08/30/11 8:33 PM ET
Dodgers' broadcast team intact for 2012
By A.J. Cassavell / MLB.com
In a press release, the club announced the entire eight-man broadcast team will return for next season.
On the radio, Rick Monday enters his 19th season behind the mic with the Dodgers' supporting play-by-play man Charley Steiner, who will be in his eighth season calling games for Los Angeles.
Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yñiguez return behind the mic to help Jarrin call the games in Spanish. For Valenzuela, the former Cy Young and 20-game winner with the Dodgers, it's his ninth season calling games, while Yñiguez will step to the mic for his 15th year.
Former Dodger Steve Lyons and play-by-play man Eric Collins, who fill in for Scully for road games in cities outside the National League West, also return for their eighth and fourth seasons, respectively, with the club.
Eovaldi eager to finish on high note
LOS ANGELES -- Nathan Eovaldi knows his time as a starter for the Dodgers this season is winding down.
The 21-year-old rookie righty will likely be making his final start of the 2011 campaign on Saturday before he moves to the bullpen, as he fast approaches his innings limit.
"You always try to end it on a good note," Eovaldi said. "I don't want any of my outings to be terrible, but you want to go out on a good note."
As for who will take Eovaldi's spot in the rotation and also start Thursday's makeup game in Pittsburgh, manager Don Mattingly reiterated that the team had made a decision, but isn't yet ready to announce it. That announcement will likely come on Wednesday.
The starter could be Dana Eveland, who has been TripleA Albuquerque's most effective starter this season. He is 12-8 with a 4.38 ERA, and has tossed two complete games.
Even if Eovaldi struggles, he could get another crack at ending the starting phase of his year on a high note. Mattingly said Eovaldi might get another start if he struggles early on Saturday.
Once Eovaldi does move to the 'pen, Mattingly said he plans to use him "sparingly."
"We'll keep the guys with the roles we've been doing," Mattingly said. "We're not gonna change anybody's role to try to see what we can do. It's really for Nate to be able to continue the season, be able to work and to be able to get out there a little bit without adding a bunch of innings."
Eovaldi said the biggest thing he'll work on when he goes to the bullpen is limiting his pitch count, which was a problem in a loss to the Rockies Sunday.
Mattingly, who says he's never a fan of just shutting down a pitcher altogether, wants to see Eovaldi continue working against Major League hitters.
"This scenario allows us to keep getting him out in competition," Mattingly. "He'll continue to work through his bullpens and all that, but also really put no undue wear and tear [on his arm], in terms of the arm and the number of innings."
Eovaldi was on an innings limit only one other time during his 2009 season with Class-A Great Lakes. But he finished the season on target with the limit, and the organization didn't have to adjust. Eovaldi hasn't pitched consistently out of the bullpen since high school.
"It's a completely different game, coming out of the 'pen than starting," Eovaldi said. "You're coming in, and right away, the game is on the line.
Dodgers' Arizona Fall League players announced
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced the nine Minor Leaguers who will participate in the Arizona Fall League this season. Eight of them will play for their affiliate, the Salt River Rafters; the ninth, Rancho Cucamonga's Angelo Songco, will play for the Surprise Saguaros.
Four pitchers and four position players were selected to the Rafters, who play their home games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
The pitchers, all from Double-A Chattanooga, are Steve Ames, Stephen Fife, Cole St. Clair and Josh Wall.
They will be joined by three teammates, catcher Gorman Erickson, shortstop Jake Lemmerman and outfielder Alex Castellanos. Kyle Russell, a left-handed-hitting outfielder who plays with Triple-A Albuquerque, will be on the team's taxi squad.
As a member of the Saguaros' taxi squad, Songco, like Russell, will only be able to play Wednesday and Saturday games.
The Fall League, an offseason league run by Major League Baseball, will begin its 2011 season shortly after the World Series ends. Each team selects a handful of players to place on the Fall League teams, each of which are affiliated with more than one big league club.
The Rafters are also affiliated with the Astros, D-backs, Rockies and Tigers.
Gordon to return to lineup in Pittsburgh
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon, out since Aug. 9 with a bruised right shoulder, will make his final rehab appearance with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday. As expected, he will return to the lineup on Thursday in Pittsburgh, manager Don Mattingly said.
The speedy rookie will play seven innings in tonight's rehab game before returning to Los Angeles. He'll be with the team, but not on the active roster, for Wednesday's matinee against the Padres.
After Gordon's off-day on Wednesday, he'll be activated, and because Thursday is also the day rosters expand, the Dodgers won't have to make a corresponding move to free up space.
In his two rehab games so far, Gordon is 0-for-6 with a walk and a run scored. He injured his shoulder diving to make a tag in a rundown, but wasn't placed on the disabled list until he aggravated the injury while swinging the bat a few days later.
A.J. Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.