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July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez went 2-for-4 with an RBI Sunday in the Dodgers' win over the Giants, as he finished the three-game series 6-for-13 with three RBI.
Impact: A healthy Ramirez should be a productive Ramirez going forward. He should continue to have plenty of RBI opportunities batting cleanup.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jansen struck out the side Sunday against the Giants, recording his 30th save of the season.
Impact: Jansen last allowed a run to score on June 20, and he's blown just three saves this season. Even more impressive, in his last 24 innings, Jansen has a ridiculous 37:3 K:BB. He looks to be a lock to remain a top-five closer the rest of the way.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ryu completed a Dodgers' three-game sweep Sunday, holding the Giants to three runs over six innings to improve to 12-5.
Impact: Ryu fanned seven and walked one in the win. He has a 47:7 K:BB in his last eight starts and is arguably the league's best No. 3 starter right now.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez was 3 for 5 with two doubles in the Dodgers' 5-0 win over the archrival Giants on Saturday.
Impact: Gonzalez is batting .385 over his last 10 games with five doubles and eight RBIs. He's also drawn five walks in that span and appears to be locked in.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Ramirez was 2 for 4 with a double in a 5-0 win at San Francisco on Saturday.
Impact: Ramirez is 12 for 34 over his last 10 games.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Kershaw turned in yet another dominant outing Saturday, yielding just two hits while going the distance for the fourth time this season in a 5-0 win at San Francisco.
Impact: Kershaw remains virtually untouchable, going 7-0 in his last eight starts while surrendering five runs in 64 innings with 77 strikeouts.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arruebarrena (hip) was optioned to High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The Dodgers optioned the shortstop one day after he incited a benches-clearing brawl at Triple-A Albuquerque. Still on the 15-day DL with a hip injury, Arruebarrena will serve his upcoming suspension at High-A, where he'll earn a minor league salary and not earn major league service time. Arruebarrena, who was 1-for-4 with a home run in two rehab games at Triple-A, is in the lineup for Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arruebarrena (hip) homered in his first rehab game for Triple-A Albuquerque Friday, but then incited a brawl Saturday by shoving the opposing catcher after Arruebarrena felt like he was being thrown at, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Arruebarrena apparently took his time rounding the bases after going deep, hence the bad blood. No word yet on any suspensions, but at least a couple games for Arruebarrena appears likely.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez posted his second straight multi-hit game Saturday against the Giants, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double.
Impact: Ramirez is up to .278/.374/.466. With 11 home runs, he has nine fewer home runs than last year in just five more at-bats. At least he appears healthy at this point.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Uribe was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Saturday in the Dodgers' 5-0 win over the Giants.
Impact: Uribe is now batting .300/.328/.420. He has five home runs on the year, but just one since the end of April. Either way, fantasy owners will take the solid batting average and hope he stays healthy.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Giants.
Impact: As he came out of the All-Star break batting just .250 for the season, Gonzalez has really kicked things up a notch so far in the second half. The 32-year-old first baseman is slashing an outstanding .419/.486/.645 with one home run, four doubles and eight RBI over his last eight games.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kershaw was brilliant on the mound Saturday night versus the Giants, surrendering just two hits and a walk while striking out seven during a complete-game shutout.
Impact: Kershaw simply has no peers on the mound at this point. The two-time Cy Young award winner seems destined to add a third to his shelf this year, as his recent stretch of dominance has placed him well ahead of the pack in the NL. Over his last seven starts, Kershaw has put up a 6-0 record while posting an extraordinary 0.63 ERA, 0.54 WHIP and 11.1 K/9 across 57 innings. He's the Mike Trout of pitchers. Another fun fact: in his last 101 starts, Kershaw has a 1.98 ERA. Pretty safe to say he's the best on the planet at his craft.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Greinke struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings in Friday's 8-1 win at San Francisco.
Impact: With 12 wins, Greinke is three away from matching his total from last year.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Kemp went 3 for 5 with two RBIs in Friday's 8-1 win at San Francisco.
Impact: Kemp is 8 for 21 with five RBIs over the last five games.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Puig went 4 for 5 with three triples and two RBIs in Friday's 8-1 win at San Francisco.
Impact: Puig become the first Dodger to collect three triples in a game since Brooklyn's Jimmy Sheckard in 1901.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dominguez has allowed just three runs with a 19:8 K:BB over his last 19 innings for Triple-A Albuquerque.
