Dodgers Report: Rubby De La Rosa

De La Rosa and Sands officially traded

October, 4, 2012
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The Dodgers announced Thursday what everyone has known for about six weeks: prospects Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands were the players to be named later in the Aug. 25 deal with the Boston Red Sox that brought Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers.

De La Rosa and Sands were not named at the time, because they would have had to clear waivers to be traded.

De La Rosa pitched only two innings for the Dodgers' Double-A Chattanooga team after the trade because of what general manager Ned Colletti called "professional courtesy."

The Dodgers had already sent James Loney and minor-leaguers Allen Webster and Ivan De Jesus to Boston in the trade.

Waiting for the other shoe to drop

August, 24, 2012
8/24/12
6:11
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LOS ANGELES -- There was a little confusion mixed into the excitement in the Dodgers' clubhouse before Friday night's game with the Miami Marlins. Many of the players were glued to clubhouse TVs as details of trade talks with the Boston Red Sox involving Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett were being reported.

Pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, who reportedly would be headed to Boston in the deal, was originally told he was being sent to Triple-A Albuquerque. Told by reporters that the Dodgers had changed his assignment to Double-A Chattanooga, De La Rosa said, "OK, then Chattanooga."

First baseman James Loney, reportedly another piece in the deal, emerged from manager Don Mattingly's office, then spent several minutes on his cellphone in the tunnel that leads from the clubhouse. Later, he went through the usual pregame warmups with the team. He couldn't say much, because -- he said -- he didn't know much.

"Would I be disappointed? I don't know what's going to happen," Loney said. "I don't know where I'm going to be. We'll see what happens."

Loney has been a Dodger since 2006 and played with several of these players in the minor leagues. Outfielder Andre Ethier admitted it would be "mixed emotions" for the team if the reported blockbuster goes through.

"The owners said they were gong to try to do some stuff," Matt Kemp said. "We'll see, guys. I'm not going to talk about some stuff that hasn't happened yet."

Here are the lineups for what might be the final pre-blockbuster game:

Miami
Bryan Petersen LF
Justin Ruggiano CF
Jose Reyes SS
Carlos Lee 1B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Greg Dobbs 3B
Donovan Solano 2B
Rob Brantly C
Nathan Eovaldi P

Dodgers
Shane Victorino LF
Mark Ellis 2B
Matt Kemp CF
Andre Ethier RF
Hanley Ramirez SS
Luis Cruz 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
A.J. Ellis C
Chad Billingsley P

Rubby De La Rosa visits Dodgers

August, 5, 2012
8/05/12
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Dodgers pitcher Rubby De La Rosa returned to the Dodgers clubhouse Sunday for the first time in almost a year after pitching two hitless and scoreless innings with four strikeouts in his second Minor League rehab start Saturday night for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

De La Rosa said he felt pain in his groin during Saturday’s rehab start, which was cut short. He was in Los Angeles to get his groin checked out but felt good about his progress and eventual return to the team.

“I feel very good,” said De La Rosa, who also pitched three scoreless innings last Sunday. “Everything is coming together. Everything is progressing very good. I’m feeling pretty excited to (come back to the Dodgers). I can’t wait.”

De La Rosa suffered a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament on July 31, 2011, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was placed on the disabled list after the game and underwent Tommy John surgery.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wasn’t sure when De La Rosa would return to the team but did not rule out the possibility he could return at some point this season.

“He’s day-to-day now right now,” Mattingly said. “It’s probably nothing major because that’s an area where pitchers always worry about, but the good news is it’s not his elbow. It’s just really something that comes from normal pitching. We’ll see how that goes. I don’t really think it sets him back to a point where it takes him off schedule. Maybe a day or two but it’s nothing major.”

Mattingly said it might be optimistic to think De La Rosa could be effective this season, saying it usually takes players 16 months to start feeling right again after Tommy John surgery. But Mattingly said he would continue to monitor De La Rosa, who was 4-5 last season with a 3.71 ERA and 60 strikeouts.

“Ruby was honestly going to be a bonus,” Mattingly said. “Ruby is not coming off a tender elbow; he’s coming off of major surgery. This is not a guy you can pencil in and say he’s going to be fine. To me, the Tommy John guys are usually better not even the first year but the year after they return. That’s when they become themselves.

"So to sit here and count on Ruby doesn’t make any sense to me. But to say he might be a part of something in September, we’ll see.”

Here are the lineups for Sunday's game:

Cubs
1. David DeJesus RF
2. Brett Jackson CF
3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano LF
5. Starlin Castro SS
6. Welington Castillo C
7. Luis Valbuena 3B
8. Darwin Barney 2B
9. Justin Gerrmano P

Dodgers
1. Shane Victorino LF
2. Mark Ellis 2B
3. Matt Kemp CF
4. Andre Ethier RF
5. Hanley Ramirez SS
6. James Loney 1B
7. Luis Cruz 3B
8. A.J. Ellis C
9. Joe Blanton P

3 up, 3 down: Dodgers 3, Cubs 1

August, 4, 2012
8/04/12
9:01
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LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw allowed only three hits and struck out seven in seven innings Saturday night to lead the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory against the Chicago Cubs, clinching a series win.

The San Francisco Giants also won, 11-6 at Colorado, so the Dodgers remained half a game behind their rivals in the National League West standings.

