Carlos Triunfel - #45 - Short Stop - 5'11" - 195lbs
News: The Dodgers designated Triunfel for assignment Monday, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old saw five stints with the major league club through the season's first five months, but the Dodgers have decided to hand his 40-man roster spot to one of their more promising young prospects, namely Joc Pederson. Triunfel posted a batting average above .200 in just two of his five months with Triple-A Albuquerque, finishing with a .223/.256/.330 batting line, four homers and two steals in 89 games.
News: Rodriguez (back) is slated to throw a bullpen session this week, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.
Impact: Rodriguez recently intimated that he was hoping to return during the first week of September, but it's now looking like he won't be back until around the middle of the month. Chances are, Rodriguez will need to complete a couple bullpen sessions and a simulated game before getting the green light to rejoin the big league bullpen.
News: Perez (ankle) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Perez remained on his rehab assignment at High-A Rancho Cucamonga probably longer than was necessary, but in waiting until Sept. 1 to bring him back, the Dodgers didn't have to make a corresponding move. He's been mostly abysmal this season with a 5.03 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and just 30 strikeouts in 39.1 innings, putting him at risk of being left off the team's postseason roster.
Tim Federowicz - #26 - Catcher - 5'10" - 215lbs
News: Federowicz was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Federowicz is coming off yet another excellent season at Triple-A, but his .328 batting average and 14 homers over 78 games likely owes a huge debt of gratitude to the favorable parks of the PCL. His offensive production has never translated during multiple cups of coffee in the majors, and for that reason, he'll be little more than an insurance option behind A.J. Ellis and Drew Butera in September.
News: Puig will bat sixth Monday against the Nationals.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly will attempt to get Puig back on track by moving him all the way down the the six-hole Monday, the lowest he's hit in the order in a start this season. Puig batted just .216/.296/.247 and failed to hit a home run in August.
Alex Guerrero - #7 - Second Base - 5'10" - 204lbs
News: Guerrero was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, David Vassegh of AM 570 FOX Sports LA reports.
Impact: Guerrero probably missed his window to pick up extensive playing time with the big club this season, but he'll at least provide the Dodgers with a high-quality insurance option for the oft-injured Hanley Ramirez in September. While there's still some questions about Guerrero's defense, his 14 doubles, five triples and 15 homers over 65 games with Albuquerque illustrate the immense power potential he brings to the middle infield.
News: Pederson's contract was purchased from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, David Vassegh of AM 570 FOX Sports LA reports.
Impact: As expected, Pederson will make his long-awaited arrival to the big leagues, a promotion that's been long overdue. Unfortunately for the 22-year-old, the Dodgers outfield still remains jam-packed, likely forcing Pederson to settle in as an overqualified pinch-hitting option. He'll likely enter 2015 as one of the top hitting prospects in baseball, after supplying 33 homers and stealing 30 bases over 121 games for Albuquerque.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Monday against the Nationals, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Crawford will sit for the second straight game with a lefty starting for the Nationals, but there's still a good chance he'll see some time off the bench Monday as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement. He managed to produce as a reserve Sunday against the Padres, walking in one of his two plate appearances and scoring two runs.
News: Turner's playing time could dwindle following Juan Uribe's activation from the DL on Sunday.
Impact: Turner has been a better replacement option than the Dodgers could have hoped, as the 29-year-old is carrying a .325/.394/.449 batting line over 243 at-bats this season. His better-than-expected offense could allow him to work his way into a timeshare with Uribe, but because he won't be guaranteed a steady diet of starts, Turner's counting stats could suffer.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Crawford will bow out of the lineup Sunday with lefty Eric Stults twirling for the Padres. He'll be replaced in left field by Scott Van Slyke.
News: Haren will start Friday, rather than Wednesday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Dodgers did not provide a reason for the move, but Haren will have his start pushed back two days. Instead of facing the Nationals, Haren will now pitch the opener of a weekend set with the Diamondbacks after the Dodgers' off day Thursday. Manager Don Mattingly did not officially announce Wednesday's starter, but Carlos Frias is expected to get the nod.
News: Correia is expected to move back to the bullpen on a more permanent basis following Hyun-Jin Ryu's (leg) activation from the 15-day DL on Sunday.
