News: Ellis is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Impact: Ellis will take a seat for Wednesday's day game following five straight games behind the plate. Tim Federowicz will catch Carlos Frias in his place and will bat seventh for the Dodgers.
News: Ramirez (elbow) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Impact: Ramirez wasn't expected to play Wednesday after being scratched Tuesday with an elbow strain, and now that has been confirmed. He's still considered day-to-day at this point, but it's unclear how severe the strain is at this point. Miguel Rojas will start at shortstop in his place and bat eighth for the Dodgers.
News: Gordon is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Impact: Gordon added another two hits Tuesday night to extend his hitting streak to ten games. He will sit Wednesday, however, with the left-handed Jorge De La Rosa on the bump for the Rockies. Darwin Barney will start at second base and lead off for the Dodgers in his place.
News: Manager Don Mattingly was not optimistic that Ramirez (elbow) would be able to start Wednesday's game, AM 570's David Vassegh reports.
Impact: Ramirez was a late scratch Tuesday with an elbow strain. He felt something on a throw Monday night, but didn't think it would be an issue until he arrived at the park Tuesday. The good news is that the only issue with Ramirez's health is his ability to throw, so theoretically it shouldn't affect his bat when he is able to return. While he isn't expected to play Wednesday, he's still day-to-day and could return to the lineup by the weekend.
Justin Turner - #10 - Third Base - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Turner went 3-for-4 with two RBI against the Rockies on Tuesday night.
Impact: It was a pretty solid hitting night for Turner as he doubled twice, pushing his batting average up to .335 on the year. Turner may not see a ton of at-bats over the last couple of weeks of the season, but when he's active he's been outstanding. Since August 1, Turner has raised his batting average from .301 to his current .335.
News: Puig pumped up his slash line (.295/.383/.479) with his 14th home run of the season against the Rockies on Tuesday, as he went 2-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI.
Impact: The young Dodgers outfielder now has nine hits in his last 22 at-bats and is heating up at the perfect time. Puig does have success against Rockies pitching in his short career, with 12 RBI in 73 at-bats. Look for Puig to take advantage once again in Colorado.
News: Ramirez was a late scratch from the lineup Tuesday night because of a strained right elbow. Justin Turner took Ramirez's place at shortstop against the Colorado Rockies.
Impact: Ramirez missed time last month due to a strained right oblique. He's hitting .278 with 13 homers and 69 RBIs this season. The Dodgers are 63-45 when Ramirez starts at shortstop - 4-2 with Turner plays the position.
News: Haren (13-11) took the loss on Tuesday night against the Rockies, as he gave up five runs on four hits in five innings pitched.
Impact: It was only a matter of time before Haren would get himself into trouble, considering the nice run of starts he had. Although Haren only gave up four hits in the game, they were costly. The Dodgers' hurler allowed a two-run homer to Corey Dickerson in the fourth inning and also let a wild pitch get by him for another run. Haren (4.14 ERA) will try to get back on track for the Dodgers as he faces Travis Wood and the Cubs on Sunday.
Stephen Fife - #59 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Fife is on the 60-day disabled list.
Impact: Fife is recovering from right elbow surgery.
News: Gonzalez went 2 for 5 with three RBIs in Monday's win over Colorado.
Impact: Gonzalez has driven in 14 runs in his last nine games.
News: Ramirez has been scratched from the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday with a right elbow strain, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.
Impact: This injury popped up out of the blue, so it will be interesting to see how many games he misses with the ailment. Justin Turner will start at shortstop Tuesday, and Ramirez should be considered day-to-day for now.
Stephen Fife - #59 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Fife was recalled Tuesday and placed on the 60-day DL, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.
Impact: He will get 13 days of major league pay and service time after undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery, and won't occupy a 40-man spot because of the 60-day DL designation. He will likely miss much of the 2015 season as well while he rehabs from the surgery.
News: Crawford is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies.
Impact: Crawford will get the night off with the Dodgers facing Rockies left-hander Tyler Matzek. Scott Van Slyke will man left field for the Dodgers on Tuesday night.
News: Uribe was 3-for-4 with a double in Monday's win over the Rockies and is now batting .309/.335/.442.
Impact: A quietly underrated season for the veteran third baseman. Injuries have limited Uribe to just 94 games, but when healthy, he's been very productive.
