News: McCarthy said that he is hoping for tendonitis in his right elbow, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Initial tests on his ligament came back negative after the game. McCarthy said that he has been battling this for about a week now. This is also similar to an injury he was playing with last season, but that only effected him during warm-ups and never in games. After the MRI test on Monday, his status for his next start will be clearer.
News: McCarthy suffered right elbow tightness when he was pulled from Saturday's game.
Impact: McCarthy called for a trainer after allowing a home run to Justin Upton and was immediately pulled from the game. Tightness in an elbow can be difficult to judge long-term, so his availability for his next start is still up in the air.
News: McCarthy suffered an apparent arm injury in Saturday's game, The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: After giving up a home run to Justin Upton, McCarthy motioned to the dugout to be seen by the trainer. He was then removed from the game with the injury. He pitched five innings and gave up six hits and six earned runs while striking out four batters. It is unknown if he will miss his next start.
News: Ryu (shoulder) will be throwing a bullpen session in the next couple days, the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez reports.
Impact: He could begin throwing bullpen sessions as soon as Sunday, which would be a huge step in his recovery. After throwing several sessions, the Dodgers may be able to begin to map out a plan to send Ryu on a rehab assignment. A late-May/early-June return seems like the best estimate at this point. Scott Baker is expected to start Sunday in Ryu's rotation spot with the Dodgers.
News: Puig (hamstring) could be headed to the DL, the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez reports. "I still think it's a possibility. We just don't know," manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.
Impact: He was out of the lineup Saturday as his hamstring continues to give him trouble in the early going. At this point, it would have been nice if the Dodgers had just placed Puig on the DL about 10 days ago when the issue first surfaced, as a DL stay could only be backdated to Apr. 25 if they go that route now. This is a bigger problem for owners than the Dodgers, as the team has plenty of capable backups in the outfield, but Puig required a first- or second-round pick in fantasy leagues this year. It sounds like he should be considered out indefinitely at the moment, and hopefully the team will reveal more information about his status prior to weekly lineups locking Monday.
News: Wieland will in fact not get the spot start Sunday for the Dodgers as he is taking the ball Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: While Wieland makes more sense on paper, Scott Baker appears to be the likely candidate to get the spot start Sunday. Given how well Wieland has pitched in the early going, he will probably find a way to get at least one start for the Dodgers at some point this season, but the right-hander doesn't quite have the pedigree to be a stash candidate in shallower formats.
News: Peralta said he has dead arm, and it seems likely that he is headed for the DL, ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon reports.
Impact: Peralta said he does not have shoulder pain, but he did not top 84 mph on any of his pitches Thursday, so something is clearly amiss. The Dodgers will need to activate a pitcher for Sunday's game, and placing Peralta on the DL would be a logical corresponding move. Yimi Garcia got the save in Friday's game and has been dominant so far this season, making him the ideal pitcher to own in that bullpen other than Kenley Jansen (foot).
News: Ethier will start in right field and bat second in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday.
Impact: Ethier replaced Yasiel Puig during Friday's game against the Padres after Puig suffered a hamstring injury. While there is no word on how long Puig will be out, Ethier will likely continue to fill in in right field in his absence.
News: Puig (hamstring) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday.
Impact: Puig suffered a hamstring injury during Friday's game and exited in the sixth inning. There is no word on how long he'll be out of the lineup, but Andre Ethier will take his place in right field Saturday.
News: Baker likely will get a spot start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Padres, the Orange County Register reports. Joe Wieland is slated to pitch in Baker's scheduled Triple-A start Saturday.
Impact: The report is attributed to "team sources" and doesn't have a comment on the record from anyone in the organization, but the Triple-A shuffle lends credibility to the report. Baker was nearly perfect in his last Triple-A outing, and gets the nod in a friendly ballpark.
News: Rodriguez got the critical third out in the eighth inning on Friday night to register his fourth hold of the season.
Impact: Interestingly, the Dodgers have increasingly turned to Yimi Garcia, Rodriguez and Pedro Baez in close-and-late situations. Kenley Jansen (foot) is making progress in his rehab, and his return will shake things up in the bullpen, but they have other good options, as opposed to last season in the playoffs.
News: Ethier replaced an injured Yasiel Puig in Friday's win over the Padres, going 1-for-1. After the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wasn't sure whether Puig would need to go on the DL, the Orange County Register reports. "We'll kind of see where we're at tomorrow," Mattingly said.
Impact: If Puig were to miss any extended time, obviously Ethier would benefit the most from the open spot in the lineup, though it would also provide another opportunity for Scott Van Slyke to play.
News: Greinke threw seven shutout innings Friday night to beat the Padres. He gave up four hits and three walks, striking out seven.
Impact: Greinke now has allowed just one run over 13 innings against the Padres' revamped lineup this season, as he continues to dominate the NL West. He dropped his ERA and WHIP to 1.35 and 0.790 respectively with this outing.
News: Yimi Garcia and not Peralta got the save on Friday night against the Padres. Peralta didn't see any action in the game and didn't top 84 mph in any of his pitches in Thursday's appearances, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't say anything about Peralta's availability, but he's pitched just twice in the last 10 days, though one of those outings was Thursday. Peralta has been dealing with a stiff neck and also had a sore shoulder in spring training, so it's possible that Mattingly is just nursing Peralta along. While Peralta has been good this season, Garcia has been phenomenal. It's not too difficult to envision Garcia getting more save chances in the future.
News: Garcia threw a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Padres to get his first major league save, striking out two. After the game, manager Don Mattingly said that he'd continue to mix-and-match in the ninth inning rather than name a full-time fill-in closer while Kenley Jansen (foot) is out, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Garcia has been nothing short of electric in his brief Dodgers tenure, beginning with a call-up in September last season. He now has a 0.93 ERA, 16:3 K:BB and just three hits allowed in 9.2 innings this season. Mattingly might not commit to Garcia getting the next save chance for the Dodgers, but there's a really good chance that he'll be an option for future high-leverage situations.