04/11/2013 3:33 AM ET
Capuano adjusting to role in Dodgers bullpen
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Of the three displaced Dodgers starting pitchers, management concluded early on that Chris Capuano would best handle a move to the bullpen, and so far he has.
It was only one appearance Tuesday, but Capuano was perfect in an inning on nine days of rest in what was his regular-season debut. He acknowledged that his mental approach is just as important to handling the new role as physical demands like quick warmups and unpredictable usage.
"I don't like wasting mental energy," he said. "It takes a lot for me to plan each day to handle this role, to stay sharp and strong, so when I do get the opportunity, I can perform. So there's where my focus is."
Thus Capuano's focus isn't on the apparent insult of being demoted after a 12-win season as a starter. With free agency on the horizon, he hasn't asked for a trade or brooded in the clubhouse. He's been a team player.
"I face what I can control," he said. "I want to be a good teammate, first and foremost. For me, if I can't directly control something, I put it out of my mind and focus on what I can control. I understand the situation right now. I love my team and my teammates. The guys in the rotation are phenomenal. This is where I fit right now."
But as Capuano made the walk down the steps from the new elevated bullpen in left-center at Petco Park to the center-field entrance when he was called on Tuesday, he realized how his role has changed.
"There's a long walk down those stairs in your spikes, and you go slow and that was foreign, a strange feeling in a lot of ways," he said. "But as soon as they opened the gate and I stepped on the field, for me that's the place where I want to be. I was back in a comfort zone.
"When the phone rang and they said it was me, there was that instant adrenaline, and that helps get you warmed up. The bullpen has helped me lock in my focus, even though it's only two appearances [nine days earlier in the Freeway Series]. It forces you to get locked in fast."
Lilly goes six innings in Triple-A rehab start
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers lefty Ted Lilly pitched six innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque Wednesday night.
With the Isotopes committing three errors behind him, Lilly was charged with six runs (five earned) on eight hits (one homer) with one walk and five strikeouts. He made 90 pitches.
Lilly, who began the season on the disabled list, also made a rehab start last week with Class A Rancho Cucamonga and threw 77 pitches.
Coming off last year's shoulder surgery, Lilly has needed the extra preparation time because he lacked the arm strength to start in the Major Leagues after a Spring Training in which he missed a start with the flu and had another rained out.
Mattingly mulling changes to jump-start lineup
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the club's sputtering offense has him considering shuffling the batting order.
"I always think about it," he said. "I really want the guys up front getting on base, and that's happening. Adrian's [Gonzalez] hitting well and Andre [Ethier] has it going on. Matt [Kemp] in the middle is kind of scuffling."
Carl Crawford at leadoff is batting .458, Mark Ellis hitting second is at .348, Gonzalez is batting .435 and Ethier is hitting .318. But Kemp is at .120 with two RBIs, one on a sacrifice fly.
"I really don't want to mess with the guys in the middle," Mattingly said. "I could mess around with three and four [Kemp and Gonzalez], flip-flop back and forth, but I don't like to do that. I've thought a little more with guys like Cruzer [Luis Cruz, 0-for-17] and those guys."
Mattingly said he read Kemp's quotes of frustration after Tuesday's game.
"He's had games where he's not so good and games when a few of his at-bats are good. He's been in and out," said Mattingly. "I know he's pressing. It's natural he wants to do his thing."
Pair of Dodgers games moved to alternate channels
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers games against the Padres on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. PT and the D-backs on Friday night at 6:40 p.m. PT have been moved off Prime Ticket and FOX Sports West to alternate channels because of scheduling conflicts.
Both games will be made available to all cable, satellite and Telco Video providers in the Los Angeles market that currently carry Dodgers games on Prime Ticket.
"Dodgers Live" pregame and postgame shows will be seen prior to and immediately following game coverage on these Prime Ticket alternate channels.
For further channel information, visit dodgers.com/prime.
AT&T U-Verse: Channel 696 and 1696 (HD)
Cox Santa Barbara: Channel 8
Cox Orange County: Channel 3
Cox Las Vegas: Channel 96
Cox Palos Verdes: Channel 3
DirecTV: Channels 689, 689-1 (HD)
Dish April 10: Channels 449, 9519 (HD)
Dish April 12: Channels 441, 9579 (HD)
Time Warner Cable Los Angeles: Channel HD 700
Time Warner Cable Desert Cities, Yucca, Banning: Channel HD 590
Time Warner Cable Barstow: Channel HD 671
Oceanic Time Warner Cable: Channel 260, 1260 (HD)
Verizon: Channel 1
• Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig was removed in the top of the fourth inning of Wednesday night's Double-A Chattanooga game for making a mental mistake, according to a baseball source. He is not injured.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.