Sign Two Veterans to Minor League Contracts

The Dodgers signed outfielder Timo Perez and right-handed pitcher John Koronka to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training. Both are well-traveled, having played with a number of teams and both have had some major league experience.

Both players, while being invited to spring training, will probably be Triple-A insurance in case of injuries to the major league club.

Other non-roster invitees include pitchers Josh Lindstrom, Francisco Felix, Justin Miller, Luis Ayala, Scott Dohmann, Russ Ortiz, Juan Perez and Josh Towers. Infielders: Angel Berroa, Russell Mitchell, Nick Green, John Lindsey, Doug Mientkiewicz and Argenis Reyes. Outfielders: Prentice Redman and Michael Retovich.

Perez played for the Mets 200-2003, then moved in to the White Sox, St. Louis and Detroit before slipping back into the minor leagues in 2008-2009. He played in Mexico and with an independent team in 2009.

Perez, 34, was purchased by the New York Mets from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2000. Traded to Chicago White Sox in 2004. Granted Free Agency in 2005 and signed by Cincinnati in 2006, then sold to the Cardinals. Granted free agency and signed with Detroit in 2007. Granted free agency in 2008 and signed by Detroit.

Timoniel "Timo" Perez
Bats- left Throws-right
Height- 5-9 Weight-167
Born- April 8, 1975 in Bani, D.R.
year	team  	 ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi sb
2000	NYMets	.286 .333 .803  24   49  11  14   4  1  1   3  1  
2001	NYMets	.247 .287 .643  85  239  26  59   9  1  5  22  1
2002	NYMets	.295 .331 .768 136  444  52 131  27  6  8  47 10
2003	NYMets	.269 .301 .665 127  346  32  93  21  0  4  42  5
2004	ChiSox	.246 .285 .623 103  293  38  72  12  0  5  40  3 
2005	ChiSox	.218 .266 .562  76  179  13  39   8  0  2  15  2
2006	St.L	.194 .286 .608  23   31   3   6   1  0  1   3  0
2007	Det	.389 .427 .960  29   90  12  35   9  2  0  13  1
2008 Det AAA	.302 .374 .847 112  427  56 129  30  3 13  63 19
2009 Mexico 	.323 .406 .882  77  288  50  93  16  2  8  37 11
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 MLB record   .269 .308 .690 603 1671 187 449  91 10 26 185 23
 MiL record   .322 .379 .875 522 2016 316 650 134 15 62 280 81
Koronka Less Experienced
Koronka saw his first major league action in 2005 with the Cubs. He moved on to Texas and then to Florida in 2009. He worked in 30 games for the Marlins AAA club in New Orleans in 2009 and saw a pair of starts with the big club.

Koronka, 29, was drafted by Cincinnati in the 12th round of the 1998 draft. Went to Texas in the 2002 Rule 5 draft but returned in 2003 and traded to Chicago Cubs for Phil Norton. Traded by the Cubs in three-way deal with Oakland. Cubs received Freddie Bynum. Texas claimed off waivers from Cleveland in 2007, then granted free agency at end of the year. Signed by Colorado n 2007, released in 2008. Signed by Florida in 2009.

John Koronka
Bat- left Throws- right
Height- 6-1 Weight-180
Born- July 3, 1980 in Clearwater, FL
year	team     w-l   era   gm   gs   in    h  bb  so
2005	Cubs     2-1   7.47   4   3  15.2   19   8  10
2006	Texas    7-7   5.69  23  23 125.0  145  47  61
2007	Texas    0-2   7.84   2   2  10.1   16   5   2
	Cle AAA  6-4   4.41  14  14  83.2   88  41  53
2008	Col AAA  4-3   4.79  13  12  67.2   87  25  49 
2009	Florida  0-0  11.05   2   2   7.1   11   7   4
    	FL AAA  4-10   4.83  30  23 128.2  159  43  77  
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 MLB record   8-13  6.25  31  30  158.1  191  67  77
 MiL record  77-92  4.41 247 219 1332.0 1461 570 979
Also invited to spring training are pitcher Josh Lindblom and infielder Russell Mitchell.

   Lindblom, 22, will get a solid shot to make the big club. Lindblom was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft. He spent his rookie season with Great Lakes and a cup of coffee with Double-A Jacksonville.

He opened the season with Double-a Chattanooga and was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque. He has pitched both in relief and as a starter and could fill either role with the Dodgers. He nearly nailed down a roster spot with a late surge during spring training in 2008.

He will compete with Scott Elbert, James McDonald, Eric Stults, Charlie Haeger, Ramon Troncoso and Rule 5 draftee Carlos Monasterios for the fifth starting spot.

Mitchell, 25 next month, will enter his seventh professional season, He revived his career with a sparkling second-half surge with Chattanooga and an equally solid performance in the tough Arizona Fall League. He's a corner infielder often compared to Kevin Millar, and could be groomed for a utility role.

Former Dodgers on the Move
Infielder/pinch-hitter Mark Loretta retired. San Diego signed RHP Jon Garland ($3.5 million), Minnesota signed PH/DH Jim Thome ($1.5 million), Cincinnati signed infielder Miguel Cairo. And Ron Belliard, who recently re-signed with the Dodgers for $825,000, has a weight clause in his contract. He must stay at 209 pounds or lower.

Sharp-eyed readers will have probably noticed that minor league free agents Francisco Felix, Justin Miller were re-signed and invited to spring training. Also re-signed were pitchers Hyang-Nam Choi, Jordan Pratt, catchers J. D. Closser and Gabe Gutierrez.

Stone Surviving Cancer
Ricky Stone
Ricky Stone, who played in the Dodgers minor league system 1994-2001, suffered a grand mal seizure at his home in Hamilton, Ohio in August of 2008.

Stone, 33, was rushed to the hospital and it was found that he had a malignant brain tumor -- an anaplastic oligodendroglioma -- near the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers connecting the two cerebral hemispheres. It was a rapidly growing tumor in a delicate area and Ricky would need brain surgery.

The doctors offered no explanation as to how or why Ricky got the tumor, saying only that it had been there for years because of calcification that had occurred.

He underwent surgery, but doctors could only remove 90 percent of the mass because of its location in the brain. He also had 12 rounds of chemotherapy in four-week cycles (five days on, 23 days off), wrapping up his last one in November.

Ricky flies to Houston every other month to see a neuro-oncologist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

For a time he couldn't be left alone, for fear of a relapse. Six months to the day after the seizure, Ricky was again able to drive a car. He's working out again, running and feeling pretty much "back to normal" physically, he says.

The tumor is "virtually nonexistent," reports his wife, Tracey. She says the 10 percent the neurosurgeon had to leave behind shrank under the barrage of chemo and radiation and that the latest MRI showed only a hint of where it had been.

Stone was selected No. 4 by the Dodgers in the 1994 draft and pitched for Great Falls, Yakima, Savannah, San Bernardino, San Antonio and Albuquerque before being released at age 26.

He was signed by Houston and made his major-league debut with the Astros. He pitched from 2001-03 with Houston, throwing 168 innings with a 3.59 ERA, mostly as a middle reliever.

He then bounced briefly to the Padres and then to his hometown Reds, but after pitching only 5 1/3 innings of major league ball in 2006 and '07, Ricky attempted one final comeback in early 2008. He spent spring training with the Reds and then two weeks with their Triple-A affiliate in Louisville.

He moved to Taiwan for a few months that summer to play in a league there, until returning to the States with a hamstring injury.

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