Player News - Dodgers

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Kenta Maeda held the Phillies to two runs over seven innings in a win Friday.

Maeda struck out eight and walked one in what easily qualifies as his best start of the year to date. His ERA dropped from 8.05 to 6.58. He seems likely to turn in another fine performance with the struggling Giants next on the schedule.
Apr 29 - 3:05 AM

Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 with a walk against the Phillies on Friday.

Bellinger needs to quickly make a case to stick around once Joc Pederson comes off the disabled list. The nice game tonight makes him 3-for-13 with three walks in four games.
Apr 29 - 3:01 AM

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Friday that the plan is to send Cody Bellinger back to Triple-A once Joc Pederson and Franklin Gutierrez return from the disabled list.

Of course, Bellinger could force their hand by tearing the cover off the ball during his brief audition in the big leagues. Even if he is sent down, it won't be long before he's a fixture in the Dodgers' lineup on a nightly basis.
Apr 28 - 7:41 PM

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Joc Pederson (groin) could return from the disabled list as early as next Friday.

While that date isn't set in stone, Pederson is making nice progress in his recovery from a strained groin. Cody Bellinger will have at least another week to audition for a full-time gig in the big leagues while Pederson is sidelined.
Apr 28 - 7:30 PM

Dodgers signed INF/OF Max Muncy to a minor league contract.

Muncy was removed from the A's 40-man roster over the winter and evidently must have been released by them subsequently. He'll provide depth for the Dodgers at a few positions.
Apr 28 - 4:27 PM

Rich Hill (blister) will face hitters again on Saturday either in a simulated game or a rehab appearance.

Hill got through a successful simulated game Wednesday with no issues but will face live hitters once more before the Dodgers consider activating him. What role he'll fill is up in the air, as the team is mulling over using Hill as a reliever with the thinking that it would be easier to contain his nagging blister issues that way.
Apr 28 - 12:23 PM

The tendinitis in Adrian Gonzalez's right forearm has remained an issue during the first month of the season.

Gonzalez showed up to spring training with the issue and was shut down for two weeks in hopes that it would dissipate. It improved enough for him to participate in the World Baseball Classic, but clearly the ailment is still nagging him. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted that the fact that Gonzalez has never been on the disabled list in his career is a "factor" in why the club hasn't considered placing him on the DL to this point. The team eventually could reconsider if Gonzalez (.250/.341/.319) doesn't improve, but Roberts said Thursday that he thinks Gonzalez's injury is "getting better" and the first baseman is "getting more extension with that lead arm." The club has Cody Bellinger as an option at first base should Gonzalez ultimately wind up on the DL.
Apr 28 - 12:01 PM

Andrew Toles' single knocked in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Dodgers topped the Giants 5-1 on Thursday.

The Dodgers went on to score three more times in the frame, with the last of the runs coming on a bases-loaded walk. Toles' hit came in his second at-bat after he came off the bench. He's been dropped from the leadoff spot and is losing playing time with his average down to .207.
Apr 27 - 8:23 PM

Julio Urias was effective in his 2017 debut, allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings against the Dodgers.

He walked four, though the last of those was intentional. It was the one before, a four-pitch walk to Brandon Belt, that helped cost him his chance at a win. He went on to make an errant pickoff throw, putting Belt on third, and he gave up an RBI single to Christian Arroyo to tie the game at 1-1. Still, Urias gave the Dodgers pretty much what they should have been hoping for, and they went to win in extra innings.
Apr 27 - 8:21 PM

Yasiel Puig finished 0-for-5 on Thursday and is now hitting just .247.

Puig still has an acceptable .776 OPS, and he's played every inning of every game this season. Still, the production hasn't been there the last two weeks. He might get his first day off soon.
Apr 27 - 8:17 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he doesn't expect Andre Ethier (back) to return before June.

Ethier still hasn't been cleared for baseball activities and will basically need to complete spring training all over again before the Dodgers activate him. The veteran outfielder appeared in just 16 games last season because of a fractured tibia, and he's currently working through a lingering back issue.
Apr 27 - 2:17 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts suggested Thursday that Rich Hill (blister) could return as a reliever.

Hill threw a successful simulated game Wednesday and is nearing activation from the 10-day disabled list, but the Dodgers want to keep Alex Wood in the starting rotation and they just promoted Julio Urias. Maybe a bullpen role would work better for Hill's blister management, but it's brutal news for fantasy owners who used a high draft pick on him this spring.
Apr 27 - 2:13 PM

Dodgers recalled LHP Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Urias will join the Dodgers' rotation on Thursday against Giants after registering a 1.93 ERA with 15 strikeouts across 14 innings (three starts) this season for OKC. The young left-hander carries some workload limitations and he still has control issues, but the fantasy upside is tremendous. Get him active.
Apr 27 - 1:14 PM

Dodgers optioned LHP Adam Liberatore to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The move clears a 25-man roster spot for Julio Urias, who will join the Dodgers' starting rotation Thursday against the Giants. Liberatore has made just one appearance this season at the major league level and it wasn't a good one.
Apr 27 - 1:08 PM

Alex Wood allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings Wednesday against the Giants.

Wood opened the season in the pen, so he was pulled after 77 pitches tonight. It was the right decision from Dave Roberts, but it probably cost the Dodgers the game, as the bullpen gave up runs in n the seventh, eighth and 10th innings. Wood is making a case to stay in the rotation after Rich Hill comes off the disabled list. He'll get one more start next week, presumably again against the Giants, before any decisions are made.
Apr 27 - 2:15 AM


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