Player News - Dodgers

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Yasiel Puig took the collar in Tuesday's game against the Marlins to drop his season average to .195.

Puig looked to be finally awakening from his slumber with a modest four-game hitting streak from April 17-21, but he is back in a nosedive going 0-for-10 across his past three outings. He isn't exactly bringing his best to the table in his 27-year-old season, as he is below the Mendoza line in batting average and he has yet to smack his first homer of the season. He is a fantasy liability at the moment, although he isn't a bad buy-low candidate if you can afford the roster spot. Puig will come around.
Apr 25 - 2:56 AM

Kenta Maeda allowed one earned run, four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Marlins.

Maeda did his part against the Marlins, throwing 55 of his 82 pitches for strikes. However, L.A.'s offense was unable to get to left-hander Dillon Peters on the other side. It was a surprising result, as the Dodgers had posted a 16-5 record across Maeda's past 21 starts, including 7-2 in his past nine against National League East foes. He'll look to get back into the win column Sunday in San Francisco.
Apr 25 - 2:27 AM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yimi Garcia (elbow) will likely be activated sometime in May.

Garcia missed the entire 2017 season following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He has already made five rehab appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but the Dodgers want to delay calling him up so that he can be used without any workload restrictions once he arrives. The 27-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.12 ERA, 0.947 WHIP, and 81/12 K/BB ratio in 75 career major league innings.
Apr 24 - 7:31 PM

Rich Hill (finger) is expecting to return to the Dodgers' rotation Monday in Arizona.

Hill made it through a simulated game Tuesday without experiencing any issues with his cracked left middle fingernail. The veteran southpaw had a disappointing 6.00 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and 16/7 K/BB ratio through 15 innings (three starts) this season with Los Angeles. He was placed on the disabled list April 15.
Apr 24 - 6:46 PM

Dodgers optioned RHP Walker Buehler to High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

It's a procedural move, as Buehler is expected to be recalled as the 26th man to start one half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Giants. The ultra-talented 23-year-old right-hander worked five scoreless innings in his first MLB start Monday night against the Marlins.
Apr 24 - 6:16 PM

Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Daniel Hudson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Hudson will be available out of the Dodgers' bullpen on Tuesday night against the Marlins. The right-hander was signed to a minor league contract on April 2, five days after getting released by the Rays.
Apr 24 - 6:13 PM

Dodgers OF prospect Alex Verdugo went 1-for-4 with a homer on Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Verdugo struggled to hit for power last year, but he already has four on his 2016 campaign in 16 games. Last year's lack of power had more to do with bad fly-ball luck than anything to do with Verdugo, although he reportedly has added some loft to his swing. He's ready to go, but it's going to take an injury or trade for him to come up to the highest level. If that happens, be ready to pounce on him.
Apr 24 - 1:22 PM

Enrique Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a homer in a win over the Marlins on Monday.

The homer was a solo shot, and it was the only run scored off of Jarlin Garcia in the game. Hernandez continues his strong start to his 2018 campaign, and has his OPS up to .860 on the season. He's a solid DFS option when he's in the lineup against southpaws, as he often is.
Apr 24 - 1:32 AM

Josh Fields earned his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth in a victory over the Marlins on Monday.

Fields gave Kenley Jansen the night off, and while he did allow a hit, he was able to get out of the inning unscathed. Don't expect too many more save opportunities for Fields as long as he's in the Los Angeles organization, but he is off to an excellent start to 2018 as seen in his 0.82 ERA and 14/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Apr 24 - 1:29 AM

Walker Buehler didn't get a decision, but fired five scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory over the Marlins on Monday.

Buehler did give up four hits and three walks over those five innings, but he struck out five and was able to make big pitches in his first ever MLB start. The 23-year-old is likely headed back to Oklahoma City to get valuable innings, but the Dodgers will need his services again in 2018 most likely. We saw a glimpse of what makes him one of the best pitching prospects in baseball on Monday.
Apr 24 - 1:23 AM

Rich Hill (finger) will throw a simulated game Tuesday.

Hill landed on the disabled list last week with a cracked left middle fingernail. Provided that he gets through Tuesday's simulated game with no issues, he will be in line to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation on Saturday during their doubleheader against the Giants.
Apr 23 - 7:30 PM

Dodgers designated RHP Wilmer Font for assignment.

Font was pounded for 13 runs and served up five home runs over 10 1/3 relief innings. He should clear waivers.
Apr 23 - 7:26 PM

Dodgers recalled RHP Walker Buehler from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Buehler will make his first major league start on Monday against the Marlins. If things go well, he could get another start on Saturday in San Francisco during a doubleheader. Buehler struggled as a reliever last September with the Dodgers, but the top prospect holds a 2.08 ERA and 16/4 K/BB ratio over 13 innings this season for Oklahoma City. He's a worthy streamer Monday.
Apr 23 - 7:25 PM

Corey Seager is absent from the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

He's getting a day off with the Marlins throwing southpaw Jarlin Garcia. Enrique Hernandez will cover shortstop.
Apr 23 - 6:38 PM

Logan Forsythe (shoulder) has resumed throwing.

Forsythe has battled a shoulder issue since spring training. The Dodgers initially said that they thought Forsythe would be ready for activation from the disabled list when first eligible on April 25, but obviously that's not going to happen.
Apr 23 - 5:52 PM


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