Dodgers Inside Pitch April 30, 2006

   Rafael Furcal said that his left ankle, which he sprained during a spring training game, is still bothering him. But it's not bad enough to keep him out of any games. "It's not 100 percent," Furcal said. "As soon as I get into a game, I try to forget it. I think it's not going to be 100 percent until the season is over and I can rest it. I can play like that. It's not a problem."

   Rafael Furcal said that his left ankle, which he sprained during a spring training game, is still bothering him. But it's not bad enough to keep him out of any games. "It's not 100 percent," Furcal said. "As soon as I get into a game, I try to forget it. I think it's not going to be 100 percent until the season is over and I can rest it. If you rest it right now, it's going to be more bad. I can play like that. It's not a problem."

   The ankle seems to bother Furcal the most when he takes a lead off of first base. It's the side-stepping that tends to put more pressure on it. He's doesn't have a lot of steals this season (three through 15 games) but that's partly due to a hitting slump that he's still trying to break out of. He had two hits in Sunday's game, raising his batting average from .200 to .208.

   "I don't feel so comfortable yet at home plate," he said. "Sometimes I feel like I'm jumping a little bit. I think that's coming as soon as I get more at-bats and play in more games. I'm getting in there and I'm working hard with (coach) Manny (Mota). We're seeing all of the video stuff and I'm trying to do the best I can."

   Dodgers manager Grady Little said that Furcal is going through his spring training now. He missed out on a lot of at-bats while the team was in Vero Beach and he's trying to make up for that now. Furcal missed time with an irritated right shoulder and later missed more games with the sprained ankle.

   It will take a little bit of time and Furcal has shown, on a few occasions, that he's ready to break free of his slow start. His stretch of inactivity during the spring was compounded by his decision to not play baseball during the winter. He worked out to stay in shape and was hoping to get his timing back when he arrived at Vero Beach.

   "Since the end of last year I didn't do anything," he said. "I just rested in the Dominican Republic and practiced a little. It's not the same practicing over there that it is over here. Then you come to spring training and you're doing more stuff. April always is a little tough for me. I try to do the best I can, and it happens sometimes. It's a long season, and I came to the season with less at-bats."

NOTES, QUOTES
   --RHP Hong-Chih Kuo made his first rehab start at the Class AAA level a success. He pitched two innings, allowing one run and one hit. The Dodgers are watching him closely but refused to say how many rehab starts they want to see before they feel he's ready to return.

   --RHP Derek Lowe struck out the Padres' Mike Cameron in the fourth inning of Sunday's game, giving him 1,000 strikeouts for his career. Teammate Randy Wolf notched his 1,000th strikeout four days earlier.

   --2B Jeff Kent has hit safely in 19 of the Dodgers' first 25 games this season. He also had RBIs in five of his last six games (through Sunday). His solo home run on Sunday at San Diego was his 347th career home run and put him one shy of tying George Foster for 75th on the all-time list. The home run also gave him 1,397 RBIs, placing him five short of tying Juan Gonzalez for 63rd all-time.

   --RHP Chin-hui Tsao has not allowed a run in his first eight appearances this season, covering a span of 8 2/3 innings.

   --C Russell Martin is among the league's leaders, for catchers, in runs (17), walks (13), stolen bases (5), hits (25) and RBIs (18).

BY THE NUMBERS 215- The number of pitches thrown by Dodgers pitchers in Sunday's 17-inning victory over the Padres. 12- The years between Dodger wins for Rudy Seanez (1995-2007).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We struggled in this ballpark for the last two years, especially last year, so it's good to come in here and win out two of three." -- Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe, who started Sunday's marathon game for the Dodgers but didn't get a decision. The Dodgers were 3-6 at Petco Park last season.

MEDICAL WATCH: RHP Jason Schmidt (shoulder inflammation) went on the disabled list retroactive to April 15. He hopes the problem will prove to be minor.
LHP Hong-Chih Kuo (strained left shoulder muscle) began the season on the disabled list. He made a rehab start for Class AAA Las Vegas on April 29.
RHP Yhency Brazoban ("Tommy John" surgery in April 2006) opened the season in extended spring training. He began a minor league rehab assignment on April 17.
OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) had surgery on March 28 and is expected to be out for the season.
Player Stats

 HITTERS

Marlon Anderson, 2B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .333     6     1     2     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .231    13     2     3     0     0     0     0     0

Wilson Betemit, 3B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .235    17     2     4     1     0     0     2     0
Season            .133    45     4     6     2     0     0     6     0

Brady Clark, CF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .167     6     0     1     1     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games      .267    15     1     4     1     0     0     3     0
Season            .286    28     3     8     4     0     0     4     0

