Tag:Jonathan Broxton
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: May 5, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Agent: No structural damage in Broxton's elbow

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jonathan BroxtonDodgers closer Jonathan Broxton has a bone spur and a bruise at the back of his elbow, but there's no structure damage, his agent tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers plan on waiting a couple of days to see how Broxton responds to rest before deciding whether to put him on the disabled list, agent B.B. Abbott said.

Broxton has struggled this season and didn't tell the Dodgers about his elbow stiffness until Wednesday, the day after he threw eight consecutive balls in the ninth inning, giving up a lead to the Cubs.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:48 am
Edited on: May 5, 2011 2:49 am
 

3 up, 3 down: Hudson won't play second fiddle

Tim Hudson

By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

3 upTim Hudson, Braves -- While the baseball world was focused on Zack Greinke's first start as a member of the Brewers, the Braves' starter was sort of overlooked. Not after the game. Hudson allowed just one hit in his shutout victory, a fourth-inning double to Rickie Weeks. Hudson walked Weeks with two outs in the ninth, the only walk he allowed in the game. He struck out six.

Aneury Rodriguez, Astros -- Making his first big league start, the 23-year-old Rodriguez allowed just one hit -- a triple by Chris Valaika -- in his five innings of work against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, closer Brandon Lyons blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth to deny him the victory. A Rule 5 pick from the Rays in December, Rodriguez had made nine relief appearances before replacing Nelson Figueroa in the rotation on Wednesday.

Adam Lind, Blue Jays -- Lind went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer in the Blue Jays' 3-2 victory over the Rays, his fourth multi-hit game in a row. He's hit in each of his last nine games, going 18 for 35 with five homers and 13 RBI in that stretch.


3 downLos Angeles Dodgers -- The team may not be able to pay its players (well, MLB will cover them, so no worries for the players), MLB vice president Rob Manfred said Frank McCourt isn't cooperating with the commissioner's office, Andre Ethier didn't play on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, Jonathan Broxton was shut down with a shoulder injury -- oh, and the team lost to the Cubs. But hey, the throwback uniforms were pretty cool (but not as cool as the Cubs').

Boston rain -- Ervin Santana had a no-hitter after five, but rain delayed the game, halting his no-hit bid. He was replaced by Rich Thompson after the rain delay of 2:35. Santana had struck out seven in four innings, walking one and hitting another. The Angels had a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning before Jed Lowrie broke it up with a single. The game started at 7:10 p.m. ET and didn't end until 2:45 a.m. ET Thursday morning, a 5-3 Angels victory in 13 innings. 

Cardinals defense -- The Cardinals had four errors in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Marlins. Yadier Molina, the best defensive catcher in the game, had two errors and pitcher Chris Carpenter added a pair himself.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Struggling Broxton admits elbow hurting

Broxton

By Evan Brunell

Jonathan Broxton's struggles finally have an answer.

Broxton reported that his right elbow has been hurting for some time, which means the Dodgers now know why Broxton was throwing 90 mph instead of his usual 96 Tuesday night when he offered back-to-back four-pitch walks while registering just one out. Blake Hawksworth would come on to cough up the two inherited runs plus one of his own in the top ninth as the Cubs walked away with a 4-1 victory. Now, Broxton has been shut down pending the outcome of a MRI.

"Brox came in to complain about stuff, finally," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said to MLB.com. It's honorable he's willing to pitch like this, but in the end, it doesn't do him any good and it's not fair to him and really everybody else, either. If you can't pitch the way you're capable of, it's too tough to pitch like that here."

