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Dodgers had first baseman James Loney ready to pitch

Aug 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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James Loney hasn’t hit this season, so yesterday the Dodgers figured maybe he could help them as a pitcher.

With the bullpen on fumes thanks to Saturday night’s 13-inning loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, manager Don Mattingly had Loney warm up in the bullpen before yesterday’s game in case he was needed as an emergency pitcher.

Mattingly ended up not needing Loney because he instead let Chad Billingsley throw 118 pitches while giving up three late runs in a loss, but Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times notes that many teams wanted to draft Loney as a pitcher in 2002 and … well, his .344 slugging percentage would be less out of place among pitchers than it is among first basemen.

  1. entersandman42ny - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    He can’t hit so they might as well put him to use

  2. dodger88 - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    He has become the opposite of Micah Owings. Trade?

    • hittfamily - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:46 PM

      Trade? For what?

  3. mississippimusicman - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    He’s the anti-Ankiel.

  4. adenzeno - Aug 22, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    He was a GREAT HS pitcher in Texas, although that has obviously been a while. I have always wondered why teams dont do this a bit more-I know Canseco blew his arm out, but I suspect most ML players were pitchers in their youth, and could throw innings in blowouts.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      I know the Yanks, and I think the Sox, take multiple players that are good pitchers/hitters and then try to have them focus on one job in the minors. Once they fail, they let them choose the other option a la Casey Kelly.

      • hittfamily - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:52 PM

        Or Matt Bush, a #1 overall draft pick SS prospect now pitching in the Rasy organization

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