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Dodgers sign veteran reliever Daniel Hudson to minor-league deal

first_imgLiranzo, 23, has spent the past six seasons in the Atlanta Braves and Orioles systems including a 2014 season spent recovering from elbow surgery that involved inserting a screw to repair a fracture. He was 3-4 with a 4.85 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 65 innings over 31 games (including 12 starts) at Double-A last season. He has yet to pitch above the Double-A level.In order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Liranzo, the Dodgers moved right-hander Tom Koehler to the 60-day DL. Koehler suffered a shoulder injury during spring training.TURNER REHABDodgers third baseman Justin Turner has moved his rehab back to the team’s training complex in Glendale, Ariz., and could be cleared to pick up a bat in the next week.“A soft timeline on that, it was going to be three weeks after the initial injury that he would pick up a bat,” Roberts said.Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist two weeks ago Monday when he was hit by a pitch during a Cactus League game.WHO’S ON FIRST?Even though he was in the lineup as the starting center fielder on Monday, Joc Pederson worked out at first base during the Dodgers’ early workout. Pederson has worked out there on his own initiative a few times in the opening week and Roberts said it is on Pederson’s own initiative. Pederson has never played first base in the majors or minors – and don’t look for him there in a game any time soon.“In the near future? No,” Roberts said. “But I think it’s good for Joc to work on his footwork, his hands. That’s something that he detected himself and wanted to continue to improve his skill set, his versatility. To think he’s going to be in a major-league game soon? Probably not. But you never know at some point in the future and I applaud Joc for the work.”UP NEXTDodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 1.50 ERA) at Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (8-9, 3.37 ERA in 2017), 6:40 p.m., SportsNet LA The 31-year-old Hudson might have an upside story, but he already has a compelling story that includes two Tommy John surgeries. After the second surgery in 2012, he missed the entire 2013 season and pitched in just three big-league games in 2014. Primarily a starter in his first four seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks, Hudson moved to the bullpen after his second elbow surgery and emerged throwing harder. His fastball has averaged 95 mph since his return (compared to 93 mph as a starter) and he was a valuable piece of the Diamondbacks’ bullpen in 2015, posting a 3.86 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings.The next season wasn’t as good, but Hudson signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent following the 2016 season. He posted a 4.38 ERA in 71 appearances for the Pirates last season and was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Corey Dickerson in February. The Rays released Hudson near the end of spring training.“We’ve obviously seen him for years,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We liked him. We’re going to see where this takes us.”Hudson will go to extended spring training for now before being assigned to a minor-league team.At the same time, the Dodgers swapped minor-league pitchers with the Baltimore Orioles, sending left-hander Luis Ysla to the Orioles in exchange for right-hander Jesus Liranzo. PHOENIX — The search for optionality never stops.The Dodgers’ bullpen allowed just one run (Joe Panik’s home run off Kenley Jansen on Friday) and six hits in 11 innings over the four-game season-opening series with the San Francisco Giants. On Monday, they added a potential veteran option, signing right-hander Daniel Hudson to a minor-league contract.“We’re excited to add him to the mix,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “He’s got a big arm and we feel there’s a very compelling upside story.“We just think it’s a guy with real upside. We’ll work to tap into that and see where it goes.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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first_imgValencia Rarest of feats Re “Iraq war backers must admit our errors” (Viewpoint, March 18): Daily News Opinion Editor Chris Weinkopf performs that rarest of feats: revising his opinion in print. The re-examination of his views on the wisdom of invading Iraq, based on the tenets of his faith as well as strategic considerations, panders neither to the right nor the left – it just expresses his thoughts. It would be refreshing to see such openness not just in journalism, but in the government as well. – Doug Lasken Woodland Hills Section 8 housing Re “Housing program crumbles” (March 17): The article seems to imply greed on the part of landlords to evict Section 8 tenants. For many years, in spite of L.A.’s rent control, many apartment owners were eager to accept tenants on Section 8. But over at least the last few years, the escalating ineptness and nonresponsiveness of the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles has prevented units under Section 8 from even keeping up with rents allowed under the economically absurd rent-stabilization ordinance. If the city’s Housing Authority became competent and businesslike, many owners would again accept Section 8 tenants. – Victor N. Viereck Valley Village And other pet beliefs Re “Same old song” (Your Opinions, March 16): So now we have another proposal why those goofy scientists are pushing the theory of global warming: They’re doing it for the money. It’s not from concern for humanity; it’s simple greed. Michael Crichton, on the other