Dodger Blue Notes June 4
L.A. opened a one-game lead over San Diego as the Padres lost at home to Milwaukee. It is the first time the Dodgers (29-23) have been alone in first since May 18. ... Jose Lima extending his streak without giving up an earned run to 20.2 innings. ... The middle of the Dodgers' lineup have hit .456 the last six games (31-for-68) and have scored 18 and knocked in 16 runs. ... Werth was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, almost two months after he made his only appearance of the season on opening day. He spent 19 days on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment with Las Vegas where he batted .412 in 14 games with the 51s capped Wednesday when he was 4-for-6 with three home runs. To make room for Werth, the Dodgers optioned right-hander Edwin Jackson to Las Vegas, but that move was expected. Jackson was called up to make just one start, and he pitched well enough Wednesday night against Milwaukee to get the win in his only major-league appearance this season. ... Hideo Nomo is scheduled to be activated from the 15-day disabled list so he can start at Toronto. He made a rehab start for Las Vegas on Thursday night, throwing 67 pitches in five innings. When he is activated, Brian Falkenborg is a likely candidate to be demoted. ... With interleague play (three games each against Toronto, Boston, Baltimore and New York) the Dodgers will probably go with 11 pitchers. ... In other roster action Edwin Jackson and Rodney Myers were sent to Las Vegas and Hong-Chih Kuo cleared waivers and was outrighted to Columbus off the 40-man roster. That move created a second roster slot and may mean GM Paul DePodesta is either going to pick up a player from outside the organization or is thinking of bringing up a player from the minors who isn't presently on the roster. (Giovanni Carrara?). ... Catcher Todd Hundley, who lives near Phoenix, visited the club before the game. Hundley is on the 60-day disabled list after back surgery last November and hip surgery three weeks ago, but he said he still expects to play sometime this season. He is being paid $6.5 million. ... With tongue in cheek, Tracy watched the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game from the press box and remarked it is much easier to see what should be done on the field from that advantage point. ... Wilson Alvarez had a bullpen session and pronounced himself healed from a strained hip suffered May 28. Alvarez will go to the bullpen after making five starts and he insisted the move to the pen was his idea.
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