DODGERS NOTEBOOK: BULLPEN MINDSET DIFFICULT FOR DAAL.Byline: Jill Painter Staff Writer
If he's not a starter, Daal still wants to be traded. The Dodgers still have no plans to trade him.
Nothing's changed Nothing's Changed is a poem by Tatamkhulu Afrika.
It shows a Coloured man's (presumably Afrika) emotions upon returning to District Six in Cape Town, Afrika's home community before it was emptied. . Except now Daal is in the process of changing his routine.
``Every day I have to come with the mentality that I'm going to pitch,'' Daal said. ``It's difficult because I haven't pitched out of the bullpen the last four years. I'm going to have to get used to it. Quick.''
On opening day Tuesday, Daal relieved Kevin Brown The name Kevin Brown can refer to several different people, including the following:
Daal will earn $5 million this year and becomes a free agent when the season is over. Daal pitched two shutout innings Tuesday before allowing two earned runs on three hits.
``I never doubted that Omar Daal wasn't a pro,'' Dodgers general manager Dan Evans said. ``I always knew he was a team player. The key is that he knows and we know that before the season is over, he's going to have to take the ball in some significant situations, whether it's as a reliever or as a starter.
``We're counting on him to be the pro that he's always been. I know he's going to start games before the season's over because that's just the way this game is.''
And with Brown's ugly start Tuesday and the control problems left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii Kazuhisa Ishii (石井一久 Ishii Kazuhisa; born September 9, 1973 in Wakaba-ku, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese Major League Baseball pitcher. had in spring training, it's even more plausible.
``It's in their hands, it's not in my hands,'' Daal said. ``Of course I want to be traded because I want to go somewhere I can start. If they give me the opportunity to start here, I'll stay here. It's not that I don't want to be here. I want to be where I can start.''
--Armchair quarterbacks: Brown's woeful woe·ful also wo·ful
1. Affected by or full of woe; mournful.
2. Causing or involving woe.
3. Deplorably bad or wretched: start Tuesday - in which he allowed seven earned runs in four innings - had everyone wondering whether he was ready after September surgery to repair a torn flexor flexor /flex·or/ (flek´ser)
1. causing flexion.
2. a muscle that flexes a joint.
flexor retina´culum see entries under retinaculum. muscle in his right elbow.
``Unequivocably, he should've started,'' Dodgers manager Jim Tracy
--Christensen a Met: The New York Mets
Christensen didn't make the Dodgers' 25-man roster, after Dave Roberts won the starting center fielder/leadoff job, and was out of options.
--Odds and ends: Ishii, who struggled through spring training, is scheduled to make his first start with the Dodgers on Saturday, Tracy said. ... Hall of Fame golfer Amy Alcott threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium. ... The Dodgers observed a moment of silence at 9:11 p.m. in honor of those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. ... Bryan Corey, a right- handed pitcher on the Dodgers' Triple-A team in Las Vegas, suffered a broken jaw on Tuesday when he was hit by a batted ball in batting practice in Las Vegas. Corey, a Thousand Oaks High graduate, is expected to be out at least six weeks.
DODGERS vs. SAN FRANCISCO
Time: 7:10 p.m., Dodger Stadium.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Net 2; 1150-AM, 1330-AM (Spanish).
Matchup: LHP LHP Left-Handed Pitcher
LHP Left Hand Path
LHP Lighthouse Point (Broward County, Florida city)
LHP Left Half-Plane
LHP Lead Hollowpoint (bullet)
LHP Living History Project
LHP Landslide Hazard Program Odalis Perez, who won the fifth-starter spot over Omar Daal, makes his first start - the 34th in his career - with the Dodgers. Perez was acquired along with Brian Jordan in a January trade that sent Gary Sheffield to Atlanta. He was 7-8 with a 4.91 ERA with the Braves last year. RHP rhp
rated horsepower Ryan Jensen, who made his major-league debut last year, makes his 11th career start for the Giants. Jensen was 1-2 with a 4.25 ERA last season.
- Jill Painter
DODGERS vs. SAN FRANCISCO (see text)