hand, wrote his novel decrying the theory because he’s a humanitarian who wanted and got his invitation to the White House. Perhaps your readers could pool their resources, back a movie from Crichton’s book and slip in their other pet convictions: Evolution is a total fraud; there really were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003; Jesus is buried in James Cameron’s tomb. – Mary Black Winnetka Beatle letters The Beatle letter writers are really tripping. Calling them terrorists? Saying they opened eyes to the horrors of war and dirty politics? Claiming they bamboozled America? All hogwash, I say. I’m sorry if Larry Williams and others lost relevance, but fans made their own choices. The artists mentioned are wonderful. There’s room for them all. Obviously, the Beatles loved American rockers. The world is a better place if only for the listening pleasure the Fab Four gave so many, but they were about making music. Idolizing, attaching political-social importance and bitter jealousy are all silly. Get over it. It’s about the music! They rocked! – Kevin Fennell Canoga Park Read closely Re “This is the USA” (Your Opinions, March 16): Poor Salvador Gallegos didn’t understand my comments about Mariel Garza. I called her an opportunist – not greedy or a dictator. I took umbrage with her general statement that the American spirit has a tradition of exploiting every possible opportunity. I love my country and our Constitution, as well as the generous spirit of many Americans. If Gallegos had not jumped to conclusions, he would have understood my annoyance with Garza’s comments. Furthermore, I’m now annoyed with Gallegos for suggesting I’m a member of the club that wants to confiscate a successful hard-working person’s money. I happen to be a hard-working citizen who thinks Gallegos is unaware of what the neocons in the form of the Bush administration have done to our country. – Elaine Wernet Northridge As God intended Pat Knepley and Roger Olsen are dead right when they say that “Gore’s shrill propaganda” on global warming is “far from fact” and that we shouldn’t “buy what Al sold us” about it. I mean, isn’t Gore the nut who said that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal” and that “most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures … is greater than 90 percent, likely due to human greenhouse-gas concentrations?” What a load of – huh? He didn’t say that? Well who did? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? Whatever. I’m a right-winger. I don’t know how to look stuff up. (I get my facts from Rush and Bush, as God intended.) – Jeff Wolverton Los Angeles Money floats Re “Teachers OK 6 percent raise, decry glitch in payroll checks” (March 16 ): I have a question for that man who calls himself a mayor and who wants to run the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as for the buffoons on the school board: Why are you collecting your paychecks ahead of the 20,000 employees who are still waiting for theirs? What is wrong with the glitch in this picture? Personally, I recommend a trip for each of you that the taxpayers probably wouldn’t mind paying for: a hunting trip with Dick Cheney. – Debbie Gordon Woodland Hills Walter Reed hospital The fact that politicians and high-ranking military enjoy luxurious treatment and excellent medical attention on the top floor of Walter Reed Medical Center while, underneath them, on the lower floors, the true heroes and protectors of democracy suffer filth and shoddy medical care shows how our government treats its wounded veterans like dirt under the others’ feet. – Helen Logan-Tackett Fullerton Ruby the elephant I think there should be elephants in zoos. The 6- to 9-acre compound at the L.A. Zoo will be a much nicer place than the tiny pens that Ruby and Gita had, so why not allow a few to remain there “on view”? We “sacrifice” animals all the time for food and byproducts (sorry, vegetarians), and there are many people who abuse and misuse pets without punishment, so why not, for the sake of our children, allow a few of the gentle giants to reside in zoos? A cartoon drawing, a photo in a book and a written description will never compare with letting a young child stand next to a real live elephant for understanding and awe. Don’t let that experience be lost for the sakes of some radical animal-rights activists. – Jackie Houchin Sun Valley Support our troops No support when the generals said it would take more troops. No support when troops were reinforcing military vehicles. No support to keep towns and cities secure. No support for proper rehabilitation conditions. But billions and billions of U.S. support dollars to many foreign nations. – Ken Garrison Rosamond160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Education Revolution” (Our Opinions, March 16): Socioeconomics is the key word in education. For example: Some small districts, such as the Beverly Hills district, have excellent scores and graduation rates, but a small district in Compton is one of the worst-performing school districts in California. The same equation will apply if we compare districts such as San Marino and Lynwood, both small districts – one a top performer and the other one of the lowest performers. If we look at the Los Angeles Unified School District, some schools in the Porter Ranch area are among the top performers in the nation, while some schools in the South Central area are the lowest. Politicians and others who never expended any time in the ghettos of America are never going to get it. Schools are just as good as the neighborhoods where they stand. Socioeconomics is the key to education. – Federico Iches last_img read more

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