DODGERS NOTEBOOK: WUNSCH'S SEASON FINISHED.
HOUSTON - Dodgers left-hander Kelly Wunsch is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on his right ankle after suffering a ruptured peroneal tendon while warming up to enter Thursday's game at Colorado.
Wunsch should be fully recovered by spring training, but because he isn't signed beyond this season and will be eligible for arbitration this winter, his future with the organization has been cast into doubt. Wunsch had a 4.56 ERA in 45 appearances, but he allowed just six of the 37 baserunners he inherited to score and held opposing left-handed hitters to a .194 average.
``I just hope I made a good enough impression that they want to stick with me through this,'' said a visibly subdued Wunsch, who is making $550,000 this season. ``I'm hopeful that I can start out next year being back here with no (physical) problems.''
Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta, who signed Wunsch to a minor-league contract last winter before the pitcher made the team out of spring training, said he liked what Wunsch has brought to the club and hinted that the Dodgers would like to bring him back in 2006.
``We obviously won't make a decision on that until a lot later, but he is and has been a valuable part of our club,'' DePodesta said.
Wunsch's roster spot was taken by outfielder Ricky Ledee, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing a month with a left hamstring strain. The question for the Dodgers is what to do about a lefty reliever, something they won't have at any point during this weekend's first-half-ending, three-game series against Houston.
--Also: First baseman Hee-Seop Choi has been invited to compete for his native South Korea in Monday night's All-Star Home Run Derby in Detroit, which will play out under a different format this season with players competing for their home countries. ... Second baseman Jeff Kent, who missed the previous two games, returned to the lineup Friday night but said he would be cautious with his mildly strained left hamstring. Kent needed two hits to reach 2,000 in his 14-year career.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Jul 9, 2005|
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