Player News - Dodgers

Date: Team: Pos:

Yasiel Puig walked off another Dodgers win with a two-run double in the ninth inning Wednesday against the White Sox.

Puig, who had been hitless over the last week, plated Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win. He has 57 RBI in 372 at-bats, which is pretty good for someone who has spent so much of the year batting eighth. The Dodgers improved to 85-34 with the victory.
Aug 17 - 2:12 AM

Logan Forsythe doubled twice and walked Wednesday against the White Sox.

Forsythe has been a definite disappointment offensively, with the obvious caveat that it hasn't stopped the Dodgers from going 85-34 so far. If he can get hot down the stretch, it just adds more length to a lineup that's already plenty long.
Aug 17 - 2:02 AM

The Dodgers said after Wednesday's game that Yu Darvish left as a precaution because of back tightness.

Darvish had thrown 90 pitches while giving up three runs (all on solo homers) in six innings, so there's no guarantee that he was going to get through the seventh anyway. The hope is that this was nipped in the bud and will cause no further issue.
Aug 17 - 1:42 AM

Clayton Kershaw (back) will pitch another simulated game on Monday.

He'll pitch a three-inning simulated game with around 45 pitches. Kershaw was hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment but Triple-A Oklahoma City is away at Colorado Springs on Monday while High-A Rancho Cucamonga has the night off. The left-hander looked sharp during Wednesday's simulated game, facing Rob Segedin, Joc Pederson and Chase Utley. A late-August/early-September return seems realistic for the league's best pitcher.
Aug 16 - 8:27 PM

Grant Dayton (neck) will begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

The Dodgers haven't announced where he'll begin his rehab, though the plan is for him to make at least five appearances. Dayton landed on the DL with neck stiffness late last month.
Aug 16 - 8:25 PM

Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

Austin Barnes caught Yu Darvish's last start and will work with him again on Wednesday. Grandal has had a quiet month, batting just .161 with one homer over 31 August at-bats.
Aug 16 - 7:13 PM

Cody Bellinger is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

The Rookie of the Year frontrunner will get a rare day off on Wednesday. Rob Segedin will man first base in his absence while batting eighth against Pale Hose left-hander Carlos Rodon. The 22-year-old has cruised to a .333 average with six homers this month.
Aug 16 - 7:12 PM

Corey Seager posted a single, double and two RBI across five at-bats in Tuesday's victory against the White Sox.

Seager has hit safely in each of his past five and 10 of the past 11 outings. He is 18-for-45 (.400) with three doubles, a home run and six RBI over his past 11 outings, raising his average from .297 to .308. His extra-base hits are down so far in August, but he continues to hit for a high average.
Aug 16 - 3:59 AM

Alex Wood allowed one earned run, six hits and no walks with six strikeouts across seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the White Sox.

Wood threw 58 of his 79 pitches for strikes in the quality start. After a couple of rough outings to wrap up the month of July, he has bounced back with three straight quality starts in August while turning in a 2-0 record and 1.89 ERA. He'll look to get back into the win column on Monday in Pittsburgh opposite Gerrit Cole.
Aug 16 - 3:53 AM

Grant Dayton (neck) is nearing a minor league rehab assignment.

Dayton has been on the disabled list since July 28 with a neck injury. The left-handed reliever holds a 4.94 ERA and 20/12 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings this season at the major league level.
Aug 15 - 7:33 PM

Franklin Gutierrez (back) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment soon.

The veteran outfielder has been on the disabled list since late June with ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease that can cause vertebrae in the spine to fuse. Gutierrez will likely spend more than a week playing in minor league games before the Dodgers consider activating him.
Aug 15 - 7:31 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Adrian Gonzalez (back) will be activated sometime this weekend.

Gonzalez, out since June 12 with a herniated disc, is batting just .182/.154/.318 through seven games on his current minor league rehab assignment. The 35-year-old first baseman figures to serve as a bench player for Los Angeles down the stretch and into the postseason.
Aug 15 - 7:25 PM

Dodgers activated INF/OF Rob Segedin from the 10-day disabled list.

Segedin has missed the last four months due to a toe injury that eventually required surgery. He batted .333/.389/.424 on his 10-game minor league rehab assignment and will give the Dodgers another useful piece for their bench.
Aug 15 - 6:41 PM

Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo went 2-for-6 with a double on Sunday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Verdugo's average has fallen way down since the second half, but some of that is regression to the mean; it's hard to hit .340 for an entire year. He's still one of the best outfield prospects in baseball, and while he doesn't have a great chance of helping the Dodgers this year, the long-term value is obvious.
Aug 14 - 1:58 PM

Dodgers prospect Walker Buehler struck out five hitters in two scoreless innings on Sunday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

It's easily the best performance Buehler has had since being converted to the bullpen. It shouldn't come as any surprise that he'd start to miss bats, as his stuff competes with any pitching prospect in baseball. We've seen bullpens play a major factor in the past few postseasons. Buehler could pile up the strikeouts if/when Los Angeles gives him the chance.
Aug 14 - 1:08 PM


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