DODGERS FACING THE FACTS HENDRICKSON GETS ROCKED IN DEFEAT WASH. 11, DODGERS 4.
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Anthony (Antonio) Jackson, best known as Tony Jackson
WASHINGTON -- There is a reason why big-league managers often put off decisions until the last possible millisecond One thousandth of a second. See space/time and ohnosecond.
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There is a reason why big-league managers often answer reporters' questions vaguely and cryptically, especially when there is an opening at the back of the starting rotation and everyone wants to know days ahead of time who is going to fill it.
Games like Thursday night's, when the Dodgers got hammered in ways far worse than just their 11-4 loss to the Washington Nationals This article is about the current Major League Baseball team. For other uses, see Washington Nationals (disambiguation).
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Hours earlier, it had all seemed so clear. Even if Little wouldn't say it, Hong-Chih Kuo Hong-Chih Kuo (Traditional Chinese: 郭泓志; pinyin: Guō Hóngzhì) (born July 23, 1981 in Tainan City, Taiwan) is a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers. was coming to the majors to claim the vacant fifth spot and start Saturday night at Pittsburgh. Even if Little wouldn't say it, either Tony Abreu Etanislao Toni Abreu [ah-BREH-yu] (born November 13, 1984 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball second baseman & third baseman who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a switch-hitter and throws right-handed. or Andy LaRoche Andrew Christian LaRoche (born September 13, 1983 in Fort Scott, Kansas), is an infielder currently playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Andy is the son of Dave LaRoche, a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the California Angels, and brother of Adam LaRoche, a first was going back to the minors so the club could keep a 12-man pitching staff.
But by the time the Dodgers boarded their team bus and waved goodbye to stinky RFK RFK Robert F. Kennedy
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Because after two decades managing in the minors and majors, one thing Little had learned was to be prepared for anything, everything and, above all, the worst thing.
Like the fact it now appears the Dodgers will need another starter to fill another spot because Mark Hendrickson Mark Allan Hendrickson (born June 23, 1974 in Mount Vernon, Washington, U.S.) is an American professional athlete and is one of just 10 athletes to play in both Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. clearly isn't pitching well enough to stay there. Like the fact Yhency Brazoban, just a week into his return to the majors from Tommy John surgery Tommy John surgery, known by doctors as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL), is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body (often from the forearm, hamstring, knee, or foot of the , walked off the field in the fifth inning with pain in the back of his right shoulder.
"We will re-evaluate him (today) in Pittsburgh and see where we stand," Little said of Brazoban, who is scheduled for an MRI 1. (application) MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
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Like the fact Hendrickson's ineffectiveness and Brazoban's unavailability forced the Dodgers to use four additional relievers -- including Rudy Seanez just to get out of the eighth after Jonathan Broxton Jonathan Roy Broxton (born June 16, 1984, in Augusta, Georgia), nicknamed "The Ox," and "The Biggest Man In The World" by former Cub and current Arizona Diamondbacks announcer Mark Grace, is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. got blown up for four runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Like the fact the Dodgers (31-22), who lost for just the second time in their past eight games -- in front of 20,982 -- now find themselves in a crowded, three-way tie with Arizona and San Diego atop the National League West.
There was one thing Little finally did state definitively: Chad Billingsley, the only reliever other than closer Takashi Saito who didn't pitch in this fiasco, isn't going to be the team's fifth starter.
"His role in our bullpen is much more important now," Little said.
In his first three starts after taking over for the injured Jason Schmidt in the Dodgers' rotation, Hendrickson went 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA. In his five starts since then, he is 0-3 with a 7.18 ERA, including this latest wretched performance in which he gave up five runs on eight hits and failed to get out of the fifth inning.
Hendrickson blamed the disaster on bad mechanics and said he will work to correct them before his next scheduled start Tuesday night at San Diego. But the more immediate question is whether he will have a next scheduled start.
"We spend every day trying to figure out how to make this ballclub better," Little said. "If there is ever anything we can do to make it better, we'll do it."
Think that's vague and cryptic? Try this: "(Hendrickson) is one of our five starters right now," Little said.
If Hendrickson is headed back to the bullpen, then Little had better be prepared for a whole slew of new questions about another vacated starting spot.
Do the Dodgers bring up Kuo for Saturday, then activate Schmidt, who had a solid rehab start at Single-A Inland Empire on Wednesday but could use at least one more, for Tuesday?
Do they give D.J. Houlton, who is 5-2 with a 3.05 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas, his first major-league shot since 2005?
Or do they gamble on Hendrickson one more time, knowing that it is a long shot at best?
The Dodgers' Russell Martin voices his complaints with umpire Jerry Crawford after he was called out on strikes Thursday.
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