Impact: The Dodgers had already tipped off Correia's return to the bullpen by using him in relief Friday against the Padres. He figures to see mostly mop-up duty for the Dodgers during non-competitive games, which will sink most of his fantasy value since he'll have more difficulty picking up wins.
News: Van Slyke (ankle) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Van Slyke will make his return to the lineup Sunday after leaving Wednesday's game with an ankle injury. While he isn't an everyday starter in the outfield, he should see some starts there in September as well.
News: Gordon is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Gordon will sit with the left-handed Eric Stults on the mound for the Padres following a 0-for-11 stretch at the plate over the past two games. Darwin Barney takes the start in his place and will bat eighth for the Dodgers on Sunday.
News: Ryu (leg) was activated from the 15-day disabled list, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Ryu was activated as expected and will start for the Dodgers on Sunday. To make room for him on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned Carlos Frias.
News: Uribe (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Uribe was originally set to be activated Monday, but the team will push him up a day and will have him available Sunday. Miguel Rojas was optioned to make room, but he should be back with the team when rosters expand. Uribe has been out of action since Aug. 15, but will return to resume regular third base duties. He was hitting .293/.320/.411 with six homers before landing on the disabled list.
News: Greinke took a no decision Saturday but was excellent, holding the Padres to one run on four hits and two walks while striking out eight in eight innings.
Impact: Greinke had a favorable matchup against the worst offense in the league, but unfortunately, the Dodgers couldn't produce enough runs in a losing effort. Nonetheless, he's been outstanding this season, boasting a 2.72 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 182:38 K:BB.
News: Ramirez (leg) is now in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly left Ramirez out of his initial lineup, but apparently the 30-year-old showed enough during pregame warmups to warrant inclusion. Ramirez fell to his knees and grabbed at his leg after a single in the sixth inning of Friday's game, but the tightness did not prevent him from hitting a home run in the eighth.
A.J. Ellis - #17 - Catcher - 6'2" - 220lbs
News: Ellis is out of the lineup Saturday against the Padres.
Impact: Drew Butera will step in to catch starter Zack Greinke, pushing Ellis to the bench after four straight starts. Ellis is batting just .185/.299/.262 this month, but he's 5-for-11 in his last three games and should continue to serve as the primary option behind the plate for Los Angeles.
News: Ryu (leg) will start Sunday against the Padres, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: With the strained glute muscle presenting no issues for Ryu during a bullpen session Wednesday, the training staff has signed off on the lefty returning Sunday when first eligible. In his first start back, he'll face a Padres team that he's held to one run on nine hits over 19 innings (three starts) this season.
News: Ramirez (leg) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Padres.
Impact: While rounding first base on sixth-inning single Friday, Ramirez's leg tightened up and he dropped to his knees after getting back to the bag. A visit from the trainer and manager Don Mattingly ensued, but Ramirez stayed in the game and even hit a homer in the eighth inning. He was clearly hobbled as he went around the bases, however, leading to his removal in the bottom of the frame. Miguel Rojas will draw the start at short in his absence Saturday, but a DL stint seems unlikely with rosters set to expand Monday.
News: Ramirez went 3-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI as he hit his 13th homer of the season against the Padres on Friday.
Impact: The Dodgers' shortstop provided the bulk of the offense for them, while Padres pitching kept things in check for most of the other hitters. Since being activated from a recent DL trip, Ramirez only had one hit in 12 at-bats before his big night Friday. He'll (.276/.363/.457) continue to be a top-of-the-order hitter for the Dodgers as they fight toward a division title.
News: Haren pitched six excellent innings Friday against the Padres in a no decision, as he gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out three hitters in a 95-pitch effort.
Impact: Over his last five starts, Haren has gone 3-1, while only giving up eight runs over 29.1 innings pitched and lowering his ERA from 4.57 to 4.33 during the stretch. His woes seem to be behind him as he continues to fill out the back end of the Dodgers' rotation.
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.
News: Van Slyke (ankle) will likely be ready to play Sunday against the Padres, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Van Slyke left Wednesday's game with the ankle injury and had precautionary X-rays taken that came back negative. He was ultimately diagnosed with a ankle sprain, and appears to be on track to return as soon as Sunday.
News: Uribe (hamstring) will likely be ready to come off the disabled list Sunday, but probably won't be activated until Monday when roster expand, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Uribe will likely take over the starting role at third base when he comes off the disabled list. He didn't require a rehab assignment, which is a bit surprising, but he may take some days off in the month of September to make sure he is ready for the playoffs.
