Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe returns to lineup after missing 30 games

first_imgWhile Forsythe was on the DL, Taylor emerged as a surprising contributor offensively. He hit .333 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 29 games and has been working out in the outfield with Dodgers coach George Lombard to give Roberts another option for getting Taylor into the lineup. The experiment started in spring training and Taylor looked out of place in the outfield during Cactus League action. Taylor also played the outfield in three games for Triple-A Oklahoma City before his promotion and Roberts said he sees improvement.“I think we’re past the point of just an emergency situation,” Roberts said. “I keep my eye on him out there and he’s working hard to get reads. The lines to the baseball are getting much better. He’s getting more comfortable. The training wheels are coming off, so we’ll probably see him in the outfield shortly.”Toles surgeryDodgers outfielder Andrew Toles underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee Tuesday. Toles suffered the injury on May 9 in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Surgery was not scheduled immediately in order to allow swelling to subside in the injured area.The procedure was performed by Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and will sideline Toles for the remainder of the season. Toles batted .271 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 31 games before the injury.AlsoReliever Josh Ravin was returned to Triple-A Oklahoma City in order to clear a roster spot for Forsythe to come off the DL.Tuesday was the first of seven games in the next 10 days between the Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It is also the first of 16 consecutive and 19 of 22 against teams with winning records.Going into this stretch, the Dodgers were 8-11 against teams currently over .500, 18-8 against teams under .500.“We’re looking forward to it,” Roberts said of the challenging schedule. “But for us, it’s more about how we play.” LOS ANGELES >> If he hadn’t injured his toe, Logan Forsythe probably would have played through his hamstring issues. And if he didn’t have those hamstring issues, he probably would have returned from the toe injury sooner.The combination, however, kept Forsythe on the sidelines for 30 games before he was activated from the DL on Tuesday and returned to the Dodgers’ lineup for the first time since April 18.“I’m just happy to be back,” Forsythe said. “The toe thing was unfortunate. It was just one of those injuries that’s out of your control. It’s part of the game, but it’s tough because you work hard to stay on the field, and things like that can take you off it.”Forsythe said he felt some tightness in his hamstring the day before being hit by a pitch in the big toe of his right foot. He would have tried playing through the hamstring issue but a hairline fracture in the toe made that unnecessary. The early prognosis was that he could return from the toe fracture in two weeks. But he had to shut down a rehab assignment when the hamstring tightness flared up. On the bright side, it gave his toe more time to heal. But, it delayed his return by another two weeks. “Yeah. I think the hamstring was just going to be a day-to-day thing,” Forsythe said. “I just think it got away from us a little bit. With the down time and then trying to get back up and do things, we just never really nipped it in the bud.”After getting off to a .229 start in his first 10 games as a Dodger, Forsythe was 5 for his last 9 with a double before getting injured.“It’s unfortunate when you go down and you kind of feel like you’re finding your swing and you’re finding the groove of things,” he said. “But it’s a long season. That feeling will come back.”Forsythe went to the DL as the Dodgers’ primary second baseman. He returns as their temporary third baseman. With Justin Turner on the DL, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it will be a three-way rotation among Forsythe, Chase Utley and Chris Taylor at second and third base. Utley will only play second base and only against right-handed pitching. Forsythe will “ease” back into every-day play at third base for the time being. Taylor will be the swing man between both positions.“I’m just happy to be back and contributing,” said Forsythe, who played third base in college and early in his career with the San Diego Padres. “If that means moving around for awhile, I’m all in.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Scott Hamilton Will Celebrate 30th Year Anniversary of Olympic Gold in Sarajevo

first_imgScott Hamilton, the creator of the show ‘Stars on Ice’ and the winner of the gold medal in figure skating at the Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, will celebrate tomorrow the 30 years since his success at the Games.‘’I have been blessed more than I could have dreamed’’, he said. ‘’Skating made all of that possible. To represent the USA at the Games seemed impossible. To have a four-year winning series seemed impossible. I achieved the maximum during the Games in Sarajevo’’.Hamilton arrived to Sarajevo in 1984 as the favorite and he felt huge pressure before the start of the competition. He kept it all to himself, avoiding to talk about the chances of him winning, unless he really had to.‘’I knew that some people think that I would have lost had I not won the gold medal. I had to ignore all of that. I had to focus on my performance and to take the gold. That was the only important thing’’, said Hamilton.This legendary ice skater won the gold medal in Sarajevo in front of his biggest opponent, the Canadian Brian Orser.Recalling Sarajevo after the war, Hamilton said that for him there is only one Sarajevo that exists-the city where he skated in.‘’Maybe you would think: this cannot be the same place any longer when there was so much violence and death. I simply could not accept such a thing when I think about the city that held the Games. It was a place where everything was festive, positive and open, for all competitors, as well as all visitors. It was all one big celebration’’, said Hamilton.‘’To see Sarajevo on TV, during the war years, was something my mind could not accept. To me, Sarajevo should be the Sarajevo in 1984’’, said Hamilton.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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