News: Puig singled, doubled, stole a base and scored two runs in Monday's win over the Rockies.
Impact: Puig is now 7-for-17 with a pair of doubles in his last five games as he looks to finish strong after a disappointing August.
News: Ryu (shoulder) had an MRI Monday that revealed no structural damage in his left shoulder, and the left-hander has not been ruled out from making one more regular season start in advance of the playoffs, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Probably the best news the team could have expected. Ryu received a cortisone injection, and depending on how he recovers, he could be available as early as Sept. 22 when the Dodgers take on the Giants.
News: Crawford was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI versus the Rockies on Monday.
Impact: Crawford was hit by a pitch to start an eight-run sixth inning rally and knocked in a run with a sac fly in the same frame. The 33-year-old is riding a six-game hitting streak where he's gone 13-of-22 (.590). Crawford was pulled for a pinch runner after his second HBP in the eighth and should be monitored as the the Dodgers will try to rest him despite his hot bat.
News: Gordon went 2-for-6 with two runs, an RBI and his 62nd stolen base in a win over the Rockies on Monday.
Impact: Gordon increases hit hitting streak to nine games and has multiple hits in four straight. The 26-year-old's 62 stolen bags are tops in the majors.
Roberto Hernandez - #55 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 230lbs
News: Hernandez lasted only 3.2 innings after allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout Monday against the Rockies.
Impact: Hernandez was yanked after the Rockies loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth. The move worked as Paco Rodriguez induced a Charlie Blackmon groundout to end the threat. The right-hander hasn't pitched past the fourth inning in three September starts, going 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA over that span. Hernandez will face the Cubs in Chicago on Saturday.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Kershaw (19-3) boosted his credentials for the NL MVP and a third Cy Young Award with another big performance in a big start Sunday. The left-hander allowed seven hits, struck out nine and walked one in eight innings against the Giants.
Impact: He lowered his majors-best ERA to 1.70, and put the Dodgers in command of the NL West division.
News: Ryu (shoulder) will not make another regular season start this year, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: No word yet on Ryu's return for the playoffs, but that likely depends on how he reacts to the treatment. Ryu received a cortisone shot Monday, and that typically takes a few days to kick in. Carlos Frias will man Ryu's spot while he's sidelined.
News: Arruebarrena is 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in two games since returning from a shoulder injury Friday.
Impact: He'll continue to have a limited utility role for the Dodgers, offering more with his glove than his bat at this point.
News: Frias is being prepared by the Dodgers to start Wednesday in Colorado, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: He's be a risky play in that venue, but in his only other start on September 3, Frias tossed six scoreless innings against first-place Washington. If you're desperate in NL-only formats, you may want to consider Frias this week.
Sun. Sep 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Kemp came up big Saturday with three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs in a 17-0 win at San Francisco.
Impact: Kemp is hitting .323 with two homers and six RBIs in his last nine games.
Sun. Sep 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Ramirez went 4 for 5 with a double and two RBIs in a 17-0 win at San Francisco on Saturday.
Impact: Ramirez has heated up, going 10 for 19 with five RBIs in his last five games.
News: Kemp slugged his 20th home run of the season Sunday against the Giants and is now batting .283/.347/.490.
Impact: Now fully healthy for the first time since his near-MVP season in 2011, Kemp could be even better next year now that he won't be rehabbing any injuries during the offseason.
News: Kershaw improved to 19-3 when he tossed eight innings and gave up two runs against the Giants on Sunday.
Impact: ...and his ERA actually went up from 1.67 to 1.70. We could cherry-pick from among a host of unbelievable stats on Kershaw's 2015 campaign, but for now we'll just note that he's gone at least eight innings in each of his last seven starts.
News: Gordon was 2-for-4 with his 61st stolen base of the season Sunday against the Giants.
Impact: Gordon is batting .350 during his current eight-game hitting streak. His .329 OBP is modest for a leadoff guy, but the steals have Gordon locked in as a top-five fantasy second baseman.
News: Kemp (foot) is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Impact: Kemp was removed from Saturday's game after fouling a ball off his foot, but it appears he is no worse for the wear. Kemp will play right field and bat cleanup for the Dodgers on Sunday.
