Sharply criticized by former manager Tommy Lasorda and upset by recent trade rumors, Raul Mondesi snapped out of his funk yesterday, one day after resting to clear his head.
Lasorda had singled Mondesi out when he criticized Dodgers players in a story in Sunday's editions of the Los Angeles Times. Now the club's senior vice president, Lasorda criticized Mondesi for his attitude and for sitting in the bullpen in Phoenix during a game against the Diamondbacks on July 23.
"When was the last time you saw Mondy get a hit to right field?" Lasorda said. "What's even worse is that Mondy isn't displaying the maturity we need from him."
Mondesi not only had two hits to the right side of the infield yesterday, he also showed enough self-control not to get into a public debate with Lasorda.
Although visibly upset, Mondesi declined to comment on Lasorda's remarks or his performance in what was only the Dodgers' third victory in their last 13 games.
"I don't have anything to say about Lasorda or anything else," Mondesi said. "I just don't want to talk right now."
SIDELINED: The Reds put starting RHP Steve Parris on the 15-day disabled list and activated C Brian Johnson. Parris missed his scheduled start Friday because of a strained triceps muscle in his pitching arm. . . . Cubs reliever Rick Aguilera was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf.
SIGNING: Cuban OF Josue Perez, whose contract with the Dodgers was voided by the commissioner's office June 25, signed with the Phillies on Saturday. Perez agreed to a one-year, $850,000 contract that includes an invitation to the Phillies' major league camp next spring.
EXTRA BASES: Dodgers bullpen coach Rick Dempsey will complete his 17-day suspension today, a day off for the team. He was suspended for his role in a bench-clearing brawl against Seattle on July 11. . . . Diamondbacks 1B Travis Lee went 0 for 4 yesterday and is hitless in his last 30 at-bats.