The Dodgers, who haven’t had a left-handed pitcher start a game in more than three years, will break their own modern major league record of most consecutive games started by a right-hander in this weekend’s series against the Chicago Cubs.
The Dodgers will tie their major league mark of 453 games tonight when Pedro Astacio throws his first pitch. Tom Candiotti gets the record-breaking assignment Saturday night.
“I’m proud to be part of any record in baseball,” Candiotti said. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed reading about it and learning as much as I could about the history of baseball. So, in a way, it’s kind of nice to be a part of history.”
The Dodgers’ original streak of consecutive right-handed starters ran while the team was in Brooklyn, from Oct. 2, 1902, through April 14, 1906. Kevin Gross started the current one Sept. 25, 1992, against the Houston Astros, one night after lefty Bob Ojeda got no decision in an 8-4 loss to Cincinnati at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers put reliever Darren Hall on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a strained right elbow. Hall was injured in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s 5-2 victory over the Astros when he struck out Derrick May on a changeup.
Although an MRI test revealed that Hall didn’t tear a ligament, he’ll undergo surgery to repair the muscle.
“My whole career has been [injury prone],” Hall said. “In ’88 they were calling me up to Toronto and I got hurt and couldn’t go and rehab took me a good 2 1/2 years to come off arm surgery. I finally made it in ’94 and now this.”
The Dodgers purchased the contract of right-hander Jim Bruske from triple-A Albuquerque. Bruske was 2-0 with a 1.17 earned-run average.
Bruske arrived at Dodger Stadium less than an hour before Thursday’s game.
“I was getting ready to sit down and have lunch with my wife and little son when the phone rang,” Bruske said. “It was our trainer and he normally doesn’t call unless you’ve been injured.”
First baseman Eric Karros sat out his third consecutive game because of a strained rib cage. Dave Hansen started at first. . . . Right-hander Rick Gorecki went on the 60-day disabled list because of a shoulder injury.