News: Puig went 3-for-5 with three runs in Saturday's romp over the Giants.
Impact: The Dodgers struck early and often, as the team banged out 24 hits, the MLB high for the season. Puig came into the game with just five hits - all singles - in 29 September at-bats, so Tim Hudson and the Giants might be just what the doctor ordered.
Zack Greinke - #21 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 192lbs
News: Greinke pitched six scoreless innings and gave up only four hits and while striking out five in a dominating win over the Giants on Saturday.
Impact: Greinke also doubled in the fourth inning and hit a two-run homer in the sixth, his first home run of the season. He helped the Dodgers extend their division lead over the Giants to two games with a 17-0 rout, the largest shutout win for either team in the history of the series. Greinke is having an excellent season, with 15 wins, a 2.64 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 191:41 K:BB ratio.
News: Kemp's removal from Saturday's game against the Giants was precautionary after fouling a ball off his foot, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Kemp should be back in the lineup Sunday, after saying that his toe felt fine after the game. The Dodgers went on to win the game 17-0, so there was no reason to keep him in the game. He has a slash line of .286/.319/.486 in 10 games this month.
News: Kemp left Saturday's game against the Giants after fouling a pitch off his left foot, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Kemp struck out in the at-bat and limped back to the dugout. He was replaced by Joc Pederson, but more information should be available after the game. Prior to the injury, Kemp had driven in three runs and scored two others. The outfielder was finally playing healthy, hitting three home runs so far in September and striking out just six times in 35 at-bats.
News: Ryu (shoulder) will head back to Los Angeles and get an MRI on his left shoulder Monday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Ryu is also reportedly doubtful for his next start. He left Friday's game in the first inning due to the injury, and it appears to be something that could cause him to miss an extended period of time. The lefty made just three starts after returning from the disabled list from a glute injury, the latest of which lasted just the one inning. The Dodgers will likely make clear in the near future who will take his next start, if Ryu can't go when he's due.
News: Rodriguez (back) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
Impact: Rodriguez will give the Dodgers another arm out of the bullpen for the stretch run. He's struggled thus far in 2014, with an ERA over 4.00 at both Triple-A and with the big club, but his 2013 numbers (2.32 ERA and 0.90 WHIP) have warranted him a chance to pitch for the Dodgers. If he does well enough, he could be a candidate to make the postseason roster, assuming the Dodgers make it.
Hyun-jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 254lbs
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Ryu has had a cortisone injection in his left shoulder and he won't throw for at least four days. The team said Monday that Ryu had an MRI with dye, which showed no changes from his previous MRI that was done in May.
Impact: Ryu will rejoin the Dodgers in Chicago later this week to evaluate his response to the injection. At that time, the team says a schedule to start a throwing program will be made. Ryu left his start on Friday after one inning, complaining of tightness and pain in his shoulder. He said the injury felt similar to one that landed him on the disabled list in May.
News: Frias appears to be the most likely candidate to join the rotation should Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) need to miss his next start.
Impact: It seems likely Ryu will miss at least one start, so if you're desperate in NL-only formats, Frias could be worth a look. He has a 3.91 ERA in 25.1 innings.
News: Ryu left Friday's game after experiencing shoulder irritation in the first inning.
Impact: Ryu got roughed up Friday, allowing four runs to cross the plate before leaving the game in the first inning with shoulder irritation. With the Dodgers' pitching staff decimated by injuries, a prolonged absence for Ryu would be costly. Thus far, there is no indication from the team if he might be healthy enough to make his next scheduled start.
News: Ryu lasted just one inning against the Giants on Friday, allowing four runs on five hits while throwing 27 pitches.
Impact: We'll see quickly whether this is a result of an injury, but this isn't exactly the way the Dodgers wanted to begin a crucial series. Ryu's ERA goes from 3.27 to 3.38 as a result.
Red Patterson - #51 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Patterson was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Friday.
Impact: Patterson was once considered a candidate to join the rotation for the Dodgers after Josh Beckett's hip injury, but now has been designated off the team's 40-man roster to make room for Scott Elbert.
