Although the Dodgers continue to hang right beside the Giants in a tightly contested NL West race, things are once again worsening for Los Angeles on the injury front.
For as good as Tuesday night’s victory was, the team had several injury scares, specifically in the form of two hit batsmen by opposing pitcher Alex Wood.
In the third inning, Wood nailed both Justin Turner and Max Muncy. Neither player exited the game immediately, but both were eventually removed. Turner was replaced in the sixth inning due to a bruise to his knee, while Max Muncy lasted until the seventh when he felt minor shoulder pain.
Manager Dave Roberts said after the win that Turner would sit out Wednesday’s third game but was unsure about Muncy. However, when Wednesday’s lineup was released, Muncy was listed in the two-hole playing second base.
Mookie Betts remains out of the lineup with hip issues. Turner is expected to return for the series finale on Thursday.
There was hope that shortstop Corey Seager would be activated before Wednesday’s game, but it appears as if the shortstop still isn’t ready for action.
Roberts was optimistic at the beginning of the week, but the skipper seemed to change course a bit when talking to reporters on Tuesday.
“Right now, I’m leaving it in the training staff’s hands,” Roberts said. “I just want the green light on the buildup, the hand, the soft tissue, feeling like when he gets out there, we can run him out there for six, seven days in a row. But ultimately, we’re just not there yet.”
In other news, the Dodgers made a deal with the Mets on Wednesday, perhaps signaling the beginning of a series of acquisitions before the summer trade deadline.
McKinney has split the year between Milwaukee and New York, batting a combined .213 (39-for-183) with eight homers and 20 RBI in 79 games. In his 39 games with the Mets, he batted .220 (20-for-91) with five homers and 14 RBI. In parts of four major league seasons with four different teams, he has hit a combined .225 (125-for-556) with 26 homers and 61 RBI.
McKinney was originally selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft out of Plano West High School by the Oakland Athletics.
Rincon played in 63 games for Double-A Tulsa this year, batting .263 (61-for-232) with 12 homers and 48 RBI. He has been in the Los Angeles system for six seasons, batting a combined .244 (386-for-1579) with 84 homers and 259 RBI across multiple levels.
Rincon was signed by the Dodgers as an international free agent in July 2015 out of the Dominican Republic.
To make room on the 40-man roster for McKinney, the team designated right-handed pitcher Jake Reed for assignment.
(Juan Dorado provided some information furnished in this report)