Hard work pays off

Darren Driefort chalked up his first win in two years, leading the Dodgers to a 5-2 win over the Arizona D’backs. The win was big, following two years of two major elbow surgeries and one knee surgery. From the L.A. Times:

He’s amazing,” Gagne said. “After not pitching for almost two years, he makes it look easy. I wish I could do that. He deserves to win 30 games this year with all the hard work he’s put in. He’s a classy guy.”

That’s what made Wednesday’s win special for the Dodgers. Many players who sit out for a year and a half go into virtual seclusion, rehabilitating their injuries away from the team.

But Dreifort was at Dodger Stadium early every day, getting treatment before the regulars arrived so he wouldn’t clog up the training room, and he was on the bench for every home game, cheering on his teammates.

“He’s been there for us, and now it’s just great to see him out there,” left fielder Brian Jordan said. “Everyone got a little emotional on the inside, seeing him come back and win. He’s worked so hard. We’re pulling for him.”

The Dodgers open a four game series tonight against the Giants, at San Francisco.

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