News: Gordon is out of the lineup Friday against the Giants, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Yasiel Puig will get another opportunity atop the order with Gordon set to sit for a second straight game and for the fourth time in 11 games. With his team in the driver's seat for a postseason birth, manager Don Mattingly can afford to rest the 26-year-old a bit more frequently over the remainder of the regular season.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Friday against the Giants, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Crawford will take the day off Friday with the left-handed Madison Bumgarner on the mound for the Giants. Scott Van Slyke will start in left field in his place and bat sixth for the Dodgers.
Scott Elbert - #57 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 225lbs
News: Elbert had his contract purchased by the Dodgers on Friday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Elbert will be added to the bullpen mix, but we certainly won't see him in high-leverage situations any time soon. Elbert last pitched in a big league game in 2012 and has since undergone Tommy John surgery plus another two elbow procedures.
Andre Ethier - #16 - Right Field - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Ethier has started just one of the team's last 11 games and has just four at-bats in the month of September overall.
Impact: With Yasiel Puig struggling, it's possible Ethier could see some time in center field this month, but the team appears to prefer to let Puig work out his struggles by playing every day. It's even possible Ethier could be left off the playoff roster, though it's far too early to tell at this point.
News: Rodriguez (back) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and felt no ill effects, JP Hoornstra of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports. He'll throw to live hitters this weekend, and could return Sunday or shortly thereafter.
Impact: Rodriguez is hoping to be part of the playoff roster, though that may be a longshot at this point.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Haren turned in another strong outing in Wednesday's 4-0 win over San Diego, surrendering four hits over seven innings.
Impact: His last four starts have produced a 3-0 record, 0.69 ERA, .179 opponents' average and 0.73 WHIP, though they've come against the New York Mets, San Diego, Arizona and San Diego again.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Crawford went 4 for 4 with three doubles in Wednesday's win over San Diego.
Impact: The outfielder is 9 for 12 with four doubles, a home run and five RBIs in three games. His season average is up to .289 for the first time since entering April 15 at .306.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Haren (13-10) hurled seven shutout innings Wednesday in a win over the Padres, scattering four hits while walking one and striking out five.
Impact: Haren has allowed only two runs in 26 innings (0.69 ERA) over his last four starts. The veteran right-hander will try to keep it going in the thin air of Colorado on Tuesday.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford went 4-for-4 with three doubles, two RBI and a run scored versus the Padres on Wednesday.
Impact: Crawford has gone from red-hot to white-hot. The 33-year-old's started three straight games and collected multiple hits in each of them. Crawford is 15-for-29 (.517) so far in September.
News: Puig will bat leadoff Wednesday against the Padres.
Impact: With Dee Gordon getting a night off, Puig will move atop the order, a spot in which he's logged 37 at-bats so far this season. Puig, who batted seventh Tuesday, is 4-for-22 so far in September after batting .216/.296/.247 in August, so he figures to hit primarily near the bottom of the order over the final weeks.
News: Gordon is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
Impact: A two-hit effort Tuesday extended Gordon's hitting streak to six games, but he'll sit Wednesday in favor of Justin Turner at second base. It marks Gordon's second time on the bench in six games and third in 10 games, as it seems manager Don Mattingly is intent on resting the 26-year-old a bit more down the stretch in an attempt to preserve his health for the postseason.
News: Gonzalez clubbed his 23rd home run of the year, while going 1-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's game against the Padres.
Impact: Gonzalez has been one of the better hitters as we hit the final stretch and is now 14-for-41 with five home runs, 12 RBI and eight runs scored in his last 10 games. He has 102 RBI (second in the NL) on the year to go with a fine .279/.338/.478 slash line in 527 at-bats.
Roberto Hernandez - #55 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 230lbs
News: Hernandez lasted just three innings Tuesday, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk, while striking out three in the loss to the Padres.
Impact: It has not been good stretch for Hernandez, as this is the third time in his last four starts he could not make it past the fifth inning. In fact, he has not pitched into the seventh inning in his time with the Dodgers (six starts). He now possesses a modest 4.04 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 97:65 K:BB in 151.1 innings this year. His next start is set for Monday on the road against the Rockies.
News: Gordon went 2-for-5 against the Padres on Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to six games.
Impact: Gordon has improved his batting average seven points over those six games and is now batting .288 with 59 stolen bases for the season.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Kershaw limited the Padres to three runs - one earned - and three hits with eight strikeouts in Monday's victory.
