Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's game with elbow tightness.
Miraculously, McCarthy is still in line for the win despite giving up six runs, including three homers, in five innings of work. McCarthy was scheduled to pitch Friday against the Diamondbacks, but that seems unlikely now that he's dealing with elbow tightness. Mike Bolsinger may be called upon to make a spot start.
Dodgers signed 1B/OF Mike Carp to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Carp was cut by the Nationals just before Opening Day and did not accept an assignment to their Triple-A affiliate. He'll act as organizational depth at first base and corner outfield for the Dodgers. The 28-year-old owns a decent .254/.330/.414 career slash line in exactly 1,000 major league plate appearances.
Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.
Even Earth's mightiest heroes sometimes flail in futility against A.J. Burnett. Twas the case with Goldschmidt, who came into the game slashing .298/.420/.596, with five home runs, 16 RBI and 11 runs scored. None of that mattered on Saturday. When you see guys like Goldschmidt or Mike Trout take the collar, your best response is to shrug and wait for the day. If he stays healthy (he played in just 109 games in 2014), he's on his way to a monster season.
Matt Kemp was ejected from Saturday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called strike.
Kemp had a very productive night before his ejection, finishing with two hits and a stolen base. Wil Myers will take over in right field with Alexi Amarista moving from shortstop to center field. David Ortiz got suspended for arguing with an umpire last week but we don't expect any further punishment for Kemp.
Mark Melancon walked one and allowed a hit in Saturday's contest with the Diamondbacks, but did not allow a run in picking up his fifth save of the season.
It was a less than clean outing for Melancon, though despite the struggles, he still picked up the save for the third straight game. Even with the string of saves, we would stay far, far away from Melancon in mixed leagues. He's allowed six runs in 9 1/3 innings pitched and his diminished velocity doesn't portend things getting much better.