Ardoin May Nab Backup Job from Bennett

Backup catcher Gary Bennett's rehabilitation assignment with Inland Empire, which is officially due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot, might last a little longer than originally expected. The unofficial reason for Bennett's assignment is so he can work on the mental block he has throwing the ball back to the pitcher, a problem that has resulted in his throwing it back on a high, slow arc.

Although there have been days during his rehab -- and a brief stint in extended spring training before that -- when he seemed to be making progress, there also are days when he seems to backslide.

Meanwhile, Danny Ardoin, the veteran backup whose contract was purchased from Class AAA Las Vegas when Bennett was placed on the 15-day disabled list, has started three games behind the plate for the Dodgers.

Those three games were a stellar, 6 1/3-inning outing by Hiroki Kuroda on May 27 in which he gave up one earned run in a 3-1 loss, an eight-inning, five-hit masterpiece by Derek Lowe on June 2 that resulted in an 8-2 win and a four-hitter by Kuroda on Friday night, the first complete-game shutout by a Dodgers pitcher since 2005.

Ardoin now has a catcher's ERA of 0.72.

The 20-day limit on Bennett's rehab will end on June 21, meaning the club must make a decision on what to do with him by June 22.

Notes and Quotes
--RHP Brad Penny is now winless in his past seven starts, during which he is 0-6. That is his longest victory drought since he went 11 consecutive starts without a win from July 1-Sept. 6, 2001, going 0-8. He has a 7.71 ERA over his past seven starts, and he already has given up seven home runs this year after allowing only nine all of last season.

--1B James Loney went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is batting .321 (9-for-28) during the streak. Loney also has hit safely in 11 of his past 12 games, batting .306 (15 for 49).

--CF Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer off Carlos Zambrano on Saturday, his fifth of the season to ice a Dodgers' win. But since hitting his previous home run on Monday night, Kemp is four for 25 with 12 strikeouts. Somehow, despite striking out an average of once every 3.8 plate appearances, Kemp is hitting .301 for the season.

--RHP Chan Ho Park relieved Penny and came through again, pitching two scoreless innings while allowing one hit. Park has now allowed just four earned runs over his past 26 2/3 innings, a 1.35 ERA. He has an 0.50 ERA at home (one run, 18 innings).

--IF Angel Berroa made his Dodgers debut, starting and playing all nine innings at shortstop. He went 0 for 3, grounding out and striking out twice. Since the start of last season, the former American League Rookie of the Year is now 1 for 14 in 10 major-league games.

Quote to Note: "We allow umpires... to do things, and we just turn the other cheek, and that didn't happen when I played. I guess because the generation gap is so large between me and the rest of the team, I get stuck in that challenge mode more often than not, and everybody looks at me as being more passionate, and I'm not. I have been doing the same thing since I was taught the game." -- Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent, after being ejected for arguing on Friday night.

By The Numb3rs: 2.57 -- Team ERA for the Dodgers during a seven-game homestand that ended on Sunday, and yet they managed to go just 3-4, losing two of three to the Rockies and splitting four with the Cubs. The Dodgers scored a total of 18 runs in the three games they won and six in the four games they lost, including no more than one in three of them. They entered play Sunday 12th in the National League in runs and 15th in home runs.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report
SS Rafael Furcal (lower back tightness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 6. He was expected to be activated May 23 but was sore that morning. He took grounders in batting practice June 5, which could be a sign he's getting closer to starting a rehab assignment.

RHP Jason Schmidt (right shoulder surgery in June 2007) opened the season on the 15-day disabled list and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 20. He began a rehab assignment May 11. He was hit in the calf with a line drive during a rehab start on May 31, and the "new injury" will extend his stay in the minors.

OF Andruw Jones (torn cartilage in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 24. He had arthroscopic surgery May 27, and he will be out four to six weeks but is throwing and taking batting practice.

C Gary Bennett (plantar fasciitis in left foot) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19.

3B Nomar Garciaparra (strained right calf) went on the 15-day disabled list April 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 25. He continued to feel tightness in mid-May, delaying a potential rehab assignment.