Impact: He's won an MLB-best 18 games, has a 1.67 ERA, is holding opponents to a .188 average and has a 0.82 WHIP. Those are all MLB lows. Pencil him in for a third NL Cy Young in four years.
News: Rodriguez (back) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The Dodgers were forced to scratch Rodriguez from his scheduled simulated game last weekend following a minor setback, but he's been cleared to return to elevated ground Wednesday. If all goes well, he could pitch a simulated game Friday or Saturday, with activation likely to come shortly thereafter. Rodriguez has made 13 appearances with the major league club this season but has spent most of the year at Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a 2.35 ERA and .224 BAA against opposing lefties.
News: Crawford went 3-for-4 with his seventh homer, a walk, three RBI and two runs Monday versus the Padres.
Impact: Crawford hit .313 in August and has remained hot into September, going 9-for-21 (.429) in seven games. The 33-year-old is still splitting time in the Dodgers' outfield, so check the daily lineup cards if you're trying to make use of his hot bat.
News: Ramirez went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run Monday in a win over the Padres.
Impact: Ramirez looks to be over his most recent leg ailment and has seven hits over his last four games, which is a good omen for those who own him in the fantasy playoffs. It's been a tough year for the 30-year-old, who has battled numerous upper- and lower-body injuries. Ramirez is slashing .270/.357/.438 on the season with 13 home runs and 13 stolen bases.
News: Kershaw allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out eight Padres on Monday for his league-leading 18th win of the season.
Impact: Kershaw was hurt by some shoddy defense, but pitched his way out of major damage. The lefty is getting National League MVP buzz to go along with his shoo-in Cy Young Award status. Only seven pitchers have won both awards in either league, with Justin Verlander (2011) the most recent. Kershaw will continue his quest versus the rival Giants on the road Sunday.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez hit two home runs and matched a career high with six RBIs in Sunday's 7-2 win over Arizona.
Impact: Gonzalez is hitting .396 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in his last 13 games.
Onelki Garcia - #98 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 225lbs
News: Garcia (elbow) tossed a scoreless inning for Double-A Chattanooga in their playoff game Sunday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: The outing was just Garcia's second of the season, after a procedure last winter to clean up his elbow significantly delayed his start to the campaign. Once he gets a few more innings under his belt in the minors and through simulated games, he could be activated by the Dodgers and used out of their bullpen during the final week or two of the season.
News: Gonzalez had a monster day at the plate Sunday against Arizona, homering twice and driving in six runs to give him exactly 100 RBI on the year.
Impact: That marks Gonzalez's second straight 100 RBI season, and he's also reached the century mark for the seventh time overall. He's batting a solid .279/.338/.474 this year and he's homered three times in the last two games.
News: Puig was 0-for-2 with a walk Sunday in his return from a stomach ailment.
Impact: Despite batting just .216/.296/.247 in August, Puig should continue to be in the lineup most every day this month. Puig batted just .214 last September, but hopefully for his owners' sake, a better finish is in store this year.
News: Kemp homered, threw out a runner and made a diving catch in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks, and he has a .950+ OPS with 11 homers and 33 RBI since the All-Star break, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kemp is as healthy as he's been in the last three years and his production is starting to reflect that. He's no longer going to be a big stolen base guy, but his ability to hit for power appears to be returning.
News: Pederson is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Pederson has drawn starts in three of the last four games, but will sit Sunday with Yasiel Puig (illness) returning to the lineup. With Puig back in the mix, Pederson will likely see reduced playing time, although he should see plenty of reps off the bench.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Although Crawford has been heating up of late, he's now hitless in back-to-back games and will sit in favor of Andre Ethier on Sunday afternoon. Crawford slashed .313/.360/.361 in August to help make up for a slow start to the season, but expect him to continue to see regular days off in a crowded Dodgers outfield.
News: Ellis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Ellis has caught back-to-back games for the Dodgers, but will sit in favor of Drew Butera for the Sunday afternoon tilt.
News: Uribe is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Uribe has started five of the past six games for the Dodgers, but will take a seat in favor of Justin Turner on Sunday. There doesn't appear to be any injury in play here, so chalk this up to a regular day of rest for the 35-year-old Uribe.
News: Puig (illness) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Puig missed Saturday's game due to an illness, but will return to center field and bat seventh in the batting order for the first time in his career. After going cold to the tune of a .216 August batting average, Puig will look to turn things around against opposing starter Trevor Cahill.
