Player News - Dodgers

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Alex Wood lost to the Rays after allowing five runs -- four earned -- in five-plus innings Wednesday.

Wood struck out seven and walked none, but he gave up three homers, dooming him to another defeat on the road. He's allowed 21 runs -- 17 earned -- over 19 innings in his four road starts and two runs in 14 innings in his two home starts. The good news is that both of his starts next week will come at Dodger Stadium. The bad is that they're against the Mets and Cardinals.
May 4 - 11:08 PM

After sitting against a left-hander Tuesday, Corey Seager started against one Wednesday and contributed a double and two walks against the Rays.

Seager is hitting .252/.322/.398 in 103 at-bats, which, while not up to expectations, is hardly a disaster. He still has some work to do before earning an everyday spot near the top of the Dodgers' lineup, but he'll get there before the year is out.
May 4 - 11:04 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that early June would be the "best-case scenario" for Scott Van Slyke's return to action from a back injury.

Van Slyke has been doing exercises to strengthen his core, but he has yet to resume baseball activity. He hit the disabled list in early April with lower back tightness. The 29-year-old outfielder is a strong option against southpaw pitching when he is healthy. Once he has been cleared for baseball activities, we should have a more concrete idea of his recovery timetable.
May 4 - 5:28 PM

Dodgers RHP prospect Jose De Leon recorded nine strikeouts over five scoreless frames Tuesday in his season debut for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

De Leon missed the first month while recovering from a sprained ankle. He didn't miss a beat in his return, holding New Orleans to two hits and one walk. He got the hook from manager Bill Haselman after throwing 88 pitches. The Zephyrs took the lead against reliever Luis Avilan in the seventh, forcing De Leon to settle for a no-decision. The 23-year-old from Puerto Rico is considered the Dodgers' second-best prospect behind left-hander Julio Urias.
Source: MILB.com
May 4 - 1:57 PM

Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler announced Wednesday that Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended for the rest of the season "for repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract."

This is the same thing the Dodgers tried to do last May, but a grievance was filed and the suspension was reduced to 30 days. It might be best if these two parties simply go their separate ways, though the Dodgers still owe Arruebarrena around $17.5 million. The 26-year-old infielder was signed out of Cuba in 2013 and has been a major disappointment both off and on the field. He was slashing .182/.224/.400 with four home runs and 21 strikeouts in 17 games this season at Double-A Tulsa.
May 4 - 1:04 PM

Howie Kendrick went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Dodgers doubled up the Rays 10-5 on Tuesday.

Kendrick had just four hits since April 15 before Tuesday's outburst. He swatted a two-run double in the fifth, his only extra-base hit of the evening and his first such hit all year. Those statistics indicate what kind of start to the season the 32-year-old has endured, batting just .197/.222/.213 even with the great game.
May 3 - 10:48 PM

Trayce Thompson went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI against the Rays on Tuesday.

Thompson hit a two-run homer off Rays starter Matt Moore in the second inning before notching a two-run single in the fifth. After an offseason trade to the Dodgers, Thompson has appeared in 23 games with his new club this season. And he's enjoyed a level of success, batting .278/.316/.463 with two home runs and nine RBI.
May 3 - 10:37 PM

Yasiel Puig went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Puig entered the game in a 1-for-20 slump and wasn't on his way to a terribly memorable night before blasting the three-run shot in the ninth. He's now got three homers and 12 RBI through 26 games. Even with his relative struggles, Puig remains near the top of the Dodgers' lineup and shouldn't lose the faith of fantasy owners after a few rough weeks.
May 3 - 10:34 PM

Scott Kazmir struck out nine while allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings of work in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Kazmir was dominant at times but also allowed two home runs among his seven hits allowed. He's had those types of games this year -- he's allowed two or more homers in three of his six starts -- but he was good enough Tuesday to also take home his second win. The southpaw stands at 2-2 with a 5.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 30/8 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings to date. He'll square off with the Mets on Monday.
May 3 - 10:24 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Carl Crawford will not get any starts in Tampa Bay.

Roberts wants to keep the veteran outfielder off the Tropicana Field turf, and the Dodgers' next three games will be on the Rogers Centre turf in Toronto. It could be a very light week for Crawford.
May 3 - 5:20 PM

Yasmani Grandal is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.

He'll sit against left-hander Matt Moore. A.J. Ellis will start behind the dish and catch Scott Kazmir.
May 3 - 2:21 PM

Corey Seager is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.

He's sitting against southpaw Matt Moore. Charlie Culberson will start at shortstop and bat ninth.
May 3 - 2:19 PM

Joc Pederson is in the starting lineup against the Rays on Tuesday.

It's a rare start against a lefty for Pederson, as he'll bat eighth versus Matt Moore. Enrique Hernandez will serve as the DH and bat leadoff while Trayce Thompson will play left.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Dale Thayer has opted out of his minor league contract with the Dodgers.

Thayer latched on with the Dodgers after spring training and had a 6.75 ERA with 10 strikeouts and two walks over eight innings. The 35-year-old will look for an opportunity elsewhere.
May 3 - 11:58 AM

Dodgers right-hander Josh Ravin has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The story was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Ravin tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2. The 28-year-old was already on the 60-day disabled list after breaking his left (non-throwing) arm in a car accident during spring training. He's the third player to receive a PED suspension in the past two weeks, joining Dee Gordon and Chris Colabello.
May 2 - 6:36 PM


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