News: Ryu (glute) will start Sunday if he passes more tests Friday night, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Ryu will take Kevin Correia's turn in the rotation if assuming he passes all the tests thrown at him Friday. He has been on the disabled list Aug. 15, so he will be rejoining the team in the minimum amount of time required if he does in fact make the start Sunday.
News: Gonzalez (back) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
Impact: Gonzalez sat out the Dodgers' last game Wednesday with a sore back, but he will return to action following a team off day. As he has done regularly of late, Gonzalez will man first base and bat third Friday night.
News: Puig is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
Impact: Puig is just 1-for-11 in his career against Padres starter Andrew Cashner, so manager Don Mattingly decided to hold him out Friday. Andre Ethier will man center field for the Dodgers in Puig's place.
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.
Kenley Jansen - #74 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 265lbs
News: Jansen struck out two Diamondbacks in a perfect ninth inning for his 38th save of the season Wednesday.
Impact: Jansen has been lights out for over two months now, allowing only two runs since June 20. The right-hander is following up a stellar July (0.96 ERA) with an equally good August, sporting a 0.87 ERA and averaging almost two strikeouts per inning.
News: Kershaw was masterful again Wednesday, allowing only an unearned on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in a victory over the Diamondbacks.
Impact: It's the third double-digit strikeout game for Kershaw in a row and the sixth overall. He's fanned at least nine batters seven more times. Kershaw has gone seven-plus innings in 14 straight starts dating back to June 8 and has allowed more than three runs only once all season. The left-hander will face the Nationals on Tuesday.
News: X-rays on Van Slyke's right ankle were returned negative, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With the diagnosis of a mild sprain confirmed, Van Slyke appears no worse than day-to-day after leaving Wednesday's contest in the fourth inning. Van Slyke homered prior to exiting and is now batting a robust .277/.413/.663 with eight homers against left-handed pitching this season.
News: The Dodgers announced that Van Slyke left Wednesday's game with a mild right ankle sprain.
Impact: Van Slyke's injury did not look good, but nonetheless he was diagnosed with only a minor injury. He is listed as day-to-day and should get plenty of time to rest with the Dodgers not scheduled to face another left-handed starter until Sunday.
News: Van Slyke was removed from Wednesday's game in the fourth inning with a right ankle injury, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Van Slyke, who homered earlier in the game, rolled his ankle fielding a ball in left field. The extent of his injury is uncertain, but he was able to walk off the field under his own power. Carl Crawford took Van Slyke's place in left field.
News: Turner had two hits and two RBIs in Tuesday's win in Arizona.
Impact: He's batting .373 over his last 21 games with six RBIs in his last six contests.
News: Gordon collected three hits and an RBI in Tuesday's win in Arizona.
Impact: He's 11 for 24 over a six-game hitting streak.
News: Kemp went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over Arizona.
Impact: Kemp's success has leveled out since putting together a few scorching weeks in July, but he's still batting .309 with a .902 OPS in 43 games since July 6.
News: Uribe (hamstring) should be ready to come off the DL when eligible on Sunday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: He was out on the field testing his hamstring before Wednesday's game, but it's still a bit of a surprise that Uribe will be back so fast and presumably won't need a rehab assignment. Still, the Dodgers will likely rest him more than a typical everyday player down the stretch to make sure he's ready for the playoffs.
News: Gonzalez is out of the lineup Wednesday with a stiff back, the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez reports.
Impact: He dealt with a stiff back earlier in the week, and while he may indeed be still slightly bothered by it, he's also been terrible against lefties this season (.185/.246/.266), so it was convenient to have him sit against southpaw Wade Miley. He will have an extra day to rest up as the Dodgers have an off day Thursday.
News: Ryu (strained glute muscle) felt no pain while throwing a two-inning simulated game Wednesday, and looks poised to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation on Sunday or Monday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: He is eligible to return from the DL on Friday, but Dan Haren and Zack Greinke are already confirmed as the starters on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Ryu threw free and easy Wednesday, and also practiced covering first base without incident. He has been dynamite against the Padres this season, giving up one run in 19 innings, so fantasy owners would probably prefer him to start Sunday, but the Dodgers would not be forced to make a roster if they started Ryu Monday against the Nationals, as rosters expand Monday. Manager Don Mattingly said a decision will come Thursday regarding which day Ryu will return to the rotation.
