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2009 MLB National League West Notebook


Colorado's Brad Hawpe may feel like a marked man.

The Rockies' right fielder was expected back in the lineup for Friday's game in San Francisco after missing the last couple of games with a bruise on the back of his neck. On a throw to second base, San Diego catcher Nick Hundley delivered a pickoff throw that nailed Hawpe as he was scrambling back to the base.

He lay still and number after the incident and was taken to a local hospital for CT scan, which revealed only the bruise.

But Hawpe, who leads the team with 16 RBIs, told reporters he still felt numb.

This is the second time Hawpe has had a problem at second base this year. In spring training, Hawpe suffered a gash and needed stitches on his hand on a similar play. He had to miss the World Baseball Classic because of that injury.


Barry Bonds still says he is not retired.

But baseball's all-time home run leader with 762 hasn't been in the game since the 2007 season and the idea of him playing again becomes more and more remote.

However, the Giants are still considering a role for him once he officially retires from the game. The 44-year-old Bonds has been coy when . Still, he has a personal services contract with the franchise, and it appears the ballclub wants to do something with him. He was at the April 27 game between the Giants and Dodgers and watched the game with club officials.

Bonds is still at the epicenter of baseball's steroid scandal and remains under indictment from his 2003 BALCO case.

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Forbes Magazine may be all things financial, but it also has a sports side. Recently, the magazine did a story on the game's best rivalries.

And it listed the Dodgers-Giants as the best. That may come as a shock to many because so much attention is given to Boston-New York. The synopsis talked about the series -- Giants lead 1,154-1,133 -- and mentioned all of the Hall of Famers who came through each organization including Willie Mays from the Giants and Sandy Koufax from the Dodgers.

The rivalry actually may have gained more steam when the teams came to California in 1958. Each has found a way to ruin the other's season at the end.

Currently, the Dodgers have won 4 of the first six meetings this year.


Mark Prior's long road back to the big leagues just got longer. Reports indicate that the right-hander told the team that he experienced some soreness in a recent throwing session.

Prior signed a minor league contract with the Padres back in January and has not pitched in the big leagues since 2006. Prior is at the Padres' spring training facility in Peoria, Az. This has to be considered a setback if a simple throwing session denotes this kind of result.

The question now becomes how much is enough for Prior to continue this road. Give him the credit for hanging in there, especially when it is not known if he will even pitch in a minor league game anytime soon.

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Right-hander Brandon Webb's season is definitely unclear at this point. Already on the disabled list with a shoulder ailment, the Diamondbacks reportedly have said they are shutting Webb down for at least three more weeks before they allow him to go on any throwing program.

Webb made only one start this season and lasted four innings. The 2006 Cy Young Award winner has been one of the most durable pitchers in the game. He has made 35, 33, 33, 34 and 34 starts since the 2004 season and has averaged 227 innings during that time.


By Kevin Lonnquist
MLBcenter.com Staff Writer

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