INF Tony Abreu (sore right hip) opened the season on the 15-day disabled list, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 13. He had season-ending surgery May 28.
Player Stats

   HITTERS

Andre Ethier, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     4     1     2     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .250    24     2     6     1     0     1     3     0
Season            .299   194    28    58    13     0     5    22     2

Rafael Furcal, SS
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     1     1     0     0     1     1     0
Last 7 Games      .375    32    12    12     2     0     2     5     2
Season            .366   134    34    49    12     2     5    16     8

Nomar Garciaparra, 3B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .200     5     1     1     0     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games      .240    25     6     6     0     0     1     5     1
Season            .226    31     6     7     0     0     1     5     1

Chin-lung Hu, SS
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .105    19     3     2     0     1     0     1     0
Season            .159   107    13    17     1     2     0     7     1

Andruw Jones, CF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .143    21     2     3     0     0     1     2     0
Season            .165   133    18    22     6     1     2     7     0

Matt Kemp, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     4     1     2     0     0     1     3     1
Last 7 Games      .345    29     4    10     2     0     2     6     1
Season            .307   215    29    66    14     2     5    35    11

Jeff Kent, 2B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     4     1     2     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .308    26     4     8     1     0     3     4     0
Season            .257   187    21    48     7     1     8    28     0

James Loney, 1B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .320    25     4     8     1     0     0     1     0
Season            .280   232    30    65    11     3     5    32     2

Russell Martin, C
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .750     4     2     3     0     0     1     3     1
Last 7 Games      .348    23     6     8     1     0     2     6     1
Season            .316   206    30    65     9     0     5    26     5

Juan Pierre, CF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .400     5     1     2     0     0     0     0     1
Last 7 Games      .286    28     2     8     2     0     0     1     1
Season            .276   192    24    53     7     0     0    18    22

Delwyn Young, LF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .333    15     1     5     3     0     0     0     0
Season            .286    42     3    12     4     0     0     2     0


   PITCHERS

Joe Beimel	  ERA     W-L    Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0    1   0.2     1     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      0.00     0-0     0    3     2     2     0     2     1
Season            1.45     3-0     0   30  18.2    20     0     8    14

Chad Billingsley  ERA     W-L    Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         7.20     0-0     0    1     5     7     2     3     8
Last 7 Games      3.00     0-1     0    3    18    15     3     8    19
Season            3.57     4-6     0   14  70.2    60     5    37    79

Jonathan Broxton  ERA     W-L    Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0    1     1     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games     16.20     0-1     0    3   1.2     4     1     2     0
Season            4.68     2-2     0   26    25    23     2    10    31

Hong-Chih Kuo	  ERA     W-L    Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0    1   4.1     3     0     1     2
Last 7 Games      0.00     0-0     0    3   7.1     4     0     1     2
Season            1.93     3-1     0   13  37.1    29     2    10    40

Hiroki Kuroda	  ERA     W-L    Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     1-0     0    1     9     4     0     0    11
Last 7 Games      3.50     1-2     0    3    18    18     2     5    14
Season            3.49     3-5     0   13    80    79     7    23    48

Derek Lowe	  ERA     W-L    Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         3.86     1-0     0    1     7     6     1     2     4
Last 7 Games      1.64     2-0     0    3    22    15     1     5    12
Season            4.15     4-5     0   14  84.2    87     7    24    56

Brad Penny	  ERA     W-L    Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         3.00     0-1     0    1     6     6     0     4     5
Last 7 Games      5.82     0-3     0    3    17    18     2     9    12
Season            5.45     5-7     0   13    76    88     6    31    42

Scott Proctor	  ERA     W-L    Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0    1     1     1     0     1     1
Last 7 Games      3.86     0-0     0    3   2.1     3     0     1     4
Season            5.40     0-0     0   27  26.2    24     6    15    30

Takashi Saito	  ERA     W-L    Sv    G    IP     H    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0-0     0    1     1     0     0     0     3
Last 7 Games      3.00     0-1     0    3     3     2     0     1     6
Season            2.10     3-2     8   24  25.2    20     1     8    32

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