Spring Training Notes: Casey Blake Still Ailing, Dodgers Snap 8-Game Skid

Casey Blake's MRI results have provided little clarity to his back and/or ribcage tightness.

The good news on Casey Blake is that he doesn't have a strained oblique (good to know those aren't contagious, or else Jon Garland might have to be quarantined).  Blake, who hasn't played since Saturday, got the MRI results back, but bad news is that nobody is quite sure what the problem is, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:

"They are sending the MRI to the doctor in LA and in north Phoenix to come up with the proper treatment. What they saw doesn’t fit into a category or package. The symptoms and the MRI don’t fit."

On the field, the Dodgers snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over Texas. Clayton Kershaw gave up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits in his 5 2/3 innings, including three in the sixth inning to chase him. However, relievers Travis Schlichting, Hong-Chih Kuo, Blake Hawksworth, and Ron Mahay combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings, with five strikeouts. It was the first scoreless outing of the spring for Mahay.

Juan Uribe overcame his general tightness to walk and hit a double, driving in three runs. The Dodgers are off tomorrow, their only off day of the spring. Next game is Thursday against the Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch, and David Young and I will be there to kick off our five days of spring training coverage.

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