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Dodgers web musings: Clayton Kershaw is looking serious

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Good news: Clayton Kershaw is apparently feeling challenged by his own success.

In a video, Buster Olney takes a look at Clayton Kershaw’s off-season regimen for the “Baseball Tonight” crew.

The reigning National League Cy Young winner told Olney:

“I feel like I have to go more over the top than ever because people are having these expectations that I’m going to come in and not be ready to go, so more so than ever I’m motivated to be ready to go.”

Also on the web:

-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick previews the Dodgers heading into spring, saying they “look to improve upon last year's 82-79 record by loading up on pitching, improved defense and hope.”

-- Jon Garland lives. He’s signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

-- Kevin Goldstein has his annual list of the top 101 prospects for Baseball Prospectus. Sadly, only one Dodger makes the list: Zach Lee at No. 70.

-- Mike Petriello at Mike Scoioscia's Tragic Illness thinks the rest of the National League’s first basemen may have dumbed down to James Loney territory.

-- Roberto Baly at Vin Scully Is My Homeboy looks at how the Dodgers roster was built.

-- Scott Andes at Lasorda’s Lair is worried what new ownership might mean for Dodger Stadium.

-- Eric Stephen, this time at SB Nation Los Angeles, on Tommy Lasorda being honored with a statue in the Dominican Republic.

-- In a video, Dodger Thoughts’ Jon Weisman reveals his own strigent off-season conditioning regimen.

-- The Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker looks at the comeback attempt of Hong-Chin Kuo, who says: "It has to come from inside me.''

-- Tip to Weisman: Alex Bleth at Bronx Bomber takes a long look at new Yankee right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.

-- Bryan Painter at The Oklahoman profiles new Dodgers assistant trainer Greg Harrel (includes video interview).

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-- By Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch against the Angels during an interleague game at Anaheim Stadium last season. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times / July 2, 2011

Dodgers have most free agents, four days of exclusivity to re-sign

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The clock is now ticking on the exclusive window for teams to re-sign their free agents.

The Dodgers, with 10 free agents -– the most in baseball, have until 9 p.m. Wednesday before the players are free to also negotiate with other teams.

The four-day exclusive period for a team to re-sign its free agents began Saturday night.

Of the Dodgers’ 10 free agents, only one –- catcher Rod Barajas -– is thought to project as a Type B free agent, which could provide a team a supplemental draft pick if the Dodgers offer arbitration.

Of course, what the Dodgers can do financially is the great unknown. The team remains tied up in bankruptcy court. The team and Major League Baseball are reportedly working on a settlement. Their trial is currently scheduled to start Nov. 29.

Barajas, 36, earned $3.25 million last season with a one-year contract. The Dodgers are looking at going young behind the plate and not expected to offer him arbitration.

The Dodgers’ other free agents are: infielders Casey Blake, Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles, pitchers Jonathan Broxton, Jon Garland, Hiroki Kuroda, Mike MacDougal and Vicente Padilla, and outfielder Juan Rivera.

Any could return, but it’s hard to have a firm offseason plan when ownership and a true budget is uncertain.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Outfielder Juan Rivera connects for a two-run double in a Dodgers victory over the Pirates in September. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

Dodgers decline options on Casey Blake, Jon Garland

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It might be hard to remember now, what with all the kids the Dodgers called up from the minors last season, but they actually began the year a fairly old club.

Older players tend to get injured more frequently than their youthful counterparts, which is pretty much what happened and led to the stampede of youth.

But on Tuesday the Dodgers got a tad younger, severing ties with two veterans when they declined options on third baseman Casey Blake and right-hander Jon Garland.

Both moves were totally expected and necessary. Both players spent the bulk of last season on the disabled list, both underwent surgery and both face uncertain futures. At least not the kind where a team is willing to guarantee Blake $6 million next year and Garland $8 million.

It cost the Dodgers $1.25 million to opt out of Blake’s contract, and $500,000 to opt out on Garland.

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Was that a last chance to bid adieu to half the Dodgers?

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So did you wave goodbye? Blow a few kisses, you know, just in case.

Bid a fond farewell to the nine Dodgers who can become free agents at the end of the season? The five Dodgers who are arbitration eligible and could be non-tendered? The two whom the Dodgers hold options on that they’re not expected to pick up?

That’s almost half of the 38 Dodgers currently in uniform or on the disabled list. Some will be back; some won’t. But which, and in what roles?

The free agent list: Aaron Miles, Jamey Carroll, Rod Barajas, Juan Rivera, Hiroki Kuroda, Vicente Padilla, Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo and Mike MacDougal.

The arbitration five: James Loney, Tony Gwynn Jr., Eugenio Velez, Blake Hawksworth and Dana Eveland.

The options not expected to be picked up: Casey Blake and Jon Garland.

That’s a lot of moving parts. For sure, several appeared on the field at Dodger Stadium for the last time Thursday in the Dodgers’ final home game of the season.

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Dodgers' Jon Garland has surgery

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Jon Garland (pictured above) underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Monday, the Dodgers announced.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache cleaned up Garland's labrum, bursa and rotator cuff. ElAttrache also reinforced the rotator cuff.

Garland will start physical therapy later this week. His recovery is expected to take six months.