News: Van Slyke will start in left field and bat fifth Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: This typically wouldn't be worth reporting, but Van Slyke is not only killing lefties this season (.272/.412/.630), he's absolutely abusing Miley, with three home runs, three doubles and two walks in just 11 plate appearances against the Diamondbacks' southpaw in 2014. This is definitely a prime opportunity to get Van Slyke in your daily league lineups.
News: Gonzalez is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: This isn't a big surprise with lefty Wade Miley on the hill, as Gonzalez is slashing just .185/.246/.266 against southpaws this season. Add in the fact that Scott Van Slyke has destroyed Miley this season, and it's a very well justified day off for Gonzalez.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: The Dodgers' left-field situation seems to have turned into a strict platoon, with manager Don Mattingly intent on limiting Crawford's exposure to lefties. Scott Van Slyke will draw the start Wednesday against Wade Miley, but Crawford, who's batting a healthy .338/.382/.394 this month, will continue to start against right-handed pitching.
News: Greinke threw a bullpen session Wednesday, which he skipped when his elbow was tender, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: This is yet another good sign that Greinke's elbow is feeling better than it was last week, when he had a start pushed back. He'll take the bump Saturday with a favorable matchup in San Diego.
News: Rodriguez (back) says his goal is to be back with the Dodgers sometime the first week of September, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Rodriguez has had three throwing sessions to date. He'll likely pitch in middle relief upon his return to the big club in September.
News: Gordon delivered a three-hit performance and gathered an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Despite reaching base three times, Gordon was held without a steal for the fifth straight game. His 57 stolen bases on the season still lead the majors by a sizable margin, and a six-game hitting streak has helped him recover from a recent slump in the batting average department.
News: Turner went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Signing Turner to a minor league deal in the offseason looks to be one of the savvier recent moves by a Dodgers front office that often just throws gobs of money at its problems. With both Juan Uribe and Hanley Ramirez dealing with injuries at various points this season, Turner has excelled as a plug-and-play utility infielder, slashing .316/.387/.442 with four homers and five stolen bases over 231 at-bats.
News: Kemp slugged his 16th home run of the year, while going 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Kemp has a hit in four straight games, but he is otherwise struggling, as he is 8-for-33 in his last 10 games. He still carries a respectable .276/.341/.465 slash line in 434 at-bats this year.
Roberto Hernandez - #55 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 230lbs
News: Hernandez pitched six innings Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three en route to his eighth win of the year.
Impact: Hernandez has pitched fairly well for the Dodgers. In four starts with the club, he has allowed 10 runs (nine earned) in 23 innings. Obviously, pitching for the Dodgers has increased his value a bit, as he will get more chances for wins. His next start is set for Monday at home against the Nationals.
News: Ryu (glute) could start Sunday against the Padres, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Ryu completed another bullpen session Tuesday and if he makes it through Wednesday's live session without issue, he may be cleared to take the hill for the weekend finale against San Diego. The lefty has not yet thrown at maximum effort, so a return Sunday should not be viewed as a certainty, but Ryu said Tuesday that he is not experiencing any lingering pain from the pulled glute muscle.
News: Ryu (glute) is slated to throw a simulated game Wednesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 FOX Sports LA reports.
Impact: Ryu got another bullpen session under his belt Tuesday, and while he did not feel any pain, he still wasn't throwing at full effort. That should change Wednesday, as the live session may very well be his last time throwing on the side before returning to the Dodgers' rotation. While he's eligible to return from the DL on Friday, this seems to set him up for a return next Monday against the Nationals.
Andre Ethier - #16 - Right Field - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Ethier started back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday for the first time since July 20-21.
Impact: Ethier gave days off to Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford. He's still clearly fourth in line in the outfield pecking order.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez went 3 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI in Sunday's 11-3 loss to the visiting Mets.
Impact: Gonzalez is hitting .400 with three homers and 17 RBIs over his last 17 games.
News: Ryu (leg) will throw another bullpen session Tuesday, after which the team should have a better idea when he will be able to return, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Ryu could start as early as Friday, but don't be surprised to see him get pushed back a couple days depending on how things go this week.
