Los Angeles Dodgers Inside Pitch

  Right-hander Chris Withrow only began thinking about the baseball draft a few weeks ago. Despite a successful 8-1 record and a 1.32 ERA during his senior season at Midland (Texas) Christian High School, Withrow was looking forward to fulfilling his letter-of-intent to play for Baylor University.

     A bullpen stint in front of Dodgers officials, and the 20th selection in Thursday's draft, changed all of that. Withrow was sitting inside of his Odessa, Texas, home, watching the draft unfold on TV. When his name was called, the celebration began.
   "I was completely shocked," Withrow later admitted. "I knew that the Dodgers were interested in me, but I didn't know how interested they were."
   The Dodgers were interested enough to sweat it while the Phillies were deciding on the 19th overall selection. When Withrow's name wasn't called, Dodgers officials at the draft were able to resume breathing.
   "Chris has a real loose, easy arm, and in my mind it's one of the best arm actions I've seen in a long time," said Logan White, the Dodgers' assistant general manager for scouting. "He's a quality person with good character."
   Some so-called experts feel that Withrow is not a big-time pitcher because he comes from a small school in a not-so-big town. Withrow disputes that claim and is ready to prove himself to the Dodgers.
   "I am from a private school, but we played 5A schools and some 4A schools," the 19-year-old said. "I feel we've been tested."
   It will probably cost the Dodgers between $1.2 and $1.4 million to sign Withrow, but both sides are optimistic that an agreement can be reached.

NOTES, QUOTES    --RHP Takashi Saito practiced running from the pitcher's mound to first base prior to Thursday's game and came away without any discomfort in his strained left hamstring. He will return to the bullpen for Friday's game. "I'm not exactly sure where this came from," he said of the injury. "It could just be aches and pains of the season that everybody goes through."
   --SS Rafael Furcal went 2-for-4 against Padres RHP Jake Peavy on Thursday and is now batting .346 against him.
   --LHP Hong-Chih Kuo pitched well in his second start of the season, walking four but striking out a career-high eight batters. He left Thursday's game against the Padres in position to win, but the Dodgers had a ninth-inning collapse and lost the game.
   --OF Juan Pierre went 1-for-8 in the first two games of the series at San Diego and was not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale. He entered late as a defensive replacement. Manager Grady Little said the move was made to give Pierre a chance to clear his head. Pierre is scheduled to be back in the leadoff spot Friday.
   --OF Luis Gonzalez hit his seventh home run of the season Thursday, moving him into a second-place tie with Russell Martin among the Dodgers. Jeff Kent leads the team with nine home runs. The home run was Gonzalez' 330th as a left fielder.
   --INF/OF Marlon Anderson (right elbow irritation) went 0-for-3 Thursday in his first rehab game for Class AAA Las Vegas. He has been out since early May.

BY THE NUMBERS: 13 -- The number of consecutive innings that the Dodgers failed to score during Friday's and Saturday's games against the Pirates. They went 1-1 in those two games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The way it looked to me in the dugout looked nothing like it looked to me on TV. He was right, I was wrong." -- Dodgers manager Grady Little, after being ejected from Sunday's game by umpire Bill Welke for disputing a close play at the plate that led to a Pirates run.

MEDICAL WATCH:    RHP Takashi Saito (tight left hamstring) left the June 3 game and hasn't pitched since. He was available June 8, but manager Grady Little decided to give him an extra day of rest.
   RHP Yhency Brazoban (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list on June 1. He will begin throwing during the week of June 11.
   RHP Chin-hui Tsao (strained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list on May 23. He will begin throwing during the week of June 11.
   RHP Jason Schmidt (shoulder inflammation) went on the disabled list retroactive to April 15. He made a rehab appearance for Class A Inland Empire on May 30 and was activated from the DL on June 5.
   UT Marlon Anderson (right elbow irritation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 5. He had surgery to remove bone chips on May 11. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Las Vegas on June 7.
   OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) had surgery on March 28 and is expected to be out for the season.
 Player Stats

  Hitters

T Abreu, 2B	   BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .200     5     0     1     1     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games      .370    27     3    10     6     0     0     4     0
Season            .327    49     7    16     8     0     0     5     0

Wilson Betemit, 3B  BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .250     4     2     1     1     0     0     0     0
Season            .187    91    13    17     5     0     5    15     0

Brady Clark, LF	    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .200    10     1     2     0     0     0     1     0
Season            .228    57     7    13     4     0     0     5     0

AEthier, RF	    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     2     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .280    25     4     7     2     0     1     3     0
Season            .273   187    19    51    11     1     5    27     0