Here's where things start to break down. Broxton had an unsightly 7.58 ERA from June 28 through the rest of 2010, but the Dodgers don't seem to have bothered to investigate why Broxton stunk up the joint so much, nor did they pursue the issue in the offseason. Instead, Broxton was left to his own devices to pitch through what he earlier termed normal discomfort felt over the course of a season. In L.A.'s defense, it can't be responsible for tracking every possible injury with each player. But this was consistent failure spanning two seasons for someone in which the Dodgers have a great deal of money invested to perform a high-leverage role. The Dodgers simply have to do a better job investigating issues where there's constant red flags -- and need to do a better job communicating to players to speak up if something hurts.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers will now go to a closer-by-committee, but there's no clear leader there. Hong-Chih Kuo was rushed back from injury in an attempt to fix the bullpen and is still getting his sea legs under him while Vincente Padilla cannot be used on back-to-back days as he recovers from arm surgery. (In games where Padilla has at least one day of rest, bet on him getting the save call.) The team can't turn to Kenley Jansen either, as he was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Kuo. Jansen could fill the closer's role well as he's punched out 22 batters in 13 1/3 innings that don't include his two worst outings of the season when he gave up nine of 11 overall runs on the season to hand him a 7.43 ERA. Jansen will likely get the call if and when Broxton is placed on the DL.

"I'm going to deal with what we have," Mattingly added. "We have [Matt] Guerrier, [Blake] Hawksworth, [Mike] MacDougal."

But first, Mattingly had more pressing matters to attend to: finding a MRI tube large enough to fit the 300-pound Broxton.

"I'm serious," Mattingly said.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Padilla, not Broxton, gets Dodgers' save

By Matt Snyder

Wednesday, Vicente Padilla collected his first save since September 28, 2000, but it was the manner in which he got the save that draws the attention of most.

Monday night, Dodgers closer (at the time) Jonathan Broxton blew a save. It was the first save he'd blown in 2011 and would have been closed down had Jamey Carroll not completely whiffed on a grounder with two outs.

Tuesday morning, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on the radio that the Dodgers would go with Broxton, Vicente Padilla and Hong-Chih Kuo as a bit of a three-headed monster for save situations. Later Tuesday, Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly reportedly held a meeting with Broxton to inform him he was still the team's primary closer.

But the next save chance came Wednesday afternoon in Florida, and Padilla was summoned to close down the Marlins -- and he set them down in order, 1-2-3. Broxton was did not appear in the game, a 5-4 Dodgers victory.

So are the Dodgers going with Colletti's plan? Did Broxton just get one day off from closing duties to clear his head? Is Padilla the closer?

Hey, it's the Dodgers. Bud Selig forced MLB to take control of the Dodgers last week after Frank McCourt ran the franchise's finances into the ground. Anything's possible at this point.

The only thing that really matters is the Dodgers won the game. Oh, and Andre Ethier not only extended his April-record 24-game hitting streak, but he hit the go-ahead home run in the 10th.

UPDATE: After the game, Mattingly reportedly said Broxton has elbow soreness and would only be available in an "emergency" and that Broxton is still his closer. Of course, he also said he wasn't averse to using Padilla in a save situation with Broxton healthy and available. So, yeah, it's still confusing (LA Times via Twitter)

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 5:13 pm
 

On Deck: Harang goes for NL-leading fifth win

Harang

By Evan Brunell

Best matchup: Aaron Harang loves his new home in San Diego, as he's won all of his starts to date. With a victory in his fifth start Tuesday night, he would extend his NL-leading wins tally and pull within one of overall baseball leader Jered Weaver. Harang, who didn't make the 2010 postseason roster in Cincinnati after a three-year stretch of a 4.71 ERA and 18-38 record, has suddenly trimmed his walk rate to a career-best and has yet to allow a home run on the year. But he'll have his hands full winning the game as the Braves will toss out Jair Jurrjens. The 25-year-old started the year on the DL so has only made two starts so far, but what beauties they've been. In 13 total innings, Jurrjens has allowed just one run on a solo homer, walked three and whiffed 10. Both teams are scuffling on offense, so this could be quite the pitcher's duel. Braves at Padres, 10:05 p.m. ET

Chasing No. 23: Andre Ethier will seek to extend his hitting streak to 23 games for baseball's most dysfunctional squad. After seeing a trustee named Monday to oversee the club, GM Ned Colletti said Jonathan Broxton had lost his closer's job. But wait -- manager Don Mattingly disagrees. For all those people in an uproar over the death of soap opera TV shows, we've got a live version playing out before our very eyes. The Dodgers, behind phenom Clayton Kershaw, will battle Chris Volstad (good news for Ethier as Volstad has a 6.60 ERA on the year) and the 14-7 Marlins, who have matched the best start in franchise history as well as engineering nine comeback victories already. Dodgers at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET

