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Casey Blake expected to return to the disabled list

Casey Blake
appears to be headed back to the 15-day disabled list.

Blake was admitted to a Miami-area hospital early Tuesday morning with a fever, confirming the Dodgers’ fears that his swollen left elbow is infected. Manager Don Mattingly said he was told by trainer Stan Conte that Blake could be sidelined for four weeks.

"It's one of those situations you can't play around with," Mattingly said.

Asked about how Blake's elbow would be treated, Mattingly said doctors might "open it up and flush it out."

Mattingly said he didn't know exactly what "open it up" entailed.

Blake didn't make himself available to reporters before the Dodgers' series finale against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday. He also forbade Conte from explaining the details of his infection.

If Blake is moved to the disabled list, Mattingly said he could be replaced on the active roster by Russ Mitchell, who hit .143 in 15 games as a September call-up last season. Mitchell is hitting .214 for triple-A Albuquerque.

-- Dylan Hernandez in Miami

Photo: Casey Blake. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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Blake hurt? I sure didn't see this coming...

I hate to say this folks, but he will probably be out longer then 4 weeks and probably at least 2-3 months. Fever and infection of joint are clear indicators of a staph infection. I have had several family members that have had staph infections. Given that it is at a joint, he will definitely be having surgery to clean it out and the antibiotic treatment will be for at least 2 weeks, assuming the first cocktail of antibiotics work. Then he is going to have to rehab the surgically repaired elbow which is going to be a major issue for his swing since it is his follow through arm. Looks like the Dodgers are going to be missing a major part of their auxiliary offense. I send all my best to Casey and his family.

what a totally messed-up organiza-shun, now w/3-4th's of the projected starting infield ailing (Furcal, Uribe & now Blake)...........

& only the light-hitting loonie-toon remains @ 1B, so seems totally logical that "duds" would recall no-hit/no-field Mitchell as the Blake-replacement???

maybe they can trade Lilly back to cubbies for DeWitt(less)????

Seriously? You can't call up someone hitting better than .214 in hitter-friendly ABQ?

Isotopes West!

mitchell on the way, dejesus & sands already here - ellis & troncoso on speed dial.

ely, elbert, monasterios, link, schlichting, redding, castro, lindsey, hoffmann - plus gibbons & oeltjen too for added depth; you just can't (and shouldn't) pay for quality such as this.

Truly, 'tis just a short step 'up' from AAA Albuquerque to AAAA lost angeles...

The Dodger way: 2 good months, 2 bad months, 2 months injured reserves, then call up a hitter batting weight.

didn't Sands play some third base in the spring games?

Ruus Mitchell is hitting .214 for triple-A Albuquerque. Do we have to call him up?

This is what Ned gets when he buys nothing but used cars - all the problems from the previous owner (not that anyone could foresee Blake's staph infection, but if it wasn't that now it'd be something else later.) Try buying new - it worked with Ethier.

mitchell just went into a slump today - he's down to .152 now but will be 'up' in la (too) soon enough...

;' (

I hope Blake gets better he's a good guy but this could be a blessing in disguise. Given this oppurtunity, DeJesus should get enough AB's to show whether he is the impact INF bat that i think he is.

Forget the Russ Mitchell idea. I say they need to call up Trayvon Robinson to get some starts in LF. You still have Gwynn & Thames to get some AB's in left, too.

Put Jerry Sands at 3B, and have Uribe play 2B (assuming he's healthy). You still have DeJesus and Miles as bench/role players, like they should be, and the OF defense is improved with Gwynn/Robinson out there.

For the AAA Isotopes, Trayvon Robinson is hitting .354/.425/.615 with 4 HR and 18 RBI. Oh, and he's in the middle of a 13 game hitting streak. Get him up here while he's hot!

Ned, send the trash (Blake and Bronxton) to NY for Eric Chavez..

Man, it looks like the old guard isn't holding up.


get well soon - we need you and so much more

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