Dodgers Sign #1 Pick Chris Reed

The Dodgers finalized an agreement with former Stanford University left-hander Chris Reed, their first-round selection in the June amateur draft. And after an MRI showed a shoulder contusion, the Dodgers announced that they will place rookie shortstop Dee Gordon on the 15-day disabled list.

Reed accepted a signing bonus of a little less than $1.6 million just four days before Monday's deadline for signing this year's draft picks. The deal is expected to be officially announced some time today. The agreement became official after Reed passed a physical examination on Thursday.

The Dodgers now have signed nine of their first 10 picks, the exception being fourth-rounder Ryan O'Sullivan, a right-hander out of Oklahoma City University.

Reed will attend Friday night's game at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and Astros. He will report to the team's advanced Class A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga, two levels higher than where collegiate draft picks usually begin their careers.

Reed, 21, attended Cleveland High School in Reseda. As a Stanford junior this spring, he posted a 2.56 ERA in one start and 29 relief appearances and notched nine saves. But the Dodgers view him as a starter in the major leagues, and although his innings will be strictly limited, he will start games for the Quakes.

Reed won't attend the Dodgers' Instructional League camp in Arizona after the season because, as part of the agreement, he will be allowed to return to Stanford in the fall to continue working toward his college degree.

The Dodgers selected Reed with the 16th overall selection, and Dodger assistant GM Loghan White said, "I think he can definitely start. He's big, strong. He throws 92-95 [mph] with a hard slider 80-85 and actually has a good changeup. I could see him become one of our best left-handed pitching prospects. I definitely want to make him a starter." ?

?The MLB.com scouting report says, "Reed might be the best arm few knew about heading into this year. The Stanford lefty hadn't pitched that much prior to this season and was serving as the school's closer. He's got the pure stuff for the role, with a fastball that he can get up to 96 mph, sitting typically anywhere from 91 to 95 mph, with good arm-side run."?

?The Reseda, Calif. native ranks third in the Pac-10 with nine saves in 11 attempts and has a 1.80 ERA in 27 relief appearances (45.0 IP). Overall he has a 2.54 ERA after starting the second game of the year and giving up seven earned runs in 4.2 inning loss. The rest of the season, the lefthander has given up seven earned runs over 45.0 innings with a 6-1 record. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection.?

?Baseball America in its analyis said, "A 6-foot-4, 190-pound lefthander from Stanford, Reed has mostly been used as a reliever for the Cardinal, but has the stuff to start in pro ball. His fastball varies from 89-91 mph some nights to 92-94 on others, and he has touched 96. He'll show a power slider and above-average changeup, but all of his stuff needs more consistency."?

?Reed had 25 career appearances and a 7.04 ERA prior to this season, but was rated as the top prospect and all star out of the Atlantic Collegiate Summer League following a 1.09 ERA over 33 innings and 11 games this past summer.

Gordon to go on DL as precaution
Dee Gordon thought that the first time he injured his right shoulder was worse than the second. But the Dodgers are taking no chances.

After an MRI showed a shoulder contusion, the Dodgers announced that they will place Gordon on the 15-day disabled list Thursday or Friday. Manager Don Mattingly made the announcement following one of the most brutal losses of the year -- a 6-0 Dodgers lead turned into a 9-7 loss as the Phillies swept the three-game series.

"It's a precaution to make sure this totally goes away," Mattingly said. "He'll be back to baseball activities in a few days. We thought it would be a week. We want to be safe and sure he's fine when he comes back."

The Dodgers traded Rafael Furcal to the Cardinals 10 days ago to open a door for Gordon to take over at shortstop now and use the final two months as a springboard for the 2012 season.

Gordon injured the shoulder when he dove to tag out a baserunner in Saturday's game. Then on what appeared a routine swing in the eighth inning Tuesday, the injury resurfaced. He couldn't follow through, dropped the bat, and was removed from the game.

"Obviously, to take a swing like that and have that reaction, there's something going on," Mattingly said. "He irritated something."

Jamey Carroll started at shortstop in Wednesday's game and will be the primary starter while Gordon is out. Aaron Miles moved to shortstop on a double switch in the sixth inning. The corresponding roster move will be made Thursday or Friday, and it needs to be someone who can play shortstop.

The candidates at Triple-A Albuquerque are Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Justin Sellers. De Jesus Jr. was originally a shortstop but has played mostly second base this year (just 10 games at shortstop). Sellers is not on the 40-man roster but has logged the most starts at shortstop.

Because Gordon is so lean -- he's listed at 5-11 and 150 pounds -- it's only natural question whether this injury is a precursor to future injuries.

"It was kind of a freak injury going for the tag," Mattingly said. "He's played pretty much throughout the last few years. At this point, I don't think there's any precedent that's been set. Just because he has that lean body, I don't think he's going to be hurt all the time." The numbers back that up. Gordon played 131 games in 2009 for low-A Great Lakes and 133 games in 2010 for Double-A Chattanooga. The minor league season is 140 games.

Dodger futures are on Eovaldi
The Dodgers would prefer to spend the final two months of the season evaluating their top prospects in the majors to see who is ready to play for next season.

Problem is, two of those top prospects are on the disabled list: starter Rubby De La Rosa, out 12 months because of Tommy John surgery, and shortstop Dee Gordon, out 15 days because of a shoulder contusion.

With infielder/first baseman Jerry Sands still in the minors and outfielder Travyon Robinson traded away, all that leaves is starter Nathan Eovaldi, for now.

After Thursday's day off, Eovaldi will make his second start in the majors Friday, and his first at Dodger Stadium. He will face the Houston Astros, his favorite team growing up in Texas.