News: Greinke reported feeling good a day after going seven innings Saturday, a good indication that his sore pitching elbow won't be an issue going forward, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Greinke was far from dominant (7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER) last time out, but the Dodgers appear to have dodged a bullet so far here.
News: Arruebarrena, who was optioned to High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, will rejoin the Dodgers when rosters expand next week, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: No big surprise. Just speculation here, but Arruebarrena's involvement in a benches-clearing brawl late last month while playing for Triple-A Albuquerque caused the organization to be more comfortable having him avoid the Pacific Coast League this year.
News: Arruebarrena was optioned to High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.
Impact: Arruebarrena was the odd man out following Hanley Ramirez's return from the disabled list. He played in four of the past five games, collecting two hits, two RBI and two runs over that period. With just a week before rosters expand, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 24-year-old shortstop back with the Dodgers.
News: Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the Dodgers' 11-3 loss to the Mets on Sunday.
Impact: It's Gonzalez's second multi-hit game in a row. The first baseman is batting .290 in August, raising his season average to .275 in the process.
News: Correia allowed seven runs (five earned) on seven hits while striking out one in three innings of work in the Dodgers' 11-3 loss to the Mets on Sunday.
Impact: Correia has allowed 10 earned runs in three starts since coming over from the Twins. The three innings is the lowest he's pitched in a game since April 25. If he continues this poor streak, he might lose his spot in the rotation.
News: According to manager Don Mattingly, Pederson probably won't play much when he is recalled next month, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: "We'll use him, but I'll use him like any other guy coming up in September," Mattingly said. "I don't really plan on throwing him out there or anything. I think it'll be a good experience. I think it'll be good for him." Pederson just became the first 30/30 man in the PCL in 80 years, so even if he doesn't play much in September, he's still one of the best prospects in the game.
News: Crawford is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mets, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Crawford will get the day off Sunday following Saturday performance in which he walked twice and scored two runs. Andre Ethier will man left field and bat sixth for the Dodgers.
News: Ramirez (upper body) was activated from the 15-day disabled list and is in the lineup Sunday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Ramirez has returned to the lineup, as expected, and is manning his usual spot at shortstop Sunday. He will bat sixth for the Dodgers, and will likely knock Miguel Rojas out of the everyday lineup.
News: Pederson's stolen base Saturday night made him the first 30/30 player in the PCL in 80 years, MILB.com reports.
Impact: Pederson, 22, is batting .301/.432/.583 with 32 home runs, 73 RBI and 30 steals in 115 games for Triple-A Albuquerque. There's little doubt he will join the big club when rosters expand in September.
News: Gonzalez had a game Saturday, knocking in five runs as part of a 2-for-3 night against the visiting Mets. He also plated two runs and smacked his 18th homer of the year, a two-run shot.
Impact: The five steaks snapped a seven-game skid with no RBI for Gonzo, who now has 88 this season. At this rate, Gonzalez should easily knock in the 12+ runs needed to reach triple digits in RBI for the seventh time in nine full MLB seasons.
News: Greinke (13-8) grabbed the win Saturday, giving up four runs on nine hits across seven innings while walking one and fanning four against the visiting Mets.
Impact: Greinke also tossed 105 pitches, a good indication that the tenderness in his elbow isn't impacting his game too much, despite the fact he allowed two home runs. He now has a 2.79 ERA and 1.17 WHIP -- both better than his career marks of 3.57 and 1.23 -- through 26 starts (164.1 innings) this season. He also has an eye-popping 174:36 K:BB and has been terrific for the first place Dodgers in 2014.
News: Greinke (elbow) has been confirmed as Saturday's starter against the Mets.
Impact: Despite a tender elbow, Greinke has been given the green light to toe the rubber Saturday oppose Jacob deGrom and thus will not miss a full turn in the rotation. The issue has reportedly been lingering for several weeks, and Greinke told SB Nation, "I expect to pitch at a 100-percent level, but I don't expect to feel 100 percent while I'm throwing," suggesting it may be something he has to manage the rest of the season.
A.J. Ellis - #17 - Catcher - 6'2" - 220lbs
News: Ellis is out of the lineup Saturday, the L.A. Times' Bill Shaikin reports.
Impact: This is just a standard day off for the Dodgers' starting backstop, as Eliis had caught the previous four games. Drew Butera will handle the catching duties.
