07/06/11 12:35 AM ET
Shoulder surgery to end Garland's season
By Ken Gurnick and AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
Trainer Stan Conte said doctors will perform a cleanup at the least, as MRIs have long indicated that the 31-year-old Garland has been pitching with labrum and rotator cuff damage that would be expected from a pitcher with 2,083 Major League innings. Garland has been on the disabled list since June 2, having made nine starts and gone 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA.
Conte said Dr. Neal ElAttrache indicated a six-month recovery is expected, unless more serious damage is found. Garland also had a second opinion by Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum. Conte wouldn't speculate if the surgery was career-threatening, although that always could be the case for a pitcher.
"Shoulder surgery for a Major League pitcher is serious stuff," said Conte. "He tried rest and therapy and couldn't progress without pain. That gave us no choice. Jon has had a great career staying off the DL, but there's a lot of mileage on that shoulder."
The Dodgers signed Garland for $5 million to be their fifth starter and an innings-eater, as he'd been throughout a 12-year career. But they couldn't have been totally blindsided by the injury, as the contract they gave him included a 2012 option for $8 million that would vest if he threw 190 innings and was not on the disabled list in September with an injury to his right arm.
The Dodgers already have lost reliever Vicente Padilla for the season to neck surgery. Garland's place in the rotation has been taken by rookie Rubby De La Rosa.
Miles day to day after getting hit on elbow
LOS ANGELES -- Aaron Miles' first time batting third since 2003 really couldn't have gone much worse.
The Dodgers' second baseman was removed from Tuesday's game vs. the Mets before the seventh inning after being hit by a pitch in the right elbow two frames earlier. He suffered a contusion and is listed as day to day.
Miles, batting third in place of Andre Ethier, who was under the weather, was 0-for-2 before he reached on the hit-by-pitch.
He slowly walked to first, grimacing in pain, but he remained in the game to run the bases and played another inning before being replaced by Jamey Carroll.
The National League's top hitter in June, Miles has been one of the hottest Dodgers recently, hitting .320 this season.
High fever sidelines Final Vote hopeful Ethier
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier, one of five National League candidates for the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint, was feeling under the weather and wasn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets.
Ethier came to the park with a migraine Monday but played through it. After returning home Monday night, Ethier called Dodgers trainers around 1 a.m. PT. He told manager Don Mattingly he still wasn't feeling well Tuesday morning, prompting the manager to remove him from the lineup.
"His temperature's up," said Mattingly, who put Trent Oeltjen in right field. "So by the end of the day, they're gonna get him some fluids and hopefully he'll be able to pinch hit."
Mattingly used Aaron Miles in the third spot Tuesday, marking the second time in his career he has hit there. The first time he did so was on the last day of the 2003 season, and Mattingly said Miles told him he thought it was a joke at the time.
This time, with Ethier out of the lineup and Miles one of the hottest hitters in the league during the last month, he knew it wasn't.
"I've been swinging the bat pretty well, and we've got our big guy out of there tonight," Miles said. "You want to keep [Matt] Kemp in the four-hole and [Juan] Uribe and [James] Loney behind that, so stick me in there for a day. Hopefully it works out."
Miles went 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch on the right elbow in the fifth inning, forcing him to leave two innings later.
Mattingly said he didn't want to reshuffle the lineup much or move Kemp out of the cleanup spot, where he has been so successful this season.
Miles seemed the obvious choice, Mattingly said, after he led the NL in batting average during June and started July hitting .500 in four games. He hit his first homer of the season against Minnesota last week and drilled two balls to very deep left Monday.
"I don't think it's the power," Miles kidded. "I'm more of a Terry Pendleton third hitter."
Miles was 1-for-4 with an RBI double off Jose Lima when he hit third in 2003.
Hitting in front of Kemp, just like when he hits in front of Ethier in the two-hole, is a prospect that always excites Miles.
"Those guys are dangerous and a guy like me, of course, they're gonna give me pitches to hit," Miles said.
Scoring change helps Gordon steal history
LOS ANGELES -- Dee Gordon is so fast that he made Dodgers history Tuesday, even though he's back in the Minor Leagues.
With a change in scoring from Friday night's Dodgers-Angels game, Gordon became the first Dodger in 83 years to be credited with steals of second, third and home in the same inning, according to Elias, MLB's official statistician.
Gordon, sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, reached first base in the seventh inning on a fielder's choice, then stole second base. Tony Gwynn walked and while Casey Blake was at-bat, Angels catcher Hank Conger made a pickoff throw to first base trying for Gwynn. On the throw, Gordon took off for third base and beat first baseman Mark Trumbo's throw.
Official scorer Ed Munson originally ruled that Gordon took third on the pickoff throw and it was scored a fielder's choice. But Munson later conferred with Elias, which changed the scoring to a stolen base on Tuesday.
Shortly after reaching third, Gordon was credited with a delayed steal of home when Gwynn took off for second and eluded a tag by second baseman Howard Kendrick, allowing Gordon to score.
The last Dodger with a basestealing cycle was Harvey Hendrick in 1928. The last Major Leaguer to do it was Jayson Werth for the Phillies in 2009 (against the Dodgers).
Gordon added another historical footnote Tuesday, stealing two bases for Albuquerque, essentially giving him stolen bases in the Major Leagues and Minor Leagues on the same day.
Dodgers hope Barajas can rehab before break
LOS ANGELES -- Catcher Rod Barajas' sprained ankle may be healing slower than the Dodgers had initially thought, but it is healing.
"He's running well, he's better blocking balls, but he's not perfect yet," trainer Stan Conte said. "We're not totally disappointed with his progress. He's really doing pretty well."
Conte said Barajas would have a normal day Tuesday before attempting more blocking drills on Wednesday. He was hopeful for Barajas to be on a rehab assignment in the near future. Manager Don Mattingly said he wants that to come before the All-Star break.
Barajas, who injured his ankle tracking down a wild pitch on June 18, is hitting .220 with eight homers this season.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter and AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.