After their 6-2 win over the Nationals in five-inning contest cut short by storms, the Los Angeles Dodgers visited President Joe Biden and the White House on Friday morning.
The 2020 World Series Champs presented President Biden with a jersey donning the number 46. Dodger reliever Joe Kelly stole the show on social media rocking the mariachi jacket he traded for a couple of days ago at Dodger Stadium.
It was also announced that Dodger right-hander Trevor Bauer was placed on the seven-day administrative leave by the MLB amid the ongoing allegations. Dodger Manager Dave Roberts had previously stated he was still planning to start Bauer on Sunday, but the skipper will have to look for another starter.
If Bauer wishes to do so, he has 24 hours to appeal his seven-day administrative leave ruling. If his administrative leave isn’t extended, Bauer may be able to rejoin the team next Friday.
Administrative leave is not considered a suspension, which means Bauer will still be paid.
Right-hander Brusdar Gaterol took Bauer’s spot on the active roster, per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times. Graterol had been part of the Triple-A Oklahoma City club and was with the team in Washington D.C today.
Thursday evening, the All-Star Game starters were revealed, and unfortunately, no Dodgers were among the players selected. Max Muncy was in the lead for quite some time at first base, but was ultimately beat out by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.
Ultimately, there will be numerous Dodgers participating in the All-Star Game as either reserves or members of the pitching staff. Those players will be announced Sunday.
The Dodgers look to possibly finish Friday in first place with a win and a Giants loss, as the Dodgers are currently a half-game back from the Giants. The Dodgers are riding a six-game winning streak since getting no-hit by the Cubs, and the Giants currently have lost four straight, most recently losing to the league-worst Diamondbacks Thursday night.
So there is quite a bit going on in Dodger land, but the Dodgers will look to make it seven straight wins Friday. They will face veteran right-hander Max Scherzer, who hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He is 7-4 with a 2.14 ERA. Left-hander Julio Urias will get the start for the Dodgers. He is 9-3 with a 3.95 ERA. Urias’ last start came on June 26 against the Cubs. He went 5 ⅓ innings allowing five hits and two runs.
Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Pacific.