Trevor Bauer allowed three runs over four innings in Saturday's start against the Phillies.
Making his first start of the season after spending the first few weeks in the bullpen, Bauer was pedestrian against an even more pedestrian Phillies lineup. He allowed five hits, including a Freddy Galvis two-run homer, and walked two while striking out four. Bauer has an unsightly 5.28 ERA and 1.63 WHIP this season with 18 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings, but with Carlos Carrasco sidelined for at least the next month Bauer will likely remain in the Indians' rotation. He'll look for a better showing Friday against the Royals.
Jerad Eickhoff allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Saturday.
Eickhoff gave up six hits without walking a batter and striking out four. A bad start against the Brewers his last time out has marred his numbers to an extent, but the 25-year-old has been largely good through five starts. The right-hander now owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 32/5 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings heading into Thursday's start at the Cardinals.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin, shoulder) threw a 40-45 pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
He was joined by Brandon McCarthy (elbow), who threw 50-60 pitches over three sessions. Ryu mixed in all of his pitches over two sessions. The plan is for him to throw one more bullpen session before advancing to facing live hitters. There's no timetable for Ryu's return.
Brandon McCarthy (elbow) threw a 50-60 pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
He was able to throw his full arsenal of pitches. Manager Dave Roberts noticed significant improvement from his previous bullpen session. "Brandon was good today," he said. "I saw him on Tuesday, and he was OK, but today the ball was coming out better for me." McCarthy has been focusing on building up his arm strength and repeating his mechanics. If McCarthy can avoid setbacks, he should return to the Dodgers' rotation before the All-Star break.
The Dodgers shuffled their starting rotation so they could have Kenta Maeda pitch against the Blue Jays next week.
The Dodgers have two days off next week, which has allowed manager Dave Roberts to shape the rotation to his liking. Alex Wood will have his start moved up to Wednesday with Maeda lining up against the Blue Jays on Friday. Maeda matches up much better against Toronto's lineup of right-handed studs than the left-hander Wood, who will pitch against the Rays instead. Maeda came back to Earth in his last outing (6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) but still owns an impressive 1.41 ERA over five starts this year.
Matt Thornton (Achilles) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
He shed his walking boot about two weeks and just recently resumed throwing. Saturday was his third bullpen session since the injury. "It’s healing, but it’s not healed," said Thornton. "We’re getting closer." Thornton said he'll advance to full body weight jogging on a treadmill next week, but there's still no timetable for his return.
Curt Casali hit a walk-off single as the Rays topped the Blue Jays 4-3 on Saturday.
With runners on second and third and no outs, Casali lined a single over the drawn-in infield to bring home the winning run. The single was his only hit in four at-bats. Casali has served as the Rays' primary catcher this season but hasn't brought much to the plate, batting .146/.180/.250 overall.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Rays.
Bautista connected for the two-run shot against Rays starter Chris Archer in the third inning. It was his fifth home run of the season, giving him 18 RBI and 16 runs scored. He's hitting .250 with a .928 OPS through 25 games.