03/05/11 12:42 AM ET
Kuo set to face hitters in BP on Saturday
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Kuo said if that goes well, he would have a bullpen session on Monday and could pitch in an exhibition game as early as Wednesday.
Kuo was limited to two innings of exhibition games last spring because of his balky left elbow and started the season on the disabled list, but he ended it as the closer with a franchise-record 1.20 ERA.
After skipped start, Garland doesn't miss beat
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers right-hander Jon Garland has said there's no reason for alarm just because he was skipped first time through the starting rotation, and his pitching backed that up Friday night.
Making his first start of the spring, Garland pitched three innings and allowed only an unearned run in a 5-3 Dodgers loss to the Giants.
"I told you, right where I need to be," said Garland, the fifth starter coming off a strong season with the Padres. "I'm following my normal program. I don't throw off a mound until I get here, so I need a couple bullpens and batting practices. [Pitching coach Rick] Honeycutt asked me how I wanted to do it. I could have gone into the game last time."
The only run reached base when Garland hit former Dodger Cody Ross with a fastball on the right wrist. Ross said he wasn't injured and he knew it wasn't intentional.
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"I just got in on him, which can happen with a good hitter and the adrenaline kicks in," said Garland. "That's the last thing I want to see, go near a guy's head or hand, especially a guy like Cody. I let him know it was nothing intentional and I was glad to see he was all right."
Jonathan Broxton, John Ely and Javy Guerra pitched scoreless innings, but Matt Guerrier and Ron Mahay allowed solo home runs and Travis Schlichting allowed two runs.
Dodgers, Univision partner for Spanish radio
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' Spanish-language broadcasts this year and next will be on KTNQ-AM 1020 as part of a new partnership with Univision Radio Group, the club announced Friday.
All 162 regular-season games, eight Spring Training games and all potential postseason games will be aired. Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez and legendary pitcher Fernando Valenzuela will continue as the broadcast team with the first spring game airing Saturday at 12:05 p.m. PT.
"We are thrilled to see a partnership between two of the greatest and most established brands within the Spanish-speaking community in Los Angeles -- Univision and the Dodgers," said Jarrin. "This is a great time in our broadcast's long history and we look forward to expanding our fan base with our new partner Univision, a leader in Spanish programming."
In addition to carrying Dodgers game broadcasts on KTNQ, the Dodgers' partnership with Univision will include several integrated features, cross promotional elements, an outdoor media campaign and Dodgers updates on every highly rated Univision Radio Group station: KLVE-FM, KSCA-FM and KRCD-FM. The Univision Radio Group reaches nearly 2.7 million listeners, more than any other Spanish-language radio group in the greater Los Angeles area.
Jarrin has spent more than half a century as "the Spanish voice of the Dodgers" and will enter his 53rd season in the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio booth in 2011. Jarrin was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 1998, as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, becoming only the second Spanish-language announcer to be so honored.
Yniguez, a veteran of numerous national postseason assignments, will join Jarrin in the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio booth for his 13th season. In 2010, Yniguez led the Spanish-language telecast on Time Warner Cable, calling 31 games alongside Dodgers coach Manny Mota.
Valenzuela will also return to the Dodgers' Spanish broadcast as an analyst for his ninth season. Valenzuela offers insight from a 17-year big league career alongside Jarrin and Yniguez. In 2007, Valenzuela won the Foreign Language Broadcaster of the Year award from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association, marking his first honor as a broadcaster. This year, he received the honor for the second time.
Jansen better after falling on jaw in drills
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen came off the practice field early Friday after getting his bell rung in a drill mishap.
Jansen, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, was doing a pitcher's fielding practice drill requiring him to field a slow roller between the mound and first base. Jansen tried to glove the ball and flip it in one motion when his left leg went out from under him and he landed on his right jaw.
"I feel weak and dizzy," Jansen said after returning to the clubhouse. "I don't know what happened. My right hand was in the air and my glove was going toward the base and I hit my jaw and scraped my left knee."
Jansen, who pitched a scoreless inning Thursday night, felt better after resting and watched five innings of the game from the dugout.
In other injury news, Marcus Thames participated in outfield drills and served as designated hitter in Friday's game with the Giants as his heel, irritated by new spikes, was improved, according to manager Don Mattingly. Thames said he has had plantar fasciitis in the past and believes he caught it this time before it became a serious problem.
Dodgers reassign Eveland to Minors camp
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Non-roster left-handed pitcher Dana Eveland, struggling with a strained left hamstring since the first drill of Spring Training, was reassigned to Minor League camp on Friday.
Eveland pitched for Pittsburgh and Toronto last year but spent the second half of the season at Triple-A. He has appeared in 95 Major League games dating to 2005.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.