News: Puig is out of the lineup Saturday, the L.A. Times' Bill Shaikin reports.
Impact: Andre Ethier will get the start in center field, in what is probably more of a favor to Ethier than a needed breather for Puig. Look for the Dodgers' dynamic outfielder to be back in the lineup very soon, and Puig will probably get a pinch-hit opportunity Saturday if the situation calls for it.
News: Gordon went 3-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI against the Mets on Friday night.
Impact: The success of Gordon (.289/.334/.383) this season at the top of the order is one of the main reasons the Dodgers are contending for a division title. With 70 runs and 57 stolen bases, he remains one of the league's best leadoff hitters. He just needs to learn how to work the count a bit more and snag some walks from time to time.
News: Turner went 2-for-3 with one run scored and one stolen base against the Mets on Friday night, although he did also manage to get picked off base and caught stealing in the game.
Impact: The Dodgers' utility infielder continues to be an outstanding asset this season, providing depth at second base, third base, and shortstop. What's nice to see, though, is Turner's slash line of .318/.391/.448 and that he's really making the most of his at-bats.
News: Haren (11-10) picked up the win as he pitched seven fantastic innings Friday against the Mets, allowing only one run on three hits while striking out six hitters and walking none.
Impact: Since hitting a rough patch of awful starts, Haren has performed well of late with three wins and three quality starts over his last four games. He was moved up a day in the rotation to allow Zack Greinke some additional rest, and the move showed no ill effects on Haren's production. Haren's ERA currently sits at 4.44.
News: Ryu (glute) threw another bullpen session Friday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A Grade 1-2 glute strain forced Ryu onto the DL last week, but he seems to be progressing nicely, having now thrown bullpen sessions on back-to-back days. While he's not throwing with maximum effort just yet, Ryu appears on track to return shortly after he's eligible Aug. 29.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.
Impact: With lefty Jon Niese on the hill for New York, Crawford will head to the bench for the second time in three games. Crawford is just a .259/.306/.375 career hitter against left-handed pitching, and it seems likely manager Don Mattingly will continue to deploy a platoon in left field, with Scott Van Slyke drawing the starts against southpaws.
News: Rodriguez (back) has begun a throwing program, but won't return to the club until at least September 1 once rosters expand, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Rodriguez was placed on the DL back on August 5 with a strained back muscle, an injury similar to that of Clayton Kershaw's earlier this season. He'll pitch in the middle innings upon his return.
News: Turner went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead home run Thursday in the Dodgers' 2-1 win over San Diego.
Impact: Turner is batting a surprising .314/.386/.441 on the year. With both Hanley Ramirez (oblique) and Juan Uribe (hamstring) due back shortly, Turner will return to a super-utility role.
News: Kershaw was his usual dominant self Thursday against the Padres, tossing eight innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits, and fanning 10.
Impact: Kershaw improved to 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA. He's gone at least seven innings in each of his last 13 starts while allowing more than three earned runs just once all year.
News: Perez (ankle) likely won't be activated until rosters expand, Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. reports.
Impact: Perez hasn't pitched since Aug. 3 after hitting the DL with bone spurs in his right ankle. Prior to landing on the disabled list, the 29-year-old reliever owned a shaky 5.03 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the year. He'll be back to provide bullpen depth in September.
News: Ramirez (oblique) is expected to be "ready to go" by Sunday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Ramirez has already taken batting practice on back-to-back days, and it sounds like he's nearing 100 percent with respect to his swing. He won't be eligible to return from the DL officially until Monday, but the fact that he'll be ready for activation by Sunday is an encouraging sign. Look for him to resume his regular role at shortstop, but it's also been speculated he may see occasional reps at the hot corner.
News: Ramirez (oblique) took batting practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: We still think Ramirez will return to the shortstop position rather than move to third base as has been speculated. He's eligible to be activated on Monday.
News: Uribe (hamstring) took batting practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Uribe looks to be on track for an August 31 return from his hamstring injury. He'll likely be the starting third baseman while healthy in September.
News: Ryu (leg) threw off the mound in the bullpen Thursday, Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Impact: Ryu remains on track to return roughly by the end of the month, as expected. It doesn't sound like he'll require a rehab assignment, so get ready to deploy the lefty as soon as he's back in action.
