Player News - Dodgers

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Dodgers acquired RHP Tyler Pill from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

The 27-year-old hurler had struggled in two appearances with Triple-A Reno this season. He'll add minor league bullpen depth for the Dodgers.
Apr 21 - 8:42 AM

Corey Seager finished Friday's game 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but he was able to reach base twice after getting hit by pitch.

The two HBP came courtesy of Max Scherzer, who was certainly not doing it intentionally. It was the first time a Dodger has been hit by two pitches in a game since Justin Turner on April 15, 2017. He'll look to get back on track in the hitting department on Saturday, but it won't be easy facing down against Stephen Strasburg.
Apr 21 - 2:21 AM

Clayton Kershaw allowed four earned runs, nine hits and no walks with four strikeouts over seven innings in Friday's loss against the Nationals.

Kershaw lost the rare battle between three-time Cy Young Award winners, as Max Scherzer was much more efficient. It was the first time a pair of three-time Cy Young winners hooked up since Greg Maddux against Roger Clemens back in 2006. Kershaw didn't lose his third decision until Sept. 7 last season. He'll next take the ball on Wednesday in Arizona opposite Zack Godley.
Apr 21 - 2:18 AM

Justin Turner (wrist) was able to hit off of a tee for the first time on Friday.

It's a step in the right direction for Turner, though manager Dave Roberts said that there's still no clear timetable for a potential return to the Dodgers. At this point, it seems like mid-May is a fair estimate barring any setbacks.
Apr 20 - 7:20 PM

Dodgers OF prospect Yusniel Diaz went 3-for-4 with two walks on Thursday for Double-A Tulsa.

It was Diaz's first game of the season, and it was a good one. The 21-year-old outfielder oozes fantasy potential thanks to his above-average hit tool and plus speed, and there's some power coming as well. He needs to show more consistency, but considering his age and inexperience, it's unfair to hold that against him just yet. Diaz could be a top-of-the-order hitter for the Dodgers before the end of the decade.
Apr 20 - 2:40 PM

Dodgers C prospect Keibert Ruiz went 4-for-5 on Thursday for Double-A Tulsa.

Ruiz also scored two runs. The 19-year-old backstop has more than held his own at the Double-A level, hitting .286 with two homers over his first 11 games in the Texas League. He has a chance to hit for average because of his quick, compact right-handed swing, and there should be some more power coming as he gets stronger. This is a high-upside catching prospect who also has some safety because he's a quality defender behind the plate. He could be the everyday catcher by the summer of 2019.
Apr 20 - 1:07 PM

Corey Seager went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a walk in the Dodgers' 13-4 rout of the Padres on Wednesday.

After a slow start, Seager has eight hits and five runs scored during the Dodgers' current four-game winning streak. He's lifted his average from .196 to .254.
Apr 19 - 1:51 AM

Kenta Maeda won despite allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Padres.

Maeda struck out 10 tonight, but he also gave up eight hits. It's been the story of his season to date; he's fanned 24 in 14 1/3 innings, yet also surrendered 20 hits. It's not quite what his fantasy owners were hoping for, but he remains a mixed-league asset.
Apr 19 - 1:49 AM

Max Muncy had a two-run homer and a walk in his first start for the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Muncy took Luis Perdomo deep for his sixth major league homer and first since 2016. He might get a little look as a regular here with Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe on the DL, but it'd still almost surely be a short-term thing.
Apr 19 - 1:45 AM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Kenley Jansen is in no danger of losing his closing job.

"I think we’re a ways from that," Roberts said. "I think he’s earned that. Sometimes with a guy like that with his track record, you’ve got to let him work things out." Jansen has not looked like himself to begin 2018, and he's given up six runs in his eight appearances after allowing just 10 in 2017. Period. Jansen should be fine in the long-term, but you can't help but wonder if the 30-year-old closer is completely healthy. It's a situation worth monitoring, at the very least.
Apr 18 - 9:21 PM

Rich Hill (finger) told reporters that he was placed on the disabled list with a crack on the fingernail of his left middle finger.

He also told reporters that he wasn't happy about not being able to pitch, and that this is just precautionary. That's good news for those who have Hill on their fantasy roster, as it sounds like there's a good chance he'll be able to be activated when he's eligible on April 25.
Apr 18 - 7:48 PM

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

Liberatore comes up to replace Rich Hill, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his middle finger. The 30-year-old southpaw will likely serve out of the bullpen for the Dodgers, and had 0.00 ERA in five appearances for Oklahoma City in 2018 pitching in that role.
Apr 18 - 7:41 PM

Dodgers placed LHP Rich Hill on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to April 15 with inflammation in his left middle finger.

Hill was lit up for seven runs in five innings in his last start, and while the injury might not be the only reason for the struggles, it likely didn't help. He'll miss at least one start with the injury; and more than likely two. The disabled list has been an all too familiar landing spot for Hill over the past few seasons, which is one of the reasons why the Dodgers have carried so much depth in their rotation.
Apr 18 - 7:37 PM

Max Muncy is starting at third base and batting eighth against the Padres on Wednesday.

Muncy was called-up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. A fifth-round pick out of Baylor in 2012, Muncy was hitting well in the Pacific Coast League before the promotion, but his .617 OPS in his time in the majors with Oakland tells a much clearer story of his likely impact with Los Angeles.
Apr 18 - 6:50 PM

Matt Kemp belted a two-run home run in Tuesday's 7-3 victory in San Diego and he finished with three RBI.

Kemp is eating up his former team, as he has two homers and six RBI in the first two games of the series in San Diego. He entered the series with just one homer and four RBI across his first 13 games of the season. He'll look to keep it going Wednesday against RHP Luis Perdomo. Kemp has just three lifetime at-bats vs. Perdomo, but he has two RBI.
Apr 18 - 4:24 AM


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