LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shawn Green again tormented the Los Angeles
Dodgers, who could use a few healthy outfielders.
The injury-riddled Dodgers, already missing center fielder
Milton Bradley with a torn ligament in his right ring finger and
left fielder Ricky Ledee with a strained left hamstring, received
more bad news when J.D. Drew was hit by a pitch from Arizona rookie
Brad Halsey and broke his left wrist.
"It was a fastball that hit me right on the wrist," said Drew,
who homered three times in the previous two games. "I went out
there to test it and it started to swell on me. I came in and got a
clean X-ray, and it showed a clean break.
"It's going to be hard to pick up where I left off when I get
back. It's out of my control. I was being aggressive at the plate
and one just got away from him."
Adding to Los Angeles' woes, Green hit his 14th homer of the
season and fifth against the Dodgers -- who are still paying $10
million of his 2005 salary after trading the two-time All-Star to
the Diamondbacks in January for four minor leaguers.
"It's always gratifying to hit home runs here and have good
games here -- but to do it under those circumstances, it's
definitely an added bonus," said Green, who set a Dodgers
franchise record with 49 home runs in 2001. "I enjoy playing here.
But we still play them six more times. I don't want to get too
Jason Phillips hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers, who
completed the first half of their schedule with a 38-43 record --
six games worse than last year at this stage. The defending NL West
champions are 6½ games behind division-leading San Diego, and two
behind the Diamondbacks.
"It's just amazing, how many people have gone down," rookie
outfielder Jason Repko said. "And J.D. is a key player, so we'll
have to see how it works out. But we're going to find a way to do
That will be up to general manager Paul DePodesta. When asked if
the club could survive this latest bombshell, he took a stoic
"We don't have a choice. We have to at this point," DePodesta
said. "This has been pretty remarkable. I don't think you could
find anyone in this room who's ever seen anything like this, but
those are the cards we've been dealt, so we've got to do something
with it. We have an awful lot of prospects who I feel would be good
trade chips, so we'll see."
Drew, batting .286 with 15 homers and 36 RBI, was just starting
to feel good about his ailing left knee when this latest mishap
occurred. He is scheduled to see a hand specialist on Tuesday, but
one Dodger said that Drew told some teammates, "I'll see you in
about 6-8 weeks."
Halsey (5-7) won for the first time since May 31, after losing
all five of his starts in June with a 7.86 ERA for the month. He
allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out
three, walking two and hitting three batters.
After giving up half of a 6-0 lead, the left-hander had to hold
his breath in the fourth as Antonio Perez's bid for a game-tying
three-run homer was caught by Green only a few feet from the
D.J. Houlton (4-2) lasted only two innings in front of an
unhappy sellout crowd of 55,868 that stayed for the entire game for
fireworks show afterwards. The rookie right-hander faced 14
batters, giving up six runs, six hits and two walks.
The Diamondbacks, who have outscored their opponents 68-26 in
the first inning, provided Halsey with a 5-0 cushion before he
threw a pitch.
Arizona third baseman Troy Glaus, hitless in his last 15
at-bats, got the night off. He aggravated a strained tendon behind
his left knee while sliding to break up a double play in the eighth
inning of Saturday's 7-5 win. The three-time All-Star, who already
has received two cortisone shots this season, is expected to get
another one before the All-Star break.
Dodger Stadium organist Nancy Bea Hefley was invited by the
Chicago Cubs' Triple-A Iowa club to perform during a four-game
engagement July 18-21. ... Halsey, who helped pitch Texas to a
College World Series title in 2002, was making his second start
since the Longhorns duplicated the feat on June 26. ... Dodgers SS
Cesar Izturis, who was named to the NL All-Star team as a reserve,
sat out his third straight game with tightness in his right
hamstring. ... Arizona is 7-5 against the Dodgers, who won 16 of
the 19 meetings last season. Four of those victories were by RHP
Jose Lima, who is 1-7 with a 7.58 ERA in 17 starts this year with