Young guns: As the Red Sox chase .500, they'll ask Clay Buchholz to take the mound and address the troubles he's experienced early on. Buchholz has a 5.31 ERA on the year but is facing the right team in an attempt to turn his fortunes around as he has a 0.32 ERA in his last four starts against Baltimore. The O's were also Buchholz's victims back in 2007 when the youngster tossed a no-hitter. But the O's have their own electric starter coming out in rookie Zach Britton, who may have forced Baltimore's hand to keep him up the entire season and thusly qualify for free agency a full year earlier. Britton has a 3.16 ERA on the year and could be poised to cut a swath through Boston's lefty-heavy lineup. Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Mixed signals from Dodgers on closer

By Matt Snyder

After blowing his first save of the season -- in allowing two unearned runs after a Jamey Carroll error, mind you -- Jonathan Broxton has been removed as the primary closer for the Dodgers, according to general manager Ned Colletti. He said as much on KABC Los Angeles Tuesday. He noted that the Dodgers will use a trio of guys in closing situations: Hong-Chih Kuo. Vicente Padilla and Broxton.

Of course, manager Don Mattingly told Broxton he was still the Dodgers' closer, reports the LA Times . So either Colletti met with Mattingly and the two decided to leave Broxton in the role or the manager and general manager are not on the same page.

Though Broxton, 26, has only blown one save in six chances and it wasn't totally his fault, he hasn't been lights out by any measure. He has a 4.35 ERA and 1.84 WHIP through 11 outings. In 10 1/3 innings, the troubling items are 12 hits, two home runs and seven walks. Colletti implied the move to be less a demotion for Broxton than a way to help him regain his confidence.

Kuo, 29, is a lefty and had 12 saves last season with a sparkling 1.20 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. He struck out 73 in 60 innings. This season he's thrown just 2 2/3 innings, so it's such a small sample we can't really draw any conclusions.

Padilla, 33, has been primarily a starter throughout his career, with 237 of his career 323 appearances coming as starts. He does have two career saves, but those came back in 2000. He's only had two outings so far this season, after beginning the season on the disabled list.

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:44 am
 

3 up, 3 down: Kennedy outshines Lee

Ian Kennedy

By C. Trent Rosecrans

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Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks -- Nobody -- or at least this nobody -- expected Kennedy to do much against Cliff Lee and the Phillies, but what did he do? He threw a three-hit shutout against the Phillies. Kennedy struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter. And it wasn't even his best night this week. Early Sunday morning Kennedy and his wife welcomed the birth of their first child. Heck of a couple of days for Kennedy.

Philip Humber, White Sox -- The Chicago starter was superb on Monday. The White Sox had lost 10 of 11 entering Monday's game in the Bronx and the right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Alex Rodriguez's single. Humber was able to get out of the jam and left the game after that inning, stranding two runners while protecting a one-run lead. The 2004 first-round pick by the Mets is now 2-2 with a  3.20 ERA this season.

Brandon Wood, Pirates -- The former Angels prospect doubled in his Pittsburgh debut, driving in the eventual winning run in a 4-2 victory over the Nationals. Wood drove in two with the fourth-inning double.

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Starlin Castro, Cubs --  Talk about a bad night for the Cubs talented young shortstop, not only was he hitless in five at-bats, he had three errors in the Cubs' loss to the Rockies. All three of his errors came in the three-run Rockies second, with all three runs unearned.

Jamey Carroll, Dodgers -- With a 4-3 lead, two on and two out in the ninth, Jonathan Broxton got an easy ground ball from Florida's Scott Cousins to seemingly nail down the Dodger victory, except Carroll booted the ball, allowing the tying run to score. Omar Infante followed with a liner misplayed by Jerry Sands to score the winning run.

Colby Lewis, Rangers -- The Texas right-hander gave up back-to-back homers to Toronto's Corey Patterson and Jose Bautista, then walked a batter and gave up another homer, to Juan Rivera, in a six-run fifth inning. In 22 innings this season, Lewis has allowed eight home runs. He dropped to 1-3 with a 6.55 ERA.

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