Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Dodgers' lineup again; Kemp 2nd
By Tony Jackson
PITTSBURGH -- The Los Angeles Dodgers juggled their lineup before Wednesday night's game with Pittsburgh, something Torre has said he would do frequently this season.
Center fielder Matt Kemp, who had batted fifth in Monday's opener, was moved up to second. Catcher Russell Martin, who had batted second, was moved down to eighth. First baseman James Loney, third baseman Casey Blake and second baseman Blake DeWitt, who had batted sixth through eighth, were moved up one spot each.
The result was an alternating left-right look all the way down the lineup.
"I think it will take a little time, if I ever do, to find the lineup that is out there every day,'' Torre said.
With an early start on Thursday (12:35 p.m. EDT), Torre plans to rest left fielder Manny Ramirez and probably Blake although he said he might rest Loney instead of Blake. Ronnie Belliard will replace either Blake or Loney, and Reed Johnson will play left field.
Reliever Ronald Belisario threw live batting practice for the first time at extended spring training in Glendale, Ariz., on Tuesday and is expected to pitch in an actual game soon. Torre said pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is directing Belisario's program from afar. Belisario doesn't have to be activated from the restricted list until April 25, although there are indications he could join the team sooner than that.
Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left elbow, threw about 15 pitches softly off a mound during Tuesday's workout. Trainer Stan Conte said he has a program mapped out for Kuo but he isn't telling Kuo what it is beyond each day, so there is no indication of when Kuo will return. Kuo is eligible for activation as early as Sunday, but that seems unlikely at this point.
New father Troncoso back
Reliever Ramon Troncoso was back with the team after missing the first game for the birth of his first child, a daughter named Isabella.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.