"Hi everybody, and a very pleasant Sunday to you, wherever you may be. Hope you don't mind if I take a moment out: First of all, I am sorry to have caused the accident that caused so much stress. I'm very sorry for that. I'd also like to salute the gentle heroes of 911 in Calabasas, and the doctors and nurses at West Hills Hospital, for taken care of me so very, very well. However, now that I've done that, let's get to the more important thing, and that is the game. The Dodgers and the Indians. Jake Westbrook will be on the mound for Cleveland. Left-hander Eric Stults will be on the mound for the Dodgers. And Lord, I am happy to be here. We'll be with the ballgame, right after this."
Xavier Paul, CF
Blake DeWitt, 2B
Andre Ethier, RF
James Loney, 1B
Garret Anderson, LF
Ronnie Belliard, DH
Nick Green, 3B
Chin-Lung Hu, SS
J.D. Closser, C
(Eric Stults, P)
Yep, Vin Scully is back. Before today's broadcast, he talked to reporters briefly about his eventful week, and Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com has details.
... "All of a sudden, I felt one of those big, bronchial coughs coming up, and I thought I could get to the bathroom,'' Scully said. "So I jumped out of bed -- bad idea -- I got dizzy, and then, trying to keep the cough in until I got to the bathroom, I did something to myself. I'll explain: I went from the bedroom toward the bathroom, and there was a marble floor, and all of a sudden, I blacked out."I woke up sitting in the floor, my wife calling 911 and blood on the floor.''
Scully had hit his head on the floor, as well as bruising his arm and slightly injuring his back. When he arrived at the hospital, he received staples in the back of his head.
"Instead of stitches, they put in five staples with a thing like a staple gun,'' he said. "I will never go by that office supply store without thinking of what happened. ... I won't mess around with a marble floor ever again. But I never thought I was in any [life-threatening] trouble at all.''
Scully was in the broadcast booth for Sunday's Cactus League game with Cleveland, the first game he has called this spring. He said he was under no restrictions following the accident.
"I'm supposed to cut back on dangling participles, and I'm not allowed to split any infinitives for at least another week,'' he said.
Talk about your health scares, though: former Dodger player and current minor-league instructor Lenny Harris had emergency quadruple bypass surgery. "Harris was stricken with chest and arm pains Friday, but did not suffer a heart attack as there was no heart damage," reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "In a Saturday operation, doctors found blockages in four arteries, with one 95 percent blocked."
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Ronald Belsiario's visa paperwork is completed, according to an anonymous source of Jackson's, meaning that the Dodgers could see him as soon as Monday or Tuesday.
Though Russell Martin is improving, taking live batting practice Sunday, he is still not expected to be in the lineup Opening Day because of the probable need of a rehab assignment. In contrast, Brad Ausmus had a flareup of chronic back pain, but is expected to be on the Opening Day roster. No. 4 catcher Lucas May was optioned to Albuquerque, at least for the time being.