McMichael Joins Team, Pitches
Greg McMichael, the second pitcher acquired in the Hideo Nomo trade, joined the Dodgers on Monday after being allowed to report late because he was in Georgia visiting wife, who has had complications in her pregnancy.
McMichael pitched the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics, giving up one hit and no runs.
Jennifer McMichael is due in August, but went into premature labor several weeks ago. She has stabilized, but is being watched carefully and cannot travel.
“She’s doing good, but it’s been kind of hectic with everything going on,” said McMichael, who was asleep Thursday when the Mets called to say he had been traded.
“I’m excited. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to be a Dodger,” McMichael said. “I didn’t feel the same way when I was told I’d be a Met--not coming from the Braves.”
Manager Bill Russell said he might use McMichael, a right-hander, in a closing role along with Antonio Osuna and Scott Radinsky, as well as in a set-up role.
The Dodgers sent pitcher Eric Weaver to triple-A Albuquerque to make room for McMichael.
Dave Mlicki, the other pitcher in the Nomo trade, will remain in the rotation and start Friday despite lasting only three innings in his Dodger debut Saturday, Russell said.
Outfielder Trenidad Hubbard, who went on the disabled list May 16 because of with a left knee sprain, May 16, will join triple-A Albuquerque today to begin a rehabilitation assignment.
DODGERS’ CHAN HO PARK (4-3, 4.78 ERA)
ATHLETICS’ JIMMY HAYNES (4-2, 4.38 ERA)
Dodger Stadium, 7 p.m.
TV--Fox Sports West 2. Radio--AM 1150, KWKW (1330)
* Update--Park has had back-to-back no decisions in his last two starts, and wasn’t involved in the decision Thursday against St. Louis despite giving up only two runs in seven innings of a 3-2 Dodger victory. Haynes, acquired by Oakland last season from Baltimore, had only 27 major league starts before this season but is making progress.