Hubbard Is Sent to Triple-A
Outfielder Trenidad Hubbard cleared out his locker slowly Sunday at Dodger Stadium, expressing displeasure and disbelief after he was sent to triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for left-hander Brian Bohanon, who started Sunday’s game.
Hubbard, who hit .323 in 39 at-bats this season, said he was going to go home to Houston and decide whether he would report to Albuquerque. Players have three days to report to their newly assigned team.
“I don’t know what I want to do--but I know I don’t want to go to Albuquerque,” said Hubbard, 32. “If I was playing poorly, that’s different--I’d take my lumps. But I think I’ve been more a part of the solution than I have been part of the problem here.”
Hubbard suggested that the team had other players who might’ve been more deserving of the trip to triple-A.
Manager Glen Hoffman, who called the move “a very, very tough decision,” said the Dodgers couldn’t keep another outfielder with shortstop Jose Vizcaino still on the disabled list and second baseman Eric Young nursing a sore quadriceps (and Bobby Bonilla at least temporarily switched to left field).
Young, who missed five games recently because of a sore right quadriceps, was held out of Sunday’s lineup after experiencing more tightness, but Hoffman said he “was crossing my fingers” that Young would be ready for tonight’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants.
Opponent--San Francisco Giants, three games.
TV--Fox Sports West 2.
Radio--AM 1150, KWKW (1330).
Records--Dodgers 45-46, Giants 52-40
1997 record vs. Giants--1-2
DODGERS’ DAVE MLICKI (4-4, 4.55 ERA) vs. GIANTS’ DANNY DARWIN (6-5, 4.42 ERA)
Update--Mlicki has the Dodgers’ only win over the Giants, a 9-5 victory on July 4 at San Francisco in Mlicki’s first start as a Dodger. The Dodgers won’t be facing former stalwart starter Orel Hershiser, who started Saturday in Colorado for the Giants.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.--Dodgers’ Chan Ho Park (8-5. 4.50) vs. Giants’ Mark Gardner (7-4, 5.33).
Wednesday, 5 p.m.--Dodgers’ Darren Dreifort (5-7, 3.57) vs. Giants’ Shawn Estes (7-8, 4.42).