Belisario Returns, Kershaw Starts Suspension and Some Link Catch-Ups

Where to start.

First off, there’s been a ton of trade rumors popping up around the Dodgers, as both buyers and sellers. Turns out the Dodgers are no longer interested in Scott Downs, but Ken Rosenthal tweeted last night the Dodgers, Giants and Padres are interested in Scott Podsednik. C/O Memories of Kevin Malone:

NL West teams are bombarding the Royals with interest in Scott Podsednik, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Rosenthal suggests the Giants, Padres and Dodgers could be fits. The Giants and Padres have been linked to outfielders for weeks now and Dodgers GM Ned Colletti recently said he wants to add outfield depth.

Oh dear.

-Most importantly, i’m announcing that I think i’ll be doing a daily updated trade rumor thread until the deadline passes. Feel free to check in regularly or contribute. 😀

-Update: Confirmation on Scott Podsednik rumor.

I tweeted last night that this sounds like BS and even though it’s been confirmed, it still sounds more like teams are kicking the tires. Pods isn’t anything more than a bench player for any of those teams. It makes even less sense for the Dodgers, who have a great offensive outfield, a great spot outfielder in Xavier Paul and a great bench outfielder in Reed Johnson. They even have a great off-the-bench baserunner in Jamey Carroll. Acquiring Pods would also mean getting rid of Garrett Anderson and if the team hasn’t done that by now, they won’t. Don’t trust anything that comes out of any GM’s mouth.

I also just realized how white the Dodgers are. And how often I’ve been praising the white players.

Next, Ronald Belisario has returned from who knows where. And it appears he was in an alcohol program?

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who has been on Major League Baseball’s restricted list since July 7, has resumed workouts at Dodger Stadium, according to the team, though no timetable has been set for his return to the active roster.

The Dodgers offered no further comment. Belisario hasn’t pitched for the team since July 5, when he threw shutout ball over a career-high three innings against Florida. Players can be kept on the restricted list for a maximum of 30 days, meaning that Belisario has until approximately Aug. 6 before the Dodgers make a decision on him.

After a 2009 rookie season in which he posted a 2.04 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings, Belisario opened the 2010 season on the restricted list following visa problems that detained his arrival in the States from his native Venezuela. He made his season debut April 21, and after performing inconsistently through the end of May, had a 1.45 ERA from June 1 on. For the year, Belisario has a 3.79 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.

Belisario was arrested for driving under the influence in June 2009 and subsequently pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Well that’s good to know. I hope he really came out of that better. The bullpen could really use him if he can perform at an average level.

Clayton Kershaw has started his suspension as of today.

Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to have the lefty drop the appeal of his five-game suspension, which he will serve this week, postponing Kershaw’s next start until Sunday in San Francisco.

Kershaw was suspended for hitting Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand with the first pitch of the seventh inning July 20, after both teams had been issued warnings earlier in the game. Dodgers manager Joe Torre and coach Bob Schaefer served one-game suspensions related to the game last week.

This lines up Kershaw to pitch against Stephen Strasburg on Aug. 6 (h/t to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA).

Speaking of TBLA, Michael White posted a series preview for the series against the Padres, which starts today.

Starting Pitching for our Series:

Game 1: Jon Garland will take the hill for the Padres against Mr. Complete Game Chad Billingsley. Understandably, Garland couldn’t continue to carry his insane sub 2 ERA like he had when the Dodgers last visited Petco, but he still has an ERA outperforming his x-FIP. His ERA on the year is 3.61 compared to an x-FIP of 4.44.

Game 2: Clayton Richard is a LHP who came to San Diego last season in the Jake Peavy trade. Richard has better numbers than Garland, as his ERA is only outperforming his x-FIP by a margin of 3.57 to 4.00. Pretty solid numbers for the lefty.

Game 3: Mat Latos is back from injury and will make the start against Vicente Padilla on Thursday. Latos was drafted by San Diego in 2006 and has been very impressive in his professional career so far. The 22 year old enters the series with a 2.48 ERA and an x-FIP of 3.49.

It’s gonna be a good series. I imagine if the Dodgers lose all three games, it could knock them into “sellers” at the deadline.

I also think I’ve said on here that trading Andre Ethier probably wouldn’t be a bad idea, if they got something worthwhile out of it. Ethier is awesome and is under contract through next year and has another year of arbitration after that. It’d be interesting to see what they got in return for him.

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