Player News - Dodgers

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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) felt sore after his last rehab start and is "backing off his planned assignments."

It's unclear how big of a setback it could be, but obviously it's not a good development. Ryu tossed four scoreless innings in his last rehab outing and had been scheduled to start on Monday. The Dodgers could have more on the left-hander's status later Sunday.
May 29 - 3:54 PM

Continuing his turn as public enemy No. 1 in New York, Chase Utley homered twice and drove in five runs as the Dodgers trounced the Mets 9-1 on Saturday.

Utley hit a solo homer in the fourth inning before blasting a grand slam in the seventh. That wasn't even the most excitement that centered around the second baseman, as Mets starter Noah Syndergaard was ejected in the third inning for throwing near Utley. All the vitriol stems from Utley's take-out slide that broke Ruben Tejada's leg last October. All the sideshows have drawn attention away from the fact that Utley is now hitting a healthy .296/.386/.453 in 44 games.
May 28 - 11:21 PM

Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base and two runs scored against the Mets on Saturday.

Kendrick showed off the power and speed that made him a consistent double-digit homers, double-digit steals player at one point in his career. Of course, he's a bit removed from those days -- the home run was his second and the stolen base was his third thus far this season. The 32-year-old has picked it up a bit after a slow start, batting .243/.283/.324 through Saturday's game.
May 28 - 11:00 PM

Kenta Maeda underwent X-rays on his right hand after Saturday's win over the Mets, but they came back negative.

Maeda got struck by a sharp comebacker on Saturday. He stayed in the game, and the post-game X-rays came back negative. Manager Dave Roberts indicated that he should make his next start without issue.
May 28 - 10:56 PM

Kenta Maeda spun five scoreless innings in a win over the Mets on Saturday.

Maeda scattered two hits and two walks while striking out three. He was removed after 75 pitches, possibly related to recent reports that he's struggling to adjust to pitching every fifth day. Of course, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts may also have wanted to get Maeda out of the game with a positive result after he'd struggled in recent starts. The win moved Maeda to 4-3 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 51/17 K/BB ratio over 57 innings this year. The right-hander will have a challenge on his hands Thursday when the Dodgers visit the Cubs.
May 28 - 10:53 PM

Carl Crawford was removed for a pinch runner after beating out an infield single in Saturday's contest against the Mets.

Crawford was replaced by LHP Alex Wood, which signaled that the 34-year-old outfielder could've suffered an injury while legging out a grounder to second base. If he is not injured, it represented a creative way to save his legs in a blowout victory. Something is up, though, it seems. Crawford is now hitting .209 with zero homers in 71 plate appearances.
May 28 - 10:08 PM

Trayce Thompson was removed from Saturday's game against the Mets due to lower back soreness.

Thompson left the game in the fifth inning and was replaced by Yasiel Puig in right field. It's unclear how this will affect the 25-year-old's playing time in the coming days. Thompson has enjoyed a breakout season, hitting .274/.336/.528 with seven home runs in 116 plate appearances.
May 28 - 9:20 PM

Dodgers designated OF James Ramsey for assignment on Saturday.

The Dodgers needed to make room for RHP Casey Fien on the 40-man roster. Ramsey is only hitting .222/.285/.429 with a 33.3 percent strikeout rate in Triple-A Oklahoma City, so the 26-year-old outfielder seemed to be an obvious choice for this move.
May 28 - 6:42 PM

Dodgers recalled RHP Casey Fien from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The right-hander is active and in uniform for Saturday's game against the Mets. He's taking the roster spot of Julio Urias who was optioned back to Triple-A on Saturday. Fien registered a 7.90 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 12/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings before he was cut by the Twins earlier in the season.
May 28 - 3:56 PM

Dodgers optioned LHP Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

While he struggled in his big league debut on Friday, Urias flashed the skills and talent that have made him the top pitching prospect in the game. He'll continue to bide his time at Triple-A for now, but will almost assuredly get another chance with the Dodgers later in the season.
May 28 - 1:57 PM

Julio Urias struggled in his major league debut Friday night against the Mets, allowing three runs, five hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings.

This just in: Pitching in the majors is hard. All three runs scored in the first inning. Urias was pulled in the third inning after loading the bases. The stuff looked good - the 19-year-old worked in the mid-90s with his fastball and broke off a few good breaking balls — but the command and control weren't there for him on this night. He threw just 42 out of 81 pitches for strikes. On the bright side, things can only get better from here. This is just the beginning.
May 27 - 10:52 PM

Chase Utley continued to play the role of Mets nemesis on Friday by driving in four of the Dodgers’ five runs.

It was Utley’s first game action at Citi Field since he broke Ruben Tejada’s leg on a "slide" into second base during the NLDS in Los Angeles last October. Mets fans let him have it, but it didn’t knock Utley off his game. In addition to drawing two walks, he had a sacrifice fly in the third inning and tied the ballgame up with a dramatic bases-clearing double in the top of the ninth inning. The Mets would go on to win the game in the bottom of the frame, but Utley continues to produce at the top of the order for the Dodgers. The 37-year-old is batting .292/.385/.416 over 43 games.
May 27 - 10:49 PM

Dodgers transferred RHP Yimi Garcia from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Julio Urias. Garcia remains out indefinitely while recovering from numbness in his pitching arm.
May 27 - 4:29 PM

Dodgers purchased the contract of LHP Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Urias will make his major league debut on Friday against the Mets. The top prospect has put up a 1.10 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 44/8 K/BB ratio through 41 innings this season at Oklahoma City and was in the midst of a 27-inning scoreless streak at the time of his promotion. He's filling in for Alex Wood (triceps) and might be sent down after the start, although the Dodgers have discussed using Urias as a reliever.
May 27 - 4:25 PM

Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman expects Julio Urias to balance time between the bullpen and the starting rotation this year.

Urias is a future top-of-the-rotation starter but the Dodgers understandably want to limit his workload in year one. "Julio is an extremely talented pitching prospect whose talent is a little bit ahead of his development," said Friedman. The Dodgers haven't decided if Urias will stick around after Friday's start against the Mets. Urias is starting in place of Alex Wood, who was scratched with forearm tightness.
May 26 - 8:20 PM


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