Brandon McCarthy will miss the rest of the season because of a torn elbow ligament, throwing the Dodgers’ starting rotation into disarray.
McCarthy said he anticipates undergoing Tommy John surgery. That would put him on course to return around the All-Star break next season, he said.
McCarthy, 31, signed with the Dodgers for four years and $48 million, the most prominent winter signing by the team’s new front office. In his first nine years in the major leagues, he had started 30 games once and been on the disabled list 11 times, but never with an elbow injury.
“This falls for me into the ‘this could happen to anyone’ category,” said Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations.
Friedman would not say whether he believed Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has not pitched this season because of what the team has called inflammation and tightness in his left shoulder, would return by June 1. For now, the Dodgers’ rotation consists of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, the oft-injured Brett...Read more
Who are the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time? Does Clayton Kershaw make the list now? Is Sandy Koufax No. 1? What about Vin Scully?
Yes, it's that time again, time for you to pick your 10 greatest Dodgers of all time. The rules: You must list your picks in order, with your first pick being your choice for the greatest Dodgers of all time, your second picks being your choice for second greatest, etc. You can consider anyone who has been associated with the Dodgers, whether it be player, manager, coach, owner, GM, announcer, peanut vendor, etc. Email your list to Houston Mitchell, or leave a comment on this post with your picks.
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So start sending in your ballots. Last time we did this, we received more than 12,000 ballots. Can you break that record?
The top 10 will be unveiled beginning...Read more
Yasiel Puig is on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his major league career.
Puig was placed on the DL along with right-hander Joel Peralta on Sunday before the Dodgers’ series finale against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Puig strained his hamstring in the series opener Friday and didn’t play Saturday. He missed four games in a five-game stretch last week because of problems with the same hamstring.
“It’s just a matter of not wanting to continue on,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “We really feel like he’ll probably be able to play in four or five days. But we’re in the same situation we were in last week, where we wait four, five, he plays three and then something else. I think, at this point, get the thing right, make sure we have him for the long haul.”
In Puig’s absence, Andre Ethier will start in right field for the second consecutive day.
Peralta is sidelined with what the team is calling a right neck strain.
Scott Baker, who will start the game for the Dodgers, was...Read more
A day after straining his left hamstring again, Yasiel Puig was out of the Dodgers lineup Saturday for the second game of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.
Andre Ethier will start in right field in place of Puig.
Manager Don Mattingly claimed to be ignorant of Puig’s condition.
Puig didn’t warm up before the game with his teammates. Mattingly said he was receiving treatment in the trainer’s room at the time.
Asked whether Puig could land on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career, Mattingly said, “I still think it’s a possibility. We just don’t know.”
Mattingly said the team’s medical staff will decide whether to place Puig on the disabled list.
“If it’s the best thing for him, then it’s the best thing,” Mattingly said. “We don’t sit here and fight with medical, like, ‘We’ve got to have him in the lineup tomorrow, we’ve got to have him.’ Obviously, he’s really important to us.”
Puig missed four games in a five-game stretch last week because of soreness in the...Read more
Right-hander Scott Baker will be promoted from triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday to start for the Dodgers in their series finale against the San Diego Padres, Manager Don Mattingly said.
The Times previously reported that the Dodgers were expected to call up Joe Wieland to start in San Diego this weekend. Wieland was scratched from his scheduled start in Oklahoma City on Friday. But it turns out that was so he could start in Oklahoma City on Saturday in Baker’s place, not so that he could be called up to the major leagues.
Baker, 33, was in spring training with the Yankees but was released at the end of camp. He was signed by the Dodgers to a minor-league contract.
In his last start at triple A, Baker came within an out of a seven-inning perfect game in the first game of a doubleheader. In three starts for Oklahoma City, Baker has posted a 1.06 earned-run average.
Baker has pitched in 191 career major league games, including 170 starts. He has an earned-run average of 4.25.
To add Baker to the...Read more
Joe Wieland is expected to start for the Dodgers this weekend against the San Diego Padres, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under condition of anonymity because the right-hander hasn’t yet been officially recalled from triple-A Oklahoma City.
Wieland will start Saturday or Sunday, the person said.
The game at Petco Park would mark a homecoming of sorts for Wieland, who was acquired by the Dodgers as part of the off-season trade that sent Matt Kemp to the Padres.
Once considered one of the top prospects in the Padres system, Wieland has been slowed in recent seasons by arm trouble. He pitched in four games for the Padres last season, including two starts. He earned his first career victory on Sept. 24 by limiting the Colorado Rockies to three runs over 5 1/3 innings.
In two starts for Oklahoma City this season, Wieland is 2-0 with a 1.80 earned-run average. He last pitched on Sunday, when he tossed five scoreless innings in a rain-shortened game.
Zack Greinke...Read more