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-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Jon Garland to undergo surgery; done for the season

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jon Garland. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Jon Garland won't pitch again this season.

The Dodgers' fifth starter is scheduled to undergo a season-ending shoulder operation next week. Trainer Stan Conte said Garland's recovery is expected to take six months.

"The fact that he couldn't progress in his throwing program gave us no choice," Conte said.

Garland was 1-5 with a 4.33 earned-run average in nine starts. He last pitched on June 1.

The Dodgers knew that they were taking a risk when they signed Garland over the winter, which is why his contract was guaranteed for only one season at $5 million. The deal includes a team option for next year, which the team is expected to decline.

Garland's injury opened the door for hard-throwing rookie Rubby De La Rosa, who has given up four runs in 14 innings over his last two starts.

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-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jon Garland. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Say it ain't so: Now even starting pitching is letting Dodgers down

Photo: Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley during a 6-5 loss in Colorado to the Rockies on June 10. Credit: Jack Dempsey / Associated Press No, not that. Not the last vestige of team respectability. The one thing that is supposed to be a Dodgers’ strength.

So sorry, right now, it’s true. In addition to their woeful hitting and cover-the-eyes bullpen, now the Dodgers must add -- lousy starting pitching.

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There are only so many struggling elements to the game that one team can squeeze into a season, though the Dodgers keep trying to add to their unattractive resume.

From the very beginning of the season, starting pitching was the one area in which the Dodgers had confidence. Their rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly and Jon Garland was expected to give them a chance to win every night.

Early on, they were pretty much as solid as advertised. Since June rolled around, though, they have been going in the wrong direction. And not coincidentally, so has the team.

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Rafael Furcal expected back in 25-30 days, plus other Dodgers injury updates

Top prospect Dee Gordon is starting at shortstop and batting leadoff for the Dodgers on Tuesday, something he could be doing for the next month.

Manager Don Mattingly said Rafael Furcal, whom Gordon is replacing, isn’t expected back for 25-30 days. Furcal received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his strained side muscle.

Sidelined pitchers Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland are facing more uncertain recoveries. Mattingly said the Dodgers don’t have a timetable for either of them. Padilla underwent an MRI exam on Monday, which showed inflammation in a disk in his neck. A similar problem sidelined him for the final month of last season.

Sidelined relievers Hong-Chih Kuo and Kenley Jansen will both be pitching in minor-league games on Thursday, Kuo with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Jansen with Double-A Chattanooga.

The decision for Kuo to pitch was made by the left-hander himself. Kuo is on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder.

Jonathan Broxton threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw another on Thursday.

-- Dylan Hernandez in Philadelphia


Running down the Dodgers' second team on the DL

Hong-chih-kuo_300 Here’s an overview of the 10 -- count ’em, 10! --  Dodgers currently starting their new squad on the disabled list, and any factors possibly related to their status.

Will leave connecting any dots up to you.

-- Jonathan Broxton: Bone spur, bruise on left elbow, first time on DL. Listed at 300 pounds.

-- Rafael Furcal: Left oblique injury sends him back to the DL for sixth time as a Dodger and second time this season. He is 33.

-- Jon Garland: Also his second stint, this time with an inflamed shoulder. During the off-season, said teams shied away from long-term contract offer because of MRI exam on shoulder. He is 31.

-- Hector Gimenez: Forget about him? Had knee surgery after appearing in just four games. He is listed as 28.

-- Blake Hawksworth: Hip impingement has him on DL for first time in career. Expected back next week, though was originally expected back last week. He is also 28.

-- Kenley Jansen: Inflamed right shoulder. He’s just 23, but converted catcher only in his second full season as a pitcher. Have to wonder about arm strength.

-- Hong-Chih Kuo: Sadly, after four elbow operations, the DL is his second home. This time he’s out indefinitely with anxiety disorder. Turns 30 next month. Is throwing at Phoenix camp.

-- Vicente Padilla: On for the second time this season, this time with a sore forearm following surgery last spring. Padilla, 33, was scheduled to come off Friday, but remained on with the same neck pain that plagued him last season. Has been on the DL 10 times in his career.

-- Marcus Thames: Has a quad strain, but expected back next week. He is 34.

-- Juan Uribe: Strained left hip flexor. Uribe, 32, is expected to be activated Monday.

Previously on the DL were Casey Blake (37), Jay Gibbons (34) and Dioner Navarro (27). The Dodgers have used the DL 18 times in 58 games.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Former All-Star reliever Hong-Chih Kuo delivers a pitch against the Giants in the eighth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium in early April. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

Rafael Furcal, Jon Garland officially placed on the disabled list

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Rafael Furcal and Jon Garland were officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. Furcal suffered a strained side muscle in the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Garland has shoulder inflammation.

The Dodgers summoned infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. and pitcher John Ely from triple-A Albuquerque to take their places on the active roster.

Not counting minor-league rehabilitation assignments, nine of the 25 players on the Dodgers' active roster have played for Triple-A Albuquerque or Double-A Chattanooga this season.

The Dodgers now have 10 players on the disabled list.

-- Dylan Hernandez in Cincinnati

Photo: Dodgers players Rafael Furcal, left, and Jon Garland. Credit: Associated Press and Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire

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