May 2009

Stults to DL; Schlichting Promoted

The Dodgers Sunday placed Saturday’s starting pitcher, Eric Stults, on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb and recalled right-handed reliever Travis Schlichting from Double-A Chattanooga. — Ken Gurnick

Torre Doesn’t Vote for Manny

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he wouldn’t want to see suspended outfielder Manny Ramirez in this year’s All-Star Game because it should be a reward for players that have good first halves. Torre said Ramirez would agree. Ramirez ranks fourth at the position in the most recent voting. — Ken Gurnick

Kuroda Likely to Return Monday

Dodgers manager said disabled Opening Day starter Hiroki Kuroda is likely to be activated to start Monday night against Arizona, as long as his bullpen session later Friday goes without a hitch. It’s undecided who would come out of the rotation between Eric Stults and Eric Milton. — Ken Gurnick

Manny Works Out at Dodger Stadium

Dodgers suspended outfielder Manny Ramirez worked out at Dodger Stadium Monday morning for the first time since receiving a 50-game suspension on May 7 for violating the MLB drug policy. Ramirez worked out while the club was in Colorado to open a three-game series with the Rockies. — Ken Gurnick

Ethier Out; Hoffmann Starts

The toe injury suffered Saturday night put Andre Ethier on the bench Sunday and forced manager Joe Torre to get creative with his lineup. Torre rested shortstop Rafael Furcal as planned, but he didn’t give catcher Russell Martin the day off as expected. Martin was batting second in the lineup and Casey Blake moved from eighth to Ethier’s clean-up spot, followed by James Loney, Matt Kemp and rookie Jamie Hoffmann, making his first Major League start for Ethier in right field, with Juan Castro batting eighth and replacing Furcal at short. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Complete Delwyn Young Trade

The Dodgers received right-handed reliever Eric Krebs from the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the April 14 trade for Delwyn Young.  The 24-year-old Krebs, a 14th-round pick in 2005, was assigned to Double-A Chattanooga. At Altoona, the hard-throwing but wild Krebs was 2-4 with a 4.10 ERA and in 16 2/3 innings had 15 strikeouts but 17 walks. — Ken Gurnick

May Breaks Wrist

Double-A catcher Lucas May, who hit .533 (16-for-30) with two homers and four RBI during a nine-game hitting streak, suffered a hairline fracture of the wrist and will be out at least a month. — Ken Gurnick

Umpire Replaced

Wednesday night’s Dodgers-Mets game was to start with a three-man umpire crew. James Hoye took ill and Minor League umpire Jake Uhlenhopp was en route to join the game in progress while making his Major League debut at third base. He arrived for the bottom of the second inning. — Ken Gurnick

Hudson, Paul Start; Kemp Sits

Orlando Hudson, who left Tuesday night’s game with a bruised shoulder, was back in the lineup Wednesday night for the Dodgers. And Xavier Paul got the start in center field for Matt Kemp. — Ken Gurnick

Abreu Surfaces in Chattanooga

Infielder Tony Abreu is back in action, playing for Double-A Chattanooga. Abreu missed the first six weeks of the season with an ankle sprain, the latest in a series of injuries that sidelined him the entire 2008 season and half of the 2007 season. In that time he’s had surgery for a sports hernia and torn hip labrum. — Ken Gurnick