The Dodgers have been baseball’s biggest investors in Cuban talent in recent years, but no two signings have worked out exactly the same. And now one has taken a bad turn.
The Dodgers announced in a terse, one-sentence release Thursday they had suspended infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena for the rest of the season for "repeated failures to comply with his contract."
No further explanation was given for the disciplinary action. Arruebarrena, who signed a five-year, $25-million contract before the start of last season, will not be paid by the Dodgers while suspended.
Arruebarrena, 25, played at five different levels in the organization last season. He played 22 games with the Dodgers, and mostly was used as a late-inning defensive replacement for Hanley Ramirez at shortstop. He hit only .195 (eight for 41).
He has not played a game at any level this season.
In the off-season he was designated for assignment, cleared waivers, removed from the 40-man roster and assigned to their triple-A roster....Read more
On the bright side, no one has to be concerned about the Dodgers' getting too full of themselves. They may act like worldbeaters against the rest of baseball, but against the Giants they are mere fodder.
Maybe the Dodgers did not actually need humbling, but just in case the Giants left them breathless and frustrated Thursday, completing a three-game sweep with a 4-0 victory at AT&T Park.
That made it three games in the City by the Bay without the Dodgers' scoring a single run. The last time the Dodgers were unable to score a run in three consecutive games was in 2012 ... against the Giants at AT&T. The Dodgers have gone 31 consecutive innings without scoring.
Adding more insult, the sweep pulled the Giants to within 1 1/2 games of the Dodgers in the National League West.
It wasn't as though the Dodgers were crushed -- they lost the three games by scores of 2-0, 4-0 and 4-0 -- but they simply could not scratch together anything that resembled an offense. This from a team that came into...Read more
Continuing our countdown of the 20 greatest Dodgers of all time, as selected by our readers.
No. 12: Steve Garvey (42 first-place votes, 24,411 points)
One of the most beloved Dodgers while he was playing, Steve Garvey checks in as the 12th-greatest Dodger of all time.
Garvey, a first baseman, was an integral part of the longest-lasting infield in baseball history, the Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey infield, and is the only member of that infield to make the top 20.
Garvey played for the Dodgers from 1969 to 1982 and was an eight-time All-Star with the team, winning the All-Star game MVP award in 1974 and 1978. He was also named NL MVP in 1974 as the Dodgers made it to the World Series before losing to Oakland.
Garvey is one of 29 Dodgers to finish with a career batting average higher than .300 with the team (.301). He is also ninth all-time in games played (1,727) for the Dodgers, 11th in runs (852), fifth in hits (1,968), third in doubles...Read more
Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing an exploratory operation on his left shoulder Thursday morning.
The Dodgers issued a statement saying that Dr. Neal ElAttrache repaired a labral tear in Ryu’s shoulder.
Until ElAttrache performed the operation, the Dodgers were uncertain of the level of damage to Ryu’s shoulder.
What ElAttrache found, Manager Don Mattingly said, was “as good as it could possibly be.”
“It sounded like a really good result,” Mattingly said.
Ryu, who was already ruled out for the season by Mattingly, didn’t throw a single competitive pitch this season.
The left-hander was shut down in mid-March and was never able to build the arm strength necessary to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Ryu was on the disabled list twice last with shoulder-related problems.Read more
Brett Anderson reflected on his start Wednesday night with a sense of amazement.
"Crazy," he said.
Not his performance, which was solid but not particularly noteworthy.
He was talking about the weather.
In the early innings of the 4-0 defeat to the San Francisco Giants, Anderson pitched in a heavy mist.
Anderson pitched in rain in his previous two starts.
"If there's a drought somewhere, I need to go there -- Sahara, Mojave," Anderson joked.
"Already done that," he said.
That was in his previous start, when he was limited to 5 1/3 innings at Dodger Stadium because of a rain delay that lasted nearly an hour and a half.
In his start before that one, he pitched a five-inning complete game in a rain-shortened victory in Colorado.
"If you need some rain, send me there for a couple days and it's bound to happen at this point," he said.
Anderson said he was relatively pleased with how he pitched Wednesday night.
He threw a season-high...Read more