Padilla says Rowand beaning unintentional
Dodgers pitcher 'very sorry' for injuring Giants outfielder
LOS ANGELES -- Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria, heading to the batting cage under the field level, stopped at the Dodgers clubhouse doors to tell Vicente Padilla that Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand had suffered a broken cheekbone when beaned by Padilla on Friday night."I'm very sorry," said Padilla. "I'd like to talk to him. I don't want there to be any misunderstanding. It was not intentional. I was just trying to pitch inside, but I never pitch a ball close to anyone's head. And I didn't want to load the bases." Padilla's 87-mph sinker rode up and hit Rowand, who also suffered a concussion, with one out, two on and two runs in. Earlier in the game, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was buzzed under the chin by Giants starter Todd Wellemeyer one at-bat after Kemp homered. "I wish people would take the situation into consideration. It was first and second with a lead," said manager Joe Torre. "If you're going to make a statement, that's certainly not the time to do it. Padilla's ball has movement and Rowand is on top of the plate. Hit in the head, you don't wish that on anybody. I don't find it suspicious. Alarming, for sure. But it's not the time to hit somebody and put the game in jeopardy." Nonetheless, Padilla came to the Dodgers with a reputation for headhunting, so in some quarters Padilla will be guilty until proven innocent. "You're right, any time it happens they'll say that's his reputation," said Torre. "You can understand if somebody perceives that. But I didn't see any reaction over there that leads me to believe they were angry. Major League Baseball has made the umpires sensitive, and they didn't do anything [no warnings were issued], which I was happy about. I thought the umpires acted appropriately."
Ramirez, three others sit Saturday vs. Giants
LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez, who came out of Friday night's game with a tight right calf muscle, was not in Saturday's lineup against two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.Manager Joe Torre said Ramirez has been dealing with the calf muscle since last week in Pittsburgh, but that he felt it more going to first base on one of his two groundouts Friday night. With a seven-run lead and a day game Saturday, Torre pulled Ramirez. Torre decided not to start Ramirez on Saturday, but said he might be available for pinch-hitting. Torre has maintained since the offseason that he would rest Ramirez in day games after night games. "We had a tough week with the long games," said Torre. "We had something mapped out, Manny getting either today or tomorrow. We hope he's back tomorrow." Ramirez was one of four regulars not in the starting lineup. Joining him on the bench were catcher Russell Martin, third baseman Casey Blake and shortstop Rafael Furcal. Garret Anderson started in left field, A.J. Ellis behind the plate, Ronnie Belliard at third base and Jamey Carroll at shortstop.
Loney racking up early steals
LOS ANGELES -- It's early in the season and James Loney is feeling frisky on the bases.Loney, who has never stolen more than seven bases in a full season, already has three steals in 10 games. Loney didn't have three steals until May 25 last year. In 2008, he didn't get his third steal until July 29. "It's not really anything I've planned, it's just what the situation dictates," said Loney. "It might depend on the pitcher, if he has a slide-step or a high leg kick, how they're holding you on."
Dodgers near decisions on Kuo, Belisario
LOS ANGELES -- Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo will make his second injury rehab appearance Sunday for Class A Inland Empire and, if it goes well, is expected to be activated from the disabled list for their trip east. Kuo has been out with an elbow problem.Manager Joe Torre said reliever Ronald Belisario, on the restricted list after reporting late for Spring Training, was "fine" after a two-inning appearance Friday and "right now we're very close to making a decision on him. I expect both on the road trip at some point." The Dodgers have until April 25 to make a move with Belisario. That's the end of the 30-day window since he was placed on the restricted list. Because Belisario is out of options, the Dodgers cannot send him to the Minor Leagues without the risk of losing him to another club.
Dodgers celebrate Hispanic culture Sunday
LOS ANGELES -- Sunday's 1:10 p.m. PT game with the Giants at Dodger Stadium will be the first Viva Los Dodgers Day of the season. The season-long celebration, scheduled for every Sunday home game, will celebrate Hispanic culture in Los Angeles and the legacy of Latin-American Dodgers.The festivities include live music in a family-friendly environment outside of center field in Lot G. Musicians Omar Esau, Kalibre Sierre-o and La Klica Norte-a are to appear Sunday. Salvador Santana is booked for May 23 before a 1:10 p.m. game against the Tigers. Gustavo Galindo is to perform on June 13 before the Dodgers take on the Angels (the start time of the game is to be announced). The list of artists booked for Viva Los Dodgers Days will be updated throughout the season and can be found at www.dodgers.com/promotions.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.