08/12/11 9:30 PM ET
Eovaldi will likely hit innings limit in near future
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
Eovaldi, who faced his childhood-favorite Houston Astros in his second big league start on Friday, has about 30-35 innings remaining before the team will move him out of the rotation. Mattingly said it's likely Eovaldi will be replaced by John Ely, who has already pitched in a couple of games for the Dodgers this season.
Eovaldi had thrown 108 innings entering Friday's start (103 with Double-A Chattanooga and five last Saturday in his debut) after pitching 98 1/3 innings in 2010. When Eovaldi approaches his limit, Mattingly said he'd prefer to move him to the bullpen instead of shutting him down all together.
"I don't like the thought of stopping a guy at a time during the year," Mattingly said. "There's experience to be gained out of the 'pen."
Eovaldi picked up his first big league win last Saturday, allowing two runs against the D-backs. In 20 games with Chattanooga, he went 6-5 with a 2.62 ERA.
Gordon placed on DL; Sellers called up
LOS ANGELES -- Before he got to experience the night he's been waiting for since he was a kid watching "The Sandlot," Justin Sellers had one more thing to take care of.
Having grown up in Huntington Beach, Sellers had to make sure he had enough tickets for friends and family -- mostly Dodgers fans -- to see him make his Major League debut.
"We'll have to figure something out," a smiling Sellers said about an hour before batting practice on Friday.
As expected, the Dodgers called up the 25-year-old shortstop to replace Dee Gordon, who was placed on the disabled list on Friday. Sellers, who hit eighth for the Dodgers on Friday night, batted .304 with 14 home runs for Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
"It's unbelievable. It's awesome," Sellers said. "Growing up in Huntington, Calif., watching them play, it's a great feeling."
Sellers said he is most comfortable playing shortstop, though he played plenty of second base with Albuquerque, as well, and could see action there with the Dodgers. He added he can play third base and outfield, but manager Don Mattingly said he plans to use Sellers in the middle of the infield.
Sellers, who played college ball at Cal State Fullerton and was a sixth-round selection by the Oakland A's in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, was told Wednesday he'd be in Dodger Blue on Friday. With the off-day Thursday, the Dodgers waited until Friday afternoon to make official the roster move corresponding to Gordon's injury.
"I got out of that office, I went to my jeans, found my phone, called my dad, of course, told him what was going on," Sellers said. "He was very happy for me, of course. I called my fiancee, and she started crying."
From the little bit he saw of Sellers in Spring Training, Mattingly said he's excited to see what he brings to the big league club. And while he knows there will be nerves, Mattingly said he's not concerned about Sellers' mindset.
"I like him just because he's not afraid," Mattingly said. "I know he's not gonna be scared. He's gonna make some mistakes, but I know he'll be OK. I like the way he plays."
As for Gordon, Mattingly said he's not too concerned about him missing more time than necessary, as he fully expects Gordon to return as soon as the 15 days are up.
"He's been up a little bit already, and he'll be healthy for the rest of the season [after the DL]," Mattingly said. "So he's gonna get plenty of at-bats. It's not disappointing, because I feel like he's gonna get plenty of time. But, still, you don't want anyone to get hurt."
Gordon injured his right shoulder while diving to make a tag in a rundown on Saturday, and re-aggravated it on a swing Tuesday. He had an MRI on Wednesday that showed only a shoulder contusion, and Mattingly said the stint on the DL was mostly precautionary.
Fifty children from UYA attend Dodgers game
LOS ANGELES -- Fifty children from the Urban Youth Academy participated in a baseball experience they won't soon forget on Friday evening.
For Friday's Dodgers-Astros game, transportation, tickets and a chance to meet with players on the field were provided to the underprivileged children as a part of "Buses for Baseball," a program administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.
Before the game, the children, who stood and watched batting practice from behind home plate, got autographs and talked with a few players. During the game, they were scheduled to be provided with souvenirs and free food and drinks.
The children were personal guests of Dodgers infielder Jamey Carroll and several other players.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.