Monday, April 30, 2012

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' episode No. 4, plus a couple of news items

Sorry for the delay, but Jared Massey and I finally got the latest podcast up.

In this edition, Jared and I talk about the Dodgers' week that was, a somewhat resurgent James Loney, some strong minor-league performances and our trip to see the Quakes in person in Rancho Cucamonga.

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The Dodgers optioned Nathan Eovladi back to Double-A and activated Todd Coffey from the 15-day disabled list.

I wrote last week the Dodgers need to be careful with Eovaldi and not to screw with his development. This whole "pitching-one-inning-per-start" thing and then calling him up to not appear in a game is precisely what I was talking about.


The Dodgers' sale is expected to be official today. Bill Shaikin has you covered, as he has for the last two years.


  1. Other than giving him a two-week rest, which has as much chance of helping him in 2012 as hurting him, do you really think the Dodgers have screwed up Eovaldi's development? When he returns to Chattanooga, it'll be business as usual.

  2. It probably hasn't hurt him yet, but it's just a strange way to go about it.

    I'm not sure I agree with putting him "on call" (as it were) in case a starter gets hurt. That's why the Dodgers have guys like John Ely, Stephen Fife, Michael Antonini, etc.

    You know much more than I, but pitching is about rhythm. When a guy is expecting to go five, six or seven innings per start and you pitch two innings in two weeks, that could mess with his head.

    I'm not saying it's totally a bad thing, but it's something to keep an eye on.