Impact: Dominguez, who had an 11.37 ERA in five games with the Dodgers earlier in the year, should be back up at some point soon. He'll need to cut the walks back a bit first, but his arm remains electric.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Haren's start next week will be skipped and the club will apparently use off days to skip him as needed down the stretch, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: We'll have to see how Haren responds in his next start, but with the trade deadline approaching, his spot could be in jeopardy in short order.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ethier is out of the lineup Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: Ethier will miss his third straight game, but it won't be due to any injury. In a Dodger outfield that has shuffled around all season, manager Don Mattingly now may be settling in on using Carl Crawford in left, Yasiel Puig in center and Matt Kemp in right. If this pattern continues, Ethier's reps will certainly be reduced until a trade or injury occurs to free up space.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guerrero (ear) has rejoined Triple-A Albuquerque, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Guerrero has endured a lengthy rehab process since being the victim of an ear-biting incident in a dugout scuffle in late May. He's now back in Albuquerque, where he originally started the season, and will look to pick up where he left off. He owns an impressive .371/.418/.717 slash line in the Pacific Coast League this season and is a strong candidate for a late-season callup by the Dodgers.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greinke (12-6) was outstanding Friday against the Giants, getting the win as he pitched seven innings while only giving up four hits and striking out 10 batters in the process.
Impact: The Dodgers' ace starter bounced back nicely from a poor showing last time out, getting ahead of the Giants and even striking out four hitters in the third inning when Hunter Pence reached base on a wild pitch. Greinke (2.74 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) continues to be one of the better pitchers in baseball now with 140 strikeouts in 131.1 innings.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI against the Giants on Friday.
Impact: Even with Gonzalez's so-so season with his percentages (.259/.324/.439), he has managed to contribute as usual in other facets of the game (50 runs and 67 RBI). The table has been set very nicely for him with Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig getting on base ahead of him.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kemp went 3-for-5 with two RBI against the Giants on Friday night.
Impact: Kemp had one of five Dodgers triples on the night and raised his batting average to .273 on the season. The one suffering area of his game has been the home run totals, with his last one coming on June 25. There's been some unhappiness in Los Angeles with Kemp not getting everyday starts for the Dodgers, but if he keeps hitting like this, manager Don Mattingly will have no choice but to slot him in on a daily basis.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig had a record-tying night against the Giants on Friday as he went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Impact: The Dodgers' young outfielder tied a team record as he had three triples on the night in San Francisco. Puig (.315/.402/.543) has continued his dominance in the NL, hitting anything and everything that comes his way. The power numbers may be a bit underwhelming for some fantasy owners, but Puig contributes far too much of everything else in a stat line to be downgraded for lack of power.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon had a blistering night facing the Giants on Friday as he went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, one RBI and his 46th stolen base of the season.
Impact: The Dodgers must be elated with the production they've received from Gordon this season as he leads the league in stolen bases, while holding a .298/.348/.409 slash line. Gordon also contributed to one of the Dodgers' five triples on the night (tying a team record), with three of them coming during the fifth inning in San Francisco.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ethier is not in the lineup Friday against the Giants.
Impact: Ethier has just 53 plate appearances so far this month, and his playing time figures to be scaled back even further with Yasiel Puig expected to see more time in center field moving forward. The 32-year-old Ethier is batting .248/.311/.374 this season, and he's chipped in just one homer since May 28.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday against the Giants.
Impact: A sore left hand, the result of an HBP last weekend, cost Puig four starts but he's slated to return Friday to face Tim Lincecum in the series opener against San Francisco. Puig will make his first start of the year in center field, and manager Don Mattingly has left the door open for Puig to remain there with Matt Kemp now playing right.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday against the Giants, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: As of Wednesday, Ramirez was still unable to swing a bat due to the injured left hand, and manager Don Mattingly said he was not optimistic the 30-year-old would be able to return following Thursday's off day. However, Ramirez is penciled in to man short and bat fourth Friday against right-hander Tim Lincecum. In 22 career at-bats against Lincecum, Ramirez has seven hits (.318 average), including one homer.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beckett has been told that he will remain in the rotation, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Beckett has allowed nine runs in 13.2 innings over his last three starts while dealing with a sore hip. The back end of the Dodgers' rotation is suddenly falling apart, but Beckett will push forward regardless.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Haren has been told by the Dodgers that they will skip his next scheduled start, Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Impact: Haren is coming off another disappointing outing Wednesday, in which he allowed five earned runs on four hits and three walks on his way to picking up his eighth loss of the year. The right-hander now owns a 4.49 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92:26 K:BB ratio over 122.1 innings, numbers that simply aren't getting it done for a team with expectations as high as the Dodgers. His record now sits at 8-8, representing a fall from grace since the month of April, when he was 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA. The recent announcement means that the Dodgers won't send the 33-year-old Haren to the hill until at least August 2, although their options outside of Haren don't look particularly promising. Paul Maholm doesn't represent a sizeable improvement, and the three most likely candidates at Triple-A all have an ERA that is currently hovering around 5.00. Whether or not this move means that the Dodgers are aggressively trying to acquire a pitcher before the July 31 deadline remains to be seen.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez (hand) remains unable to swing a bat, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Ramirez was able to pick up a bat and move it around a bit, but the fact that he still cannot take full swings is concerning. This report also doesn't bode well for the shortstop's chances of returning to the lineup and contributing this weekend. If Ramirez is unable to get some cuts in soon, a DL stint will continue to look like a stronger possibility.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Beckett struggled in Tuesday's 12-7 loss at Pittsburgh, though he wasn't the loser despite giving up four runs in just 3 2-3 innings.
