Player News - Dodgers

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Kenta Maeda pitched six innings of one-run ball in a win over the Brewers on Thursday.

It's the eighth time in 16 starts that Maeda has allowed one or no runs. He finishes June with a 2.52 ERA after coming in at 1.41 in April and 5.04 in May.
Jun 30 - 6:07 PM

Clayton Kershaw has been diagnosed with mild disc herniation in his lower back.

The Dodgers say he will not require surgery, though the team has yet to announce a timetable for his return. Los Angeles moved quickly to find his replacement, acquiring Bud Norris in a trade with Atlanta on Thursday. With Kershaw out of commission, Jake Arrieta could be in the driver's seat to start the All-Star Game in San Diego in a couple of weeks.
Jun 30 - 6:02 PM

Trayce Thompson went 2-for-5 and hit his 12th homer Thursday against the Brewers.

Thompson was in a 5-for-48 slump before the Brewers got to Milwaukee, but he's collected four hits the last three days. With Yasiel Puig back, Thompson needs to pick it back up if he expects to start the majority of the time. He could fall back into a platoon role.
Jun 30 - 6:01 PM

Yasiel Puig, who left Wednesday's game with a knee contusion, went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk against the Brewers on Thursday.

Puis might have tried for third on the double had he been feeling better, but given that it was an 8-1 game anyway, there was little reason to push it.
Jun 30 - 5:59 PM

Dodgers placed LHP Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back injury.

There's no timetable for the star left-hander's return to the Dodgers rotation, but he'll be sidelined at least through the All-Star break. He received an epidural injection on Wednesday, and the team will see how he responds before determining the next course of action.
Jun 30 - 5:04 PM

Dodgers designated LHP Ian Thomas for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Bud Norris. Thomas, 29, has spent all of this season at Triple-A, posting a 1.42 ERA and 22/5 K/BB ratio across 19 relief innings. It's possible someone will scoop him up on waivers.
Jun 30 - 3:31 PM

Dodgers acquired OF Dian Toscano from the Braves in the Bud Norris deal.

The Braves gave Toscano, 27, a four-year, $6 million contract in December of 2014, but the Cuban wasn't cleared to play until this year. He's hit only .226/.310/.271 with zero homers and two steals over 203 plate appearances this season with Double-A Mississippi. This looks like a possible salary dump by the Braves.
Jun 30 - 3:23 PM

Dodgers acquired RHP Bud Norris, OF Dian Toscano, a player to be named later and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for LHP Philip Pfeifer and RHP Caleb Dirks.

Norris will occupy a spot in the Dodgers' rotation while Clayton Kershaw (back) is on the shelf and is slated to make his debut for the club on Friday against the Rockies. The Dodgers are getting a hot pitcher, as the righty holds a 2.15 ERA and 29/8 K/BB ratio over his last 29 1/3 innings.
Jun 30 - 3:20 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers have acquired Bud Norris from the Braves.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that pitching prospects Phillip Pfeiffer and Caleb Dirks are going to the Braves in the deal. There's also reportedly a minor leaguer headed to the Dodgers along with Norris. The Dodgers needed a starter to fill in for Clayton Kershaw (back) and it looks like Norris is it. Norris has pitched very well since rejoining the Braves' rotation, putting up a 2.15 ERA and 29/8 K/BB ratio over his last 29 1/3 innings. Obviously he's not going to continue at that pace, but perhaps he can be a decent stop-gap.
Jun 30 - 2:53 PM

Joc Pederson (shoulder) is not available to play Thursday.

Pederson is missing a second straight start with a bruised AC joint in his right shoulder, and he's not available off the bench, either. The hope is that he'll be ready to go sometime over the weekend. Trayce Thompson is again filling in in center field.
Jun 30 - 12:45 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) received an epidural Wednesday and will be placed on the disabled list.

Well, that's a bummer. The Dodgers haven't revealed a specific diagnosis for Kershaw yet, and it appears that he's likely to be sidelined longer than the minimum 15 days. We'll just have to see how Kershaw recovers from his lower back injury before a timetable can be established. It's obviously a massive blow to the Dodgers and to fantasy owners even if his absence winds up being relatively brief. The Dodgers have yet to decide who will start in Kershaw's place on Friday.
Jun 30 - 12:24 PM

Yasiel Puig (knee) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday.

Puig was removed from Wednesday's game with a minor knee contusion, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting sixth against Zach Davies and the Brewers.
Jun 30 - 11:37 AM

Brock Stewart struggled to the tune of five runs and eight hits across five innings to take a loss in his major league debut on Wednesday.

The big blow was a three-run home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the second inning. Stewart struck out seven batters and walked two in the outing. He had an excellent 99/14 K/BB ratio and 1.47 ERA in 86 minor league innings prior to his call-up. The 24-year-old former 6th round pick started this season in High-A ball and shot up to the majors very quickly.
Jun 30 - 12:27 AM

Corey Seager doubled in a 1-for-4 game on Wednesday in Milwaukee on a night when the Dodgers could muster only two base hits.

Seager is now batting .296/.355/.531 on the season. Not bad fora 22-year-old, eh? He has 16 home runs, 51 runs scored and 38 RBI to boot. Yasiel Puig got the only other Dodgers' hit before leaving with a minor leg injury.
Jun 30 - 12:05 AM

Updating a previous item, Yasiel Puig was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Brewers due to a minor knee contusion.

Puig was pulled from the contest after limping out a grounder in the eighth inning. While he previously dealt with a hamstring injury, it appears he has dodged a re-aggravation of that ailment. Following the loss, manager Dave Roberts said that he expects Puig to be in the lineup on Thursday.
Jun 29 - 10:59 PM


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