LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully didn't succeed Ernie Harwell as the Brooklyn Dodgers' play-by-play man in 1950, the Dodgers Hall of Fame announcer said Tuesday, he just happened to sit in Harwell's chair.Harwell, a Hall of Famer who spent 42 seasons with the Tigers, passed away Tuesday at 92. Harwell was with the Dodgers 1948-49, before Scully came into the job he still holds today. "He was so gracious and kind. Probably the best word: He was gentle," Scully said. "And it came across. He just cared for people. He loved baseball." Scully told the bizarre story of Harwell's arrival in Brooklyn. Red Barber had become ill with an ulcer during the 1948 season, so Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey called the independent Atlanta Crackers, where Rickey's friend, Arthur Mann, was an executive. "He said, 'Arthur, I need your announcer," Scully said. "And Arthur Mann said, I need a catcher. So the Dodgers sent Cliff Dapper to Atlanta, and Atlanta sent Ernie Harwell to Brooklyn. Ernie's the only announcer who's ever been involved in a trade. And it was a trade."
Injured Furcal begrudgingly taking his time
LOS ANGELES -- Combined with his hot start and the hope that he would not have to work through another injury-plagued season, Rafael Furcal was disappointed he was placed on the Dodgers' 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.Furcal's progress back from a strained left hamstring started to slow over the weekend, and although he's been taking ground balls and batting practice, he doesn't want to push the injury and miss more time than necessary. "For me, it's tough because I want to play. I don't want to be in this situation," Furcal said. "I don't want go back and play until I'm ready to go and then only play for one inning and then we lose a player. I got to get this done and be healthy." Furcal is hitting .309 with 16 runs scored, six RBIs and eight stolen bases. He said he has had hamstring injuries before, but in his right leg.
Dodgers call up Green to help in infield
LOS ANGELES -- Utility infielder Nick Green took a 9 a.m. flight from Memphis and spent about an hour at the hotel before heading to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.Green, on his way to the bathroom, was removed from Triple-A Albuquerque's lineup in the middle of Monday night's game with the Memphis Redbirds to make sure he was not injured before the callup.
He hit .219 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 20 games for the Isotopes and took the injured Rafael Furcal's spot on the roster.Green will slot into the utility role Jamey Carroll had filled when Furcal was healthy, manager Joe Torre said Tuesday. Carroll, batting .262 with no home runs or RBIs, will continue to get the majority of starts while Furcal works his way back. Carroll has been a better hitter as a starter. In seven games, he's batting .318 with five walks. Torre compared Carroll to the Reds' Miguel Cairo, who played for Torre in New York -- a jack-of-all-trades without stellar range but is most comfortable at shortstop. "I'm very comfortable because of the fact that he's comfortable," Torre said. Torre said the Dodgers did not discuss promoting top prospect Dee Gordon, who's batting .313 with one homer in 23 games for Double-A Chattanooga. Chin-Lung Hu, Torre said, didn't offer the versatility to play third base that Green does.
Manny, Weaver solid in rehab performances
LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Jeff Weaver allowed two runs in three innings for Class A Inland Empire in rehab outings on Tuesday.Ramirez's RBI single came on a misplayed hit to the outfield. He also struck out. Weaver gave up two hits, one walk and struck out three. Both players are on the Dodgers' 15-day disabled list, Weaver with a back strain and Ramirez with a calf strain. Weaver is expected to return to the Dodgers' bullpen on Friday. Manager Joe Torre said it is up to Ramirez how many more rehab games he plays in, but he expected there would be at least one more. Ramirez is eligible to return on Saturday. Matt Kemp, hitting 4-for-15 on the homestand entering Tuesday, said Ramirez's return won't directly impact the selection of pitches he sees, but it will help the lineup as a whole because Ramirez intimidates the opposition. "They still pitch Many like Manny, it's hard to explain," Kemp said. "It scares pitchers, it's a positive for us."
Ely's Dodgers stay may be short-lived
LOS ANGELES -- Jon Ely is the logical choice for a demotion one day after his second career start. Reliever Jeff Weaver is eligible to come off the disabled list and the Dodgers will need a roster spot Friday, one day after Ely's scheduled start against the Brewers.Manager Joe Torre said he won't make any decisions until the end of the week, but hinted Ely, who was was intended to make one start when Vicente Padilla went down, would be the most likely to leave. "Unfortunately, the kids with the least experience are the most vulnerable," Torre said. "We're all curious to see what Ely's going to be on Thursday. If he comes up big we have to look at him."
Dodgers select honorary bat girl
LOS ANGELES -- Judy Beardslee, a breast cancer survivor who lost her mother to the disease, will throw out the first pitch Sunday before the Dodgers' 1:10 p.m. PT game with the Brewers at Dodger Stadium.Beardslee, heavily involved in fundraising to find a cure for breast cancer, was selected to be the Dodgers' 2010 Susan G. Komen for the Cure Honorary Bat Girl. A celebrity panel of judges and over four million fans cast their votes at MLB.com to select one winner per club. Hundreds of players will use pink bats, including Andre Ethier, Casey Blake and Russell Martin. "On behalf of Major League Baseball, I want to thank all of the incredible Honorary Bat Girl contest winners for their courage, determination and inspiration as they join us on the field to help in our efforts to fight breast cancer," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.