Rafael Furcal, SS   BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .400     5     1     2     1     0     0     3     0
Last 7 Games      .250    28     2     7     2     0     0     7     1
Season            .295   207    26    61    13     1     0    23     7

N. Garciaparra, 1B  BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .208    24     0     5     1     0     0     2     0
Season            .279   222    18    62    11     0     1    34     1

L  Gonzalez, LF     BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     4     1     2     0     0     1     1     0
Last 7 Games      .308    26     2     8     2     0     1     2     0
Season            .289   194    29    56     9     1     7    21     3

Jeff Kent, 2B	    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     3     4     1     0     1     3     0
Season            .260   208    33    54    15     0     9    33     1

Lieberthal, C	    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .294    17     2     5     1     0     0     1     0
Season            .231    26     2     6     1     0     0     1     0

R Martin, C	    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .348    23     5     8     1     0     2     3     1
Season            .308   201    38    62    14     1     7    40     9

R Martinez, SS      BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .000     8     1     0     0     0     0     1     1
Season            .153    59     2     9     2     0     0     7     1

Juan Pierre, CF	    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .208    24     1     5     0     0     0     0     1
Season            .269   249    34    67     8     2     0    13    18

O Saenz, 1B	    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .200    10     2     2     0     0     0     1     0
Season            .208    48     6    10     3     0     2     7     0

   Pitchers

Joe Beimel	   ERA    W    L   Sv     G    IP    H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00    0    0    0     1  0.1     0     0     0    0
Last 7 Games      0.00    0    0    0     3  1.1     0     0     0    0
Season            3.46    1    1    1    31   26    19     0    10   10

C Billingsley	   ERA    W    L   Sv     G   IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00    0    0    0     1  1.2     1     0     1    3
Last 7 Games      0.00    1    0    0     3    5     2     0     1    8
Season            3.38    4    0    0    21   32    28     1    12   39

Y Brazoban	  ERA     W    L   Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00    0    0    0    1     0     1     0     1    0
Last 7 Games     40.50    0    0    0    3   0.2     3     0     2    2
Season           16.20    0    0    0    4   1.2     3     0     3    5

J Broxton	  ERA     W    L   Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game       108.00    0    1    0    1   0.1     5     0     2    1
Last 7 Games     19.29    0    1    1    3   2.1     7     0     3    3
Season            4.15    2    2    1   30  30.1    30     0    15   35

M Hendrickson     ERA     W    L   Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00    0    0    0    1     1     0     0     2    1
Last 7 Games      7.84    0    2    0    3  10.1    17     3     3    8
Season            4.09    2    3    0   12    55    53     8    17   40

Hong-Chih Kuo	  ERA     W    L    Sv   G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         1.50    0    0    0    1     6     1     0     4    8
Last 7 Games      2.84    0    1    0    3  12.2     4     0     6   11
Season            4.85    0    1    0    4    13     7     0     7   11

Derek Lowe	  ERA     W    L    Sv    G   IP     H    HR	BB    K
Last Game         4.70    1    0    0     1  7.2     3     2     1    6
Last 7 Games      2.18    2    0    0     3 20.2    10     2     6   16
Season            3.44    6    5    0    13 86.1    79     4    30   58

Brad Penny	  ERA     W    L    Sv    G   IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         6.00    0    0    0     1    6     9     2     2    4
Last 7 Games      1.86    2    0    0     3 19.1    19     2     5   12
Season            2.37    7    1    0    12   76    69     2    25   47

Takashi Saito	  ERA     W    L   Sv    G   IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00    0    0    0    1  0.1     1     0     0    1
Last 7 Games      0.00    0    0    2    3    3     1     0     0    5
Season            1.50    1    0   16   23   24    16     3     2   30

Jason Schmidt	   ERA    W    L   Sv    G   IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00    0    0    0    1    6     1     0     3    4
Last 7 Games      6.00    0    2    0    3   12    15     3     5   12
Season            4.76    1    2    0    4   17    18     3     8   17

Rudy Seanez	  ERA     W    L   Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         6.75    0    1    0    1   1.1     1     0     0    2
Last 7 Games      4.91    0    1    0    3   3.2     2     1     1    7
Season            3.03    2    1    0   24  29.2    32     3     8   29

Brett Tomko	  ERA     W    L   Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         0.00    0    0    0    1     2     1     0     0    4
Last 7 Games      1.80    0    0    0    3     5     6     1     0    8
Season            5.47    1    5    0   14    51    60     6    20   44

Randy Wolf	  ERA     W    L   Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB    K
Last Game         9.00    0    1    0    1     5     8     0     3    6
Last 7 Games      5.06    1    1    0    3    16    18     1     7   14
Season            4.03    7    4    0   13    76    75     7    24   80

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