News: Jansen allowed one hit en route to his 41st save of the season against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Impact: That's two in a row now for Jansen, who blew a save last Wednesday against the Nationals. Jansen is still a top-tier closer, as his 41 saves trail only Craig Kimbrel and Trevor Rosenthal in the National League.
News: Gordon went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in a win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Impact: After sitting out Friday, Gordon returned to the lineup and promptly hit the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to lead the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory. However, he was caught stealing for the 17th time this season in the third inning. He still leads the majors in stolen bases with 58 and has a .288 batting average to boot.
News: Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Impact: Gonzalez is as consistent as they come. Having hit his 20th home run and driven in his 94th run of the season, he's now six RBI away from his seventh 20-homer, 100-RBI season in the majors.
News: Ryu pitched 6.2 innings Saturday, giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out nine and walking one in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Ryu was masterful through the first six innings, escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second inning before confounding the Arizona batters going into the seventh inning. It was in the seventh that Ryu gave up an RBI double to Cody Ross then an RBI single to pinch hitter A.J. Pollock that cost him the chance for the win.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Puig has been scratched from the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup because of a stomach ailment. Manager Don Mattingly says Puig told trainer Stan Conte that he wasn't feeling well after bunting drills. Mattingly says Puig was scheduled for an IV.
Impact: Joc Pederson made his third career start in center on Saturday night against Arizona. Puig is batting .295 with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs in 128 games, to go along with 10 outfield assists. Last season, he had 19 homers, 42 RBIs and a .319 average in 104 games.
Roger Bernadina - #18 - Center Field - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: The Dodgers recalled Bernadina from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.
Impact: Bernadina was called up to take the roster spot of Josh Beckett (hip), who is out for the season. He will serve as a situational player for the Dodgers over the remainder of the regular season.
News: The Dodgers transferred Beckett (hip) to the 60-day disabled list Saturday.
Impact: Beckett revealed Friday that he wouldn't pitch again this season, so Saturday's move was primarily procedural. He posted a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts this season but was again limited by injuries, so it remains to be seen what his next step will be.
News: Puig is sitting out Saturday due to an illness, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.
Impact: It originally appeared that Puig was held out of Saturday's lineup for performance reasons, but manager Don Mattingly announced that Puig is under the weather. Either way, Puig won't start Saturday, and it remains to be seen if he'll be able to give it a go Sunday.
News: Puig is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Puig went 0-for-2 in Friday's game and has struggled mightily since mid-August, so manager Don Mattingly decided to hold him out Saturday for the second time in four games. Joc Pederson will man center field for the Dodgers on Saturday night.
Brian Wilson - #00 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Wilson has a six-game streak in which he hasn't allowed a run, a period covering 3.1 innings.
Impact: Perhaps the Dodgers have found a formula that works with the bearded one - not letting him face more than a hitter or two per outing. Wilson still has a 4.85 ERA, but he's again pitching in late-game situations, so the holds should continue to be there as long as he has success.
News: Kemp went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI as he parked his 18th homer of the year against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Impact: It was a good night for Kemp (.283/.348/.482), who has really stayed consistent with the bat over the last two months. It took him awhile to get going and to stay healthy, but he's making the most of his at-bats as the Dodgers fight for a division title.
News: Jansen grabbed his 40th save of the season Friday against the Diamondbacks as he pitched a perfect ninth inning.
Impact: It only took Jansen (3.14 ERA) seven pitches to end the game, which was a very nice follow-up to his disastrous outing Wednesday when he gave up three earned runs on four hits in a blown save against the Nationals. Even with the hiccup on Wednesday, Jansen remains one of the better closers in the game.
News: Haren grabbed his 12th win of the season on Friday against the Diamondbacks as he pitched six strong innings, while only allowing one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts.
Impact: Before Haren's excellent run of starts, he was really struggling to stay afloat in the Dodgers rotation. Since Aug. 1, Haren has lowered his ERA from 4.76 to 4.17 while allowing no more than three runs in any game. Look for Haren to next take the mound on Wednesday against the Padres.
News: Rodriguez (back) suffered a setback Friday and his simulated game was scratched, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Rodriguez's hopes of rejoining the bullpen this season appear to be getting slimmer by the day. He reportedly felt good after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday.
