PEREZ'S DODGERS DAYS APPEAR DONE.Byline: Brian Dohn Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - The Dodgers cut ties with general manager Kevin Malone
Kevin Malone is a fictional character from the US television series, The Office. He is played by Brian Baumgartner. and now they're willing to do the same with one of Malone's closest links: high-priced, ineffective left-hander Carlos Perez.
Perez's 30-day minor-league rehab assignment ends Friday and the Dodgers are willing to take the $7.5 million hit and release him if a trade doesn't materialize and the enigmatic lefty won't agree to a minor-league assignment.
But whatever is the case, sources said Perez won't be added to the Dodgers' 25-man roster when the decision is due.
``It's my understanding with (CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. ) Mr. (Bob) Daly and (president) Mr. (Bob) Graziano that we are to make a decision on what is best for the ballclub,'' Dodgers interim general manager Dave Wallace said.
It will be hard for the Dodgers to justify sending Eric Gagne or Luke Prokopec Kenneth Luke Prokopec (Born February 23, 1978) is an Australian-born, right-handed pitcher who played in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays. to the minors to make room for Perez, who is recovering from September shoulder surgery, given the way he's pitched. His last scheduled start is Thursday.
Perez's velocity is still down, he was clocked for six earned runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. against Edmonton in his last start, he has a history of problems on the field and he's 7-18 in the last two seasons. Perez has a 6.15 ERA with Las Vegas. He's 2-1, with eight walks and 19 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.
That Perez is guaranteed $7.5 million in the final year of a three-year, $15.6 million deal doesn't seem to an issue.
``I understand he's mid-80s, talking 86, 87 mph,'' said Perez's agent, Adam Katz. ``He's used to pitching 88, 89, 90. If he's not pitching there, I think you can deduce he's not fully healthy.''
However, Wallace said there's been no talk of asking the players' association to extend the rehab assignment.
--Ashby's delayed timetable: Dodgers right-hander Andy Ashby
Ashby played catch for 10 minutes and threw 30 pitches (all fastballs) during a bullpen session before Tuesday's game. Ashby said he'll probably throw another bullpen session Thursday and perhaps pitch a simulated game in Chicago during the weekend.
``The main thing now is to get to a point where I can throw without feeling it,'' said Ashby, who hasn't pitched since April 12. ``I don't think (the pain is) going to be totally gone, but it's going to be gone enough where it's not going to be barking.''
--Odds and ends: Second baseman second baseman
The infielder who is positioned near and to the first-base side of second base.
Noun 1. second baseman - (baseball) the person who plays second base
second sacker Mark Grudzielanek Mark James Grudzielanek (born June 30, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a second baseman in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the Kansas City Royals. Previously, Grudzielanek played with the Montreal Expos (1995-1998), Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2002), Chicago Cubs (sprained right thumb) and left fielder Gary Sheffield
Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968 in Tampa, Florida) is a Major League Baseball designated hitter and outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. (strained left index finger) returned to the lineup after missing four games apiece with the injuries. Sheffield had four hits and Grudzielanek singled. ... Third baseman third baseman
The infielder stationed near third base.
Noun 1. third baseman - (baseball) the person who plays third base
third sacker Adrian Beltre went 0 for 4 in extended spring action, his first live at-bats since last season. Tracy confirmed a previous report the Dodgers were hopeful Beltre would return to the club either for the May 11 game against Atlanta or during the Dodgers' series in Montreal that begins May 15. ... Dodgers manager Jim Tracy
DODGERS vs. CINCINNATI
Time: 4:05 p.m., at Cinergy Field.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Net 2; 1150-AM, 1330-AM (Spanish).
Matchup: The last time Dodgers RH Kevin Brown (3-1, 1.03 ERA) pitched on five days' rest, he overwhelmed Pittsburgh in allowing four hits in seven innings. Brown has won three starts in a row and hasn't allowed more than one earned run in any of his four starts. In eight career games against the Reds, Brown is 6-1 with a 1.52 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and a 1.19 ERA at Cinergy Field. Reds RH Pete Harnisch (1-2, 6.04) has struggled, failing to record an out in the sixth inning in three of his five starts. Harnisch's ERA is 6.60 in his last three starts.
- Brian Dohn
DODGERS VS. CINCINNATI (see text)