Dodgers Spring Training Notes - Day 2

On Day 2 of the Dodgers' 2011 Spring Training camp, pitchers and catchers were up to more of the same. The pitchers broke into groups and fielded bunts, worked on pickoffs and practiced covering first while the catchers hit and worked on defense with a throng of coaches, including former Dodgers Steve Yeager, Manny Mota and Dave Hansen.

  The camp is being run this season by new Dodger bench coach Trey Hillman, with an assist from bullpen coach Rob Flippo, who is entering his 10th season with the club.   

SOUTHPAW SCUFFLING: Dodger left-hander Dana Eveland injured his left hamstring while running sprints yesterday and his condition is being described as a significant strain. The Washington native is expected to miss "weeks, not days" according to Dodger Manager Don Mattingly.    

NEW SKIPPER, SAME BOSS: While new Dodger Manager Don Mattingly gets a feel for his first Spring Training as a big league skipper, Ned Colletti begins his sixth campaign as Dodger General Manager. Colletti is entering his 30th year in Major League Baseball and the Dodgers are 429-381 (.530) with three postseason appearances and two NL West crowns in his five seasons at the helm. Among current Major League General Managers only Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein and Billy Beane reached the playoffs in three of their first five full seasons. The Dodgers' 429 wins since Colletti took over are second in the NL over that time, trailing just the Phillies' 456 victories.   

A CALL TO ARMS: On Day 2 of camp, most of the Dodger hurlers who didn't throw yesterday tossed bullpens this morning. Right-hander Chad Billingsley became the last member of the rotation to throw a ‘pen and was joined on the mounds by Jonathan Broxton, Matt Guerrier, Ron Mahay, Travis Schlichting, Jon Link, Lance Cormier, Oscar Villarreal, Roman Colon, Scott Elbert, Luis Vasquez, Javy Guerra and Jon Huber. Dana Eveland, who was injured yesterday and Hong-Chih Kuo, who is working on a different throwing program, are the two Dodger pitchers in camp that have yet to throw a bullpen.   

SLOWLY BUT SURELY: A few more position players trickled in ahead of the Feb. 21 report date as shortstop Rafael Furcal, new outfield acquisition Tony Gwynn, Jr., James Loney and Jay Gibbons arrived in the Dodger clubhouse today. The quartet then dressed and hit the field for batting practice.    

AND BABY MAKES FIVE: Dodger third baseman Casey Blake was an early arrival to camp in 2010, but is still back in Indianola, Iowa this morning due to the birth of his fifth child, an as yet to be named baby girl. Blake now has four daughters and his one son, George, was born during Spring Training in 2009 on Mach 27. Congrats Casey!   

BIRTHDAY BONANZA: It's a festive day out at Camelback Ranch as three Dodgers are celebrating their birthdays. First up, the venerable Manny Mota turns 73 years young today. Mota, the longest tenured coach in Dodger history, is entering his 32nd season as a Dodger coach and his 42nd  year in the organization. Last year's Roy Campanella Award winner, Jamey Carroll, turns 37 today. Carroll reported to Camelback Ranch on Wednesday and last year led the club with a .379 on-base percentage (min. 100 games) and ranked second among all shortstops with a .986 fielding percentage (min. 60 games). Finally, Dodger Double-A Chattanooga skipper John Valentin is 44 today. The New York native is entering his fourth season with the Dodger organization and will be the hitting coach at Triple-A Albuquerque.    

JAM SHOT: Today at 7:00 p.m., Dodger Stadium will host Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam for the first time in stadium history with tickets available online at Ticketmaster.com. The transition from mounds of dirt to a pristine field of green will begin on February 24 and the grounds will be ready to host the Giants and Dodgers on Opening Day.  

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