More than seven weeks into its season, the
But it had to endure a brief scare first.
Kershaw was fine.
The improved status of the rotation, coupled with the second victory in as many days at
Over six innings, Ryu limited the Mets to two runs, both of which came on a sixth-inning home run by Eric Campbell.
Zack Greinke will start Thursday in the series finale against the Mets. Kershaw,
"You expect them to keep you in the game pretty much every day," Manager
Hanley Ramirez smiled and tapped on the side of his locker.
"Knock on wood," Ramirez said. "We just have to stay on the field."
But as the rotation stabilized, the other parts of the team remained in various states of fluidity.
Juan Uribe was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, meaning Turner and
The Dodgers replaced Uribe on their active roster with Erisbel Arruebarrena, a slick-fielding but light-hitting Cuban shortstop they signed this spring to a five-year, $25-million contract.
A childhood friend of
While admitting Arruebarrena's offense was "a work in progress," Mattingly explained the Dodgers called him up because they want to occasionally rest Ramirez.
"Other than Hanley, we haven't had a true shortstop," Mattingly said. "We've got to be able to give Hanley a day here and there. We're going to get more out of him."
Arruebarrena, 24, said he was surprised to be called up as soon as he was.
"A dream come true," he said in Spanish.
Ramirez has shown limited range at shortstop, but Mattingly said the Dodgers have no plans of moving him to third base and starting Arruebarrena at shortstop.
"We've always talked about not moving Hanley back and forth," Mattingly said.
Asked of Ramirez's defensive capabilities, Mattingly replied, "I mean, what do you want me to say, really, on that? Hanley works every day. I don't feel I'm getting a lack of effort in any way, shape or form with Hanley. He is what he is. I think we knew at the beginning of the season. I can't fault Hanley in any way for the effort and his work."
Ryu's return required the Dodgers to make another roster move and they optioned
Withrow was only one of two players who could be sent to the minor leagues without clearing waivers. The other was closer
"He has options and we're in a little bit of a box," Mattingly said.
Even though he was pitching in relief, Withrow was tied with
However, Mattingly said the decision "wasn't an easy one. He's a guy we've put in some high-leverage situations, probably higher than you'd want for a young guy. We know his stuff plays to just about every hitter."
With Withrow unavailable, the Dodgers called on Brandon League to protect their 3-2 lead and pitch the seventh inning. This marked the first game in which League entered a game with the Dodgers leading by fewer than five runs.
League didn't allow a run, extending his scoreless streak to 211/3 innings over 14 appearances.