I thought that Doug Mientkiewicz was smarter than he is acting. It seems that when he left camp on Friday, he also wanted his release from the Dodgers and get this – the Dodgers want to hold onto him as long as they can in case there is an injury to Garrett Anderson and they need him back as the LH pinch hitter. Imagine that!
Hello, did you every hear of an injury, moron? Look in the mirror and you will see the classic reason why you are not released as yet. You injured your shoulder in early April, 2009, and haven’t been the same since. Ned is hanging onto you to prevent “Doug Mientkiewicz Syndrome”.
Well, that and he’s pissed that you are acting like a crybaby, so he’s going to enforce the letter of the law. You’re a Dodger until April 2nd. Shaddup and take it like a man! (Source: Ken Gurnick – Dodgers.com)
Clayton Kershaw , Ramon Ortiz and Ramon Troncoso all appear ready for the season to begin. Kershaw ended the Spring with a 1.69 ERA and listen to what Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times writes about his stuff:
Clayton Kershaw couldn’t throw his curveball for strikes in the first couple of innings Sunday, something that would have spelled trouble at an earlier stage of his career.
But his fastball was working. So was his slider. And changeup.
According to a chart kept by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Kershaw threw seven of eight changeups for strikes and recorded three outs with the pitch. Seven of his nine sliders were thrown for strikes.
Relying on the two relatively new weapons in his arsenal, Kershaw was able to bide time until his curveball started dropping into strike zone. He exited his final Cactus League start having held the Cincinnati Reds to one run, six hits and one walk over six innings.
“It’s something you’re seeing more and more confidence in,” Honeycutt said of his changeup and slider.
Clayton Kershaw should have been tapped by Torre to be the Number One. Even Clayton knows that Vicente Padilla is not even close to being an Opening Day Starter. Please!!!
Hernandez also reports that Casey Blake is taking a new approach to hitting which appears to be working.
He said he has taken a new approach to hitting this spring, focusing less on the mechanical aspects of his swing.
“Usually, I’ll get in the cage, re-watch some film, really worry about my swing,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been pretty mindless when it comes to my swing and I’ve been working on my timing more than anything.”
Blake, who ranks among the Cactus League leaders with a .375 average, doubled and scored a run Sunday.
Blake is a notoriously slow starter — he has a career .241 average in March and April — but is hoping he can change that this season.
“Hopefully, I can be more consistent with my mental approach to the game in the start of the season and not try to dwell too much on how I start,” he said. “Kind of like my spring training approach — try not to worry about my swing or the results.”
Just when you though you had it all figured out, Casey Blake changes everything. If he can hit early, that only bodes well for the Dodgers.
I am transcribing the Logan White interview and should have it ready by Wednesday.
By the way, all the photos provided up until today have been taken by Senior LAdodgerTalk Photographer, Roger “Dodger” Sobin, seen above by the car in Camelback, on his way to the airport.
I will post more photos soon, as soon as I figure out why I am having difficulty formatting them (they won’t stay where I put them, when I post multiple ones – I did it last Spring with no problems).