Player News - Dodgers

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Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

Taylor's third hit of the evening, an RBI double to the center field gap, increased the Dodgers' lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. That would stand as the final score. He also made a nice diving catch in center field on a sinking liner. This was his third three-hit showing in his last 10 games. Over the course of 93 at-bats, the 26-year-old is slashing a cool .344/.445/.581 with five home runs and 18 RBI.
May 26 - 1:24 AM

Chase Utley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

Utley had not hit a home run entering action on Thursday, but he finally got that monkey off his back when he socked a solo shot off Michael Wacha in the second inning. The veteran second baseman acts as a nice clubhouse presence, but not so much with the bat, as he is slashing a mere .204/.292/.312 on the season.
May 26 - 1:23 AM

Making his first start since May 10, Kenta Maeda surrendered three runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

Maeda was sidelined for two weeks by hamstring tightness and he looked shaky out of the gate in his return on Thursday, surrendering a two-run double to Jedd Gyorko and an RBI single to Yadier Molina. However, he would settle in as the game progressed, even chipping in with a go-ahead two-run single to help his own cause in the fourth inning. Maeda finished his outing having struck out four, walked two and thrown 78 pitches (49 for strikes). The Dodgers figure to allow him a longer leash with the pitch count when he takes on these same Cardinals on the road next Tuesday.
May 26 - 1:18 AM

Dodgers placed LHP Luis Avilan on the 10-day disabled list with left triceps soreness.

His roster spot will be absorbed by left-hander Adam Liberatore. Avilan leads the Dodgers with six holds but sports a lethargic 1.53 WHIP over 15 innings of work. He's the 20th Dodger to be placed on the DL this year.
May 25 - 9:31 PM

Dodgers activated LHP Adam Liberatore from the 10-day disabled list.

He'll take the roster spot left by Luis Avilan, who is headed to the disabled list with left triceps soreness. Liberatore sat out two weeks with a strained groin. He's allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings for the Dodgers this year.
May 25 - 9:28 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the team has not considered demoting Hyun-Jin Ryu to the minor leagues.

However, Roberts also said he has no plans to use a six-man rotation, which leaves Ryu in limbo. The left-hander may have to settle for a long relief/mop-up role until a spot opens for him in the starting rotation. The Dodgers could also look to trade Ryu, though his value is probably at an all-time low right now.
May 25 - 8:26 PM

Justin Turner (hamstring) took grounders at third base on Thursday.

It's the first time he's done that since going on the disabled list last week. He's also resumed throwing from up to 90 feet. Turner will be eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, though he'll probably need a little more time than that. Logan Forsythe and Enrique Hernandez have been filling in at third base.
May 25 - 7:43 PM

Logan Forsythe is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Cardinals.

It's a routine night off. Enrique Hernandez will handle third base and bat seventh Thursday against Cards right-hander Michael Wacha. Forsythe has gone just 1-for-8 with five strikeouts since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday.
May 25 - 6:41 PM

Dodgers activated RHP Kenta Maeda from the 10-day disabled list.

He'll be on the mound Thursday against the Cardinals. Maeda landed on the DL with hamstring tightness earlier this month but only missed a couple turns in the rotation. Though his ERA sits at a relatively uninspiring 5.03, Maeda had been on a roll before his injury with two wins and a 2.21 ERA over his previous three starts. Joc Pederson (concussion) was placed on the disabled list to make room for him.
May 25 - 6:38 PM

Dodgers placed Joc Pederson on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Pederson injured himself in a scary collision with Yasiel Puig on Wednesday night and will need some time to recover. The concussion is severe enough that Pederson has been advised not to use any electronics including watching television or using his cell phone. Brett Eibner, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor are all candidates to fill in at center field during his absence. This is Pederson's second DL stint of the season.
May 25 - 6:37 PM

Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo went 2-for-5 with a double on Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

He also scored a run. Verdugo still isn't hitting for power, but it's tough to complain too much about a .321 average and a .402 on-base percentage. There is average power potential in his left-handed bat, so the homers should start to come. Even if they don't, he might have a chance to play everyday because of the advanced hit tool.
May 25 - 1:35 PM

Kenta Maeda (hamstring) will start for the Dodgers on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

Maeda allowed three runs -- one earned -- over four innings in a rehab start with High-A Rancho Cucamonga last Friday. He was on a nice roll before landing on the disabled list May 11 with a hamstring injury and attributed it to a change in approach. "I think I was relying too much on my four-seamer, throwing it hard and not focusing enough on getting hitters out quickly," Maeda told the Orange County Register on Wednesday night. "I think, looking back, I’m now relying on moving the ball more and making sure I’m more efficient. … I’ve come to realize I am not a power pitcher."
May 25 - 1:32 PM

Rich Hill walked seven and allowed five runs in four-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Just 40 of Hill's 82 pitches were strikes, which makes one wonder if his finger issues creeped back up. Manager Dave Roberts wasn't willing to comment about that immediately following the game. Most likely, we'll be hearing more about it tomorrow.
May 25 - 1:12 AM

Yasiel Puig remained in the starting lineup Wednesday, but went 0-for-3 against the Cardinals.

Because he's a truck, Puig was able to stay in and finish Tuesday's game after his scary collision with Joc Pederson in right-center. He couldn't have been 100 percent physically tonight, either, but he's doing his best to play while banged up this year.
May 25 - 1:02 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu will not start during this weekend's series against the Cubs.

The Dodgers are considering potentially moving Ryu into a long relief role. While he will not be pitching this weekend, manager Dave Roberts said that he could potentially take the mound at some point next week -- though in what capacity has not been determined. In seven starts this season, Ryu has posted a 4.75 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 36/15 K/BB ratio.
May 24 - 7:40 PM


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