Blake feeling better, sits out for LA
Mientkiewicz, Martin get shots; Anderson tries first base
PHOENIX -- Casey Blake was feeling better, Doug Mientkiewicz and Russell Martin had received shots and Garret Anderson was about to try something he's never done in a 16-year big league career.
Such was the Tuesday reality of the Dodgers' injury bug that has hit Camelback Ranch.
Blake, who exited Monday's game against the Giants because of a rib-cage strain, was given the day off Tuesday against the Rockies. Ronnie Belliard was penciled in for the start at third base. Blake didn't get a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test and said he would just receive normal treatment, take it easy and see how it felt Wednesday.
"I'm going to go out and see what I can do," Blake said. "It's one of those things where it's not going to bother me hitting. We'll just see how much I can throw with it and how much I can move with it. If it hurts me to do something, then I'm not going to do it."
Blake said he would likely take a day off if a similar malady struck during the regular season but would keep playing if it happened in the postseason. The 36-year-old was then asked how he would proceed if he was 21 years old, and he quickly replied, "I probably wouldn't be hurt if I was 21."
After Tuesday's game, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said everything had gone well with Blake, who hit and fielded with no problems, and that he would probably be back in the lineup Wednesday against Arizona.
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"I was happy to hear that swinging doesn't bother him," Torre said. "He did it loosening up before the game, and then he didn't feel it in between innings taking ground balls and throwing over. And then when he had to field a bunt and had to drop down a little bit, that's when he sort of felt it in the muscle area. It's nothing that seems worrisome."
As for Martin, the Dodgers catcher was in Los Angeles, where he had a platelet-rich plasma injection in the ailing right groin to promote healing.
And Mientkiewicz on Monday received a cortisone injection in his sore throwing (right) shoulder, which kept him out of action for at least Tuesday.
In the meantime, Anderson a veteran of 1,918 Major League appearances in the outfield and at designated hitter, began working out at first base, a position he's never played in a big league game. Anderson might be at least a week away from game action after coming to camp on a late Minor League deal, but it is conceivable that he could see time at some point on the remaining Cactus League slate.
"We'll see where this goes," Anderson said. "I've got an opportunity here and I'll try to make the most of it."
Doug Miller is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.