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A.J. Ellis went 1-for-3 with his first career stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.

Entering Wednesday's action, Ellis had attempted just four steals in 536 career games. None of those tries were successful, but the veteran backstop surprised the universe with steal No. 1 on Wednesday. The Dodgers -- cheeky crew that they are -- had the base removed for memory's sake. Even with his newfound speed, he remains a fantasy no-go due to his lack of playing time and lack of upside with the bat.
Jul 27 - 8:32 PM

Brandon McCarthy failed to provide the Dodgers length in Wednesday's loss to the Rays, yielding three runs on four hits over four innings.

McCarthy struck out seven and walked two on the afternoon. All three runs on his line scored in the fourth inning, with Evan Longoria burning him for a two-run homer and Luke Maile notching an RBI double. In his five starts since returning from Tommy John surgery earlier this year, McCarthy has pitched to a 2.39, 0.84 WHIP and 33/9 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings. A road date with the Rockies shows next on his schedule.
Jul 27 - 7:55 PM

Enrique Hernandez (rib cage) has moved his minor league rehab assignment to Double-A Tulsa.

He was 3-for-8 with a double and two walks in two games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Hernandez has been on the disabled list since late June because of left rib cage inflammation. He should be ready for activation early next week.
Jul 27 - 1:29 PM

Brett Anderson (back) is scheduled to go three innings in a rehab start Thursday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

It will be his rehab debut, and he'll probably have another 3-4 minor league outings on top of it before the Dodgers consider him a realistic option for their starting rotation. Anderson has been out all season following March back surgery. He is aiming to make his first start for Los Angeles in mid-August.
Jul 27 - 1:26 PM

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Puig has made just one pinch-hitting appearance since tweaking his right hamstring last Thursday in St. Louis. But he was able to run the bases Tuesday and could be available off the bench Wednesday versus the Rays. Scott Van Slyke is starting in right field.
Jul 27 - 12:36 PM

Adam Liberatore was unavailable Tuesday because of a sore right knee.

Liberatore tweaked his knee while covering first base Sunday in St. Louis. "It's not serious," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Tuesday's win over the Rays. "There was a little bit of swelling. It wasn't great. It was one of those you don't want to keep pushing it." Liberatore, 29, has an impressive 1.35 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 39/12 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings this season out of the Los Angeles bullpen.
Source: True Blue LA
Jul 27 - 7:46 AM

Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with a long solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Grandal absolutely unloaded on a Chris Archer offering to lead off the seventh inning, hitting a moonshot solo home run to right. The tater was his 14th of the season. While that is a healthy home run total for a catcher, the 27-year-old backstop has struggled to do much else with the bat and is hitting just .211/.330/.430 over the course of 228 at-bats.
Jul 27 - 1:26 AM

Bud Norris turned in a gem in Tuesday's win over the Rays, hurling 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

Norris struck out six and walked two on the evening. He allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a single to Steve Pearce. And that was it. Pearce's single with one out in the seventh inning would cause manager Dave Roberts to make the call to the bullpen. The crisp outing is made all the more remarkable for the fact that Norris threw 23 pitches out of the pen in the 15th and 16th innings against the Cardinals on Friday. His last three starts prior to Tuesday saw him allow 14 runs on 21 hits in 15 innings. The outing before that stretch? Six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Norris' inconsistency equals out to a 4.27 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92/35 K/BB ratio over 99 innings between the Braves and Dodgers. He will try to keep things together in a home start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 27 - 1:09 AM

Clayton Kershaw (back) has not been cleared for throwing.

Kershaw had a checkup with Dr. Robert Watkins last week but was apparently told to remain idle as he attempts to rehab a disc herniation in his lower back. There is no timetable for the ace left-hander's return to the Dodgers' rotation and it is possible he will wind up needing season-ending surgery.
Jul 26 - 7:26 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is available off the bench Tuesday.

But that might only be in the event of an emergency. Puig tweaked his right hamstring last Thursday and has made just one pinch-hitting appearance since. "To me it's not to the point where I want him in [the starting lineup]," Roberts told reporters on Tuesday after watching Puig run the bases.
Jul 26 - 7:13 PM

Andre Ethier (leg) took on-field batting practice for the first time Tuesday.

But he told reporters after the workout that he is still only running at about 50 percent effort. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts estimated earlier this month that Ethier could be activated around mid-August, but the veteran outfielder will have to clear some hurdles quickly in order to make that happen.
Jul 26 - 7:07 PM

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is out of the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday for the fifth consecutive game.

Puig has been sidelined since tweaking his right hamstring last Thursday. He was able to pinch-hit Friday but hasn't been heard from since. Andrew Toles is starting in right field on Tuesday night against the Rays.
Jul 26 - 6:14 PM

Dodgers OF prospect Johan Mieses launched a pair of home runs Monday in a win for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Mieses drove in a career-high six runs as the Quakes cruised to a 12-1 victory over visiting Inland Empire. Monday marked his first career multi-homer game. The 21-year-old has hit safely in five of his last six games, batting .385 with 10 RBI during that span. Mieses carries a disappointing .228 average this year with 105 strikeouts in 325 at-bats but has made up for it with 16 home runs, which ranks second in the California League. He's also seventh in doubles with 23.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 26 - 1:51 PM

Adrian Gonzalez blasted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis.

The Dodgers jumped on rookie right-hander Mike Mayers right out of the gate, with a pair of singles and a walk before Gonzalez unloaded on a towering grand slam to center field. He added a pair of singles, including a run-scoring knock in the second inning, finishing the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI. He's now hitting .284/.360/.412 with nine homers and 51 RBI.
Jul 25 - 12:01 AM

Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless frame to protect a three-run advantage.

Jansen induced a ground ball from Kolten Wong, then fanned Alberto Rosario and Randal Grichuk to retire the Cardinals without issue. He has once against been one of the most dominant closers in baseball this season, compiling a 1.45 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while converting 29 saves in 34 chances.
Jul 25 - 12:01 AM


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