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Dodgers Notes: Scully, La Russa, Stow, Loney, Gordon

The latest news and notes on the Trolley Dodgers:

  • Jim Peltz of the LA Times reports that Vin Scully will cut down on his travel a bit more this season, no longer travelling to Colorado to cover games. Scully, who is in his 63rd year as Dodgers broadcaster, will still cover all home games and road games in California (Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, Anaheim) and Arizona.
  • Tony La Russa could be in line to be a Dodgers executive under the incoming ownership, speculates Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. La Russa has reportedly been approached by ownership bid finalist Steve Cohen about taking up an undisclosed executive position with the team if Cohen wins the bid.
  • The Dodgers have withdrawn their request to dismiss the claim of Bryan Stow, the Giants fan critically injured in the Dodger Stadium parking lot following a game last year, reports Bill Shaikin of the LA Times. Shaikin writes that the withdrawal removes the "last major legal hurdle" in selling the team, Stow now able to continue his case once the Dodgers emerge from bankruptcy.
  • Is James Loney a future home run champion? Dave Fleming at Bill James Online speculates that the career path of slugger Ted Kluszewski may indicate big things for the up-to-now underwhelming first baseman's power numbers.
  • Buster Olney takes a look (ESPN Insider required) at the All-Star potential of young shortstop Dee Gordon. Several around the league believe his speed and attention to detail will make him a perennial All-Star.
  • Infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. strained his left oblique in the seventh inning of a 3-3 tie yesterday afternoon, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. The club believes the injury to be mild and an MRI will be taken on Monday. DeJesus Jr. joins fellow infielder Jerry Hairston and relievers Blake Hawksworthand Matt Guerrier as Dodgers on the mend.