Dodgers to Check Penny's Status

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he hopes to have lunch with pitcher Brad Penny early in the off-season to discuss the fact that Penny, who is on the 60-day disabled list, didn't stay with the club during its postseason run. Torre also revealed that Penny's absence was a mutual decision.

"We talked about it, and I think it was pretty much a two-way street," Torre said. "He was frustrated being here and not being able to do something."

Torre also seemed to imply that Penny was healthy enough -- although it certainly isn't clear that he was -- to have pitched out of the bullpen, something he did twice down the stretch with little success. But apparently, Penny didn't feel that his shoulder was strong enough to pitch at all, either in relief or as a starter.

"It just didn't appear that (he was comfortable coming out of the bullpen)," Torre said. "He just didn't seem like the same guy we had seen."

Penny has a $9.25 million club option for next season -- with a $2 million buyout -- that seems unlikely to be exercised at this point. The Dodgers haven't completely shut the door on the possibility of re-signing him as a free agent, but Torre did add one comment that made it seem like a long shot.

"He is a strong personality," Torre said. "Rather than keeping him here in the mood he was in, which came from his frustration at not being able to contribute, I just tried to do what I felt was best for both parties."

Notes and Quotes
--RHP Chad Billingsley became the fifth pitcher in NLCS history to lose twice in a five-game series and the first since St. Louis' Matt Morris in 2002. Billingsley also became the sixth pitcher to allow at least 11 runs in an NLCS, the first since Greg Maddux allowed an NLCS-record 12 in 1989. Billingsley also walked seven batters (two intentional) in five innings during the series.

--SS Rafael Furcal became the first player in NLCS history to be charged with three errors in one game, much less in one inning. The old record for an inning by a shortstop was two, by Kevin Elster of the New York Mets in 1988 and Gene Alley of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1972. Furcal also became the first player in NLCS history to be charged with four errors in a series.

--LF Manny Ramirez's 28th career postseason home run was his 12th in the LCS. His solo shot in the sixth inning also extended his record to nine consecutive LCS games with at least one RBI. He now has 74 career RBIs in the postseason, second only to Bernie Williams' 80.

--1B James Loney had a pair of hits in Game 5 and batted .333 (10-for-30) with three doubles, one home run and eight RBI in the postseason. He batted .438 (7-for-16) in the NLCS. Loney played in 169 of the Dodgers' 170 games this season.

--RHP James McDonald continued to make a solid impression as a rookie. He pitched two shutout innings, giving up one hit and a walk and striking out two. McDonald pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings in the series on the heels of pitching six shutout innings in four regular-season appearances as a September call-up.

By The Numb3rs: 7 -- Double plays grounded into by the Dodgers in the series, tying a record for a five-game NLCS series that also had been held by the Dodgers in their five-game victory over Montreal in 1981, when the series was still best-of-five. Rookie Blake DeWitt grounded into two of them in the finale, each with runners on first and second. DeWitt also hit into an inning-ending double play in Game 4, also with runners on first and second.

Quote to Note: "I think we brought winning back to this organization. I think we turned a corner, and I think there will be more and more years that this organization will be playing this kind of important baseball in the month of October. It has been a great year." -- Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, speaking in the team's clubhouse minutes after a Game 5 loss that ended the Dodgers' first trip to the NLCS since 1988.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report
RHP Scott Proctor was scheduled to undergo elbow surgery Oct. 15. He will have a partial tear repaired in his flexor tendon and a bone spur shaved down and is expected to be ready for spring training.

RHP Takashi Saito (sore right elbow) was left off the roster for the NL Championship Series. He continued to pitch and could have been added to the World Series roster, if the Dodgers advanced.

OF Andruw Jones (sore right knee) went on the 60-day disabled list Sept. 13.

RHP Mario Alvarez (elbow) was called up from Class AA Jacksonville and placed on the 60-day disabled list Sept. 5.

RHP Yhency Brazoban (sore right shoulder) was called up from Class AAA Las Vegas and placed on the 60-day disabled list July 19.

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" extended his stay in the minors. He began a new rehab assignment with Class AAA Las Vegas on June 28, but had a setback in mid-July. He threw off a mound Aug. 20, and he pitched one inning for Las Vegas on Aug. 29. He was shut down for the season Sept. 1 and had another arthroscopic procedure in early September.

C Gary Bennett (plantar fasciitis in left foot) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 25. He had a setback in mid-June, and he missed the rest of the season.

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.