It's only been one start, but manager Don Mattingly liked what he saw last Saturday in Arizona in Eovaldi's debut, in which he allowed two runs in five innings, and the reports from the minors.

"He's got a good arm," Mattingly said. "Something about Texas, those guys seem to have some good arms. The ball jumps out of his hand. "He's got good secondary pitches too. His slider is tight. The curve ball has some depth to it. The changeup is probably fourth on the depth chart. It can be good, but it's not as consistent."

When De La Rosa was placed on the disabled list, the Dodgers could have used the previous Thursday's off day to move all the starters up one spot in the rotation and pitch on normal rest.

Under that scenario, Eovaldi's debut would have been Tuesday against the Phillies, the team with the best record in the majors, against Cliff Lee.

Instead, it was Saturday against the Diamondbacks. Now his second start comes against the Astros, who have the worst record in the majors. That's a much easier way to initiate him to the majors.

"He's a 21-year-old kid," Mattingly said. "We expect him to get better. We can't expect him to be polished. We know the stuff is there. The fact that he uses all four pitches now, if he can continue on the process of developing all his pitches, then he gives you a good shot."

'Didn't This Used to be the Dodgers?
Award-winning columnist Bill Plaschke wrote a pointed story in the Los Angels Times Thursday entitled, "Davey Lopes gets sad reminder of what it used to be like for Dodgers."

Plaschke wrote that Davey Lopes was standing behind the batting cage earlier this week when he was visited by a ghost of a championship past. It was one of his former Philadelphia Phillies players, and he had a question.

"He looked around the stadium and shook his head and was like, 'Man, what happened here?' " Lopes recalled. "He was like, 'Didn't this used to be the Dodgers?' "

"It's disheartening; it's really sad to see," Lopes said. "I knew there were some problems here, but I had no idea of the damage that had been done to this organization.

"We were such a proud organization, but now . when the O'Malleys sold the team, they took the heart and soul of the Dodgers with them."

Lopes, the Dodgers' first base coach, sees the Phillies come to town and play like a championship team. 'Let's just say it's been a role reversal,' he says. 'The Dodgers used to be the model organization … now that's the Phillies.'

Read the rest of the story on LATimes.com.

NOTES, QUOTES
--CF Matt Kemp stole his 30th base of the season Wednesday in the seventh inning. He also went 4-for-5 to raise his average to .320. Kemp has gone 10 games without a home run. He had a 12-game drought from June 28 to July 15, hit two in the next two days, went another 10 games without a longball, hit two more in two days, and is in his latest 10-game homer-less drought.

--RHP Chad Billingsley has 10 walks and six strikeouts in his last 16 innings, covering three starts. Since June, he's walked more than he's struck out in four of 12 starts, and had an equal number of walks and strikeouts in two other starts. His zero strikeout game Wednesday was the fourth time of his career. His 9.61 percent walk rate this year is the fifth-worst among 58 qualified starters in the National League.

--INF Justin Sellers is expected to be called up to replace SS Dee Gordon on the roster. Sellers didn't start at shortstop for Class AAA Albuquerque on Wednesday, and the Albuquerque Journal reported he was unavailable to play because of a call-up. Ivan De Jesus Jr. did start at shortstop. Sellers has a .304/.400/.537 slash line this year in 89 games. Sellers will need to be added to the 40-man roster, but a spot is open.

--RF Andre Ethier is one double away from reaching 194 in his career, which would tie Wes Parker for seventh in L.A. Dodgers history.

--OF/1B Jerry Sands collected a multi-hit game for the third consecutive game Wednesday at Class AAA Albuquerque, and hit a home run for the second straight game. Sands has 22 home runs, 65 RBI and a slash line of .278/.345/585 this year, along with 62 strikeouts in 272 at-bats.

--RHP Mike MacDougal has a 9.53 ERA in the ninth inning, over nine games and 5 2/3 innings, compared to a 0.98 ERA in all other innings.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Number of Dodgers hitters with more at-bats without getting a hit in an entire season than current utilityman Eugenio Velez, who is 0-for-21 since his call-up. Outfielder Jose Gonzalez was 0-for-28 in 1991 before getting traded to the Pirates. Pitcher Sandy Koufax was 0-for-26 in 1957 and pitcher Brett Tomko was 0-for-24 in 2007. Velez was hitless in his last nine at-bats last year with the Giants, so he's in a 0-for-30 in the majors overall.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "All three games, (with) a hit here or there, we could win two out of three or sweep that series. But it seems like that's kind of been a theme for us all year." -- Dodgers 3B Casey Blake, after being swept by the Phillies, 5-3, 2-1 and 9-8, earlier this week.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Rubby De La Rosa (sprained ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 1. He will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery Aug. 9.

--RHP Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 27. He was hospitalized after the July 26 game, and he was released from the hospital July 27.

--INF Juan Uribe (left hip strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 24. Uribe still wasn't close to being ready for a rehab assignment as of Aug. 10.

--RHP Jonathan Broxton (bone bruise on right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 4. He threw a bullpen session June 7. He made rehab appearances on June 21 and 23 for Class AAA Albuquerque, but he felt tightness in his elbow when playing catch June 25, and he was shut down from throwing. He was cleared to begin a throwing program in early August, and he might be able to return in early September.

--RHP Vicente Padilla (right radial nerve irritation, sore neck) went on the 15-day disabled list May 14 due to the arm injury. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on May 29, but he was shut down in early June due to a neck ailment. He underwent neck surgery June 16, and he likely will miss the rest of the season.

--RHP Jon Garland (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 2. He played catch June 21 but had to shut it down quickly. He underwent season-ending surgery during the All-Star break and began his rehab.

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