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Tim Redding not expecting to be sidelined

Tim-redding_300 A day after he was removed from a game because of back pain, fifth-starter candidate Tim Redding said he was able to throw without any discomfort.

Redding said he expected to throw a bullpen session Sunday, as was previously scheduled.

Redding said he started feeling pain in the lower-right area of his back in the second inning of the Dodgers' 6-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. He left the game in the fourth inning.

John Ely, the Dodgers' other fifth-starter candidate, was optioned to minor-league camp, where it will be easier for him to remain on a starter's schedule. The Dodgers don't need a fifth starter until April 12.

In other news, the Dodgers reassigned Eugenio Velez to minor-league camp and granted Ron Mahay his release.

The Dodgers' lineup Saturday versus the San Diego Padres in Peoria:

Rafael Furcal SS
Xavier Paul LF
Andre Ethier RF
Matt Kemp CF
James Loney 1B
Juan Uribe 3B
Rod Barajas C
Jamey Carroll 2B
Clayton Kershaw SP

-- Dylan Hernandez, reporting from Phoenix

Photo: Tim Redding delivers a pitch Friday against the Diamondbacks. Credit: Chris Morrison / US Presswire

 
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So much for mediocrity taking a holiday.

This Japan Relief effort is becoming an quite embarrassment to the Dodgers and Kuroda. The Dodgers have always spearheaded their connection to Japan as a PR device. Kuroda "donated" $50k to Japan relief. Now it is revealed that the $50 K was earmarked in his contract already for ThinkCure. Kuroda earns nearly $13 million per year. The Dodgers spun it into a PR thing as they always do but now that Dice K has donated $1 million and Ichiro has donated $1 million, Kuroda is starting to look like a miser. Even Arod has donated $1 million and he has no dog in the hunt in terms of heritage and roots. Steve, can you ask the Dodgers about this. Many of us would like to know what gives.

Ramirez donates $1 million for quake relief

Wednesday 23rd March, 05:09 AM JST

My mistake. Apparently it is ARam not Arod that donated $1 million to Japan relief. Even more impressive! Go ARam!

TOKYO —

Yomiuri Giants outfielder Alex Ramirez has pledged $1 million to support earthquake relief efforts in Japan, his club said Tuesday.

The two-time Central League MVP will also donate medical supplies through a doctor friend.

In a related move, the Giants players’ union has decided to collect donations around Suidobashi railway station in Tokyo on Wednesday night. A total of 15 players are scheduled to take part.


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