“Scott said J.D. Drew wanted to stay in L.A. if we could work out a deal,” Colletti said. “But I told him I wasn’t interested in renegotiating the (existing) deal.” Corner intrigue The competition for the starting third base job, which wasn’t really supposed to be a competition at all, continues to heat up. Andy La Roche didn’t get a hit in the Dodgers’ victory over the Red Sox, but he did take an all-out dive into the front row chasing a foul pop by Drew in the sixth inning. La Roche is batting .300. Meanwhile, Wilson Betemit, whose job it is to lose, took another step toward losing it. He went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and a walk. For the spring, he is 0 for 9 with four strikeouts, hasn’t hit a ball out of the infield and has committed two errors. – Tony Jackson So we wanted to add some years to the contract.” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed that Boras made such a request when the two met last Nov. 6 for what Colletti thought was going to be a discussion about two other Dodgers free agents who were Boras clients, pitchers Eric Gagne and Greg Maddux. Colletti said Boras also reminded him at that meeting of Drew’s escape clause and raised the possibility that Drew might exercise it. Colon update Bartolo Colon is progressing so fast that manager Mike Scioscia on Monday dared to say the right-hander might be pitching for the Angels in late April. Colon is expected to pitch from a mound today for the first time since throwing one inning July 26 at Tampa Bay. He will throw an eight-minute bullpen session using exclusively fastballs. “I think it’s certainly a possibility that we’re going to see him pitching for us some time in April if there are no setbacks,” Scioscia said. “If not, (he could pitch) shortly after we make the turn into May, based on where he is right now and how he feels. “It’s contingent on how he comes out of his throwing session, how his body responds. As you get on a mound, you start stressing your body and testing it. If he keeps passing it, he’s going to come quickly.” Colon threw on flat ground from 180 feet on Sunday and the session was deemed impressive. “We’re pleasantly surprised although I think knowing Bart and how hard he works we anticipated him on a mound some time in the middle of March,” Scioscia said. Wever not ready Jered Weaver, meanwhile, isn’t expected to have his first bullpen session until later in the week. But that timetable does not mean Weaver’s return to rotation will come after Colon, even though he currently lags behind his teammate during recovery. Since Weaver’s biceps tendinitis is not as damaging as Colon’s rotator cuff injury, Weaver’s recovery window is expected to be shorter. Scioscia still insists there is a chance Weaver could make his first start on April 6. Lackey throws John Lackey, who lost between seven and eight pounds over the last six days after a bout of bronchitis, threw a bullpen session. It was his first time on a mound since last week’s intrasquad game. – Doug Padilla 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Former Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew said Monday that Scott Boras, his Los Angeles-based agent, tried to renegotiate Drew’s five-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers last winter before Drew made the decision to exercise the escape clause that had been negotiated into the deal two years earlier. “My name had been mentioned in some trade rumors,” Drew said just before his new team, the Boston Red Sox, suffered a 2-1 Grapefruit League loss to the Dodgers before 8,249 at City of Palms Park. “I wanted the security of knowing I would be in one place for a long time.
Real Madrid Carvajal to miss Champions League last-16 first leg for intentional yellow card Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 04:01 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Real Madrid APOEL v Real Madrid APOEL UEFA Champions League The Real Madrid defender has been given a two-match ban by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal will miss the first leg of his side’s Champions League last-16 tie after being suspended for two matches by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) for an intentional yellow card.The CEDB launched an investigation after Carvajal was booked for delaying a throw-in during stoppage time near the end of Madrid’s 6-0 victory over APOEL in the Champions League on November 21.The booking was Carvajal’s third in the competition this season and it meant that the 25-year-old was suspended for Madrid’s final Group H game against Borussia Dortmund, which they won 3-2. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Had he escaped punishment, Carvajal would have been eligible to return to Champions League action when the knock-out stage commences in February, but the CEDB’s decision means he will miss the first leg of Madrid’s round-of-16 tie.A statement released by the CEDB said: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Real Madrid CF player Dani Carvajal for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible.”Given that the Real Madrid CF player Dani Carvajal did not participate in the match Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund played on 6 December 2017, the player still has to serve one (1) UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible.”Carvajal was in the starting line-up for three of Madrid’s six group games, helping them to finish second in Group H behind Tottenham.