09/16/11 2:19 AM ET
Tolleson, Van Slyke given Minor League awards
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
The right-handed Tolleson went a combined 7-2 with 25 saves and a 1.17 ERA in 57 relief appearances with Single-A Great Lakes, Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga this season.
A 2010 30th-round Draft pick, Tolleson needed Tommy John elbow surgery in March 2006. A starting pitcher at Baylor University, the Dodgers moved him to the bullpen last year where he excelled, posting an 8-3 record with a 1.01 ERA, 144 strikeouts and 23 walks in 98 innings.
The right-handed-hitting Van Slyke won the Double-A Southern League batting title with a .348 average in 130 games with Chattanooga, and was the MVP of the Southern League Midseason All-Star Game. A 2005 14th-round pick, Van Slyke is the son of former Major League Andy Van Slyke. A late bloomer in his seventh professional season, the Dodgers must protect him or risk losing him in the Rule 5 Draft in December.
Tolleson and Van Slyke will be honored in an on-field ceremony prior to Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Dodgers believe Kershaw won't be suspended
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are confident that Clayton Kershaw's Wednesday night ejection for hitting Arizona outfielder Gerardo Parra's elbow with a pitch won't result in a suspension.
"As far as I know, I'm pitching Tuesday," said Kershaw, who had not heard from the office of MLB executive vice president Joe Torre, Kershaw's former manager whose office handles discipline.
Kershaw, who won his 19th game despite the sixth-inning ejection, has two more starts to become the Dodgers' first 20-game winner since 1990.
Manager Don Mattingly, who was also ejected for arguing the play with plate umpire Bill Welke, said he believed the umpire demonstrated a quick trigger because of the incident the night before, when Parra showed up Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo after homering off him, and Kershaw screamed at Parra from the dugout.
"I think, in my mind, the reason [Welke] jumped the gun, it was almost like he anticipated trouble," said Mattingly. "It's over. I'm sure something minor will come out of it, but I'm sure nothing major. I don't plan on it being a big deal. You look at the video. There should be no effect on Clayton's next start.
"[Joe] is going to be fair. I'm confident from the standpoint that he understands the game. He'll watch the video and see what's going on. He won't be favorable to us or Clayton. It's a baseball guy in there, somebody around the game as long as Joe, someone involved in the game a long time and knows what's going on."
Although Torre spoke to Mattingly by phone on Wednesday afternoon, there was no warning issued by umpires before or during Wednesday night's game.
"We kind of got a little bit [of a warning] on the phone call, but when [coach Tim Wallach] went up to the plate [to exchange lineup cards], I wondered if there would be an official warning," said Mattingly. "There wasn't. That made [the ejection] even more surprising."
Broxton suffers setback, likely done for season
LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Broxton apparently has had another setback after testing his elbow off a mound on Monday, according to manager Don Mattingly.
Broxton, sidelined since May 4 with a bruised elbow, now is likely to be shut down for the remaining two weeks of the season, having pitched only 12 2/3 innings in his free-agent season. His rehabilitation has been plagued by setbacks to his elbow and a sore back.
With the uncertainty over his health, and the emergence of Javy Guerra and Kenley Jansen in late-inning relief roles, the departure of Broxton and his $7 million salary is virtually assured.
"It's really tough," Mattingly said when asked how the club can evaluate Broxton for next season. "We haven't seen him pitch in a long time. I don't even know how to answer it. Everything is unknown. Can he bounce back without this bothering him? I'm sure he doesn't know either."
The two-time All-Star, who had 58 saves over 2009 and 2010, went 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA and seven saves this year.
Broxton joins Casey Blake (neck surgery), Rubby De La Rosa (elbow surgery), Jon Garland (shoulder surgery), Andre Ethier (knee surgery), Vicente Padilla (neck surgery) and Juan Uribe (sports hernia surgery) with season-ending injuries. It is not believed that Broxton needs surgery.
Ethier, who had minor right knee surgery on Wednesday, was at the ballpark on Thursday to begin his rehabilitation program, which will continue next week at his Arizona home.
MRI reveals no serious neck injury for Kuroda
LOS ANGELES -- An MRI on the neck of Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda on Thursday revealed no serious injury, and he is expected to make his scheduled start on Friday night against the Pirates.
Kuroda has had neck issues over the past three seasons and has received treatment over the past two weeks, although he has insisted the condition isn't nearly as bad as it was last season, when he was forced to miss several starts.
Kuroda has thrown 183 innings and needs seven more innings to earn a $175,000 bonus. If he completes 10 more innings after that, he will net a $200,000 bonus.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.