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Adam Dunn Is At Dodger Stadium
The Washington Nationals first baseman slugger Adam Dunn was claimed off of waivers this afternoon by an unknown team. The Nationals placed Dunn on waivers Tuesday afternoon Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed that the Giants were not that team that claimed Dunn. Schulman went on to speculate that the Dodgers were the team to claim Dunn, however nothing has been confirmed. It is typical of teams not to acknowledge any impending waiver wire transactions until they have been completed.
Ned Colletti when asked about Dunn as Dodgers batting practice was ending pointed him out by the Nationals’ dugout and said, “He’s a good player.”
Manager Joe Torre did confirm that the Dodgers were still working on improving the team - being buyers rather than sellers.
“I think we’re looking to help this club,” Torre said. “We’re not by any stretch of the imagination out of the hunt in our minds. We’re going to continue to work towards making this ballclub better.”
While everyone was mum about Dunn, Colletti did not rule out claiming a player off of waivers in order to cockblock other teams from getting him.
“In a right situation,” Colletti said.
It was no secret the Nationals were shopping Dunn around before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 after a contract extension couldn’t be agreed to - Dunn will be a free agent at the end of the season. The Nationals’ asking price was too high, and so here he is.
Furcal Throws. Although Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal cannot play for the next several days, he has started to play catch in the outfield before batting practice.
“I’m feeling a lot better,” Furcal said. “It’s a lot better than a couple of days ago.”
After Monday’s game against the San Diego Padres, Furcal couldn’t get up off of his couch.
“It was painful. The other night I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t move and I walked with a limp.”
“Furcal is good again today,” Torre said. “They have a program mapped out for him the throwing, the fielding and the hitting. Get it all done by Sunday and be a player for Tuesday.”
Other Injury Updates. Manny Ramirez is scheduled to undergo another MRI tomorrow in Arizona after experiencing more discomfort in his right calf. Ronald Belisario, depending on MLB rules on players on the restricted list, could pitch on Saturday and Sunday with Class-A Inland Empire 66ers.