08/31/11 8:16 PM ET
Dodgers opt to hold on to Carroll
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
Carroll was pursued by the Braves off waivers, but Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the offer was far too low to consider trading the veteran middle infielder.
And that was just fine with Carroll.
"It's win-win, regardless," Carroll said. "If you go, you have that chance, and if you don't, you're in the big leagues playing baseball with a team that you signed with.
The toughest part, Carroll said, came in the days leading up to the Dodgers' decision, where he was unaware of his immediate future.
"The not knowing is not fun," Carroll said. "Whenever you don't have control of a situation, it's always unnerving. But at the same time, you have the understanding that it's a part of it, and you deal with it the best you can."
Knowing a deal was being discussed, Carroll sat down with his wife Tuesday night to discuss what would happen if indeed he were traded. He said the situation was far tougher on his family than on him.
Ultimately, he said he's glad to remain with the Dodgers.
"It's the team that I signed with and wanted to be a part of in the first place," Carroll said. "So any time you go through a season, the idea in mind is to finish it there. Hopefully, it's a good ending."
But it's an ending that will almost certainly come without a playoff appearance, and when he was asked if he would have liked the chance to play in October, his response was simple.
"Everybody does," he said.
Eveland gets call to start makeup game
LOS ANGELES -- Left-hander Dana Eveland will start Thursday's game for the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly confirmed after Wednesday's game.
Eveland was informed of the decision early Wednesday and will make his first start of the season for the Dodgers against Pittsburgh, after a solid season with Triple-A Albuquerque.
Though he scuffled a bit in August, Eveland was the Isotopes' most reliable pitcher, going 12-8 with a 4.38 ERA and two complete games.
The 27-year-old last made an appearance at the big league level as a reliever for the Pirates last June. His last start came at PNC Park on June 7, 2010. Eveland has pitched for six teams before in his six seasons in the Major Leagues.
The Dodgers had made the decision a few days ago, but waited until Wednesday to let Eveland know. On Wednesday afternoon Eveland flew to Pittsburgh, where he will meet up with the team.
With rosters expanding Thursday, Mattingly acknowledged there will likely be a couple other roster moves. Shorstop Dee Gordon, out since Aug. 9 with a bruised shoulder, will be activated from the disabled list, and Mattingly said the team could also add another infielder.
That would likely be utility man Russ Mitchell, who had three hits, including a homer, in 26 at-bats with the team in May.
Jansen in midst of incredible relief run
LOS ANGELES -- Since coming off his first disabled list stint on June 18, Kenley Jansen has been more than just impressive. He's been downright dominant.
Jansen, who hasn't allowed a run or an extra-base hit since his return, has tossed 19 straight scoreless innings while striking out 29 hitters.
With a scoreless frame on Tuesday, the rookie righty added a reliever no-hitter to his list of impressive feats. The last 29 hitters Jansen has faced are a combined 0-for-26 with three walks, and one of those walks was erased on a double play. The last hit Jansen gave up was an eighth-inning single to Kelly Johnson in a July 17 loss at Arizona.
"To be honest, I just try to stay away from my stats," Jansen said. "The goal is to keep focused, sometimes you'll watch your stats and lose focus. Yeah, I hear it, but I just try to keep doing it."
Jansen spent some time on the disabled list at the beginning of August after suffering an irregular heartbeat, but he was able to complete all of his typical work while on blood thinners. However, he couldn't pitch against live hitters.
"You're not gonna be 100 percent right away, because even when you rehab, you're going to pitch against Minor League hitters," Jansen said. "But when you come back up it's the bigger crowd, the big league hitters, and it just feels different."
Jansen's recent dominance has been especially refreshing given his struggles early in the season. Before his first DL stint, Jansen's ERA had ballooned to 6.43. It has since dropped to 3.38.
"The season, when it started, was kind of awful for me this year," Jansen said. "So what I tried to do was be like, 'You know, it's not how you start, it's how you're gonna end.' All I'm trying to do is to keep being aggressive and try to finish strong."
Lindblom recalled; Gordon set to return
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers added a pitcher to their roster Wednesday, but it wasn't Thursday's starter.
Manager Don Mattingly chose not to reveal his plans for Thursday's game in Pittsburgh, saying the team will wait to make an announcement. In the meantime, the team recalled reliever Josh Lindblom from Double-A Chattanooga and placed Matt Guerrier on paternity leave with his wife expected to give birth Wednesday.
Lindblom, who impressed in his time with the club earlier in the season (the right-hander compiled a 2.29 ERA over 19 2/3 innings), will remain with the Dodgers for the rest of the season with rosters expanding Thursday. Mattingly said he expects additional callups before Thursday's game.
The Dodgers have already come to a decision as to who will start Thursday's game, but the club would prefer to wait to inform the media and player. Mattingly said the team had either already informed the player by game time Wednesday, or it would inform him shortly thereafter.
It could be Dana Eveland, who is 12-8 with a 4.38 ERA with Triple-A Albuquerque. The left-hander has been the Isotopes' most effective starter throughout this season, tossing two complete games.
The only hint Mattingly gave Wednesday was when he said "not Loney," referring to first baseman James Loney, his pitcher in case of an extreme emergency in the bullpen.
As for Lindblom, who caught a red-eye flight to arrive in time for Wednesday's game, Mattingly said he was available to pitch in the finale against the Padres, which was the first of three games in three days in three different cities for Los Angeles.
Arriving a few minutes before Lindblom, another familiar face was back in the Dodger clubhouse. Shortstop Dee Gordon returned from his rehab stint with Class A Rancho Cucamonga and will be activated Thursday.
Gordon, who has missed three weeks with a bruised shoulder, went 3-for-5 with three runs and two stolen bases in his final rehab game after being held hitless over his first two.
Dodgers detail 'Social September' event
LOS ANGELES -- On Wednesday, the Dodgers announced the details of "Social September," a month-long event focused on connecting with fans through social media.
During the final Dodgers homestand, fans will be able to ask certain players questions on Twitter during the games, and the players will answer those questions once the game ends. For the first seven games of the upcoming road trip, fans will be able to do the same thing with Dodgers announcers and have their questions answered on the TV broadcasts.
The team will also offer its fans the opportunity to vote for walk-up songs on Facebook and to see their tweets with the #SocialSept hashtag on the outfield scoreboard.
The Dodgers will give away prizes for the promotion, including a meet-and-greet with Fernando Valenzuela, a visit with Tommy Lasorda and a chance to play catch on the field.
After switching to @dodgers on Twitter at the conclusion of last season, the club has more than doubled its followers to nearly 70,000.
Jerry Mickelsen, a Dodgers ticket salesman for 51 years, threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. Mickelsen began selling tickets to games in the Dodgers' final year playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He now staffs a will call window at Dodger Stadium.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Mickelsen also worked in the front office for the of the Los Angeles Rams for 27 years, until they left L.A. in 1994.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.