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MLB Notes: Lasorda supports beleaguered Mattingly
By QMI Agency


Former manager Tommy Lasorda watches the Los Angeles Dodgers work out from a golf cart during spring training at the team's facility in Glendale, Ariz., February 18, 2013. (REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso)

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda threw his support behind Don Mattingly following the team’s 13-20 start to the season.

Mattingly, in the final year of his contract as Dodgers manager, is facing increasing media pressure in L.A. to turn the team’s season around.

“It bothers me, because Don’s not that kind of guy,” Lasorda told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “He wouldn’t be talking about his contract. If he did, it would be privately. He’s done a hell of a job with the team, and the players think the world of him. They’re just not putting out. They’re not playing up to their capabilities, and consequently, the manager has to suffer the brunt of it.”

Lasorda, 85, is a special assistant to the chairman of the Dodgers and said he speaks with Mattingly frequently.

“I know what he’s going through,” Lasorda said. “You just hope that this team starts winning. I knew before the season, if we were going to win 100 games, there were 62 games when I was going to be the most miserable SOB on the planet.”


GRIENKE HOPES TO RETURN SOON

Injured Dodgers starter Zack Greinke is close to returning.

Grienke broke his collarbone when San Diego Padres batter Carlos Quentin charged him after being hit by a pitch during a game on April 12.

The Dodgers ace made a rehab start Friday night for single-A Rancho Cucamonga and is targeting a return to the mound by Wednesday at the earliest.

Greinke was originally expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

RED SOX CLOSER OUT FOR SEASON

The news was not good for Joel Hanrahan.

The Boston Red Sox closer, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday, will have surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right arm and will be out six to nine months.

“Initially I thought there might be a decision to make (between rehab and surgery) but after talking to (Dr. James Andrews) he took one look at my arm, touched it, said there really wasn’t a decision,” Hanrahan told ESPN Boston.

Red Sox manager John Farrell doesn’t expect Hanrahan to have Tommy John surgery at this time, but the full extent of the damage will not be known until he is examined further.

Hanrahan may have pitched his final game with the Red Sox as he signed a one-year, $7 million contract in the off-season.






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