04/30/12 8:00 PM ET
Mattingly says goodbye to McCourt
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Lindblom making most of time in bullpen
DENVER -- Josh Lindblom made the Opening Day roster only because of Ted Lilly's neck injury, but he's now become a key setup man in the Dodgers bullpen with the subsequent injury to Matt Guerrier.Lindblom has the third-lowest ERA in the National League at 0.66 and has appeared in half of the Dodgers' 22 games. Although his effectiveness is a continuation of his solid debut in the second half last year (2.73 ERA in 27 games), that wasn't enough to stop management from going the veteran route in the winter by signing free agents Todd Coffey and Jamey Wright with the anticipated losses of Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo. Although the sample size is small, Lindblom has shown dramatic improvement against left-handed hitters, who batted .370 against him in 27 at-bats last year and .158 in 19 at-bats this year. "He barely makes the club and ends up the long man, and now he's getting quality outs in the eighth after we lose Guerrier," said manager Don Mattingly. "He just attacks the zone. He gave up a home run the other night, and the next three guys he went right after them. He's pitching with confidence. He's a smart guy who can throw strikes. He follows a game plan. We know who to get people out, but you've got to get the ball there and he can."
Rivera ready to return to action
DENVER -- Juan Rivera was out of the Dodgers' lineup for a fifth consecutive game Monday night, but manager Don Mattingly said Rivera is almost completely healed from a slight hamstring strain.Rivera was injured running out an infield single on Tuesday night. "He's better and Sue [Falsone, trainer] said we can use him any way we want tonight," said Mattingly. "We've got more of the guy tonight, but we'll just be cautious. We'll see tomorrow, he could be full go." A likely return date could be Wednesday, as the Rockies will pitch left-hander Drew Pomeranz, and Rivera could start at first base for James Loney. Coors Field's spacious left field might be a tough assignment for an outfielder returning from a hamstring injury. Regardless of when he returns, Mattingly said Rivera's swing could be challenged from a week away from game-speed pitching. "Any time you miss extended days, you don't know how he'll swing the bat when he comes back," said Mattingly. "Especially early in the season, it seems it's harder. But we'll see."
Dodgers activate Coffey from disabled list
DENVER -- The Dodgers on Monday activated right-handed reliever Todd Coffey off the 15-day disabled list. They made room for Coffey's activation by optioning pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to Double-A Chattanooga after Sunday's game.Coffey, who has a 36.00 ERA, was disabled with what the club announced as right knee inflammation.
He pitched twice for Class A Rancho Cucamonga in an injury rehab assignment last week.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.