November 23, 2014

First Penny, Now Kuroda?

Quite possibly.  From Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times:

The news went from bad to worse for the Dodgers on Tuesday, as they put Brad Penny on the 15-day disabled list and sent Hiroki Kuroda to Los Angeles to undergo a shoulder examination similar to the one Penny had a day earlier.

Kuroda will have an MRI exam this morning, making him unavailable to make his scheduled start tonight in Cincinnati. If Kuroda is cleared by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache to resume pitching immediately, he will start at Dodger Stadium on Saturday when the Dodgers play host to Cleveland, Manager Joe Torre said.

Can this get any worse?  Ugh.

Notes from the Ravine

Was out at Dodger Stadium this afternoon for a meeting and saw a little early batting practice going on.  Brad Penny of all people parked a few balls deep into the outfield seats.  Juan Pierre also took a little early practice in the cage and was working on his bunting.  Other early arrivals included youngsters DeWitt, Hu and Billingsley.  And I could have  missed him, but I did not see any sign of Andruw Jones – the one guy who could use a little extra practice.

Penny vs. Peavy, Round Two

Tonight’s match-up of Brad Penny vs. Jake Peavy at the Ravine should be awesome.  I love it when two of the top pitchers in the National League square off against each other.  I’m sure the Dodgers aren’t that thrilled about seeing Peavy so soon, given that the Pad’s have notched W’s in his of his last six starts against LA (including his two-hit complete game on April 5).  Penny probably hates facing San Diego too: according to ESPN, he’s 3-7 with a 5.63 ERA in 15 career starts.

Still, I can’t think of a better way for the team to get back on track than by providing a satisfying beat-down to those pesky Padres.  And you KNOW there is going to be a ton of attention on Jake Peavy’s hand, looking for that “dirt-rosin” combination which sure did look a lot like pine tar.  Now that we’re back home in Dodger Stadium, Joe Torre has the right to inspect the balls.  Still, Peavy would be a complete moron to try anything tonight, and I expect him to come out with his hands freshly washed after every inning.

On a personal note, this will be the first game of the season for the crew!  As some of you know, we were all set to attend the historic Coliseum game, but I managed to get in a car accident on the way to the game, so ended up being forced to watch the game on TV.  Needless to say, I was VERY disappointed!