Guerra Ok, Rivera Iffy, Eovaldi Up, Antonini Down + No Hitch In Dodgers Sale

Javy Guerra seems to be miraculously recovered from taking a ball off the jaw, but has hurt his foot.

Javy Guerra no longer has a swollen jaw, and outside of a slight headache on Thursday he has passed every test with flying colors, including a CAT scan.

But Guerra does have a sore foot, which happened as Guerra twisted to try to get out of the way of the line drive hit back at him by Brian McCann on Wednesday night. “Sue [Falsone, team trainer] feels like it’s short term and there’s really nothing structurally wrong there,” manager Don Mattingly said.

Guerra was reevaluated after throwing before Friday’s game, and cleared to throw per J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News.

So he was available last night, they just decided to hold him out, which seems reasonable, especially considering that Don Mattingly didn’t take him out the other day because he didn’t think the ball hit him flush in the face.

Mattingly said that when he went to the mound Wednesday night, he thought the ball deflected off Guerra’s glove, though replays showed it hit him flush in the face. Though Mattingly said he would defer to assistant trainer Greg Harrel, who went to the mound with him to check on Guerra, there were some regrets in leaving him in the game after seeing the replay.

“If I would have known it would have got him straight on, I probably would have pulled him right away,” Mattingly said.

Well, I guess that answers my question as to why he left Javy in.

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Juan Rivera still hopes to avoid the disabled list.

Juan Rivera is out of the lineup again tonight, still nursing a strained left hamstring. Rivera took ground balls and hit in the cage before the game and may or may not be available to pinch hit tonight, depending on how Rivera feels and the evaluation from the training staff.

“We’re still hopeful that this thing’s not going to linger. He feels better today than he did yesterday,” Mattingly said of Rivera. “We’re still hopeful that he doesn’t have to go on the DL, and that maybe it’s just a couple of days.”

If I’m being honest, I don’t care that much.

One could make the argument that the difference between Tony Gwynn Jr.‘s glove and Rivera’s glove makes up for the difference in their bats.

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Nate Eovaldi is indeed being called up, which means Michael Antonini will be sent down after two days and no appearances.

As expected the Dodgers have recalled pitcher Nathan Eovaldi from Double A Chattanooga before Friday night’s game with the Washington Nationals. Eovaldi will replace Michael Antonini, who was optioned back to Triple A Albuquerque.

For Antonini, this has to be bittersweet, as he was just recalled on Tuesday and his initial cup of coffee in the majors included two days and no games pitched. On Tuesday, Antonini said his parents planned to make a trip from Philadelphia to possibly see him pitch.

Sucks for Antonini, but it’ll be a short stint for Eovaldi too, as he’ll likely go back down when Todd Coffey comes up, because his long-term role in the eyes of the Dodgers hasn’t changed.

Todd Coffey is due off the disabled list on Sunday.

Eovaldi has only pitched two innings since his start on April 9, but he said he has still done all his normal sidework and bullpen sessions under a starter’s workload, which is still the Dodgers’ plan for the 22-year old right-hander.

“We don’t want to get into him being in the bullpen. We want him preparing as a starter,” Mattingly said.

Understandable, as there’s much more value in even an average starter than a closer, but I still think back-end bullpen guy is a good possibility for him.

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Despite worries, it seems like the Dodgers ownership transfer will go off without a hitch.

When the Dodgers take the field Monday night, they should be under new ownership.

The sale of the Dodgers is expected to close as scheduled on Monday, according to three people familiar with the process.

Friday marked the deadline for parties to object to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court order approving the sale from Frank McCourt to Guggenheim Baseball, a group led by Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson. No objections were filed.

I guess that’s when it will be officially over.

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