Notes: Beimel's elbow feels 'mushy'

Notes: Beimel's elbow feels 'mushy'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel, who allowed Boston's only run in Monday's 2-1 Dodgers win, will have his throwing elbow examined Tuesday because he felt something "mushy" after his one-inning appearance.

"It didn't bother me on the mound, but I felt it after. They'll look at it tomorrow," said Beimel, who allowed three consecutive two-out hits in the eighth inning and was rescued on a perfect relay from Delwyn Young to Tony Abreu to Sandy Martinez that erased the potential tying run at the plate.

It was Beimel's second appearance of the spring after suffering a gash to his pitching hand that kept him out of the playoffs. He struck out pinch-hitter Jacoby Ellsbury and made a goalie-like stop of Alberto Castillo's comebacker to start the eight inning, then allowed three crisp hits -- a single by Brandon Moss, a single by Alex Prieto and a double to Luis Jimenez. On the double, Moss scored and Prieto was nailed at the plate.

A journeyman who came to the Dodgers on a Minor League contract last year and spent the first month at Triple-A, Beimel broke through as one of the most reliable left-handed relievers in the league with a 2.96 ERA in 62 appearances.

An injury to Beimel of any duration could present an opening for touted rookie Greg Miller or Matt White, the rock-quarry owner who continues to pitch like a billion bucks. Among the other left-handers in camp are Tim Hamulack and starters Mark Hendrickson, Hong-Chih Kuo, Eric Stults, Scott Elbert and Mike Megrew.

Beimel was the exception for a pitching staff that otherwise contained a Red Sox lineup of regulars, including Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and a familiar name -- J.D. Drew.

Randy Wolf pitched two scoreless innings in his second start and White also pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, giving him three for the spring. Chad Billingsley pitched two scoreless innings following Wolf, Rudy Seanez escaped a jam in his inning and Travis Smith got the save with a perfect ninth.

"My mechanics were better today. I ironed out my delivery," said Wolf, who was not happy with his first start four days earlier.

Wolf said that based on how he felt the day after he pitched, he could tell what he was doing wrong mechanically.

"I've learned with what's sore and where I'm missing with my pitches," he said. "If my back is sore, I'm fighting against myself. If I'm efficient, my body feels fine. If my scapula and lats are sore, that's good. It means I'm extending."

And the surgically repaired elbow?

"I should feel nothing. And I do," he said.

White again earned praise from manager Grady Little after striking out two, walking one and not allowing a hit. He originally was scheduled to pitch one inning, but had no problem with the added workload.

"Coming off winter ball I was in game mode coming into camp, and I'm ready to do whatever the team needs to win," said White.

For the first time since becoming an international celebrity because of his new-found wealth, White was asked no questions with the word "billionaire" and he was pleased.

"I'll take more innings pitched than interviews any day," he said.

Offensively, Juan Pierre had two hits and the only Dodgers RBI. Olmedo Saenz had two hits. Although saving the game with a defensive gem, the Dodgers also committed two errors, bringing the total for six games to 14.

J.D.'s story: When Drew opted out of the remaining $33 million on his Dodgers contract for free agency and ultimately a $70 million contract with Boston, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was annoyed, saying Drew wasn't a man of his word because he had said he was happy playing in Los Angeles and indicated he wouldn't leave.

Drew explained Monday that he left the Dodgers because the market had changed dramatically for free agents and because the Dodgers had no interest in satisfying his other goal -- a no-trade guarantee. He took exception to Colletti's implication that he wasn't a man of his word.

"When I talked to Ned, maybe it was with two weeks left in the season or one week left, I told him I enjoyed playing in Los Angeles, but never once did I say, 'By the way, don't worry about [the opt-out clause].'

"For him to say the things he said, it must have been in the heat of the moment. To say I'm not a man of my word, I don't take that lightly. That's not the way I was raised."

Drew's departure caught the Dodgers off guard and led to the signing of free agent Juan Pierre to a five-year, $44 million contract. By exercising the opt-out clause former general manager Paul DePodesta gave him, Drew not only took his 100 RBIs with him, but left Colletti without a chip to trade, which Drew felt could have been the Dodgers' offseason plan.

Drew said he was told by agent Scott Boras that he could land a contract the same or better as the one he left, plus the no-trade clause that Colletti would not give.

"I didn't want to be trade bait and the Dodgers were not open to negotiation. Scott said, 'Ned thinks you have a good contract and doesn't want to do anything else about it.' Security to me is also being in a place for an extended time at my choice. I have a young family with a baby and we'll have more, and it's important to have control over the city you're in and not become a pawn. We really enjoyed living in Pasadena and I wanted to know where I would be."

Sing it: Dodgers fans and Movin 93.9 listeners will have the chance to sing the national anthem at Dodger Stadium before the April 10 game against the Colorado Rockies by entering the "Oh Say Can You Sing" contest. Up to 10 entrants will earn a spot in the finals hosted by Movin 93.9 radio personality Rick Dees on March 31. The grand-prize winner will perform the national anthem live at Dodger Stadium on Opening Night. That same night, Dees will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Coming up: The Dodgers complete their overnight trip by facing the Twins, with Jason Schmidt and Mark Hendrickson facing Ramon Ortiz.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.