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Could Julio Urias be a boost to Dodgers’ bullpen? Dave Roberts thinks so

first_imgATLANTA – Maybe Dave Roberts is a practical man. And maybe he has seen all the relievers changing teams recently and noticed they weren’t showing up in his clubhouse.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“I think you can always get better and poke holes in your ballclub,” the Dodgers manager said when asked about his team’s need to upgrade its bullpen before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. “But when you look at (Pedro) Baez coming back, you’ve got (Josh) Fields coming back, getting close, (Tony) Cingrani getting close and you have six starters. We know we’re not going to run six starters out there for the duration of the season. Ultimately, somebody’s going to have to go to the ‘pen.“So there’s some depth there. But if there’s a deal to be had I’m sure our guys (in the front office) will be on it. … With what we have, to go outside and do something just to do something, it’s gotta really make sense because there’s a lot of good arms that we have that we know that we trust internally.”Starters Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling and Alex Wood all have experience pitching out of the bullpen to varying degrees. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Roberts also raised the possibility that the Dodgers’ bullpen could get a boost for the stretch run from the return of Julio Urias.As his recovery from major shoulder surgery over a year ago has reached its final stages, the young left-hander has become a blank canvas upon which hopes can be projected. Urias has only recently begun throwing to hitters in simulated-game sessions, a workout Roberts said Urias will probably replicate in Los Angeles next week.Realistically, Urias will need extensive time in the minors to build his arm into game shape after not facing hitters in a competitive situation since June 10 of last year. There might not be enough time left in this season for him to build up to the pitch-count level required of a starting pitcher.So now, Roberts’ projections are that Urias could return in a bullpen role down the stretch.“Our thoughts are there’s not enough time in the calendar to build him up as a starter,” Roberts said.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Urias underwent a major reconstruction of his pitching shoulder 13 months ago, however. It is reasonable to question how much of his former dynamic abilities the 21-year-old will be able to recover – this year or beyond. The track record of pitchers undergoing similar surgeries is not great.“We don’t know what we’re going to get,” Roberts acknowledged. “But I would say in the postseason in ‘16 and his first taste of the big leagues in ‘17, the heartbeat and the stuff – and from what I understand right now the stuff is really coming — to get him back in a short stint, that is something we feel comfortable we could bet on. We don’t know until we see it. But we’re all excited for this.”REHAB ROUNDUPOutfielder Yasiel Puig completed his rehab assignment and joined the Dodgers Friday. He will be activated from the DL on Saturday. Puig has been out since injuring an oblique muscle in his right side on July 8.Third baseman Justin Turner did an agility and core workout and took part in batting practice Friday. Turner is making progress in his recovery from an adductor muscle injury in his right leg. He will be eligible to come off the DL next Thursday.“To say he’s going to be back on the 11th day, we’re not sure yet,” Roberts said.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Alex Wood (6-5, 3.87 ERA) at Braves LHP Max Fried (1-3, 3.92 ERA), Saturday, 4:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)m,m, Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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first_imgCeltic’s touching tribute to tragic Georgia.Celtic FC have paid a touching tribute to tragic Co Donegal schoolgirl Georgia Doherty.The 13-year-old from Inishowen tragically died in a car crash outside Derry last Sunday afternoon.Georgia, from Redcastle, was a huge football fan and supported Celtic and Liverpool. Many at her funeral in Drung on Thursday wore football jerseys in honour of the sports-mad youngster who played soccer and GAA.The Liverpool and Celtic anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was played at her funeral.Before Celtic’s victory over Aberdeen today a picture of Georgia was put up on the screen at Celtic Park saying ‘RIP OUR CELTIC ANGELMeanwhile the PSNI in Derry are still appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed last Sundays crash to contact them. Tragic Georgia’s sister Lisa, who was driving the car, is still in a serious condition in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. CELTIC’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC GEORGIA was last modified: March 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CelticdeathdonegalGeorgia Dohertytributelast_img read more

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Costa Rican residents sentenced in United States for phone scam

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Ohio man convicted in Costa Rica telemarketing scam US man among four arrested for cloning credit cards in Costa Rica Central Bank: That ₡5,000 counterfeit bank note message is fake Costa Rican police arrest U.S. men suspected in $9 million scam Two Costa Rican residents were sentenced to 20 and 25 years in prison, respectively, for participating in a telemarketing operation that defrauded victims in the United States, the Department of Justice announced in a press release. Andrew Smith, 46, and Christopher Lee Griffin, 45, had been convicted in 2018 for each having committed one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, eight counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and seven counts of international money laundering.Sentenced this week, Smith will face 25 years in prison, has been ordered by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad to pay $10,222,838.76 in restitution jointly with his co-conspirators, and will forfeit $406,324.96. Conrad ordered Griffin to pay $9,612,590.39 in restitution jointly with his co-conspirators and forfeit $182,439.Their scheme had defrauded United States citizens out of millions of dollars, according to the Justice Department. “Andrew Smith and Christopher Lee Griffin participated in a deplorable scam to defraud hard-working elderly Americans out of millions of dollars,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski in a statement.  “The severe sentences imposed today represent a significant victory in our continuing efforts to fight elder fraud and protect some of the most vulnerable members of the U.S. public.“These sentences should serve as a strong deterrent to anyone seeking to enrich themselves by taking part in similar scams.”The Justice Department says Smith and Griffin worked at a San José-based call center and posed as representatives of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Federal Trade Commission. The duo told their targets that they had won a “significant financial reward” that would be delivered upon their completion of up-front payments for “insurance fees, taxes and import fees.” Smith and Griffin placed calls using Voice over Internet Protocols (VoIP) to fool victims into thinking they were based in the United States, the Justice Department said. “Years ago, our parents taught us not to talk to strangers.  Their advice has proven to be timeless,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Strong.  “Strangers are reaching out to us on social media, sending us emails, calling our homes and cell phones.  If you fall for a scam, you can bet your life, they will call you again.  They might have a different sales pitch or a sob story, but they are the same crooks.  These prison sentences should serve as a warning to the thieves, the FBI and our law enforcement partners will work tirelessly to find you and put you out of business for good.”last_img read more

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