May 2009

Still No Manny

Still no sign of Manny Ramirez Tuesday and he seems to be in no hurry to resume working out with the club. Nobody around the park expects to see him until the next homestand at the soonest. And when he returns, the prevailing opinion is that he won’t discuss any details surrounding his 50-game suspension for violating the MLB drug policy. He’s liable to take the mark McGwire approach, insisting that whatever happened is in the past and he wants to move on. That was his strategy whenever asked about his sour departure from Boston, so he has a track record when it comes to deflecting controversial subjects. — Ken Gurnick

Stults Scratched, Weaver to Start

Eric Stults was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night and Jeff Weaver will replace him, manager Joe Torre announced Tuesday. — Ken Gurnick

Blake is Back

Third baseman Casey Blake, who missed Monday night’s Dodgers game with a tight left hamstring, is back in the lineup for Tuesday night’s game with the Mets, — Ken Gurnick

Stults Still Probable

Eric Stults remains listed as the Dodgers’ probable starter Wednesday night. After having his Sunday between-starts bullpen session postponed a day because of a jammed thumb, it was canceled Monday when Stults reported enough improvement that he didn’t want to risk irritating it with extra throwing. Manager Joe Torre said Jeff Weaver would start against the Mets if Stults cannot. — Ken Gurnick

Blake Scratches With Hamstring

Third baseman Casey Blake was scratched from the original lineup with a strained left hamstring he said he first felt running out a ground ball in the ninth inning Saturday night. Blake had the day off Sunday. Juan Castro, who homered when starting at shortstop Sunday, will start Monday night for the Dodgers at third base. Blake said he did not consider the injury serious. — Ken Gurnick

Kuroda in Simulated Game

Disabled Opening Day starter Hiroki Kuroda is taking the next step in his recovery from a strained oblique muscle, currently throwing a simulated game at Dodger Stadium. Preparing to bat against Kuroda are Juan Castro and Xavier Paul and watching are manager Joe Torre, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, bullpen coach Ken Howell and trainer Stan Conte. — Ken Gurnick

Manny Update

Manager Joe Torre said he expects Manny Ramirez to resume workouts this week, probably in Los Angeles, but that the Dodgers’ suspended outfielder would not be returning on the team charter flight that would leave after Sunday’s game with the Marlins. Torre said he spoke briefly to Ramirez on the phone Saturday, but had not spoken to him Sunday. — Ken Gurnick

Torre Clears Bench

Manager Joe Torre’s lineup for Sunday’s Dodgers game with the Marlins has all four of his bench players starting. Mark Loretta plays third base and bats second, Brad Ausmus catches and bats sixth, Xavier Paul plays right field and bats seventh and Juan Castro plays shortstop and bats eighth. Not starting are regulars Casey Blake, Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and Rafael Furcal. — Ken Gurnick

Repko Injury Not Serious

The hamstring injury suffered by Triple-A Albuquerque outfielder Jason Repko is not as serious as originally believed and he could return to action in 10 days, according to trainer Stan Conte. Repko injured his left hamstring, but in a different place than the injury that required surgery and sidelined him the entire 2007 season. Jamie Hoffman, called up from Double-A Chattanooga to replace Repko, was hitting .294 in five games. — Ken Gurnick

Manny, Team Meet

Suspended outfielder Manny Ramirez held a brief meeting with his Dodgers teammates and uniform staff Friday afternoon at the team hotel in Miami. The Dodgers play the Florida Marlins Friday night to open a three-game series and Ramirez has a home in South Florida. Ramirez was suspended May 7 for violating MLB’s drug policy and this was his first face-to-face meeting with the entire club. The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes. He has telephoned several teammates since the suspension was handed down. Ramirez is not expected at Friday night’s game and it is not known when he will rejoin the club for workouts, which he is allowed to do as long as he is out of uniform when the stadium gates open. — Ken Gurnick