Notes: Beimel's elbow feels 'mushy'
Lefty will be examined Tuesday; Drew explains decision
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.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.