News: Beckett (hip) said Friday that he is done for the season, the L.A. Times' Dylan Hernandez reports.
Impact: Beckdett said that he will talk with his wife about his future, but hip surgery will be necessary for him to pitch again. He holds little value in dynasty leagues with his future so uncertain, and he should have already been dropped in most single-season leagues.
Carlos Triunfel - #45 - Short Stop - 5'11" - 195lbs
News: Triunfel cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as the Dodgers designated Triunfel for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. He'll add organizational depth next season for the Dodgers, but is unlikely to ever be much of a fantasy contributor.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Friday.
Impact: It's just a standard day off for Crawford, as the Dodgers look to get Scott Van Slyke in the lineup against lefty Vidal Nuno.
Scott Van Slyke - #33 - Left Field - 6'5" - 220lbs
News: Van Slyke is back in the lineup batting fifth and playing left field Friday.
Impact: He missed two games to be with his wife as she gave birth to the couple's child, but he'll be back in against southpaw Vidal Nuno on Friday. Van Slyke is hitting .281 with eight home runs in 89 at-bats this season against lefties so he's a good play in daily leagues Friday.
News: Gordon is out of the lineup Friday.
Impact: Gordon is getting a rare day off, and after a scorching start to the season, his overall numbers are still incredibly elite for a second baseman. Not only are his 58 steals and 74 runs fantastic, but he is hitting .284, which is much higher than anyone would have expected at the start of the season.
News: Manager Don Mattingly announced Wednesday that Beckett's (hip) season is likely over, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports. "I think the timing of him being able to get back is probably not very possible at this point, that we're going to be able to see him again this year," Mattingly said.
Impact: Beckett was one of the surprise performers through the first half of the season, posting a 2.02 ERA and tossing his first career no-hitter after returning from surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. He saw his performance dip after the All-Star break and has been out since Aug. 8 with the hip impingement, with the Dodgers closing the door on a possible return after an unsuccessful session of catch last week. It's unknown at this time if Beckett will opt for surgery to rectify the hip issue in the offseason, but either way, the soon-to-be free agent will likely have to settle for a one- or two-year deal in the winter due to his health concerns.
News: Frias struck out four and walked one while holding the Nationals to three hits over six scoreless innings Wednesday afternoon.
Impact: Making his first big league start, Frias outpitched Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday, and simply missed out on the opportunity to earn a victory when Kenley Jansen was tagged for three runs in the ninth inning. The Dodgers are expected to go back to their usual rotation following an off-day Thursday, making Frias a spare arm in the bullpen if the need for a long man arises in the coming weeks.
News: Jansen gave up three runs on four hits in a blown save against the Nationals on Wednesday.
Impact: The blown save was Jansen's fifth of the season, and the outing Wednesday marked only the second time since July 30 that he's allowed a run. Jansen should remain the Dodgers' ninth inning option throughout September and in the playoffs, as he's 39-for-44 in save opportunities this season.
News: Arruebarrena has a shoulder injury and can't swing a bat, the L.A. Daily News' J.P. Hoornstra reports.
Impact: It's not clear how serious the injury is, but Arruebarrena is not a legitimate fantasy option in most formats, and was only going to see about a start every week if healthy.
Scott Van Slyke - #33 - Left Field - 6'5" - 220lbs
News: Van Slyke's wife went into labor Wednesday evening and so he left midway through the game against the Nationals, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: It certainly wouldn't be surprising to see Van Slyke take a couple extra days away from the team to be with his family, so stay tuned for news on his availability for the remainder of the week.
News: Uribe clubbed his seventh home run of the season Tuesday against the Nationals, finishing 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Impact: Uribe has been performed well since his activation off the DL on August 31, going 5-for-13 with a home run, a double and six RBI in his first three games back. He now possesses a .297/.322/.423 slash line in 317 at-bats this year.
News: Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning Tuesday against the Nationals, striking out the side to secure his 39th save of the year.
Impact: Jansen is in a groove at the moment, having allowed just one run in his last 10 appearances. With a 2.77 ERA and 90:15 K:BB ratio in 55.1 innings, Jansen is as good as it gets at closer.
