Dodgers Report: Stan Conte

Hanley Ramirez gets late clearance

August, 30, 2014
8/30/14
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SAN DIEGO – When Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach posted the original lineup in the visiting clubhouse here Saturday afternoon, Miguel Rojas was playing shortstop and batting seventh. Then trainer Stan Conte put Hanley Ramirez through a workout on the field, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly re-wrote his lineup.

Ramirez, who injured his left leg slipping on the first-base bag and falling Friday night, was inserted at shortstop and batting second against the San Diego Padres.

“He looked really good. Everything was easy,” Mattingly said. “Early in the day, I don’t think Stan thought he was going to be able to go, but as he got here and got moving around, if we wouldn’t have known anything had happened, you couldn’t tell.”

Mattingly dropped Yasiel Puig, mired in an 0-for-19 slump, to the fifth spot in the batting order -- the first time all season Puig has hit lower than third. Mattingly said he wanted Ramirez batting second to get him an extra at-bat. He said Ramirez’s timing was the best it has been since he came off the disabled list Sunday. Ramirez had three hits Friday, including a towering home run.

  • When rosters expand Monday, Mattingly said the Dodgers likely will have “five or six” extra players called up from the minor leagues. One of those players will be outfielder Joc Pederson, 22, who has hit 33 home runs for Triple-A Albuquerque this season.


  • Mattingly said he won’t hesitate to use Pederson as a power left-handed hitter off the bench, though it is a role with which Pederson is unfamiliar. Interestingly, New York Yankees manager Clyde King used Mattingly as a pinch hitter when he was called up in September 1982. Mattingly got his first major league hit off Steve Crawford in the 11th inning of an Oct. 1 game after he replaced Graig Nettles at first base in the 10th. Mattingly was 21.

    “I just think you look at him, you know what he can do, you know he can play and you use him however you want to use him,” Mattingly said.

    Explaining Silverio ...

    March, 3, 2012
    3/03/12
    2:09
    PM PT
    Spent a few minutes with Stan Conte to get the whole story on Alfredo Silverio. He won't be on the field at all during spring training. They are sending him next week to a place here in the Phoenix area that specializes in concussions. They want to get him started on a light throwing program, but they can't do that until the concussion has completely healed.

    Stan emphasized that the concussion is "much, much, much improved'' since the accident, after which the Dodgers immediately brought Silverio back from the Dominican so they could oversee his rehab.

    In short, the kid is lucky. From talking to various people (still haven't been able to talk to Silverio), this is what I have been able to cull: the accident happened on a stretch of road called Curva de la Muerte, which translates to Curve of Death. Apparently, he was going about 60 mph and lost control, the car going off the road and flipping several times. He temporarily lost consciousness, and the car was demolished.

    Anyway, another highly regarded prospect, outfielder-first baseman Angelo Songco, is expected to miss the next two to three months after having a rod inserted into his lower right leg. Songco was hit by a pitch late last season at high Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he hit .313 with 48 doubles, 29 homers, 114 RBI and a .367 on-base percentage, causing a stress fracture he was able to play through for the rest of the season. But when he started feeling intensified pain in the leg a few weeks ago, he was sent for an X-ray that showed it had turned into a full-blown fracture.

    Songco, 23, is from Granada Hills and played at Loyola Marymount.

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