Andre Ethier, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .160    25     2     4     1     0     1     2     0
Season            .232    69     7    16     3     1     3    10     0

Rafael Furcal, SS
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .286     7     1     2     1     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .265    34     6     9     1     0     0     2     1
Season            .208    72    11    15     3     0     0     5     3

Nomar Garciaparra, 1B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .375     8     0     3     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .379    29     1    11     1     0     0     6     0
Season            .316    98    10    31     8     0     1    19     1

Luis Gonzalez, LF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     1     1     0     0     1     1     0
Last 7 Games      .167    24     2     4     1     0     1     2     0
Season            .274    84    16    23     4     0     4    11     1

Mark Hendrickson, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .000     7     0     0     0     0     0     1     0
Season            .000     7     0     0     0     0     0     1     0

Matt Kemp, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .429    14     3     6     1     0     0     3     0
Season            .429    14     3     6     1     0     0     3     0

Jeff Kent, 2B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .286     7     1     2     0     0     1     1     0
Last 7 Games      .267    30     2     8     1     0     1     4     0
Season            .326    92    14    30     7     0     2    17     1

Mike Lieberthal, C
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .100    10     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .100    10     0     1     0     0     0     0     0

Russell Martin, C
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     8     0     2     0     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games      .333    27     3     9     4     0     0     5     1
Season            .314    86    17    27     7     0     2    18     5

Ramon Martinez, SS
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .286     7     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .286    21     1     6     1     0     0     2     0
Season            .211    38     1     8     2     0     0     5     0

Juan Pierre, CF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .286     7     1     2     0     0     0     0     2
Last 7 Games      .303    33     6    10     1     0     0     1     5
Season            .282   110    21    31     3     1     0     4    12

Olmedo Saenz, 1B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .250     8     3     2     1     0     1     1     0
Season            .188    16     3     3     2     0     1     3     0

Wilson Valdez, SS
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .077    13     2     1     0     0     0     1     0
Season            .275    40     6    11     2     1     0     4     1


  PITCHERS

Joe Beimel
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      8.10     0-1     0     3   3.1     5     0     2     1
Season            2.77     1-1     0    12    13    10     0     7     4

Chad Billingsley
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     1-0     0     1     2     0     0     1     4
Last 7 Games      8.31     1-0     0     3   4.1     6     0     3     8
Season            5.93     2-0     0     9  13.2    17     1     7    14

Jonathan Broxton
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0     1   1.2     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games      3.00     0-0     0     3     3     3     0     2     2
Season            0.66     1-0     0    13  13.2     9     0     2    12

Mark Hendrickson
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         1.80     0-0     0     1     5     2     0     2     4
Last 7 Games      1.72     1-0     0     3  15.2     9     0     4    10
Season            1.66     1-0     0     5  21.2    11     1     4    17

Derek Lowe
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         5.68     0-0     0     1   6.1     8     0     2     3
Last 7 Games      5.60     0-2     0     3  17.2    25     1     8     9 
Season            4.62     2-3     0     6    37    44     1    17    20

Brad Penny
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         4.50     0-0     0     1     6     7     0     1     2
Last 7 Games      2.84     1-0     0     3    19    18     0     8     7
Season            1.95     3-0     0     5  32.1    30     0    13    11

Takashi Saito
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0     1     2     0     0     0     2
Last 7 Games      2.25     0-0     1     3     4     1     1     0     5
Season            1.42     0-0     7    11  12.2     7     2     1    15

Jason Schmidt
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game        22.50     0-1     0     1     2     7     2     2     2
Last 7 Games      7.36     1-2     0     3    11    17     3     5    13
Season            7.36     1-2     0     3    11    17     3     5    13

Rudy Seanez
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0     1     2     1     0     0     2
Last 7 Games      0.00     1-0     0     3     4     2     0     2     4
Season            3.46     1-0     0    11    13    15     0     5    13

Brett Tomko
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         4.26     0-1     0     1   6.1     6     0     0     1
Last 7 Games      4.15     0-2     0     3  17.1    22     1     6     9
Season            3.09     0-2     0     4  23.1    23     1     9    18

Chin-hui Tsao
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0     1     2     0     0     0     1
Last 7 Games      0.00     0-0     0     3   4.2     0     0     0     3
Season            0.00     0-0     0     7   8.2     1     0     2     6

Randy Wolf
                   ERA     W-L    Sv     G    IP     H    Hr    BB     K
Last Game         7.50     0-1     0     1     6     6     2     1     6
Last 7 Games      4.50     2-1     0     3    18    18     3     3    23
Season            4.20     3-2     0     5    30    28     5     7    31

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