06/22/12 10:00 PM ET
Guerra's progress headlines LA's DL report
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Harang identifies mechanical flaw
ANAHEIM -- Aaron Harang believes he and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt figured out what led to his career-high eight walks Tuesday night in Oakland.Harang said game video revealed a mechanical flaw in the way he separates his hands at the beginning of his windup. "It's all about timing, and we worked on it in the bullpen yesterday," said Harang on Friday before the Dodgers opened a three-game set at Angel Stadium. "If I don't split my hands properly, my arm is late and my pitches are high, above the strike zone." Harang starts again in Sunday's Freeway Series finale.
Mattingly expects fewer mistakes
ANAHEIM -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had Dee Gordon out early with instructor Maury Wills on Friday working on bunting, one of several fundamental breakdowns the Dodgers experienced while being swept over three games in Oakland this week.But Mattingly emphasized that neither Wills' tutoring of the leadoff hitter, nor the extra batting practice taken by a handful of players afterward meant there was panic in the air after losing three straight (on eight total hits) and four of five. "Extra hitting on the road is nothing new for us, it's just routine," he said. "We're not going to change who we are. We are understanding that we'll go through stretches when we lose games here and there. I tell the guys we'll be patient with that as long as we're fighting and not lose our identity and play smart. "Some of the frustrations in Oakland were that they had too many easy innings, and we made too many mistakes on defense. We weren't executing. As a club, we can't afford to overcome a lot of mistakes. We've got to play mistake-free. We didn't do that, and we didn't deserve to win those games."
Hawksworth returns to mound
ANAHEIM -- Dodgers pitcher Blake Hawksworth, on the disabled list all season following two elbow operations, made his first game appearance on Friday night in a Minor League injury rehab assignment.Hawksworth allowed one run on one bunt single in one inning with two strikeouts for the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Hawksworth, who spent all last year with the Dodgers, underwent what should have been relatively minor arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Jan. 11 to remove a bone spur and scar tissue. But a post-surgical infection developed that required a second cleansing procedure and powerful antibiotics, setting back his recovery. The 28-year-old had a decent first season with the Dodgers after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Ryan Theriot. He went 3-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 49 appearances, with one stint on the DL with a strained groin muscle. Hawksworth served as a middle and long reliever for the Dodgers. Because he is out of options, the club could lose him if it attempts to outright Hawksworth to the Minor Leagues.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.