Andre Ethier had another successful rehab appearance Saturday, in Albuquerque’s 16-6 victory over Memphis, and remains on track to be activated from the disabled list Monday.
In other notes:
- The insane John Lindsey went 2 for 6 with a homer and six RBI – his OPS lowering to 1.198 in the process. Ivan De Jesus, Jr. went 4 for 5, and Chin-Lung Hu 3 for 6 with a double in his first game back from the disabled list to boost his May OPS to .847 after a .478 in April.
- The Dodgers’ likely starter Tuesday against Dan Haren and Arizona, Charlie Haeger, pitched three innings in a rehab appearance with Inland Empire and allowed three runs on eight baserunners. Aaron Miller, the 36th overall pick in the 2009 draft, pitched six innings of one-run relief. Miller lowered his ERA to 3.08 and has 50 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings against 61 baserunners.
- Alberto Bastardo struck out 11 in six innings while allowing one run on seven baserunners in a winning effort for Chattanooga. Bastardo, 26, has a 3.75 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings against 79 baserunners. Dee Gordon, 22, hit his second home run of the season and is OPSing .702. He has nine hits in his past 20 at-bats.
- Josh Wall, 23, allowed only two unearned runs and six baserunners in seven innings while striking out 11, but was the losing pitcher as Great Lakes was no-hit for 7 2/3 innings and lost, 2-0. Wall has an 0-3 record despite a 3.63 ERA in 10 starts and 49 strikeouts in 52 innings against 65 baserunners.
- Why does Hiroki Kuroda struggle so much against Colorado – home and away? Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com explores.
- Good from Saturday: Justin Miller’s Dodger debut, Rafael Furcal’s three hits and two rifle-armed throws from shortstop.
- Bad from Saturday: Kuroda, Scott Elbert’s 2010 Dodger debut, Furcal’s fourth error in five games and Manny Ramirez’s inability to catch a first-inning foul fly.
- It wouldn’t hurt the Dodgers to sign Dontrelle Willis (cut loose by the Tigers) for the AAA rotation, writes Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, but don’t expect him to contribute on the major-league level.
- Matt Kemp has played 99.4 percent of the Dodgers’ innings this season, which is the most in the National League, writes Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. I’d expect Kemp might get a rest after Ethier returns to action.
- Buster Posey delivered three hits and three RBI in his long-awaited 2010 Giants debut. The highly regarded catcher played first base for San Francisco.
- Teenage female knuckleballer (how fun is it to start with those three words) Eri Yoshida made her debut for Chico of the Golden Baseball League on Saturday, writes The Associated Press. She pitched a shutout first inning before allowing four runs in her next two. She also had an RBI single.
- Elymania on the cover of Sports Illustrated? It sure would look nice. (@PA_Dodger via Blue Heaven).
Update: Joe Torre told reporters this morning that Haeger’s foot isn’t ready. As of now, Ely starts Tuesday, Carlos Monasterios on Wednesday for the Dodgers.
Also, Vicente Padila talked about the incident/non-incident from Friday night/Saturday morning.