The Good:

An assist. A lucky bounce proved to be the difference in this one. Matt Kemp's go-ahead two-run blast in the fourth needed a small nudge to go over the right-center field wall, and Cubs center fielder Joe Mather was there to provide it. Mather leaped and extended his glove in attempt to catch the ball, but instead guided it past the edge.

Best for last. Kershaw made his last pitch his best pitch, freezing Luis Valbuena with an unforgiving 74-mph curveball to strand the tying run on second in the seventh. Valbuena, a left-handed hitter, proved to be the toughest out in the Cubs lineup Saturday, seeing a combined 17 pitches to draw walks in each of his first two at-bats. But, when it mattered most, Kershaw got the best of him.

No easy out. It's funny to say this about a pitcher, but Kershaw has had an underwhelming year at the plate. He collected a career-high 16 hits last season to finish with a respectable .225 batting average, but had only four knocks heading into Saturday's game. Kershaw added two to that total against the Cubs, singling sharply in his two at-bats.

The Bad:

Slumping middle. The fourth and fifth hitters in Saturday's lineup have had a homestand to forget. Andre Ethier, who has not homered since July 14, went 0-for-3 and is 3-for-17 since returning from the 10-game road trip. Hanley Ramirez made an impact last weekend against the rival Giants but is 2-for-18 since. Even his sharp grounder that scored Shane Victorino in the eighth was ruled an error.

No movement. By all indications, Mark Ellis tried sending the ball to the right side in the eighth with no outs and Victorino on second base. Ellis had flied out and singled to right field earlier in the game, but bounced back to the pitcher and Victorino had nowhere to go. With first base open, the Cubs walked Kemp intentionally.

Unexpected hurdle. An extended injury delay shortened Rubby De La Rosa's rehab start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, though it had nothing to do with De La Rosa's surgically repaired right elbow. De La Rosa was removed as a precaution after the plate umpire was hurt. He struck out four in two hitless innings.

Dodgers get out their crystal ball

March, 7, 2012
3/07/12
9:33
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Somewhat lost amid all the things we can expect to see when the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Oakland A's at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in a few hours -- Aaron Harang making his Dodgers debut, back-end bullpen mates Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra making their first Cactus League appearances this spring and Manny Ramirez wearing a green-and-gold jersey -- is the fact that we also will get a look at Chris Withrow.

We have seen him before, actually. He came over from minor league camp a couple of times last year and was very impressive, both with his results and with the stuff the fireballing right-hander was throwing. But now, the Dodgers' first-round pick from the 2007 draft is on the 40-man roster and in big league camp, and he has an outside chance of being in the majors sometime this year.

What makes it an outside chance, as opposed to one of those knocking-at-the-door, going-to-get-here-anyday-now chances, is the fact that Withrow is strictly projected as a starter, and there is at least one other starter who figures to begin the season at Triple-A Albuquerque, Nathan Eovaldi, who is ahead of him on the depth chart right now.

This morning, I asked manager Don Mattingly whether Withrow would be considered for a callup if an opening came up in the bullpen sometime during the season, because with injuries and whatnot, openings always come up in the bullpen, usually with some degree of regularity.

Mattingly seemed to say, in so many words, no.

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Dodgers claim Matt Angle off waivers

February, 23, 2012
2/23/12
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He's an outfielder from the Baltimore Orioles, a speed guy with good defensive ability. More importantly, perhaps, is the fact he has two minor league options left, meaning he has no shot at making a club that already is kneedeep in outfielders.

Matt Angle made his major league debut for the Orioles last year, batting .177 in 30 games with 11 steals in 12 attempts. He is 26 and has been in the Orioles organization since they drafted him in the seventh round in 2007. He has a career minor league average of .285 with a solid .372 OBP and a stolen-base percentage of 82.4 (169 for 205).

``I don't think we're really considering him for a spot right now,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ``But this will give us a good chance to look at him and see what his tool set looks like and go from there, get to know him a little bit.''

To clear a 40-man roster spot, the Dodgers moved pitcher Rubby De La Rosa to the 60-day disabled list. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery late last season.

One reason to be encouraged about 2013 ...

February, 22, 2012
2/22/12
9:09
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... Is that Rubby De La Rosa, who figures to be a fixture in the Dodgers' starting rotation for years to come, is doing well on his rehab from Tommy John surgery. He said Wednesday morning he hasn't suffered any setbacks and is hoping to begin throwing off a mound sometime in April, putting him on track to possibly begin a rehabilitation assignment after the All-Star break.

Now, these things tend to be unpredictable, and the fact he hasn't had a setback so far doesn't mean he won't have one at some point. That's why it takes a year to a year and a half to return from TJ surgery. But so far, so good, and he said he feels like he could throw off a mound now -- but he also said he is adhering strictly to his prescribed program because he wants to get back as soon as he can.

On another note, he will be doing all his interviews this year in English, a language De La Rosa still struggles with. Because the Dodgers lost Hiroki Kuroda to free agency this winter, they also lost his interpreter, Kenji Nimura, who served in that role for both Japanese- and Spanish-speaking players. Asked whom he will miss the most between Kuroda and Nimura, DLR laughed and said, "probably Kenji."

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
21 1.77 239 198
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239