Injury Roll Call: Hanley exchanges places with Capuano, Ryu set for Friday, Elbert has setback

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Hanley Ramirez returned from the DL Tuesday, with Chris Capuano being placed on the 15-day disabled list in a corresponding move. Ramirez completed a rehab assignment that saw him play three games to complete his recovery from a hamstring injury. Ramirez, who hasn’t played since suffering the injury on May 3rd, appeared in a pair of games for the Quakes ... Read More »

Making Moves: Puig & Moylan up, but Carl, Kemp, A.J. to the DL + Towles signed, 8 released

It has finally happened. The Yasiel Puig Era has begun. The Dodgers return home for a 10-game homestand on Monday, and will do so with the most exciting of reinforcements. Yasiel Puig has been recalled by the Dodgers from Double-A Chattanooga and will join the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday, the team announced after their loss to the Rockies. ... Read More »

Down On The Farm: Week Of May 20 – Matt Magill, Yasiel Puig, Jarret Martin, Julio Urias

There were some usual suspects playing well in the Dodgers farm system this week, but one player’s professional debut stood out above the rest. —– Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (4-3) Player Of The Week Elian Herrera – 2B .429/.500/.607/1.107, 1 HR, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 7 R, 5 SB, 4 BB, 5 K Herrera, the subject of call-up rumors, had a ... Read More »

Your Yasiel Puig debut GIF recap

Yasiel Puig debuted for the Dodgers today. You may have heard. He did things. Guy is a GIF waiting to happen. Unfortunately, not a ton of exciting stuff happened today, but he showed his tools off. Here are all of his plate appearances, in order: Also, he’s a bit fast: Sometimes he was a bit too fast and just got ... Read More »

Yasiel Puig was called up for one reason and one reason only

To reenact the scene where Mo Vaughn tackles George Bell to protect Aaron Sele. Seriously though, apparently something like this is likely to happen, but should it? While I understand the emotions as much as anybody, the Dodgers will unfairly never get actual retribution for Carlos Quentin being an idiot, and getting Stephen Fife ejected in the first inning is ... Read More »

Matt Kemp’s injury reveals sad state of Dodgers center field depth

Matt Kemp admitted to being hurt yesterday. No, not in connection to his ongoing lead shoulder issues, but rather having tweaked his hamstring chasing Mike Trout‘s double in center field. Kemp suffered the injury in the seventh inning chasing down Mike Trout’s leadoff double. “He felt it going into that gap. He kind of pulled up and knew out there,” ... Read More »

Dodgers begin to peel back the curtain on Matt Kemp’s struggles with shoulder and swing

Recently, I wrote about what I thought Matt Kemp was doing wrong with his hitting mechanics and how I thought his shoulder’s health might factor into it. Since then, coincidentally, a ton of information regarding his struggles has come out, as both the Dodgers and Kemp himself apparently thought it was about time they came clean. Kemp, despite still putting ... Read More »

Making Moves: Hairston back in action, Miller moved off the mound, recovering Songco promoted

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Jerry Hairston Jr. was activated from the DL, and Dee Gordon was sent to AAA in a corresponding move in order to clear a 25-man roster spot. The Dodgers on Monday activated Jerry Hairston before their game with the Angels, and to make room on the roster optioned shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque. Hairston, who has been sidelined since ... Read More »

Injury Roll Call: Hanley still weeks away, Kemp cleared for increased lifting, Elbert close

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Hanley Ramirez continues to work his way back from his hamstring injury and has begun to increase his running. Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez took another step in his recovery from a strained left hamstring on Friday, but the club is playing it safe, not trying to rush his return to action. Ramirez took batting practice before the Dodgers played the ... Read More »

A Struggling Matt Kemp: Health, Timing, And Swing Path

For better or for worse, the Dodgers offense has basically followed Matt Kemp’s lead since 2010. Following a breakout 2009 and the departure of Manny Ramirez, Kemp slumped miserably in 2010 and the team’s offense followed suit. He then single-handedly buoyed a terrible lineup in 2011, and he was well on his way towards doing the same in 2012 before ... Read More »

Down On The Farm: Week Of May 13 – Puig, Rasmussen, Mount, Gould, Taylor

A couple of top prospects performed well this week in the Dodgers farm system, but the teams aren’t performing that well — especially the Great Lakes Loons. The squad can’t hit, leading to a system-low 14 wins. —– Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (3-3) Player Of The Week Rusty Ryal – 1B .421/.450/.474/.924, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 ... Read More »

Don Mattingly has his ‘Wu-Tang moment’, keeps it real, we’ll see if it goes wrong

Yesterday, Don Mattingly had what I call a “Wu-Tang moment”, inspired by the “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong” skit on Chappelle’s Show. Humorous? Yes, but what it mean to me is that Mattingly basically dropped all the fronts and simply went in on the Dodgers players and front office in surprisingly pointed comments. “We’re in last place in the ... Read More »

Injury Roll Call: Hanley two weeks away, Elbert ready soon, Seager hits the DL

Hanley Ramirez‘s rehab is going well, but the team isn’t keen on rushing him, so he’s still two weeks away. Hanley Ramirez tested his hamstring running in the outfield, and Mattingly said the shortstop continues to make progress, although he is still probably two weeks away from playing. As was the case the first time he came back from injury, ... Read More »

Making Moves: The Sanchez era begins + two loaned, one released in minors

The Dodgers signed former Giants and Royals lefty Jonathan Sanchez to a minor-league deal, sending him to the Albuquerque Isotopes. 2:17pm: The Dodgers will sign Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal, according to Pedro Gomez of ESPN (on Twitter). The contract is pending a physical, and Sanchez is likely to report to Triple-A Albquerque. Sanchez is represented by the ... Read More »