According to Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times, Hiroki Kuroda has had difficulty adjusting to pitching every five days (instead of six in Japan) and had essentially abondoned his forkball (which was his best pitch) because the American Baseballs were “slicker.” He received some sage advice from Hideo Nomo about both and may be back on track. Am I the only one who thinks Kuroda could win 15-17 games with a mid-3.00 ERA?
The Giants returned former Dodger farmhand Steve Johnson to the Orioles under Rule 5. Johnson was acquired in the George Sherrill for Josh Bell Deal. Guess he wasn’t “all that.”
Ken Gurnick reports that Cory Wade has experienced pain in his shoulder for two years and the doctors suspect it may be the AC joint, which would not be from overuse, but rather from some sort of trauma. If it’s the AC joint, you can’t blame it on Torre…
I think Charlie Haeger will make an excellent swingman/longman in the pen as he can pitch multiple days in a row. If he makes the team, look for him to log over 110 innings.
Hong-Chih Kuo is allegedly pain free at this moment (it’s moment-to-moment with him). Let’s hope that he stays that way all season.
If Garret Anderson, Doug Mientkiewicz, Jeff Weaver and Ramon Ortiz make the team, the Dodgers will have to drop at least two more players from the 40-man roster. It is currently 39 and if Wade goes on the 60-Day DL, it would be 38, leaving 2 more spots to be chopped. Hummmm… who would that be? Repko and who else?
My guess is that Russ Ortiz will sink to his natural level below sea-level, and Ramon will continue to elevate his game. Ramon could be a nice find. I doubt that both Ramon Ortiz and Jeff Weaver make the squad however.
Though I despise it, I read it and yesterday’s was RIGHT ON: DODGER DIVORCE – Jamie is such and idiot! I think everyone is starting to realize that.