Dodgers Spring Notes - February 24

Camp is humming right along during the third full squad session of 2011. It was another day of bullpens, "live" batting practice, cage work and individual and team defensive drills as the roster eagerly awaits the first two games on Saturday afternoon.

    ARM ACTION: Dodger pitchers Hong-Chih Kuo, Jon Link, Oscar Villarreal, Roman Colon, Scott Elbert, Jon Huber and Luis Vasquez threw bullpens while hurlers Jonathan Broxton, Ron Mahay, Jon Garland, Matt Guerrier, Chad Billingsley and Travis Schlichting faced hitters and threw live batting practice.  

HEAD EAST YOUNG MEN: Tomorrow, two squads of Los Angeles Dodgers will head east on the I-10, with one team playing the Giants in Scottsdale and the other taking on the Angels in Tempe. In Scottsdale, Dodger right-handed hurler Tim Redding will get the start and is scheduled to be followed by RHP Carlos Monasterios, RHP Oscar Villarreal, RHP Jon Huber and LHP Wilkin De La Rosa. Over in Tempe, RHP Hiroki Kuroda will make his first start of the Spring and is scheduled to be followed by RHP Rubby De La Rosa, LHP Scott Elbert, RHP Lance Cormier, RHP Roman Colon and RHP Luis Vasquez.  

REMEMBER THE TITAN: Congratulations to Dodger third base coach Tim Wallach on his upcoming induction into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame! As a senior at Cal State – Fullerton in 1979, Wallach led the Titans to a College World Series title and was also selected as a first-team All-American by ABCA and The Sporting News in addition to winning the Golden Spikes Award. Wallach and the other members of the 2011 Hall of Fame class will be honored during an induction ceremony on July 3 in Lubbock, Texas.  

A HURTING CHIEF: Following testing done yesterday in Los Angeles, it was determined that Vicente Padilla will need surgery to fix the right radial nerve that was being entrapped by one of the deep muscles in his forearm. The surgery will be performed tomorrow by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Shin at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic to release the muscle and free up the nerve. Padilla could begin tossing a ball in three to four weeks if all goes well.  

THE BIG BOARD: Baseball America released its 22nd annual Top 100 Prospects list and three Dodger minor leaguers were included in the rankings. Dee Gordon checked in at No. 26 overall while Zach Lee (No. 89) and Rubby De La Rosa (No. 90) appeared back-to-back. Gordon and De La Rosa are both non-roster players this spring, participating in their first big league camp. Lee was the Dodgers first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2010 Draft.  

SIGN HERE PLEASE: It was autograph signing day for the players and coaches at Camelback Ranch. Nearly 300 jerseys, more than 250 photos and almost 2,000 baseballs were signed and will be distributed over the course of the season to various fans, clients, sponsors, community groups and charitable endeavors.    

PLAY IT AGAIN NANCY: The Dodgers would like to wish Dodger Stadium organist Nancy Bea Hefley a very happy birthday. Hefley began tickling the keys in 1988 and has a repertoire of more than 2,000 songs. OUR SIR CHARLES: The Dodgers would like to welcome radio broadcaster Charley Steiner to Camelback Ranch. Steiner will kick off his seventh season with the organization on KABC 790 this Saturday against the Angels at 1:05 p.m.   

OLD WOUNDS DIE HARD: A contingent of Dodger employees will took on a group of White Sox employees looking to avenge their loss in the 1959 World Series in a "friendly" softball game on Field 1 last night. No score has been announced.  

LET ‘EM SEE YA SMILE: It was the annual Spring Training photo day in which a bevy of entities snap pictures of the 2011 Dodgers Camelback Ranch. Among those on site tomorrow are the Associated Press, Getty Images, MLB Photos, Baseball Magazine Sha, Dodger broadcast partner KCAL 9, Topps and MLB.com.

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