Just catching up on some miscellaneous Dodgers news and notes on a lazy Sunday, while waiting for the official announcement of Mark McGwire as the next hitting coach...
Outfielder Alfredo Silverio has been outrighted to Triple A Albuquerque. The outfielder was out for all of 2012 after he suffered injuries stemming from a car crash in the Dominican Republic. He underwent Tommy John surgery on May 9 and could very well be out for a month or two to open next season. Silverio, who was added the 40-man roster last November, actually earned 33 days of MLB service time this season as he was promoted on Sept. 1 so he could be placed on the 60-day disabled list to create roster space for John Ely. After the removal of Silverio, the Dodgers' 40-man roster now has 36 players.
In case you missed it, Joc Pederson was the lone Dodger representative in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game on Saturday. He did not start, but Pederson played left field and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for the East, 9-4 winners over the West. Pederson, who is hitting .094 (3-for-32) in the AFL, grounded out in his only other plate appearance.
Hiroki Kuroda, really the most perfect fit for the Dodgers outside of maybe Zack Greinke, reportedly wants a one-year deal, which is good. However, the Yankees made Kuroda a qualifying offer of one year, $13.3 million on Friday, which means he would cost the Dodgers their first round draft pick (No. 19 overall) if they were to sign him, which is bad. In addition, David Lennon of Newsday reported that the soon-to-be-38-year-old right-hander "has told friends he'll pitch for either the Yankees or the Hiroshima Carp next season but hasn't decided yet."
In case you were wondering when exactly Clayton Kershaw will finish second to R.A. Dickey in the National League Cy Young Award balloting, the Baseball Writers Association of America will begin handing out their awards on Monday, Nov. 12. This year, the award are crammed into four days, with two awards each day. The announcements will be made during a special program on MLB Network, beginning at 3 p.m. PT each day. The schedule:
- Monday, Nov. 12: AL and NL Rookie of the Year
- Tuesday, Nov. 13: AL and NL Managers of the Year
- Wednesday, Nov. 14: AL and NL Cy Young
- Thursday, Nov. 15: AL and NL MVP
Baseball Nation is running polls of its own, attempting to determine the best hitter and pitcher in each division. You can vote Kershaw for the Sandy Koufax Award, the moniker given to the best pitcher in the National League West.
Steve Dilbeck at the Los Angeles Times has also been reviewing the 2012 club with some regularity. Today's installment looked back at Josh Lindblom.
The Class-A Great Lakes Loons counted down their top 10 games of 2012, and the top spot went to a pretty memorable rain delay:
Finally, in case you were hungry, Courtney Jones of Fox Sports caught up with Andre Ethier as he set up a tailgate party last weekend before the Arizona State homecoming football game against UCLA: