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Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena

Erisbel Arruebarrena watches Corey Seager in a 2015 Spring Training game. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Erisbel Arruebarrena watches Corey Seager turn a double play in a 2015 Spring Training game. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Dodgers at Rays, 4:10 p.m.
Kiké Hernandez, LF
Yasiel Puig, RF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Justin Turner, DH
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Trayce Thompson, CF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Corey Seager, SS
Charlie Culberson, 3B
(Alex Wood, P)

By Jon Weisman

For the second year in a row, the Dodgers have suspended infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena.

Dodger director of player development Gabe Kapler confirmed the suspension, which was for repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract.

Arruebarrena was signed in February 2014. A defensive whiz, he went 8 for 41 with a double, three walks and 17 strikeouts for the Dodgers that season, and was 2 for 4 as the shortstop the day of Josh Beckett’s no-hitter.


Dodger minor league report No. 14: What’s the deal with Futures Game pitcher Juan Gonzalez?

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By Cary Osborne

Even for the curious, it might have been easy to pay little attention to Futures Game selection and Dodger minor leaguer Juan Gonzalez during All-Star Week.

First of all, it wasn’t the brand name of Seager or Urias or the up-and-comers like De Leon and Holmes representing the Dodgers. And the fact that Gonzalez is a 25-years-old reliever in his ninth minor league season might have made it easy to overlook him.

But Gonzalez keeps doing things this season that can’t be disregarded. Between Double-A Tulsa, where he began the season, and Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he currently is stationed, the Venezuelan right-hander has allowed three earned runs and 19 hits in 33 2/3 innings (0.80 ERA).

Consider this: On May 12, he allowed two earned runs in an appearance in which he didn’t get an out. So his ERA minus that game is 0.27.

Since June 12, (13 games/13 1/3 innings), he hasn’t given up a run. Of the 19 hits he has surrendered this season, two have been for extra bases, and he hasn’t given up a home run. Right-handers are hitting .123/.149/.169 against him this season.

Gonzalez began his pro career in 2007 as a 17-year-old in the Rockies organization. He was a starter until 2013 and has been used exclusively as a reliever since signing with the Dodger organization in 2014.

Between 2007 and 2013, a span in which 83 percent of his appearances were as a starter, he had a 5.00 ERA. Since 2013, his ERA is 2.82.

He’s got our attention.

So do these guys:


Farhan Zaidi discusses Dodger draft signings

Dodgers at Nationals, 4:05 p.m.
Joc Pederson, CF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Yasiel Puig, RF
Andre Ethier, LF
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Mike Bolsinger, P

By Jon Weisman

Hours before they started the second half of their season in Washington, the Dodgers met the deadline for singing players from the 2015 amateur draft by locking up first-round draft choice Walker Buehler, sixth-rounder Edwin Rios and 30th-rounder Logan Crouse.

Buehler’s signing came amid some media reports today that he had an elbow issue.

“We’re not going to comment on anything medically related to Walker,” Dodger general manager Farhan Zaidi said. “We’re obviously excited to have him on board. He finished the college season strong, obviously pitched in the College World Series.”

Rios, who had a .421 on-base percentage and .591 slugging percentage with 18 home runs in 61 games for Florida International in his junior season this year, was the only corner infielder in the first 10 rounds of Dodger draft selections. Negotiations went down to the wire.

“We went really pitching heavy,” Zaidi said, “so being able to get a college bat with some polish and hopefully the ability to hit in the middle of the lineup is exciting. It took a little bit of time to hammer out the deal, so the lost development time is unfortunate, but we’re obviously excited to have him now. We’ll start him out in Arizona and hopefully move out to one of the other clubs shortly thereafter.”


In case you missed it: The Yellowship of the Ring

By Jon Weisman

Kiké Hernandez and his minions took it to the next level Sunday on the flight to Chicago after the Dodgers’ 10-2 victory over San Francisco. Can Bananarama singing the national anthem at Dodger Stadium be far behind?

After all, on the day of the solstice, the Dodgers started out what they hope will be a cruel, cruel summer for the Giants with a 10-2 victory that increased Los Angeles’ lead in the National League West to 1 1/2 games.

Here are some notes from the weekend …


In case you missed it: Bobblesplash

By Jon Weisman

These bobblehead ads just get better and better — with more special effects! Which mini-Dodger will get the Emmy?

Here are a few quick items that popped up recently …

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu had his surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder Thursday, and Ken Gurnick of has the update.

    … The degree of Ryu’s tear (and presumably any accompanying damage) is being portrayed by the club as relatively minor. By comparison to the high rate of return to success for Tommy John patients, the record of pitchers returning from shoulder labrum operations to reclaim their prior form is checkered.

    The injury was once considered career-ending, but recent medical advances have improved the chances.

    Comeback stories range from successes Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling to unfortunate endings like Jason Schmidt, Mark Prior and Mark Mulder. The most recent successful return from the operation is Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda. …

  • On the anniversary of his initial callup to the Major Leagues, shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena was suspended by the Dodgers for the remainder of the 2015 season due to repeated failures to comply with his contract. More from Gurnick here.
  • The Dodgers’ 31-inning scoreless streak is put into historical context by Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.
  • Hey, we could use some positive news. Here’s one: Joc Pederson’s swing gets an analytical love note from Ryan Parker of Baseball Prospectus.
  • David Schoenfield of’s Sweet Spot looks at the relative strengths and weakness of the Giants and Dodgers going forward.
  • Bill Shaikin of the Times looks at the fortunes and misfortunes of the Dodgers’ next opponent, San Diego.
  • Here’s a history of the eephus pitch, from Jonah Keri at Grantland.
  • At age 38, twice former Dodger lefty Randy Wolf is pitching for Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate, and he tells John Lott of the National Post (via MLB Trade Rumors) that he’s just “enjoying the moment,” regardless of whether he returns to the Majors. “When you retire you can do a lot of things in your life,” Wolf said. “But as far as the baseball aspect, it’s like death. You’re going to be dead a lot longer than you live.”

In case you missed it nightcap: Up, down and away

By Jon Weisman

Today’s resounding comeback victory — 10-5 after trailing 4-0 — didn’t forestall Austin Barnes, O’Koyea Dickson or Erisbel Arruebarrena being optioned to minor league camp after the game.

Here are some notes and news to take in before bedtime …

  • It’s a fantabulous night for a moondance, and for reading this Eric Nusbaum profile at Vice Sports about “The Likable, Unlikely Career of Juan Uribe.”
  • Zack Greinke went back to his old slider grip during an outing today that he considered an improvement, reports True Blue L.A.’s Eric Stephen, who adds an interesting quote from Greinke about the Alamo and Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Chad Gaudin hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2013, but count him among the relievers making a strong bid to be a factor in the bullpen this year, writes Ken Gurnick of Gaudin pitched a perfect sixth inning today, striking out Stephen Vogt and Mark Canha.
  • Yimi Garcia, who threw a scoreless inning today, has retired 13 of 15 batters he has faced this spring.
  • New commissioner Rob Manfred visited the Dodgers today, as Gurnick notes, and part of the conversation was the long-overdue return of the All-Star Game to Los Angeles. No MLB team has gone longer without one than the Dodgers, who last hosted in 1980.
  • The official dedication of the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication at Bradley will be held March 31.
  • Two oldie but goodie former Dodgers each signed minor-league deals today: 37-year-old Rafael Furcal with the Royals and 38-year-old Randy Wolf with the Blue Jays.
  • At, Anna McDonald writes about how Major League Baseball is dealing with anxiety and depression among its players.


Livin’ in the future …

By Jon Weisman

Throughout my childhood, I would hear tales of Lew Alcindor leading the 1965-66 UCLA freshman men’s basketball team to victory over the UCLA varsity, which had merely won the NCAA title the season before.

The situation isn’t really the same, but if nothing else, the 2015 Dodger junior varsity gives a hint of what it must have been like to experience such excitement from the future.

Dodger prospects and reserves have been shining all spring long, but the eighth inning of today’s 10-5 victory over Oakland turned the brightness up to 10.

First, they tended the top of the eighth in dazzling fashion, with Erisbel Arruebarrena — playing out of position at second base — ranging far to his left to flag a ground ball, before doing a 180-degree turn to whip the ball to super-prospect Corey Seager, who stepped on second and fired to Kyle Jensen at first for an inning-ending double play.

SweeneyThen in the home half of the inning at Camelback Ranch, Darnell Sweeney followed singles by Austin Barnes and Jensen and a walk to Seager with a grand slam — to the opposite field, no less.

Next, after Alex Guerrero singled and O’Koyea Dickson calmly took first base after being hit by a pitch, Scott Schebler hit a towering homer of his own to center field.

Before Schebler had finished getting high fives in the dugout, Chris Heisey homered to left, capping the eight-run eighth inning for the Dodgers, who are now 8-2-4 (.714) in Spring Training, in no small part because when the reserves come in, they have been fairly dominant.

Lest it be forgotten, the Dodgers were led in the early going by Darwin Barney, who went 3 for 3, and Joc Pederson, who walked once and made this catch in center field.

Yeah, yeah — it’s March. But it’s been fun.

Arruebarrena, Seager, Urias among 17 non-roster Spring Training invitees

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Steve Saenz/Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers announced that they have invited 17 non-roster players to Spring Training in 2015, including infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena, who has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Here’s the list:


Dodgers officially sign Brett Anderson, designate Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment

(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers have officially announced the signing of pitcher Brett Anderson to a one-year contract today, making room for him on the 40-man roster by designating shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment.

Anderson, who will turn 27 before Spring Training begins, has thrown 318 2/3 innings over the past five seasons while battling injuries (including 43 1/3 innings last year for Colorado with a 2.91 ERA), so sure, it’s optimistic to lock him in for 30-plus starts in 2015.

But the potential for the appearances he does make is high — he has a career 112 ERA+ — and fits with the Dodgers’ defensively enhanced infield.


Season’s end leaves emotions on the edge, but with hope ahead

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

It hurts.

Like that feeling you had when you got broken up with for the first time.

You think, “Can’t the Orioles and Royals be the two World Series teams?”

You can’t read anything Dodger related.

You sort of feel like you need a break.

My brother sent me a text message immediately after Tuesday’s Game 4 loss that read “I won’t give the Dodgers any more of my precious emotional capital anymore.” Not usually the rational one, I told him to think this out.

The Dodgers won’t win the World Series this year. The objective wasn’t met. A lot of things didn’t go right.

However, so many things went so right.