Player News - Dodgers

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Scott Van Slyke (back) is not expected to return before June.

Van Slyke has been out for three weeks with a lower back injury and still hasn't been cleared to resume baseball activities. The 29-year-old has been a weapon for the Dodgers against left-handed pitching the last few seasons, so his absence for what looks like will be at least a couple months is notable.
May 1 - 3:13 PM

Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

He's on the bench with the Padres throwing a lefty (Drew Pomeranz), which has been a regular thing this season. Trayce Thompson is in center field and Enrique Hernandez is in left Sunday. They also have Yasiel Puig in the leadoff spot.

Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, which accounted for the only runs that the Dodgers scored in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

It's been a tough stretch of games for the 37-year-old. He's hitting 2-for-21 (.095) in his last six games, but his crazy-hot start to the campaign means he still boasts a .286/.375/.440 slash line and bats lead-off for the Dodgers. Despite that, he currently ranks outside the top-20 fantasy second basemen and isn't a desirable option outside of deep mixed leagues and standard NL-only leagues. In fact, if Howie Kendrick can find any success whatsoever at the plate, he'll probably start to eat into Utley's playing time as the season progresses.
May 1 - 1:04 AM

Ross Stripling couldn't escape the fifth inning in Saturday's loss to the Padres, getting rocked for five runs on seven hits and two walks in just 4 2/3 innings.

Stripling announced himself to the baseball world with a near no-hitter in his major-league debut. Since then, he's allowed 12 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings (5.49 ERA) and has lost back-to-back games. The right-hander has done a nice job limiting the home runs, but the Padres combined for four doubles on Saturday, which did more than enough damage. He'll have a tough matchup against the Blue Jays in his next scheduled start.
May 1 - 12:53 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin, shoulder) threw a 40-45 pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

He was joined by Brandon McCarthy (elbow), who threw 50-60 pitches over three sessions. Ryu mixed in all of his pitches over two sessions. The plan is for him to throw one more bullpen session before advancing to facing live hitters. There's no timetable for Ryu's return.
Source: dodgers.com
Apr 30 - 10:16 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) threw a 50-60 pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

He was able to throw his full arsenal of pitches. Manager Dave Roberts noticed significant improvement from his previous bullpen session. "Brandon was good today," he said. "I saw him on Tuesday, and he was OK, but today the ball was coming out better for me." McCarthy has been focusing on building up his arm strength and repeating his mechanics. If McCarthy can avoid setbacks, he should return to the Dodgers' rotation before the All-Star break.
Source: dodgers.com
Apr 30 - 10:10 PM

The Dodgers shuffled their starting rotation so they could have Kenta Maeda pitch against the Blue Jays next week.

The Dodgers have two days off next week, which has allowed manager Dave Roberts to shape the rotation to his liking. Alex Wood will have his start moved up to Wednesday with Maeda lining up against the Blue Jays on Friday. Maeda matches up much better against Toronto's lineup of right-handed studs than the left-hander Wood, who will pitch against the Rays instead. Maeda came back to Earth in his last outing (6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) but still owns an impressive 1.41 ERA over five starts this year.
Source: dodgers.com
Apr 30 - 10:02 PM

Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

He'll get the day off after laboring through a dismal 0-for-4 showing on Friday. Puig has watched his average fall from .347 to .250 over his last 10 games. Enrique Hernandez will fill in at right field and bat sixth.
Apr 30 - 5:42 PM

Alex Wood struck out nine while allowing one run in seven innings Friday against the Padres.

Wood brought his ERA down from 6.00 to 4.82 tonight. It surely helped some that he was facing the Padres, but he was due for an outing like this anyway. His velocity is better than it was last year, and his curve remains a fine weapon.
Apr 30 - 1:32 AM

Chris Hatcher gave up a three-run homer in a tie game to take a loss Friday against the Padres.

Yimi Garcia or Pedro Baez should have entered the season as the Dodgers' No. 2 reliever, but Dave Roberts has favored Hatcher since day one. That'll probably begin to change now, as Hatcher has given up three homers and walked eight while allowing 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings. Unfortunately, Garcia is on the DL, but Baez is available and Adam Liberatore is making a case for an enhanced role.
Apr 30 - 1:30 AM


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