Early wake-up call
Dodgers at Reds, 9:35 a.m.
Blake DeWitt, 2B
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
James Loney, 1B
Casey Blake, 3B
Garret Anderson, LF
A.J. Ellis, C
Jamey Carroll, SS
John Ely, P
No details yet, but the Dodgers announced in a 7:30 a.m. e-mail that Rafael Furcal had been placed on Major League Baseball's bereveament list. Chin-Lung Hu has been called up to take his roster spot, though he will not arrive in Cincinnati in time for the start of today's early game.
Placement on the bereavement list means that Furcal will miss from three to seven games.
All my sincerest condolences to Furcal.
Update: Furcal went to the Dominican Republic to see an ailing family member, reports Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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Nick Green opted out of his minor-league contract and became a free agent, reports Christopher Jackson of Albuquerque Baseball Examiner.
Claudio Vargas returned to the Dodger organization, signing a minor-league contract with the Isotopes, whose pitching has been trashed by injuries, absences, promotions and demotions.
Russ Mitchell homered twice and singled for Albuquerque on Wednesday, while Michael Restovich doubled, tripled and homered, and Xavier Paul and Ivan De Jesus, Jr. also each had three hits.
Kyle Russell hit his first AA home run for Chattanooga, while Trayvon Robinson had three hits.
Fred Claire has a nice story at MLB.com about Monte Irvin, who at age 91 will have his number retired by the Giants. Among other tidbits was this revelation:
... Irvin revealed that when he got out of the service in 1945 he signed a contract with the Dodgers.
"I had been selected by Branch Rickey to break the color barrier," said Irvin. "I had the talent and I was easy to get along with."
Irvin said that even though he had signed the contract with the Dodgers, he asked to return to play in the Negro Leagues "because I didn't want to go to the Major Leagues until I had my game back after three years in the service."
Irvin said a dispute developed over the contract between his Negro League team and the Dodgers, and he didn't get his opportunity in the Major Leagues until a deal was worked out with the Giants in 1949.
"Things have a way of working out and I'm just happy that I had the chance to play the game that I loved," he said.
Matt Kemp's struggles get an analysis from Chad Moriyama of Memories of Kevin Malone.
Second-round draft choice Ralston Cash is close to signing with the Dodgers, reports Bill Murphy of the Gainesville Times.
Ernest Reyes of Blue Heaven passes along a neat find: a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers ticket order form. Get your box seats for $3 ...