Dodgers Report: minor leagues

Dodgers pick has major-league blood lines

June, 7, 2013
6/07/13
5:28
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LOS ANGELES -- The draft tends to be an anxious day for players, who have to sweat out the picks until their name is called, but Cody Bellinger couldn't have been in a better position to feel secure.

He kind of knew the drill, because his father, Clay Bellinger, had been drafted 24 years earlier by the San Francisco Giants (he played in the majors with the New York Yankees and Angels). He also works out with the son of Dodgers scouting director Logan White in Arizona. He was at Dodger Stadium for a workout less than a week ago.

It was pretty clear he was going to be a Dodger and, indeed, the Dodgers selected the Chandler, Ariz., high school first baseman with their No. 124 overall pick Friday. Bellinger has a scholarship offer from Oregon, but it's pretty clear he's going to sign and begin his minor-league career soon.

"I'm definitely ready for the next phase," Bellinger said.

If he does reach the major leagues, the hoopla won't be new to him. His father, a utility player, played on three World Series teams. And Cody Bellinger played in the 2007 Little League World Series. He remembers sitting on the set of Baseball Tonight and doing a live TV interview with John Kruk and Orel Hershiser. He was 11 years old.

"I was really nervous. I didn't know one of the questions and it was silent for like 10 seconds," Bellinger said.

The plan with Zack Greinke

May, 10, 2013
5/10/13
6:13
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are facing the Miami Marlins and trying to snap a seven-game losing streak Friday, but you could argue that their most important game is happening about 70 miles southeast of Dodger Stadium.

Pitcher Zack Greinke is scheduled to throw around 75 pitches for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in a game at Lake Elsinore. If all goes well, Greinke could be back to pitch for the Dodgers as early as Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. That would be more than three weeks ahead of the original timetable after he broke his collarbone in a fight with San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin.

The final obstacle is swinging a bat. So far, Greinke has hit off a tee only. Mattingly said that if he still has some pain when he attempts to take batting practice, he would consider sending Greinke into games with instructions to either bunt or take pitches.

"If the doctors say he can pitch, we're going to let him pitch," Mattingly said.

Greinke had surgery April 13 and has thrown two 60-pitch bullpen sessions, with the Dodgers clocking him at 90 mph at one point.

The Dodgers haven't been shy about letting players return from injuries quicker than the doctor originally outlined. Hanley Ramirez was supposed to miss 6-8 weeks after April thumb surgery, but returned after five. He strained his left hamstring five days later and now could be on the disabled list for another month or more.

Here are lineups for Friday's game:

Miami
1. Juan Pierre LF
2. Adeiny Hechavarria SS
3. Placido Polanco 3B
4. Justin Ruggiano CF
5. Greg Dobbs 1B
6. Marcell Ozuna RF
7. Derek Dietrich 2B
8. Rob Brantly C
9. Jose Fernandez RHP

Dodgers
1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Nick Punto 3B
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Matt Kemp CF
5. Andre Ethier RF
6. A.J. Ellis C
7. Skip Schumaker 2B
8. Dee Gordon SS
9. Matt Magill RHP

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.315 12 54 55
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 15
RBIA. Gonzalez 67
RD. Gordon 56
OPSY. Puig .945
WZ. Greinke 12
ERAJ. Beckett 2.52
SOZ. Greinke 140