Notes: Wolf dodges a bullet

Dodgers notes: Wolf dodges a bullet

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Dodgers starting pitcher Randy Wolf was hit by a line drive on his left inside calf in the second inning of Saturday's 4-2 win against Baltimore.

The trainer rushed out from the Dodgers dugout and spoke to Wolf for just a few seconds. Wolf, after shaking his leg a few times, stayed in the game.

The left-hander eventually left after 5 2/3 innings, having allowed five hits and two runs while walking two and striking out seven.

After the game, as he was boarding the team bus, Wolf was walking with a slight limp, but he said it was only "tightness."

"It was a little stiff in between innings, but I knew I didn't have to steal any bases today, so I knew I'd be all right," Wolf joked after the game, in which the Dodgers used a designated hitter. "I've been hit in the calf before, and it will be stiff for a few days."

Dodgers manager Grady Little was very pleased with Wolf's outing, and said the lefty might not participate in full workouts for the next few days to rest his calf.

"It didn't affect his delivery at all," Little said. "He couldn't feel it once he started throwing. We were watching it very closely."

Little said that if the blow had been serious, it would have been noticed right away since the blow came on Wolf's push-off leg.

Wolf said he thought of asking to come out of the game, but he wanted to pitch six innings to get ready for the season.

Wolf is scheduled to pitch the second game of the regular season, April 3, at Milwaukee. He has one scheduled start remaining this spring.

Kemp shows pop: Power hitter Matt Kemp is the latest outfielder to show some pop at the plate, and with more bad news Saturday regarding the injury to Jason Repko, Kemp may be a viable option for the Dodgers in the outfield.

Kemp hit a solo home run in Friday's 6-2 win against the Marlins, and had an RBI single against the Orioles on Saturday. The 22-year-old is hitting .222 during Spring Training with two doubles, the aforementioned homer, four walks, two stolen bases and three RBIs.

"I've been working on some things this spring, and it's all coming together," Kemp said. "Hopefully, I opened up some eyes."

Of some of the other outfield candidates -- Larry Bigbie, James Loney, Wilson Valdez -- having strong springs, Kemp is the one with the most experience in a Dodgers uniform. In 154 at-bats for the Dodgers last season, Kemp hit .253 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs. He became the fifth Major Leaguer to hit seven homers in his first 18 days in the Majors.

Even if Kemp does not make the Opening Day roster, he is a good option for a callup sometime this season if the Dodgers need help in the outfield, especially with the return of Repko unknown.

Little said on Saturday that the magnetic resonance imaging scan on Repko "didn't look good" and that "it's gonna be a long time" before he plays again. Repko injured his left hamstring in Thursday's game when he collided with shortstop Rafael Furcal while going for a fly ball. It was only Repko's second game back from a groin injury he suffered March 10. Furcal sprained his ankle on the play, but the Dodgers are hopeful the All-Star leadoff man will be back for the start of the season.

Penny on target: Brad Penny pitched well in a bullpen session on Friday, and barring any setbacks on his shoulder, he will pitch on Monday. It is unclear whether Penny will face the Mets in Port St. Lucie or if he will throw in a simulated game, although Little would like to get the right-hander some live-game experience close to Opening Day.

Penny is scheduled to pitch the fourth game of the season April 6 in San Francisco.

No timetable on Kuo: The Dodgers are unsure when pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo, formerly one of the candidates for the fifth starter spot, will begin throwing again.

A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed inflammation in his throwing shoulder on Thursday.

"We'll have to get the swelling completely out before he starts throwing," Little said.

Dodgers running deep: Valdez, Bigbie, Loney and Tony Abreu all came into Spring Training hoping to prove they belonged on the Opening Day roster, and none of them have let up.

Coming into Saturday's game, Valdez was batting .382, Bigbie .383, Abreu .394 and Loney a team-leading .435 average.

"These guys have had great springs," Little said. "Right now, we don't know how many of those we have to consider. "But they've been strongly in the picture ever since Day 1 of Spring Training."

On Saturday, Loney had an RBI double, Valdez stroked an RBI single, and Abreu added an RBI double. Bigbie did not play against his former team.

Meanwhile, in the bullpen, right-hander Rudy Seanez strengthened his bid for a roster spot. Seanez, 38, pitched another perfect inning Saturday, raising his shutout total to 8 1/3 for the spring. Through Friday, Seanez had allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven.

Defensive short hops: Dodgers catcher Russell Martin executed the defensive-minded fan's favorite strikeout, throw-out play in the top of the first. Freddie Bynum struck out, and Brian Roberts was caught stealing on the play. ... Martin and Matt Kemp both reached base on errors by shortstop Miguel Tejada in the first and second innings, respectively. Kemp advanced to third base with two outs, but was unable to score as Tejada made a clean play on another ground ball to end the threat. The crowd roared in appreciation when Tejada made the play. ... Martin tried to catch someone stealing and threw a ball into the outfield in the third, allowing Roberts to reach third base and later score the Orioles' first run. ... Wolf picked Corey Patterson off first in the third. ... The Dodgers tried a double-steal in the fourth, and as second baseman Roberts went to cover second, Valdez's grounder skipped through the right side of the infield, allowing Andy La Roche to score. ... Left fielder Bynum had a diving catch near the left-field line with two out in the fifth.

Up next: In their final full-squad home game of Spring Training 2007, the Dodgers host the Cleveland Indians at 10:05 a.m. on Sunday at Dodgertown. Jason Schmidt heads into Sunday's game against Cleveland with a 1-1 record and 6.55 ERA, and goes up against Jake Westbrook for the Indians. Schmidt has 11 strikeouts and 8 walks so far this Spring. The Dodgers' only remaining home game at Vero Beach in Spring Training 2007 is Thursday -- a split-squad contest against the Mets. The rest of the team will already be in Los Angeles for a game with the Angels that day.

Faran Fagen is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.