Category: Dailies

Lindsey, Mitchell Triple-A All-Stars

John Lindsey and Russell Mitchell were named to the Topps Triple-A All-Star team. Lindsey led Triple-A with a .353 batting average and .657 slugging percentage, which earned him a first Major League call-up after 16 Minor League seasons. Mitchell led Pacific Coast League third basemen with a .958 fielding percentage and was in the league top 10 for average, runs, hits and extra-base hits. He also received a september call-up. — Ken Gurnick

Batting Order Juggled

Manager Joe Torre has juggled the batting order for Monday night’s game in San Diego, moving James Loney and Casey Blake up to third and fourth, while moving Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp down to fifth and sixth. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Sign Ethier’s Brother

The Dodgers signed Devon Ethier, the 20-year-old brother of All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier. Devon Ethier is also an outfielder, taken in the 32nd round of the June First Year Player Draft. He played at Gateway Junior College in Arizona, where he hit .315 and stole 21 bases. He bats right-handed. — Ken Gurnick

Castro Return Historic

Juan Castro, re-signed to replace the injured Rafael Furcal, is the only player in franchise history to serve three separate stints in the organization after departing and playing for another Major League team each time. Giovanni Carrera did leave the organization twice and re-sign, but didn’t make it to the Major Leagues with another club between his stints in 2005 and 2006. — Ken Gurnick 



Interest in Guillen Lukewarm

Dodgers interest in Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen is believed to be lukewarm at best, despite an Internet report that the interest was strong. Guillen was designated for assignment last week and the Dodgers have no interest in trading for him and picking up any of the remaining $4 million he’s owed, even though the Giants are rumored to be after Guillen.

The Dodgers might get involved if and when Guillen becomes a free agent, especially if Manny Ramirez’s calf injury continues to linger.

There is baggage that comes with Guillern, who has worn out his welcome with seven clubs. Of course, the same was said for Vicente Padilla a year ago, but he’s turned into one of their best acquisitions in recent years. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Acquire Podsednik

The Dodgers made a deal Wednesday and not for a pitcher, acquiring former All-Star outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals for two Minor Leaguers, catcher Lucas May and pitcher Elisaul Pimental, according to baseball sources. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Work Out in Heat

Four hours before Thursday night’s game with the Cardinals, the Dodgers completed a mandatory team workout at Busch Stadium held with a downtown temperature of 93 degrees and a heat index of 105. Among those working out was reliever George Sherrill, who reportedly was placed on outright waivers this week but remains on the active roster. — Ken Gurnick

Kyle Russell Moves Up

Outfielder Kyle Russell was promoted by the Dodgers from Single-A Inland Empire to Double-A Chattanooga. Russell hit .354 with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs in 53 games for the 66ers. In his last five games he hit .529 with four homers and 10 RBIs. — Ken Gurnick

Elbert Called Up

Left-handed pitcher Scott Elbert was in the Dodgers clubhouse at Coors Field Friday and will be activated, but the club has not confirmed the move or announced a corresponding roster move. Elbert was a late scratch from his scheduled Friday night start for Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. But he has allowed only four earned runs in his last 16 1/3 innings. Elbert was a candidate to win the fifth-starter job in Spring Training, but pitched poorly and was sent out in mid-March. Left-handers are hitting only .229 against Elbert, while right-handers are hitting .301.

— Ken Gurnick

Furcal, Green Make Trip to Chicago

The Dodgers made no roster move Monday, but both Rafael Furcal and Nick Green made the flight to Chicago on the travel day. Furcal apparently is ready to be activated from the disabled list after 3 1/2 weeks healing from a strained hamstring. Green was the infielder who replaced him. But if the Dodgers try to send Green back to the Minor Leagues, he must first clear waivers.

Meanwhile, infielder Chin-lung Hu, passed over when Green was promoted, is now on Albuquerque’s disabled list with a broken nose. — Ken Gurnick