Vin Scully Doing Well After a Fall

Announcer Vin Scully, the long-time voice of the Dodgers, some say the heart of the Dodgers, was admitted to a hospital as a precaution after he got up from bed too quickly, fell and bumped his head. Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said he stayed overnight for observation but that he is doing well.

Scully, 82, is expected to join the team at Camelback Ranch for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians. The He 28-time California Sportscaster of the Year and was inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Scully joined the Dodgers, then in Brooklyn, in 1950 and his 61-year tenure with the Dodgers is the longest of any current sports broadcaster with the same team. He is scheduled to broadcast all of the Dodgers' home games and their road games against National League West and American League West opponents.

Wade Back in Arizona
Reliever Cory Wade, 26, returned from Los Angeles after undergoing a shoulder arthroscopy performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles and the procedure was a success and involved cleaning up the bursa, cartilage and tendon fraying that was causing the pain in his shoulder.

He visited Camelback Ranch on Thursday and said he would be out "a month to six weeks" but that he wouldn't start throwing for a month.

During his rookie season in 2008 he pitched a team-high 71.1 innings in 55 games and recorded a 2.27 earned run average while setting up for Jonathan Broxton. His ERA ballooned to 5.53 in 2009 and he worked in only 27 games in Los Angeles.

His right arm was in a sling when he returned from Los Angeles and he said that doctors told him the time-frame was about six weeks, but that "I'm going to come back and be ready to go. It's won't be extremely long, but it's not going to be short."

Kuo to Pitch
Disappointed by not being able to pitch in his native Taiwan last weekend because of elbow soreness, reliever Hong-Chih Kuo is tentatively scheduled to pitch tonight (Friday).

The 28-year-old Kuo threw a bullpen session of 20 to 25 pitches Wednesday without discomfort and that if his arm continued to feel good, he would face the San Diego Padres in Peoria.

Anderson Starting to Hit
Garret Anderson, 37, rapped out a single and a double against the Cubs on Thursday but says he isn't where he needs to be yet although he has four hits in nine at-bats (.444) in spring-training games.

With the fourth-outfield slot locked up by Reed Johnson, Anderson, a longtime Angels outfielder who played for the Atlanta Braves last year, is battling with Doug Mientkiewicz for the left-handed bat off the bench.

No Opening Day Starter Announced Yet
Manager Joe Torre, with over half of the spring training schedule still to go, has not announced his opening day pitcher in Pittsburgh April 5.

He did, however, pretty much eliminate James McDonald from contention as a starter, saying "He looks move like a relief guy." He allowed six earned runs in his first two spring outings,

Finalists for the opening day honors included left-hander Clayton Kershaw and right-handers Chad Billingsley, Vicente Padilla and Hiroki Kuroda, who started on opening day last year.

Tony Jackson of ESPNLA writes that Clayton Kershaw is the favorite in the starting derby. The opening day pitcher traditionally makes a short start in his final spring appearance, and Kershaw is lined up to do just that on April 1 against Cleveland in Dodger stadium,

This scenario would allow Chad Billingsley to pitch the second game of the season on April 7 in Pittsburgh and would work the home opener on April 13 against Arizona.

Belisario Still Missing
Ron Belisario, who topped the Dodgers' league-leading bullpen in 2009 with a 2.04 earned run average, has been battling a visa problem in Venezuela that has been aggravated by a misdemeanor charge of  driving under the influence, stemming from an incident last June in Pasadena.

However his lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, said that the DUI case was resolved last week and that he couldn't explain why the 27-year-old middle reliever still wasn't in Arizona.

Even though the initial charges against Belisario were reduced to a non-alcohol-related reckless-driving charge and that Belisario was fined $1,000, the pitcher is still missing.

Belisario remains in Venezuela and is working out and ready to go as soon as he lands according to reports but the Dodgers have said it's likely that the pitcher wouldn't arrive at camp in time to be available opening day April 5.

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