Roberto Hernandez - #55 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 230lbs
News: Hernandez (7-9) allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to the Padres.
Impact: Despite the hiccup Wednesday, Hernandez has been dealing of late. The right-hander is 2-1 in August while sporting a 2.16 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. His spot on the rotation comes up again in Arizona on Tuesday.
News: Uribe (hamstring) took batting practice prior to Wednesday's game and looks to be in line for a return at the end of the month, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: There are some reports that have the injured Hanley Ramirez returning to third base, but we still expect Ramirez to be the shortstop with Uribe the regular third baseman.
News: Ryu (leg) is not expected to need a minor league rehab assignment, leaving him on target for a return at the end of the month, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Good news for a reeling Dodgers rotation. Ryu played catch on Wednesday and should be used in all formats upon his return.
News: Haren's next start has been moved up to Friday against the Mets, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Dodgers will move Clayton Kershaw and Haren up to Thursday and Friday, respectively, to afford Zack Greinke (elbow) some extra rest. Haren has turned in quality starts in two of his last three outings, after failing to do so in any of his previous five turns.
News: Kershaw will start Thursday against the Padres, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Dodgers will take advantage of Monday's off day and push Zack Greinke from Thursday to Saturday, affording him some extra rest for his ailing elbow. Kershaw will move up a day to oppose right-hander Tyson Ross in the finale against San Diego, but he'll still be on regular rest.
News: Greinke (elbow) will have his next start pushed back to Saturday against the Mets, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: It was revealed earlier in the week that Greinke has been pitching with a tender elbow for close to a month now, skipping bullpen sessions here and there as a way to manage the pain. The Dodgers will take advantage of Monday's off day and move Clayton Kershaw up to start Thursday, but Greinke is expected to go Saturday and thus will not miss a full turn in the rotation.
Darwin Barney - #30 - Second Base - 5'10" - 186lbs
News: Barney will start at second base and bat leadoff Wednesday against the Padres.
Impact: Barney will get his first opportunity atop the order this season with Dee Gordon getting a night off, and it figures to just be a one-off appearance. The 28-year-old Barney has gone 3-for-9 with the Dodgers but is sporting a .274 OBP for the season.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
Impact: Crawford launched a two-run home run off lefty Alex Torres during the seventh inning of Tuesday's game, his fifth of the year and first since May 23. He's also had success against Eric Stults, with five hits in 10 career at-bats, but manager Don Mattingly will stick to his guns as far as sitting Crawford against lefties and instead turn to Scott Van Slyke to man left field Wednesday.
News: Gordon is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly said recently that he will take measures to ensure Gordon's health for the stretch run, so Wednesday's absence is not any sort of red flag. Gordon has started six straight for the Dodgers and 10 of 11. Darwin Barney will take over at second base and atop the order against left-hander Eric Stults.
News: Arruebarrena was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Padres.
Impact: Arruebarrena is now 6-for-19 with a pair of walks as a big leaguer, though his eight strikeouts are a bit concerning. It will be interesting to see what happens once Hanley Ramirez (oblique) returns in a few days, but Arruebarrena could be ticketed for Albuquerque shortly.
News: Kemp was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Padres.
Impact: Kemp had been just 4-for-27 in his previous seven games, so this is good to see. He's batting .278/.343/.466 in a bit of a comeback season.
News: Greinke could miss his next scheduled start (Thursday) due to elbow tenderness, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly stated that he would know more on Greinke's status later on Wednesday. Carlos Frias would appear to be the most likely option to fill in for Greinke.
Kenley Jansen - #74 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 265lbs
News: Jansen had a shaky outing Tuesday against the Padres, allowing one run on two hits and a walk in one inning, but still came away with his 35th save of the year.
Impact: The run Tuesday was Jansen's first allowed since July 30. With a 2.98 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and a staggering 81 strikeouts in 51.1 innings this season, Jansen is as reliable as they come at closer.
News: Crawford slugged his fifth home run of the year Tuesday, while going 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk, a stolen base, three RBI and three runs scored in the Dodgers' 8-6 win over the Padres.
Impact: Crawford has been scorching hot of late, and is 16-for-35 with six RBI, eight runs and five stolen bases in his last 10 games. In the process, Crawford has raised his average from .234 to .268.
News: Correia pitched five innings Tuesday against the Padres, allowing four runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out six to improve to 2-0 with the Dodgers.
