The Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday reinstated right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda from the 10-day disabled list and placed outfielder Joc Pederson on the special seven-day disabled list for a concussion. Pederson’s stay on the DL can be retroactive to May 24, if needed.
Maeda, who missed 13 games due to left hamstring tightness, will make his eighth start of the season Thursday evening against the Cardinals. Maeda last pitched on May 10 against the Pirates, allowing two runs on five hits in a career-high 8-1/3 innings, and recording his third win of the season in the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory. In seven starts this year, he has gone 3-2 with a 5.03 ERA (22 ER/39.1 IP) and has struck out 40 batters against only nine walks, ranking among the National League leaders with 9.15 strikeouts per nine innings and a 4.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Pederson exited the game against the Redbirds on Tuesday night after colliding with Yasiel Puig on the final out in the 10th inning. In 35 games this season, Pederson is batting .200 with six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI.
With the move, the Dodgers will continue to play short one bench player. The bullpen remains steady with seven pitchers, but the 25-man roster now has six starters in an overloaded rotation. Looking ahead, though, manager Dave Roberts did mention yesterday that the club has been having discussions regarding the utilization of lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu in a long relief role.
(Dai Sugiura furnished some information provided in this report)
Hindsight is always 20/20. Of course. But I bet that Dave Roberts wishes he would’ve pulled a different play in the top of the first inning yesterday. Instead of having Chris Taylor swing away, he called for a sacrifice squeeze. The Dodgers already had two runs in, and two runners on base. Instead of getting to the rookie pitcher early, Taylor hit into a inning ending double-play where Utley was tagged out trying to go home and Yasmani Grandal was tagged trying to head into third.
The Dodgers have completed their first road trip of the season, returning home with just a 2-6 record against the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs. As my friend Chuck says, just get in and out of those locales without any injuries, and we can call it a success. Mission almost accomplished. During the road trip the Dodgers lost Franklin Gutierrez to a left hamstring strain, placed him on the 10-day DL and recalled Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Outside of a dreary evening against Padres’ starter Clayton Richard on Tuesday, the Dodgers‘ opening series of the 2017 campaign turned out to be quite productive. Three wins in four games is a solid outcome for Los Angeles, as the crew now prepares to carry its momentum to the mountains of Denver for a three-game set against the Rockies.
The exact make up of the Dodgers outfield is still unknown. Manager Dave Roberts has come out many times saying that Yasiel Puig will be starting in right field, and Joc Pederson will retain his roll in center. Left field is a bit uncertain, but look for Andre Ethier to have the starting role there. Where the real fun begins is determining who will make the team as reserves.
“Lights that flash in the evening Through a hole in the drapes I’ll be home when I’m sleeping I can’t hardly wait
I can’t wait Hardly wait”
It’s a sight for Dodgers fans sore eyes — on Thursday, the trucks were loaded up and headed to Camelback Ranch for spring training. Pitcher and catchers report on Wednesday, one day after Valentine’s Day, a little love note to all baseball fans.
After outlining our intermediate 25-man roster projections yesterday, one notion that came to mind straight away was considering how the Dodgers might benefit from a potential deal with another club — in effect, adding another productive piece to an already very deep 40-man roster.