Saturday, May 1, 2010
Torre thrilled by Derby experience
By Tony Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Although Joe Torre's horse, Homeboykris, finished a forgettable 16th in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, the Dodgers' manager said a few minutes after the race that the experience was anything but forgettable.
"This was fun," Torre said. "My wife had a ball. We had nine people over there at Churchill Downs. It was a great experience."
Torre's wife, Ali, represented the family at the race in Louisville, Ky., along with several relatives. Torre himself watched the race from his Dodger Stadium office, from which he also gave a live, remote on-camera interview to NBC's Bob Costas shortly before the race as part of the network's coverage.
Torre owns a small percentage of the horse. Although he has owned several racehorses over the years, Homeboykris was Torre's first Kentucky Derby entrant.
Weaver feels fine
Dodgers reliever Jeff Weaver came out of his three-inning simulated game fine and probably will come off the 15-day disabled list as soon as he becomes eligible on Friday. First, though, Weaver will make a three-inning start Tuesday for high Class A Inland Empire, the final test to make sure his lower back is fully healed.
Weaver left an April 21 game at Cincinnati when he felt something on the right side of his lower back after pitching to one batter in the eighth inning, and he was put on the DL the next day. He said Saturday he hasn't felt any discomfort in his back since about four days after that.
No rest for Martin
Although Torre has been trying to keep catcher Russell Martin fresh by resting him in day games after night games, he doesn't plan to do so this weekend. Torre said Saturday that Martin would catch both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon against Pittsburgh.
Martin entered Saturday's game with a career average of .471 (8 for 17) against Pirates starter Zach Duke. But he also came in hitless in nine at-bats, with three strikeouts, since hitting a two-run homer off New York's John Maine on Wednesday at Citi Field.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.