News: Kershaw pitched another gem Tuesday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball against the Nationals to pick up his 17th win of the year. He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out eight.
Impact: At 17-3 with a 1.70 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and an astonishing 202:25 K:BB ratio in 169.1 innings, what's left for Kershaw to prove? The guy is having a season for the ages. Just think what could have been if he didn't miss the first month of the season. His next start is set for Tuesday at home against the Padres.
News: Rodriguez (back) threw a bullpen session Tuesday without complications, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Dodgers are optimistic Rodriguez could soon be ready to face hitters. The lefty has scuffled to an extent across both Triple-A and the majors in 2014, but may still pitch meaningful innings out of the bullpen for the Dodgers once he's healthy.
News: Ellis is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals.
Impact: Ellis will take the customary catcher's day off for the day game Wednesday. Tim Federowicz will relieve him of his duties behind the plate and bat eighth for the Dodgers.
News: Kemp is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals.
Impact: Kemp will take a ten-game hitting streak with him to the bench for Wednesday's day game. Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup in right field for the Dodgers, while Joc Pederson receives his second straight start in center.
News: Uribe is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals.
Impact: Uribe returned from the disabled list in good form, recording five hits over the past three games while driving in six, homering once, and scoring twice. He will get the day game off Wednesday in favor of Jacob Turner at third base, who's batting sixth for the Dodgers.
News: Pederson was 1-for-3 with a walk in his first major league start Tuesday against the Nationals.
Impact: Pederson's hit was a bloop single off Doug Fister. He's still unlikely to play more than once or twice a week, but this is a nice debut for the kid.
News: Frias will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday against the Nationals, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: The appointment to the rotation looks to be just a one-time deal for Frias, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. He'll simply step in as a starter to afford some more rest for Dan Haren, who will have his next outing pushed back to Friday against the Diamondbacks as a result. Frias didn't post particularly strong numbers over 91.2 innings at Albuquerque (5.01 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 65 strikeouts) this season, and shouldn't be counted on to deliver a useful outing.
News: Arruebarrena has rejoined the Dodgers as a September call-up, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: He was seen taking ground balls at shortstop prior to Tuesday's game, but with Hanley Ramirez, Alex Guerrero and Miguel Rojas also on the roster, Arruebarrena will struggle to see much playing time down the stretch.
News: Manager Don Mattingly said he's not sure if Puig, who is in a 2-for-23 slump, will return to the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Star prospect Joc Pederson is making his first start Tuesday in center field, and it's widely known that Pederson is the Dodgers' only true center fielder on the roster, so there's a chance he can carve out a good chunk of playing time down the stretch if he hits right out of the gate. Mattingly also mentioned that he noticed Puig slumping at the end of last season as well, and thinks it could be related to the fact that MLB regular seasons are longer than seasons in Cuba. Despite all of this noise working against Puig, he's too good of a player for Mattingly to justify moving to a part-time role (one would hope), so fantasy owners will simply have to ride this out.
News: Pederson will make his first big-league start Tuesday.
Impact: He will play center field and bat seventh, and is immediately a solid option in daily leagues. However, it's no guarantee that Pederson will play on even a semi-regular basis, and he would probably have to really hit the ground running for that to be the case. He'll replace the slumping Yasiel Puig in the lineup Tuesday, but is more likely to be used primarily as a bench bat/runner going forward.
News: Puig is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Impact: The Dodgers are giving star prospect Joc Pederson his first start in center field, a position he's more equipped to handle than Puig. However, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp figure to miss more time as a result of Pederson's call-up over the next month, so Puig's owners should still have him on a pretty regular basis.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez collected four hits in Sunday's win in San Diego.
Impact: Gonzalez is 12 for 24 over his last seven games.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Yasiel Puig is out of the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup because manager Don Mattingly says the outfielder seems frustrated. "I wouldn't call it rest today. I think it's probably more a frustration day. That's what we've seen of him lately."
Impact: Puig is in an 0-for-16 slump. Mattingly says his frustration, coupled with his 1-for-11 lifetime numbers against San Diego's Andrew Cashner, led to the decision for Friday night's game.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Kershaw allowed an unearned run and struck out 10 in eight innings of Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Arizona.
Impact: Kershaw has struck out at least 10 in three straight outings, and his 16 wins are the most in the majors.