Player News - Dodgers

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Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier homered off Ricardo Pinto in the seventh to help the Dodgers edge the Phillies 5-4 on Thursday.

Ethier's homer tied the game, and the Dodgers went ahead in the same frame after Cody Bellinger knocked in Chris Taylor on a groundout. Ethier is 8-for-25 with two homers and a double since making his season debut on Sept. 1. If he keeps it up, he'll have an interesting case for a bench spot in October. He'd probably be more useful than Adrian Gonzalez, not that the Dodgers are necessarily going to carry either.
Sep 21 - 5:50 PM

After allowing two runs in three innings Thursday against the Padres, Kenta Maeda was informed that he had made his last start of the year and would be shifted to the pen.

It's not a big surprise, as the Dodgers are going to want Alex Wood and Rich Hill, in some order, to occupy the third and fourth spots in their postseason rotation. Making the move now will let Maeda get his feet wet in the pen before the NLDS. It could lead to Brandon McCarthy getting a start next week.
Sep 21 - 5:47 PM

Logan Forsythe, making his first start at shortstop since 2014, went 0-for-3 with a walk on Thursday.

Forsythe ended up playing just an inning of short, as the Dodgers redid their entire infield after Justin Turner got hit by a pitch and left the game. Forsythe spent the rest of the afternoon at third base.
Sep 21 - 5:42 PM

X-rays turned up negative on Justin Turner's right thumb.

Turner got struck on the thumb by a pitch in the first inning of Thursday's game against the Phillies and he was lifted in the bottom of the second. The official diagnosis is a right thumb contusion. Consider the third baseman day-to-day.
Sep 21 - 2:34 PM

Justin Turner (thumb) made an early exit from Thursday's game against the Phillies.

Turner took a pitch off his chest and right thumb in the top of the first inning and he was replaced at third base by Logan Forsythe in the bottom of the second. Turner passed an initial strength test following the HBP, so his second-inning departure was probably just precautionary. Look for an update after the game.
Sep 21 - 1:52 PM

Corey Seager (ankle, elbow) is out of the Dodgers' lineup on Thursday afternoon.

Seager has been bothered by right elbow discomfort for over a month and he fouled a ball off his ankle on Wednesday night. He'll probably get multiple days off over this final stretch of the regular season so that he is as healthy as possible leading into the playoffs. Logan Forsythe is starting at shortstop and batting eighth Thursday versus the Phillies.
Sep 21 - 11:01 AM

Yasiel Puig went 2-for-5 in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

He singled twice in the contest and struck out once. The controversial outfielder has taken a step forward this year in his age 26 season and is likely to set career highs in several categories. He has a .261 batting average with a career-high 26 homers, career-high 69 RBI, 66 runs and career-high 15 stolen bases. Those may be career bests for him but they still are not star level numbers, although they are much better than his results from the last two years. He has yet to meet the expectations set by his promising 2013-14 seasons.
Sep 21 - 12:59 AM

Chris Taylor smacked a solo home run and walked twice in a loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

He took starter Jake Thompson deep in the third inning for his 21st longball of the season. The Dodgers' leadoff hitter and centerfielder has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, although he has cooled off quite a bit in September. He had a .213 batting average last year and hit .170 the year before. He is slashing .292/.361/.506 with 69 RBI and 81 runs scored in 132 games. He's stolen 16 bases in 20 attempts. His defensive versatility has enabled him to play eight or more games at every position except first base and catcher this year.
Sep 21 - 12:51 AM

Alex Wood took a no-decision against the Phillies after allowing two runs in six innings on Wednesday.

He struck out six batters without issuing a walk. He surrendered just three base hits but unfortunately they all came in the same inning and produced two runs. Wood has been simply marvelous this year. He is 15-3 with a 2.71 ERA and 1.04 WHIP after 24 starts and two relief appearances. He has amassed 150 strikeouts in 146 1/3 innings. Not bad for a guy who was ninth or tenth on the Dodgers' starting pitching depth chart entering spring training. He took advantage of several injuries to the guys ahead of him to nab a spot in the rotation and has never looked back.
Sep 21 - 12:41 AM

X-rays on Corey Seager's ankle came back negative on Wednesday.

Seager fouled a ball off of his ankle on Wednesday. He was able to stay in the game, but the Dodgers made sure their star shortstop didn't have any damage. You should consider him day-to-day with the playoffs wrapped up and the division coming shortly.
Sep 20 - 11:41 PM

Yu Darvish allowed one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday’s no-decision versus the Phillies.

Darvish cruised through the first five frames but ran into trouble in the sixth. An error by Cody Bellinger to start off the inning didn’t help, and the Phillies were able to cash in that run with three straight one-out singles off Darvish to KO to right-hander. He threw 97 pitches over his 5 1/3 frames. Darvish gets the Giants this weekend.
Sep 19 - 11:47 PM

Pedro Baez gave up four runs while recording just two outs in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

Baez entered in the seventh inning with the Dodgers clinging to a one-run lead and promptly gave up a triple and then hit a batter. He retired two of the next three hitters with a walk mixed in and then issued another free pass to Odubel Herrera to force in the tying run. Rhys Hoskins then cleared the bases with a double off Baez, who might be pitching his way off the playoff roster. He's allowed 12 runs -- 10 earned -- over his last seven appearances.
Sep 19 - 11:46 PM

Yasmani Grandal launched a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

The shot off of Aaron Nola opened the scoring in this one. It was just the second home run in 20 games for Grandal, who is batting only .143 over that stretch to drop his season line to .244/.305/.449. The catcher does have 20 dingers on the season now, as he's put up his second straight 20-homer campaign.
Sep 19 - 11:31 PM

Corey Seager is in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

Seager got the day off Monday, but he's expected to be in the lineup moving forward. The young shortstop is dealing with a nagging elbow issue which might require surgery in the offseason, but he's going to try to grind through it with the playoffs approaching.
Sep 19 - 3:44 PM

Clayton Kershaw gave up four runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Phillies.

All four runs came on the first grand slam ever allowed by Kershaw, that coming off the bat of Aaron Altherr in the sixth. Before that, he was doing just fine; he allowed two singles and no walks over the first five innings. If he had made one better pitch to Altherr, he's most likely 18-3 with a 2.04 ERA right now. Instead, he's 17-4 with a 2.26 ERA. It might be that the one pitch will cost him the Cy Young Award.
Sep 18 - 10:14 PM


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