John Ely is simply amazing! Who knew? I wonder if his bubble will burst, but here’s the thing – he IS a PITCHER! Dude flat out knows how to pitch.
Matt Kemp is not a Bison. He’s more like a Puma. Pooommmm! Was it me who predicted 40 HR for him (and Walkoff Ethier)?
The Dodgers have now dropped their team ERA to 4.12 (the Padres is rising).
All of the following is from Tony Jackson of ESPN/Los Angeles:
- Vincente Padilla is set to start his rebab this week and has a target date of June 18 for his major league return
- George Cheryl pitched an inning at Inland Empire last night and promptly gave up three hits. At least he has kept his form. Honeycutt wants him to pitch at least one game in AAA before coming back.
- And this:
McDonald suffers setbackJames McDonald’s path back to the major leagues has taken another unexpected turn.
The lanky right-hander, who was 4-1 with a 5.05 ERA in nine starts for Albuquerque, suffered a serious right-hamstring pull while running the bases last Wednesday night against Reno. McDonald was caught in a moment of indecision as to whether to slide or go into second base standing as he attempted to break up a double play.
McDonald is presently on the seven-day DL and is at the Dodgers’ spring-training facility in Glendale, Ariz., where he is throwing off flat ground. But he isn’t expected to return to pitching competitively anytime soon.
“It’s a significant strain,” Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said. “It’s not a small one. We call it a Grade 2 out of a possible three. We’ll just have to see how long it takes. We don’t believe it’s a matter of days. It’s longer than that.”
McDonald is 5-5 with a 3.65 ERA in four starts and 45 relief appearances for the Dodgers over the past two seasons, and he pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings over two appearances in the postseason two years ago. He came to spring training this year as a slight favorite amid a large field of competitors to win the fifth spot in the starting rotation, but he had a poor showing in the Cactus League and was optioned on March 20.