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Fishing for Pitching: Catch and Release
2005-05-15 00:31
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Odalis Perez is day-to-day with shoulder tightness - does that mean Scott Erickson may get a reprieve even if he bombs again this afternoon?

Fret not about the results of Eric Gagne's season debut - fret only if the loss of speed observed once or twice in the comments Saturday recurs. Me, I thought little of the home runs. Gagne fell behind in the count to his first batter, Chipper Jones, 3-0, and you know Gagne doesn't like to give in. Plus, there's the adrenaline of returning from a long layoff and wanting to challenge the hitters. In other words, write this one off.

And if you were upset that Gagne appeared in a non-save situation, remember that when your team is at home and playing against good opponents, you can grow old waiting for a save opportunity to materialize.

* * *

Raul Mondesi - that took me back. Made me sing of good Raul, not bad.

Comments
2005-05-15 01:06:47
1.   reedster
Three straight change-ups to Andruw Jones. Even I knew he was gonna throw it on 0-2. Andruw sat on it, almost like Gagne was tipping.

Aside from the 3-0 start to Chipper, Gagne was lights out to everybody else (he DID strike out the side)... the problem was that he was really predictable at the start due to (I think) some initial jitters.

I do think we do have to worry about the fact that Gagne didn't go over 92 on the radar gun.

2005-05-15 01:17:29
2.   Bob Timmermann
The Daily News story says it's Perez's elbow. Did some other story say shoulder? Or is it just too late at night?

I think it is.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

2005-05-15 01:50:24
3.   Jon Weisman
The Times said shoulder, for what it's worth.
2005-05-15 05:46:01
4.   MSarg29
A shot in the dugout showed Perez rubbing the top of his shoulder and grimacing in the middle of the 3rd or 4th inning I believe.
2005-05-15 10:10:18
5.   LAT
ATL: RHP Tim Hudson
• 3-2, 3.40 ERA in 2005

LAD: RHP Scott Erickson
• 1-3, 7.26 ERA in 2005

Looking like a long day before it even starts. It would be nice if Erickson's ERA could be at least half of Hudson's.

Going to game today and conflicted. Want to see Dodgers win but that means they might keep Erickson longer. If he gets blown out they send him down but the game sucks. What to do? What to do?

2005-05-15 11:18:27
6.   Bob Timmermann
Would Erickson be sent down? I think he would be designated for assignment and more likely waived.
2005-05-15 11:38:05
7.   LAT
By "down" I meant "gone." Sorry, inartful choice of words.

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