Former Dodger and current San Diego Padre Mike Scioscia stopped by Dodger Stadium to have stitches taken out of his shoulder. Scioscia, who was signed by the Padres to a one-year contract, had rotator cuff surgery a week ago and will be out for the season.
Scioscia had suffered a tear to the same shoulder in 1983, but he said it hadn’t bothered him again until this spring. He will rehabilitate his injury and start traveling with the team sometime this summer.
“I should be ready to play by spring training,” Scioscia said. “I enjoy being with the Padres, (Executive Vice President
Joe McIlvaine and (Manager) Jim Riggleman are good baseball men and I hope I get the opportunity to be with them next season.”
Scioscia, 34, was expected to start at least half of the time, platooning with Dan Walters. Instead, non-roster spring training invitee Bob Geren made the team and has started the last 10 games instead of Walters, who was optioned to triple-A Las Vegas after Monday’s game.
Scioscia commented on the irony of Tim Wallach joining the Dodgers the season after he left. “We have been wanting to play together for 10 years,” Scioscia said. “Now he’s here and I’m not.” . . . Todd Worrell pitched an inning in a Class-A game at Bakersfield Sunday night and will start in another game tonight for Bakersfield at Visalia. Worrell felt no ill effects from the outing, which puts him closer to returning to the active roster. Worrell has been out since the third game of the season because of a pulled forearm muscle. . . . The Dodgers will select second, behind Seattle, in the amateur draft, making it the club’s highest pick ever. The Dodgers’ 63-99 record was the worst in baseball, but this year it’s the American League’s turn to go first. The highest the Dodgers have selected is fifth, with Bobby Valentine in 1968 and Bill Bene in 1988.