Angels @ Dodgers Feb 28, 2013: The Joy of Vin Scully in February

Rejoice, for there is televised Dodger baseball. Sure, there’s no Matt Kemp or Carl Crawforddealing with stiffness in his left arm — or Adrian Gonzalez or Hanley Ramirez or Yasiel Puig or Mike Trout or Josh Hamilton or Albert Pujols. That’s to be expected this early in spring, for the most part.

Angels
Dodgers
CF
Bourjos
CF
Schumaker
SS
Aybar
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Kendrick
DH
Ethier
1B
Trumbo
3B
Cruz
LF
Wells
LF
Moore
3B
Callaspo
C
A.Ellis
DH
Ianetta
SS
Punto
C
Lake
1B
Uribe
RF
Grichuk
RF
Amezaga

But there will be A.J. Ellis, and there will be Clayton Kershaw (followed by Ted Lilly, Peter Moylan, Steve Ames, & Josh Wall). There will be Luis Cruz, making his return from several days off thanks to a bout with the flu, and there will be Jeremy Moore, quickly becoming my favorite camp newcomer. And most importantly, there will be Vin Scully, and that makes everything okay. What more could you want from February 28th?

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The more we hear about the overstuffed Dodger rotation, the more it sounds like Aaron Harang is clearly going to be the odd man out. At least three different reporters yesterday – Kevin Baxter, Steve Dilbeck, & A.J. Cassavell — ran stories about how Don Mattingly doesn’t see Harang as a bullpen option, and intimating that Harang’s not really interested in it anyway. Most intriguing, from Cassevell’s story, is that Mattingly noted Chris Capuano as a possible “situational arm, who may be able to get lefties out in the late innings, while also providing length if needed.” Given that earlier this month, we identified Capuano as being more effectively utilized out of the pen than in the rotation in the first place, that’s promising news indeed. So I’d say my latest handicapping of this race is that Harang is as good as gone, Capuano might stick on the active roster in some way, and Lilly either needs an injury elsewhere to have a chance or breaks down himself.

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This morning in Arizona, the Dodgers held their annual open tryout, which generated some Twitter fun earlier this week when we learned that 44-year-old Japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi would be among those in attendance. As it turns out, he’s not even close to being the most fun participant — J.P. Hoornstra brings us a shot of 54-year-old knuckleballer Tom Wright. Wright describes himself as “the next great knuckleballer” in this YouTube clip; he’s also apparently got a really sweet 1965 Ford Thunderbird for sale.

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Finally, a thought on Alex Castellanos, who homered in back-to-back games this week as he tries to win the last spot off the bench. I said earlier this week that I wasn’t sure he had the speed to play center, though I also made the caveat that it was simply one inning of one spring game and therefore a completely unfair judgement. Still, I’m not sure that it really matters all that much. Yes, it’d be great if he can play a little center, but this isn’t a situation where he absolutely needs to prove he can do so to make the team just because no one else can fill the role. Skip Schumaker is going to be the primary backup center fielder almost no matter what, so this really should be about whether Castellanos can hit in the big leagues. I can’t see how a big league hitter (if he’s deemed to be so) who can play the outfield corners would have his spot on the team hanging on whether he can be the third center fielder, so while I hope he shows he can, it also doesn’t mean a ton to me right now.

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DBrim
DBrim moderator

Steiner being gritty an announcing through illness, I guess.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Dee with a nice line drive single up the middle

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Its 87 degrees outside right now, I want to be at the beach real bad.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Sounds like no Steiner again.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Granick so far: 2 batters two doubles.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

It's a new month so don't forget to your clicks in on the side. Mikey gotta eat too and all!

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Who did it? Or is this the test run run for the "site broken BANHAMMER"?

Bluebloodla92
Bluebloodla92

Anybody else sh***ing bricks about crawford?

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

 @DBrim which game? I'm watching the angels feed and listening to the san diego radio broadcast. I am so confused right now.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Catfishin Puig DH last I saw.I think

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@capnsparrow I DIDN'T DO IT.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@WBBsAs strongly disagree.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Bluebloodla92 not yet. No reason to be. I'd be surprised if they don't image it tho

The Monocle
The Monocle

 @Bluebloodla92 I'm not sure if you've heard, but word on the street is that he has soreness in his elbow.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Bob Meripol Angels.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

 @VND  Ethier out with a blister, Puig starting in RF

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

i think.so I'm waiting for these guys to answer my texts. Haha

Bluebloodla92
Bluebloodla92

@VND They did, elbow is fine. Just a setback. But he isnt exactly pujols when it comes to recovering. Hope hes not out till may

Bluebloodla92
Bluebloodla92

@The Monocle Yes, i knew that. Just getting shut down, isnt a good thing. Nor is opening day in doubt. Yanks downplayed it with hughes

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Bluebloodla92 hahahahaha

Bluebloodla92
Bluebloodla92

@VND crybaby kobe? Blasphemy. Hes only the best in the whole nba at playing hurt.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Bluebloodla92 nah that's more Jordan than crybaby Kobe

Bluebloodla92
Bluebloodla92

@Kemps Shoe I hate the man, but boy is he tough. Kinda kobe ish how he plays hurt

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Kemps Shoe not all tears are the same tho.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Bluebloodla92 its OK. Its more about surrounding.tissue than the actual graft holding up

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Bluebloodla92 not talking about the elbow reconstruction itseld

Bluebloodla92
Bluebloodla92

@capnsparrow yeah id shut em down for 2 weeks, just to make sure haha. Im scared this could become recurring. Id love a conservative approach...... Maybe schumaker leads off? lol

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @Bluebloodla92  @capnsparrow His original schedule when he first said he'd have the procedure was for him to be out til the end of May. I can't wait to see him play in Dodger Stadium too. But I want to see him play in October more than April. It's bad for everybody if he rushes back too soon. We just have to deal with it.

Bluebloodla92
Bluebloodla92

@capnsparrow well im scared. I hope he at least plays a spring training game.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @Bluebloodla92  @The The imaging will show if its actual nerve impingement or not. Only the MRI machine has xray vision. It could be as simple as swelling pushing on something too

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@Kemps Shoe @The Monocle @Bluebloodla92 well its a nerve/recurrent nerve in.the elbow causing pain down the forearm