Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford are taking selfies on a plane, pic via @Dodgers on twitter - by way of Hanley's Instagram.
- This is not a surprise. Via Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports, "Exit strategy for NBA, Donald Sterling: Sell Clippers to Magic Johnson."
The Dodgers group is serious about owning an NBA team, and the league knows it. Together, they arranged for Johnson and the Guggenheim Partners to purchase the WNBA's cash-strapped Los Angeles Sparks in February. The league office needed someone to spare it the embarrassment of the WNBA's flagship franchise folding, and Magic and Guggenheim bailed it out. This hadn't been born out of a sense of benevolence, but rather a pragmatic move to deeper ingratiate themselves with the NBA.
- Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "Dee Gordon rolls with the changes."
“ ‘Just go do it,’ “ Gordon remembers telling himself. “We’ve got Hanley Ramirez as our shortstop. The team just needs me to get in there some type of way. I was down for whatever they want me to do, because I just want to be in there and help as much as I can. I don’t think people thought it was going to go over as well as it has, to be totally honest.”
- 2014 Bowman Baseball cards come out on Wednesday. Chris Olds at Beckett.com shares a bunch of preview pics; including the Yasiel Puig card on the right.
- Via Bernie Pleskoff at MLB.com, "Lee close to being able to contribute in Majors."
It is impressive that Lee has enough maturity and mound presence to be able to use any pitch in his arsenal with confidence. He knows how to sequence pitches very well and won't let a hitter find a comfort zone in the batter's box. He isn't afraid to use any of his pitches at any point in the count, changing the eye level of the hitter and keeping the hitter guessing, In short, Lee is continuing to master the art and nuances of pitching rather than just throwing.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Kershaw headed to Chattanooga for rehab start."
Clayton Kershaw will make his second rehab start on Wednesday, for Double-A Chattanooga, the club announced Monday.
- Via Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest, "Julio Urias’ shoulder hurting, but it isn’t serious."
Of all the types shoulder injuries he could have sustained, this one seems like the least serious. There isn’t any structural damage (as far as we know), and it was the result of a bicep injury. His arm is fine.
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