03/18/12 1:47 AM ET
De Jesus to miss time with oblique strain
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
De Jesus said he felt tightness on two swings of the at-bat, and he pulled himself with a two-strike count. Lance Zawadzki finished the at-bat with a groundout.
"It sounded OK," manager Don Mattingly said of the examination report. "I don't know how they know one way or the other, but that's what they said. He'll need at least a few days and he can get an MRI Monday and we'll know a lot more. He's been playing great."
Passed by Justin Sellers on the depth chart and blocked by the offseason signings of free agents Jerry Hairston Jr. and Adam Kennedy, De Jesus nonetheless had made an impression this spring defensively and offensively, including a three-hit game Thursday.
Ethier continues to rope extra-base hits
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Despite a first-game defeat to the Rockies on Saturday, there was more good news for the Dodgers from right fielder Andre Ethier and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.
Ethier continued to look fully healed from September knee surgery, lacing a pair of doubles. He's hitting .474 this Spring, with eight of his nine hits going for extra bases.
"The ball down the left-field line is a really good sign for me," said manager Don Mattingly. "He's using the whole field. Whatever happened last year -- the knee, the ankle, the finger -- he's good enough to make adjustments and continue to look okay. But you forget how good he was when he's squared away. I'm hoping this is it. He looks really good right now."
So does Eovaldi. Although he knows the starting rotation appears full, and he's likely to open the season in the Minor Leagues, Eovaldi said it hasn't changed his approach.
"I'm just trying to show them I'm ready and prepared when the time comes," said Eovaldi, who made an impressive debut last year. "I'll keep fighting for a spot and see what happens. This is almost better for me. It just makes me work harder."
Eovaldi went only three innings because he got into jams in the second and third innings. But he was also able to get out of them without allowing a run.
"The best thing today, he was able to get out of jams," said catcher A.J. Ellis. "He got Troy Tulowitzki with a changeup -- that's a good hitter in a big situation."
With another split-squad doubleheader next week, Mattingly said Eovaldi will continue pitching in big-league games, perhaps right through the Freeway Series leading up to Opening Day.
Scully to skip Denver trips this season
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Calling it "no big earth-shattering" news, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully on Saturday night confirmed he will not broadcast Dodgers games played in Colorado this season.
"I'm just cutting back a little more on traveling," said the 84-year-old Scully, embarking on his 63rd season at the microphone for the Dodgers.
"I was telling [owner] Frank McCourt a few years ago, I'd like to disappear like a Cheshire cat, where the only thing left is a smile."
Scully will broadcast more than 100 games this season, the Dodgers announced in a release earlier in the day. For roughly the last decade, Scully has not traveled east of Colorado with the team.
He is in Arizona to broadcast the two weekend games, or what he termed "batting practice for me."
"The last game I did was Sept. 28," he said. "All these players have to practice a month to get ready. I wanted to do a couple just to get the feel of it."
In addition to Saturday night's game, Scully will broadcast Sunday's game and Freeway Series games against the Angels before the April 5 opener in San Diego.
He also said the unsettled ownership situation, in his opinion, doesn't impact the team's play.
"Things that happen in the front office, I don't believe, have any effect on the players or on us," he said. "It's like on a ship, we're shoveling coal, and the big discussion is up above with the captain. I don't see any effect.
"I do think the team finished up the last one-third of last season 41-25 and if they can come up with two-thirds of a season like that, in this division, they can be very highly competitive. The only difference perhaps with a new ownership, [they] won't be as hard-pressed for money with the bankruptcy and maybe help Ned Colletti later on. He hasn't had as much to work with."
Left quad injury bothering Hairston
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston felt tightness in his left quad and manager Don Mattingly said he was leaning toward holding him out of both Saturday split-squad games.
"Sue [Falsone, head athletic trainer] didn't think it was anything serious," said Mattingly. "I'm leaning toward being cautious. I don't want to push it to the point of him missing three or four days."
Mattingly said reliever Matt Guerrier reported continued improvement in his lower back injury. Guerrier continues to play catch on flat ground and it's not clear if he will be ready for Opening Day, although he said he expects to be back on a mound within a week.
Mattingly also said he hasn't made any changes to the work schedule because of bad weather approaching the Phoenix area.
"We can't worry too much," he said. "If it comes, it comes and we'll adjust on the fly. It's not going to kill anybody if we miss a day. We've got the cages. We can hit and throw in there."
Dodgers announce 2012 broadcast schedule
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On Saturday, the Dodgers announced their broadcast schedule, featuring Hall of Famers Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin returning for their 63rd and 54th seasons, respectively.
Scully, 84, will call more than 100 games for the Dodgers this year, including all televised Dodger home games and road telecasts in California and Arizona, but not Colorado. The first three innings of each of the games Scully calls will be simulcast on the radio. Scully's 62 years of service constitute the longest tenure of any broadcaster in sports history.
Jarrin will call all games, home and away.
Two-thirds of the games will be on television on PRIME TICKET, and one-third on KCAL 9. National and regional telecasts on FOX and ESPN complete the schedule. On the radio, games will be live on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles, in its first year as the Dodgers flagship station, and in Spanish on Univision Radio's KTNQ 1020.
Steve Lyons (eighth season) and Eric Collins (fourth season) will call road games on television that Scully does not do. Rick Monday (19th season) and Charlie Steiner (eighth season) will broadcast all games on English-language radio. Jarrin will be joined on Spanish-language broadcasts by Pepe Yantildeiguez (14th season) and legendary former pitcher Fernando Valenzuela (10th season).
"Dodgers Live" pre- and post-game shows at home and on the road on PRIME TICKET will be hosted by Patrick O'Neal and Lyons. KCAL 9's Dodgers gameday coverage will include the station's THINK BLUE TV pre-game show with sports anchor Gary Miller and former Dodger Eric Karros. Post-game DodgerTalk on AM 570 will be hosted by former Major League manager Kevin Kennedy and David Vassegh.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.