06/01/11 7:41 AM ET
Mattingly encouraged by first year on job
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
But when asked just how much blame he takes from the Dodgers' 25-30 record, 5 1/2 games out of first place in the National League West entering Tuesday's action, Mattingly seemed satisfied with the job he has done so far.
"I feel OK," Mattingly said. "There's always things during the game where you think, 'I should've done this, I should do that, should've bunted here,' but those are always things you look back at and look at it realistically and evaluate it from a baseball standpoint."
In his first season as manager, Mattingly said there is no mistake he hasn't learned from.
He said he often thinks about what he could or should have done after losses, sometimes waking up in the middle of the night and wondering.
But ultimately, he takes the same approach to managing as he did to playing: With enough tireless preparation, everything will fall into place, and there will be little to regret.
Dodgers hope to have Padilla for road trip
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Vicente Padilla, out since May 13 with a right forearm injury, made his second rehab appearance Tuesday, throwing two scoreless innings without allowing a baserunner for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
If all goes according to plan, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he is hoping to have Padilla back as soon as Friday in Cincinnati for the first game of a 10-game road trip.
Padilla has a 4.15 ERA in nine appearances this season with three saves. He also threw two scoreless innings Sunday for Rancho Cucamonga.
Another injured reliever, closer Jonathan Broxton, will be making the trip, but only to work with the team, throwing from the mound and eventually throwing a few bullpen sessions.
"It seems like he's pain free as far as the elbow," Mattingly said. "Now it's just a matter of him trying to strengthen."
Broxton threw on flat ground Tuesday before batting practice and said he felt he was progressing well.
The Dodgers have placed five relievers on the disabled list in May. There has been little continuity in the bullpen, with injuries setting it back every time it began to seem set.
As for a couple injured position players, Mattingly said he's hoping to have infielder Juan Uribe for the Philadelphia series (June 6-8), and he'd like to get outfielder Marcus Thames a lot of at-bats in Triple-A Albuquerque to make sure his strained right quadriceps is 100 percent.
Playing it safe, Dodgers give Furcal rest
LOS ANGELES -- The way the Dodgers are hitting these days, it seems like no one in the lineup needs a night off. During the past two games, the Dodgers have put up 15 runs on 26 hits, including a season-high 17 Sunday.
Through it all, manager Don Mattingly said shortstop Rafael Furcal has been the catalyst.
So it would seem odd that after Furcal went 7-for-13 with a homer in his last three games, Mattingly would sit his leadoff man.
But that's not how Mattingly sees it. He has a very logical reason for doing so.
"The more he hits, the more he's on base, the more he's running, he's sliding," Mattingly said. "I think he becomes more susceptible when he's doing that. There's gonna be days where you just gotta give him a day."
Tuesday was one of those days, Mattingly said, to make sure Furcal won't regress after returning from a stint on the disabled list with a broken thumb.
With a 10-game road trip looming, Mattingly plans to play Furcal on Wednesday before Thursday's off-day.
"He'll probably have to play in a big portion of [the road trip], and I have to keep him healthy," Mattingly said.
Also in the lineup Tuesday was catcher Dioner Navarro instead of the usual starter Rod Barajas. Mattingly said he likes the way Navarro has hit from the left side of the plate. With Navarro becoming more comfortable with the Dodgers' pitching staff, Mattingly said he would like to give Navarro more time behind the plate.
Gwynn visits son, says he's doing 'good'
LOS ANGELES -- Tony Gwynn remembers chaperoning his son around Major League stadiums during his playing days with the San Diego Padres.
Now, as the father of a big leaguer, he gets to experience the other side.
Gwynn stopped by Dodger Stadium to chat with his son, Tony Jr., an outfielder for Los Angeles prior to the Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Before his father arrived, Gwynn Jr. had to alert security to make sure his father, a eight-time batting champ, wouldn't have any problems getting to the clubhouse.
"In the last three or four years, now they don't know who I am," Gwynn Sr. said. "So it's kind of cool to be on the other end of that."
Gwynn was asked if he enjoyed seeing his son in his old profession, and his response was quick.
"Absolutely," Gwynn said. "I'm very proud of him."
Gwynn Sr., who revealed he has cancer in a salivary gland seven months ago, told the Associated Press, "I'm doing good. I plan on being around here for a while."
The Hall of Famer underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatment after announcing his condition in October. On Thursday, he wrapped up his ninth season as head coach of San Diego State, where he led the Aztecs to an overall record of 22-36 this year.
Gwynn Sr. grew up in Long Beach and said Dodger Stadium holds a special place in his heart. He recalled going to games as a kid with his father and brother, Chris, who played for the Dodgers from 1987-91 and 1994-95.
Walking into the stadium, he said, "brought back some memories."
Gwynn couldn't stay long, however. He checked in with his son, who wasn't in Tuesday's starting lineup, before heading to Long Beach to visit his mother.
Dodgers look at dates for Pittsburgh makeup
LOS ANGELES -- There has been no makeup date announced for the May 12 rainout in Pittsburgh, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, but there has been talk of when the two clubs will meet in the Steel City.
The two days Mattingly mentioned were July 14, the Thursday after the All-Star Game, and Sept. 1, when the two teams both have an off-day. He added that it's the players who may ultimately make the decision whether to cut their All-Star break short or travel across the country a day early for a road trip.
The possibility of playing a doubleheader when Pittsburgh comes to Dodger Stadium in mid-September was discussed but eventually dismissed because of an unfair home-field advantage.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.