'Throw-in' Choate off to fast start with Dodgers
Lefty retires first three batters he faces; Tolleson sent to Triple-A
ST. LOUIS -- Randy Choate is the "other guy" in the Hanley Ramirez trade. But as a situational short reliever, he knows the drill.
"I'm glad to be the throw-in guy," said the 36-year-old Choate. "I don't get offended by that stuff. If Hanley gets the press, I'm fine with that. As long as he's happy."
Like Ramirez, Choate traveled most of Wednesday from Florida to get to St. Louis in time for the game, arriving by the third inning, throwing a few warmups to get loose, then warming up for real and entering the game in the 10th inning, retiring the three batters he faced in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss in 12 innings.
To make room for Choate, the Dodgers sent reliever Shawn Tolleson back to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Choate said he learned about the trade in 2:30 a.m. wake-up text message from a friend, got a confirmation phone call from the Marlins in the morning, packed and went to the airport.
"It's exciting to be playing for something," he said.
"Choate gives us another lefty that allows us not to have [Scott] Elbert warming up all the time," manager Don Mattingly said.
To make room on the 40-man roster, reliever Todd Coffey was moved from the 15- to 60-day disabled list. Coffey underwent Tommy John surgery last week.
Infielder Adam Kennedy remains active, even though he aggravated a strained right groin muscle Tuesday night.
Mattingly ejected for arguing during pitching change
ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday night by plate umpire Jeff Kellogg for arguing balls and strikes.
Mattingly, who wasn't around to see his team's 3-2 loss in 12 innings, was making a pitching change in the tied game, bringing in new reliever Randy Choate for Josh Lindblom, when he yelled something from the mound to Kellogg behind the plate.
Kellogg came to the mound, he and Mattingly exchanged words and Kellogg then tossed Mattingly, his fifth ejection this season. Mattingly then continued his argument with first-base umpire Marty Foster before leaving.
"I just got frustrated. The strike zone was horrible, going down to the last batter," Mattingly said. "[Rafael] Furcal does a check swing and the ball is right down the middle and it's a ball. I guess I showed him [Kellogg] up for turning around [while on the mound]. Maybe it was too hot for him. Maybe they should go to lighter equipment."
Bench coach Trey Hillman took over for Mattingly.
Dodgers ponder options for Friday starter in SF
ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers haven't announced a starter for their Friday night series opener against the first-place Giants, but manager Don Mattingly said he expects it to be somebody from within the organization.
That makes right-hander Stephen Fife, who made an impressive cameo start July 17 and is at Triple-A Albuquerque, the logical choice among Minor League starters on the 40-man roster.
Fife allowed one run on four hits in six innings of a no-decision against the Phillies.
"We have some options," Mattingly said. "He will come out of the system somewhere. Who it is is up in the air."
Mattingly rejected the idea of starting long reliever and former starter Jamey Wright.
"I don't like what that does to the bullpen," he said. "I don't want to get us caught in that spot."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.