Player News - Dodgers

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Rich Hill (blister) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session Tuesday with a band-aid on his left middle finger.

"It’s healing pretty well now," he said of his latest blister. Hill is not allowed to pitch with that band-aid on his hand in MLB games, so it'll probably be at least another three weeks before he returns to the Dodgers' rotation. Brock Stewart is starting in his place Tuesday night against the Rockies.
May 22 - 7:01 PM

Dodgers optioned SHP Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The 32-year-old switch-pitcher allowed two runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings out of the Dodgers' bullpen.
May 22 - 6:33 PM

Dodgers recalled RHP Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Stewart is starting for the Dodgers on Tuesday night against the Rockies and could get a few more turns with Rich Hill nursing another blister. Stewart has posted a 2.08 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings (five starts) this season at Triple-A and a 3.18 ERA in 5 2/3 innings of relief at the MLB level. The 26-year-old right-hander has some fantasy streaming appeal.
May 22 - 6:31 PM

Dodgers C prospect Keibert Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a homer on Monday for Double-A Tulsa.

The homer gives Ruiz six on his 2018 campaign, and 10 extra-base hits in his 33 games. The 19-year-old catcher now has his OPS above .801; a solid number for anyone, and especially impressive for a teenage backstop. It's extremely unlikely we see Ruiz in the big leagues in 2018 -- barring a Juan Soto unforeseen type situation -- but he is the future of the position for the Dodgers. He's an impressive talent.
May 22 - 12:24 PM

Max Muncy hit a solo homer in a loss to the Rockies on Monday.

Muncy's homer came off of German Marquez in the fourth inning to give the Dodgers a brief 1-0 lead, and gives Muncy five on the season. He also walked twice, and the first baseman now has his on-base percentage up to .372 to go along with his .535 slugging percentage. In a year where Los Angeles hasn't had much go right, Muncy has been one of the few pleasant surprises.
May 22 - 12:48 AM

Walker Buehler was excellent in a no decision against the Rockies on Monday, giving up just one run over seven innings with six strikeouts.

Buehler allowed just two hits on the evening, but one of them was a solo shot by Gerardo Parra to tie the game at 1-1 and eliminate him from factoring in the decision. Outside of that, the right-hander was spectacular, and consistently fooled the Colorado lineup through his seven innings. He was hit by a line drive to his rib section, but he was able to stay in the game. It's an excellent bounce-back from his struggles on Wednesday, and his ERA drops to 2.38 with 40 strikeouts in 34 innings. Buehler's back on the mound next Monday against the Phillies.
May 22 - 12:48 AM

Brock Stewart is on the Dodgers' taxi squad and lined up to start Tuesday against the Rockies.

The Dodgers don't want to officially name him the starter yet for whatever reason, but he'll be taking the ball unless something unexpected happens. Stewart is taking Rich Hill's (blister) spot in the rotation.
May 21 - 7:36 PM

Clayton Kershaw (biceps) will throw another bullpen session Wednesday before throwing a simulated game Saturday.

He threw his first bullpen session since his biceps injury on Sunday and played catch Monday. The simulated game could be in lieu of a rehab start, and if that's the case Kershaw could be ready to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation late next week. He's been sidelined for nearly all of May.
May 21 - 7:28 PM

Rich Hill (blister) played catch Monday.

He was presumably wearing something to protect the blister on his left middle finger. Hill -- who is expected to miss at least the next month of action -- said he plans to ask Major League Baseball if he can pitch with his fingertip taped. It would be a surprise if MLB allows it.
May 21 - 6:17 PM

Yasiel Puig hit his fourth homer of the season in a win over the Nationals on Sunday.

After struggling to hit for power earlier in the year, Puig now has four homers in his last six games. This one was a two-run shot off of Wander Suero in the eighth inning that scored Matt Kemp and gave the Dodgers a 5-2 lead. His line still sits at .215/.278/.364, but Puig is clearly seeing the ball better as of late, and those numbers should (hopefully) shoot up in the coming weeks.
May 20 - 5:51 PM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-3 with a run scored in a win over the Nationals on Sunday.

Kemp also reached via walk, so he reached three times against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals on Sunday. It's been an excellent reunion with the Dodgers so far for the outfielder, as seen in his .321/.361/.511 line with five homers and 20 RBI over 44 games in 2018.
May 20 - 5:45 PM

Josh Fields earned a save by throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Nationals on Sunday.

Fields came on with the Dodgers leading 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth, and he gets the save despite the fact the final score was 7-2 because those are the rules. Fields did walk one, but he struck out two while earning his second save of the year and lowering his ERA to 2.08 on the season.
May 20 - 5:41 PM

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts confirmed Sunday that Alex Wood was pulled from his start early due to cramps.

It doesn't sound like anything that should be an issue moving forward, which is good news for fantasy owners. Consider him day-to-day.
May 20 - 5:05 PM

Alex Wood departed Sunday's start against the Nationals with an apparent injury.

Wood was warming up prior to the bottom of the seventh inning and called the trainer out. He walked off the field after a brief conversation. Wood has dealt with cramping recently and it was a hot day in Washington, D.C., so perhaps that's all this is. The Dodgers should update his status soon.
May 20 - 3:48 PM

Dodgers optioned RHP Yimi Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Garcia was up as the 26th man during Saturday's doubleheader and allowed one run over a 1 1/3-inning appearance.
May 20 - 12:18 PM


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