minimal impact on offense? Easy -- compare him to David Eckstein, which Rays skipper Joe Maddon did to Sam Fuld. (St. Petersburg Times)

GOODBYE: Tyler Colvin was optioned to Triple-A to get more at-bats, as he's been buried behind the hot play of the outfielders. But GM Jim Hendry wasn't forgiving in his evaluation of Colvin. "He had a really good year for us and since the first days of spring training he never played up to that level. We're in the production business. It wasn't that he wasn't given enough at-bats. He didn't earn enough at-bats. The other guys here outplayed him, too." (Chicago Tribune)

A STEP FORWARD: Danny Espinosa has been slumping lately and especially hideous from the left side. So naturally, when the Pirates brought in a right-handed reliever to flip Espinosa, a switch-hitter, to the left side of the plate, he cracked a two-run homer to send the Nats to victory. (MASN Sports)

It's all injuries, all the time today at Pepper...

TUESDAY TEST: Chipper Jones will test his injured right knee Tuesday after receiving two cortisone injections. If all goes well, he could be back in the lineup Tuesday night. But if his torn meniscus doesn't respond, he may need arthroscopic surgery, which will force him to miss two  to three weeks of action. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

SORIANO OUT:
Rafael Soriano will likely be put on the disabled list if the latest report is any indication. Soriano told reporters that he will probably miss another week or two unless his examination Tuesday goes splendidly. He hasn't pitched in the last seven games and threw his team under the bus (again) by saying he didn't think he would have affected the outcome of these games and the poor offense is responsible for the futility. (New York Times)

GUTIERREZ EN ROUTE:
Franklin Gutierrez has been sidelined all year with a mysterious stomach ailment, but is progressing so well he could debut this week. He DHed at Triple-A Monday and will play a full nine in the field on Tuesday before going to Seattle for a status report. (Seattle Times)

BROXTON TOSSES: For the first time since hitting the disabled list, Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton played a game of catch. Exciting, right? There is no timetable yet on Broxton, nor any (public, at least) word on the next step. (MLB.com)

NISHIOKA TURNS CORNER: The Twins can't wait to have Tsuyoshi Nishioka back and received good news to that effect as "he's starting to turn the corner," trainer Dave Preumer says. He underwent sprinting drills Monday. (MLB.com via Twitter)

TILLMAN INJURED: Despite only having two pitches to work with, Chris Tillman was handcuffing the Red Sox through five innings and 88 pitches. He left the game and saw his bullpen cough up the game. Why? Now we know it's because he left the game with back tightness that flared up during the fifth. It was the second injury removal of the game, as Derrek Lee left the game in the third with a strained oblique. (MASN Sports)

DAVIES TOO: Vin Mazzaro gave up 14 runs against the Indians and is the story nationwide, but that never would have happened if not for Kyle Davies. Davies left Monday's game after just 21 pitches with shoulder soreness. He underwent a MRI, and the team is currently waiting for the results. If Davies hits the DL, Mazzaro may have been a candidate to replace Davies in the rotation... but then that whole 14-run thing... (Kansas City Star)

Rangers ON COMEBACK TRAIL: Good news for the Rangers, as two-thirds of their expected starting outfield could be back in the fold before long. Josh Hamilton is expected to head on on a rehab assignment as early as Wednesday and should be back with the big-league club at some point in their six-game homestand that begins May 23. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz doubled in his rehab start Monday and could rejoin Texas on Friday. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

TEAHEN UP IN AIR: Mark Teahen, sidelined by a strained oblique, will be evaluated on Tuesday before a decision is made on whether to DL him. It's too early to guess which direction this goes in, but if Teahen is on the DL, it will constrain third base candidates to Brent Morel and Omar Vizquel. Dayan Viciedo will receive the call from Triple-A if needed. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Padilla could stay closer after Broxton return

By Evan Brunell

PadillaJonathan Broxton may come back to a new job.

The closer hit the disabled list with arm problems after kicking the season off with a lousy start and may find himself supplanted by Vincente Padilla (pictured) in the interim.

Padilla notched his second save of the season on Sunday and could run away with the job if he keeps on racking up the saves.

"We'll see how it goes," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times. "Obviously, if Vicente comes in and is pitching well out of there, it's hard to just hand something over to somebody else. We'll cross that bridge when we get there."

Padilla had his own disabled-list stint earlier this year but has been solid in the early going as he has six strikeouts and three walks in seven innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. Padilla is making the conversion from starting as he started 237 of 238 games from 2002-10. His first two years in the majors, however, were out of the bullpen and performed well in that role so once he gets into the groove of relieving, could deliver as closer.

Meanwhile, deposed closer Broxton could be out as long as six weeks as the Dodgers will be careful with his rehab. Broxton was one of the game's best closers before devolving into a liability in the second half last season, a trend that has continued so far. Even if Broxton ends up reclaiming his job, it will come by proving himself.

"Like everybody else, we try to get guys back in the mix [in nonpressure situations] before we start throwing them in tight situations," Mattingly said.

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