Impact: After a less-than-inspiring year with the Twins, Correia has so far done the job in his two outings with the Dodgers, getting victories in both his starts. Correia has a 4.09 ERA and 11:2 K:BB ratio with the Dodgers. Still, we need a larger sample size with his new team before we can fully trust Correia. His next start is set for Sunday at home against the Mets.
News: Arruebarrena, who was just called up from Triple-A Albuquerque, will start at shortstop Tuesday, True Blue L.A.'s Eric Stephen reports.
Impact: He will supplant Miguel Rojas, for a day at least, after slashing .333/.400/.452 in 95 plate appearances at Triple-A. Even if Arruebarrena impresses Tuesday, Hanley Ramirez (oblique) is nearing a return, at which point he'll be in the lineup most days at shortstop, meaning Arruebarrena could be optioned back to Triple-A.
News: Ryu played catch before Tuesday's game to test his pulled glute muscle, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: There has been no official timetable disclosed, but the fact that he has started a throwing program, and that the injury is not an arm or a shoulder opens the door for a return when he's eligible at the end of August.
News: Arruebarrena was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
Impact: He had been on the minor league DL with a shoulder injury but is now healthy enough to offer middle infield depth on the big league roster. In eight games with the Dodgers this season, he has a .313 average, but he's never offered much pop or speed in the minor leagues, so a solid batting average is the best prospective owners could hope for from the bench player.
Carlos Triunfel - #45 - Short Stop - 5'11" - 195lbs
News: Triunfel was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
Impact: He only saw one at-bat in his brief stay with the big league club and will continue to offer organizational middle infield depth.
News: Pederson hit his 30th home run for Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday and is just two stolen bases short of the PCL's first 30/30 season in 80 years, MILB.com reports.
Impact: Safe to say he'll be the PCL player of the year. Pederson is a lock to be part of the team's Sept. 1 callups.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perez (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Perez will throw one inning with Rancho Cucamonga, and that may end up being the extent of his rehab assignment. He's eligible to return from the DL on Tuesday, though the Dodgers could choose to wait an extra day to afford him some additional recovery time following Monday's outing.
News: Pederson will reportedly be recalled when rosters expand on September 1, ESPN's Jim Bowden reports.
Impact: Pederson has homered five times in his last nine games to give him 29 this season. He would have been up a couple months ago if not for the already-crowded LA outfield. Look for the Dodgers to deal an outfielder or two over the winter to open up a spot for him next year.
Alex Guerrero - #7 - Second Base - 5'10" - 204lbs
News: Guerrero will reportedly be recalled when rosters expand on September 1, ESPN's Jim Bowden reports.
Impact: Dee Gordon's breakout season has kept Guerrero in the minors for the balance of the year, so between that and the whole ear fiasco, fantasy owners who had Guerrero on their rosters back in March have been sorely disappointed. He'll fill a utility role come September and then perhaps compete for an infield job next spring.
Josh Beckett - #61 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 230lbs
News: Beckett (hip) appears to be a long shot to pitch again this year, though a return in September has not been officially ruled out, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Beckett will either return as a starter or not at all, according to manager Don Mattingly. At this point, getting anything meaningful out of Beckett in 2014 appears unlikely.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Puig went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Puig appears to be in another hot stretch, going 6 for 8 with three RBis in his last two games.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Uribe has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of tightness in his right hamstring.
Impact: It is the second time this season that the 14-year veteran has been sidelined because of hamstring problems. Uribe missed 34 games from May 21 through June 26, and the club went 20-14 in his absence.
Hyun-jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 254lbs
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Ryu returned Sunday for the Dodgers.
Impact: Ryu was on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip strain.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with three RBIs Thursday against Atlanta.
Impact: The first baseman is batting .500 with 11 RBIs over his last eight games.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Crawford collected three more hits in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.
Impact: The outfielder is 8 for 12 over three games, bumping his average from .234 to .256.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Correia pitched well in his Dodgers debut Monday, allowing one run and four hits over six innings in a 6-2 win.
Impact: Correia had been 5-13 with a 4.94 ERA in 23 starts with Minnesota before getting traded to Los Angeles over the weekend.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Crawford went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in Monday's 6-2 win at Atlanta.
Impact: The oft-injured Crawford is 5 for 8 in his last two games.