Player News - Dodgers

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Joc Pederson (groin) will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Pederson was lifted from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks after injuring his groin while lunging for first base in an attempt to beat out a grounder in the sixth inning. It doesn't sound as though the injury is too serious, but he'll get checked out on Monday before the club makes a determination on his availability.
Apr 23 - 7:52 PM

Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Grandal followed up a two-run double by Adrian Gonzalez with a two-run home run to put the exclamation point on a six-run fifth inning. For the season, the 28-year-old backstop is slashing .250/.368/.479 with three homers and six RBI across 48 at-bats. He has hit double-digit home runs in each of the last three seasons, topping out with 27 during the past campaign.
Apr 23 - 7:45 PM

Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, including a two-run two-bagger, in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Gonzalez picked up a two-run double against Randall Delgado in the fifth inning after the reliever was forced into early duty due to an injury to starter Shelby Miller. The veteran first baseman has been slow to find his power stroke early. Not only is Gonzalez still searching for his first home run of the season -- he clubbed 18 in 2016 -- he is slugging a mere .344.
Apr 23 - 7:39 PM

Brandon McCarthy surrendered two runs on five hits over seven innings of work in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

McCarthy struck out six and walked one on the afternoon. A two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning represented the entirety of the run-scoring damage on his watch. He will carry a crisp 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 22/8 K/BB ratio (24 innings) into a home start against the Phillies next time he takes to the mound.
Apr 23 - 7:26 PM

Joc Pederson was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks due to right groin tightness.

It's unclear when exactly the outfielder sustained the injury or how much time he may stand to miss. Kike Hernandez replaced him in center field on Sunday and would stand to see additional playing time if Pederson is forced to miss any time.
Apr 23 - 6:31 PM

Dodgers recalled LHP Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Liberatore didn't win an Opening Day roster spot despite some nice work for the Dodgers last season, but he's back up after allowing just one run in his first six relief appearances at Oklahoma City. He'll be used as a lefty specialist.
Apr 23 - 1:39 PM

Dodgers optioned OF Brett Eibner to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Eibner was only up for a few days, picking up one hit in five at-bats. The club has elected to add another reliever in Adam Liberatore.
Apr 23 - 1:37 PM

Enrique Hernandez hit a leadoff home run in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

You can't say Hernandez didn't at least try to get the Dodgers off on the right foot, as he took Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray deep to open the game and give his club an early lead. The homer was his second of the year. He'll continue to get at-bats against lefties and has hit atop the team's lineup in recent contests, making him an interesting DFS player when the Dodgers play a southpaw, if nothing else.
Apr 23 - 1:48 AM

Kenta Maeda allowed six runs on nine hits -- including a career-high four homers -- over five innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Maeda was tormented mainly by Yasmany Tomas, who homered twice, but Jake Lamb and Chris Herrmann also got in on the action before Maeda exited. The truth is, nothing has really been going well for Maeda this year -- even his one win came in a game he allowed four runs in five innings of work. Maeda will carry an 8.05 ERA and 1.53 WHIP into Thursday's contest at the Giants, a game that fantasy owners should perhaps avoid until the 29-year-old shows some improvement.
Apr 23 - 1:39 AM

Grant Dayton (intercostal) will return from the disabled list as soon as he’s eligible next Friday.

Dayton completed a bullpen session on Saturday and is expected to head out on a short rehab assignment next week while the Dodgers play a four-game set in San Francisco. The left-hander has pitched to a perfect 0.00 ERA in seven relief outings this year.
Apr 22 - 8:50 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it’s possible Rich Hill (blister) could pitch out of the bullpen when he returns from the disabled list.

Hill threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday and will likely begin a rehab assignment sometime next week. The left-hander has struggled with blister issues on and off for the better part of two seasons and using him out of the bullpen might be the best way to preserve his long-term health. If Hill does move to the pen full-time, it could open up a spot for Julio Urias in the starting rotation.
Apr 22 - 8:48 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts suggested Julio Urias could start a game in the team’s upcoming series against the Giants.

Urias would likely start on Wednesday in place of Alex Wood, who joined the rotation when Rich Hill (blister) was placed on the disabled list last week. It’s unclear if the plan would be for Urias to simply serve as a placeholder for Hill or if the Dodgers want him to be a permanent fixture in their starting rotation. The 20-year-old hasn’t missed a beat in the minors this year, producing a stellar 1.83 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Apr 22 - 8:42 PM

Scott Kazmir (hip) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

He was observed by manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. This comes just two days after Kazmir had a pen session cut short due to renewed hip tightness. It appears he got through Saturday's session without issue but Kazmir still isn't close to returning to the Dodgers' rotation.
Apr 22 - 5:51 PM

Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers figured this would be a good day to sit him with Robbie Ray throwing for Arizona. Gonzalez is hitless in 11 at-bats with two strikeouts against Ray in his career. Scott Van Slyke will make a rare start at first on Saturday. He's batting fifth.
Apr 22 - 5:47 PM

Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

This will be the third time in a row Austin Barnes has caught for Kenta Maeda. That doesn't seem like a coincidence. Through his first 44 at-bats, Grandal is hitting .250 with two homers and four RBI. He should be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Apr 22 - 5:42 PM


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