08/20/10 12:26 AM ET
Torre's thoughts are with Clemens
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Furcal gets good news, will continue rehab
LOS ANGELES -- Results of a bone scan on Rafael Furcal's lower back came back negative Thursday night and he will continue with his ongoing rehab for a lower back strain.Furcal, who had disk surgery in 2008, has been disabled with lower back problems since Aug. 3. An earlier MRI exam ruled out another disk problem, but after progressing to the verge of a Minor League rehab assignment on last weeks trip, he arrived at Dodger Stadium after a cross-country flight with a setback. Trainer Stan Conte said he does not believe the problem was directly related to the flight, but a cumulative effect of a strenuous workout over the weekend in Atlanta. The bone scan required a dye injection and a full day of tests. "This type of problem, it's more the day after than the day of," said Conte. "We're trying to find the source of the pain."
Manny continues rehab at Inland Empire
LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez struck out twice and walked in three plate appearances Thursday night in his second game of a rehab assignment with Class A Inland Empire.Ramirez, out since July 17 with a strained right calf, is expected to play a third game for Inland Empire on Friday night. Then the decision will be made whether Ramirez is ready to return to the Major Leagues or join Triple-A Albuquerque for further rehab against a higher level of competition. After being the designated hitter (single, walk and strikeout) on Wednesday night, Ramirez played left field for five innings Thursday.
Torre not ready to lay down
LOS ANGELES -- Manager Joe Torre said that based on conversations he's had with general manager Ned Colletti, the Dodgers are still buyers, despite entering play Thursday night 12 games out of first place and eight games back in the Wild Card."We're not talking that way now," Torre said when asked if the Dodgers had become sellers. "We're both feeling the squeeze; we're starting to run out of games. But we haven't talked about going overboard, or jumping ship, I should say." The latest blow the Dodgers suffered was a neck injury to Opening Day starting pitcher Vicente Padilla, who was placed on the disabled list. "It's a blow," said Torre. "Ned's looking, not only for pitching, but other areas. He's still trying to plug holes and shore up areas." Earlier this week, the Dodgers lost another option when veteran starter Claudio Vargas, who had been pitching for Triple-A Albuquerque, left the club and was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons. He joins Scott Elbert, who left Albuquerque on June 10 for personal reasons, was put on the DL and hasn't pitched for the team since.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.