Notes: More bad news for Izturis?
Shortstop fears severe injury to sore elbow
LOS ANGELES -- Cesar Izturis' dream season has deteriorated into a nightmare.
Izturis went into a offensive slump in early June, suffered a hamstring injury that prevented him from playing in the All-Star Game and sent him to the disabled list, was disabled a second time two weeks ago for a lower back sprain and now has a sore right elbow.
The club was awaiting results of an MRI taken earlier Tuesday, but Izturis said he was somewhat concerned.
"I've had soreness and stiffness before, but this time it hurts," said Izturis, who suspected that 11 days of rest for the back condition contributed to the pain he experienced when he resumed throwing last Friday. "They said there's swelling everywhere. I can't straighten my arm. It was bad Friday and got worse every day. Everything is happening to me this year. I don't know why."
Hochevar update: Negotiations between the club and its unsigned top draft pick, Tennessee pitcher Luke Hochevar, are on hold. Dodgers scouting director Logan White would not comment on industry speculation that Hochevar nearly reached a contract agreement last week and had considered a change in advisors.
"We're in a wait-and-see mode, and that's all I'll say," said White.
Hochevar did not attend class last week, an indication that he wanted to continue negotiations and not re-enter the draft next year. Hochevar was seeking a signing bonus of $4 million. The club had offered a reported $2.3 million, but the rumored agreement last week would have been for closer to $3 million.
Injury recap: Disabled outfielder Milton Bradley is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left knee on Wednesday, performed in Cincinnati by Reds physician Tim Kremchek.
Ricky Ledee was limited to pinch-hitting duty after receiving a third cortisone injection in his injured hamstring on Monday night.
Wilson Alvarez will again test his left shoulder in a bullpen session on Wednesday or Thursday.
Disabled outfielder J.D. Drew has begun taking live batting practice, but he is still experiencing stiffness and soreness. The club should know in the next few days if Drew can return this season or will be shut down entirely.
Disabled starter Odalis Perez continues to play catch, extending to 100 feet, but there's no timetable for his return.
Hurricane relief: Prior to Wednesday's game, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, the Dodgers will be one of 15 home teams that will "pass the hat" to collect donations from fans for the Red Cross' efforts on behalf of victims of Hurricane Katrina. Major League Baseball will match the total collected at all the ballparks up to $1 million.
Players will wear a Red Cross patch, emblematic of the relief effort, while the Red Cross logo and a telephone number to call in donations will appear on the side of the bases. The hurricane relief efforts by MLB coincide with its annual celebration of Roberto Clemente Day, which honors the Pittsburgh Pirates' Hall of Famer, who was killed in a plane crash in December 1972, while on his way to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
The Dodgers ticket office is currently accepting donations by either cash or check on behalf of the American Red Cross and will continue doing so throughout the week. By logging on to www.dodgers.com and going to the "Hurricane Relief Information" link, fans can also make online donations to a number of different relief efforts including: The American Red Cross, Americares, America's Second Harvest, Plan USA, The Salvation Army and the United Way of the New Orleans area.
Minor League All-Stars: Shortstop Joel Guzman and catcher Russell Martin were named to the Double-A Southern League season-end All-Star team. Second baseman Travis Denker was named to the Class A Florida State League All-Star team. First baseman David Sutherland and third baseman Russell Mitchell were named to the Pioneer League All-Star team. Second baseman Tony Abreu won the Florida State League batting title with a .327 average. Shortstop Chin-lung Hu was tied for second at .313, and Matt Kemp was fourth at .306. Kemp also set the Vero Beach single-season home run record with 27, bettering Adrian Beltre's 1996 mark (26).
Coming up: Jeff Weaver starts the series finale for the Dodgers on Wednesday night. After pitching a masterpiece against Roger Clemens, Weaver then allowed three homers in his next outing against the Rockies, who have pounded him for a 7.04 ERA this year. His 5.73 ERA this year against the Giants isn't much better.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.