06/28/07 2:01 AM ET
Notes: Dodgers readying for Johnson
Loney in company with Ruth; Mueller staying as coach for now
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Bullpen awaiting: Tsao could be activated quickly because Little is, shall we say, eager for his return."Very," said Little earlier Wednesday. "Very. I suspect we'll not waste too many bullets in Las Vegas." Moving Chad Billingsley from the bullpen to the starting rotation has removed a key arm from the middle innings. It didn't show Tuesday night, even though Billingsley pitched only four innings, because four relievers (Rudy Seanez, Mark Hendrickson, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito) pitched six scoreless innings. "Chad did leave a little void," said Little. "It's time for everyone to step up and last night indicates that's taking place." Adkins agrees: The Dodgers have agreed to terms with supplemental first-round pick James Adkins. The left-handed pitcher was selected 39th overall in the First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. No news on hitting coach: Bill Mueller continues to serve as interim hitting coach and neither Little nor general manager Ned Colletti indicated that was likely to change any time soon. "We're going forward like this for the time being," said Little. "There's a lot of evaluating going on. We're evaluating him. He's evaluating us. He's evaluating the job." Read it: The Dodgers and several local city public libraries will reward children who read "just for fun" in the libraries' annual Summer Reading Program. Participating Southern California libraries include Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Santa Monica, South Pasadena, Torrance and Whittier. Children participating in each of these local reading programs can earn their tickets to the Dodgers game on Sunday, Aug. 5, against the Diamondbacks by fulfilling reading program guidelines set by their local library. "The Los Angeles Dodgers along with local city public libraries are pleased to continue our commitment to education through our annual Summer Reading Program," said Dodgers senior vice president of public affairs Howard Sunkin. "The perfect way to advocate summer reading is to offer a fun incentive such as a ticket to a Dodger game, which will hopefully build a yearlong interest in reading 'just for fun.' " Coming up: In Thursday afternoon's trip finale, Wolf (8-6, 4.32) opposes Johnson (4-2, 3.52).
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.