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Cody Ross, Ricky Ledee Put on Disabled Lists
2006-05-02 10:06
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

If you read the morning papers, you already know that Dodger reserve Ricky Ledee has been placed on the disabled list with a groin injury and that Andre Ethier has been called up to take his spot on the roster and start in left field tonight.

The latest news among Dodger Opening Day reserve outfielders is that Cody Ross, traded to the Reds late last month, has also had to go on the disabled list with a bruised finger, suffered when he was hit by a pitch while striking out in his first at-bat with Cincinnati.

The Dodgers now have six guys on their 25-man roster who have played for Las Vegas this year: Takashi Saito, Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton, Oscar Robles, Nomar Garciaparra and Ethier. Ethier had a .947 OPS and crooked numbers in every category except home runs (1). He has a higher on-base percentage but a lower slugging percentage than Bryan Myrow had when the Dodgers called him up last season with a .950 OPS. Jason Grabowski had a .916 OPS in Las Vegas in 2005; Ross and Chin-Feng Chen were in the .850 range. Norihiro Nakamura was at .818.

Of course, the guy who makes you throw all those numbers out the window is Willy Aybar, who had a .775 OPS with Las Vegas but busted .900 easily with the Dodgers. This season, Aybar is leading the 51s in virtually every offensive category and has a 1.039 OPS.

It's in my nature to be optimistic about Ethier, but we shouldn't get our hopes up too high. He certainly doesn't appear to have significant home run power right now, but perhaps he can keep a rally going.

More good notes from Rob McMillin at 6-4-2, here and here.

  • Aaron Sele was named PCL Pitcher of the Week following his string of 12.2 scoreless innings last week. Similarly, in a piece of good news for the Catfish (who could use some — they're 2-5 over the last week), Brent Leach struck out 14 of 15 outs he made while surrendering zero earned runs over 5.0 IP. The effort won the Sally League's Pitcher of the Week award. ...

  • Kelly Wunsch is not pitching for Las Vegas, and is only doing strength exercises. He has had a setback in his rehab.

  • Eric Gagne has made 50 throws from 75 feet and "said he felt good", for whatever that's worth.

    Bill Plunkett of the Register reports that Gagne "will take today off and resume his throwing program in Los Angeles on Wednesday."

  • Comments
    2006-05-02 11:08:45
    1.   bigcpa
    I'm going to see the 51's in 2 weeks- can they please stop calling everyone up?!
    2006-05-02 11:18:05
    2.   Daniel Zappala
    Amen to that, I see them tomorrow and was hoping to see Either in person.
    2006-05-02 11:18:51
    3.   Daniel Zappala
    Neither Ethier nor Either will be there.
    2006-05-02 11:22:12
    4.   Bob Timmermann
    That mistake will be made by pretty much every writer in the press box at Chase Field tonight.
    2006-05-02 11:36:36
    5.   Eric Enders
    "Brent Leach struck out 14 of 15 outs he made while surrendering zero earned runs over 5.0 IP. The effort won the Sally League's Pitcher of the Week award."
    ---------

    Nit: He struck out 13 of his 15 outs... he struck out four in the first inning because one of them reached base.

    BTW, how does Aaron Sele beat Billingsley for pitcher of the week, unless there's a rule against guys winning it 2 weeks in a row?

    2006-05-02 11:56:31
    6.   SCRocks
    "Double-A Jacksonville's Matt Kemp missed the cycle by a single on Monday.
    Kemp is batting .337/.402/.604 with four steals in five attempts. Between Joel Guzman, Kemp and Andre Ethier, the Dodgers have three young outfielders ranking among the top 100 prospects in baseball."

    I saw this on Rotoworld....

    don't know if anyone posted this yet.

    cr

    2006-05-02 12:13:33
    7.   Eric Enders
    Jon is smokin' today. He's got the top 3 items in "Hot From the Toaster!"

    Usually Bob is the one who does that.

    2006-05-02 13:52:49
    8.   scareduck
    Thanks for the links, Jon.
    2006-05-03 08:32:16
    9.   Izzy
    On your Ethier comment, he is not a big guy really. He is lean and slightly above average height. My .02 is he may grow into some power, but who knows. If he hit the weight room in the off season, and bulked up some he might get some better power numbers. On Navarro, I cannot believe that any catcher can make it to the bigs without learning to slide and dig to his opposite side.

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