Heading into the middle game of the weekend series against the Rockies, the Dodgers decided to make no changes to their 25-man roster despite several areas of concern that have developed over the last few days.
On Wednesday, we put together a story discussing the consequences of what may occur with the returns of starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill, but while both of the veteran left-handers are still a far cry from rejoining the big league squad, there are a few other situations to keep an eye on.
Joe Kelly got smacked on the wrist by a Charlie Blackmon comebacker in the ninth inning of Friday afternoon’s series opener, prompting skipper Dave Roberts to immediately pull his righty reliever from the game.
Kelly received X-rays later Friday night, and the results came back negative.
Bill Plunkett of the OC Register talked to the Anaheim native before Saturday’s contest while he was receiving treatment.
“It’ll be sore but I’ll be good,” Kelly told Plunkett.
His arm may be good physically, but there could be some mechanical issues that need to be worked out. Heading into Saturday’s game, he has compiled a 16.20 ERA after surrendering six earned runs on seven hits—two of which were long balls—over just 3-1/3 innings and three appearances.
Meanwhile, fellow right-handed reliever Brock Stewart finds himself struggling similarly to Kelly.
Like Kelly, Stewart has also surrendered two early season long balls. The Illinois native has given up eight runs on nine hits and two walks over the three games he has thrown so far this year. He was brought on to pitch the seventh inning in Friday’s opener against the Rockies but did not survive the frame, surrendering three earned runs before Roberts was forced to bring in Scott Alexander.
Likewise, Yimi Garcia has yet to find a groove. In five appearances and just 3-2/3 innings, Garcia has tallied a 14.73 ERA after giving up six earned runs on six hits and four walks. He has already allowed three home runs. All this after posting a 0.93 ERA in 11 cactus League appearances.
Garcia has no options on his contract.