Impact: Beckett had posted a 1.74 ERA over his previous nine outings.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with his 15th homer of the year in Tuesday's 17-2 loss at Pittsburgh.
Impact: Gonzalez is batting .284 with 25 RBIs over his last 29 games.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he is not optimistic that Ramirez (hand) will be able to return to the lineup Friday against the Giants, although it is not out of the question, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Mattingly said Yasiel Puig (hand) is more likely to return after the Dodgers' off day Thursday than Ramirez. It doesn't sound very promising that owners will get much production from Ramirez this weekend, and we can't rule out a potential DL stint for Ramirez if his absence drags into next week.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he is more optimistic that Puig (hand) can start Friday against the Giants than Hanley Ramirez (hand), MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Puig took batting practice with the team Wednesday, despite being out of the lineup for the third straight game. With an off day Thursday, it sounds like owners could see Puig back in the lineup sometime this weekend.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellis is out of the lineup again Wednesday, AM 570's David Vassegh reports.
Impact: Drew Butera will start behind the dish, as Ellis will get a rare day off. He plays a lot, but his .216 batting average and zero home runs make him a last-ditch option at the position.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig (hand) is out of the lineup again Wednesday, AM 570's David Vassegh reports.
Impact: He was available to pinch hit in Tuesday's game, so he should be nearing a return, especially since the Dodgers have an off day Thursday. Matt Kemp will play right field Wednesday.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez (hand) is out of the lineup again Wednesday, AM 570's David Vassegh reports.
Impact: He was unavailable to pinch hit Tuesday, and predictably will miss his third straight game with the hand injury. He hit in the cage Tuesday, and could be back by the weekend, as X-rays were negative and the Dodgers have an off day Thursday.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guerrero (ear) is 4-for-10 with three doubles in three games in his rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Impact: Apparently the down time did little to quiet his bat. Guerrero is expected to log two more games in High-A before moving up. He could be an option for the Dodgers in August.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rodriguez has been optioned to Triple-A.
Impact: The move opens up a 25-man roster spot for Josh Beckett, who will return from the DL to start for the Dodgers on Tuesday night. Rodriguez figures to rejoin the big club in September, if not sooner.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beckett (hip) has been activated for his scheduled start Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
Impact: The move comes as little surprise as the Dodgers have had Beckett slotted in to face Vance Worley and the Pirates for at least a few days. The start will be his first since July 6, but the Dodgers have not revealed any sort of pitch limit for Beckett at this point.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez (hand) remains out of the starting lineup Tuesday night.
Impact: Like teammate Yasiel Puig, it's unclear if Ramirez is available to pinch hit Tuesday night. Justin Turner will make another start at short for the Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig (hand) remains out of the starting lineup Tuesday night.
Impact: Puig's availability to pinch hit is unclear, but he is believed to be slightly ahead of teammate Hanley Ramirez in terms of health. Matt Kemp will make another start in right field Tuesday.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Slyke, who didn't start Tuesday against Pittsburgh right-hander Vance Worley, hit a pinch-hit home run, his ninth of the season.
Impact: Van Slyke now has a .919 OPS. Not bad for a No. 5 outfielder.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perez was charged with four runs in just a third of an inning in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.
Impact: Perez walked four batters in a row, and all four eventually scored once Brandon League had his say in the game. Perez now has a 5.35 ERA, and with bullpen on the Dodgers' radar at the trade deadline next week, Perez's time in Dodger blue could be nearing its end.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez got it done offensively again Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with his 15th homer of the year and three RBI in a loss to the Pirates.
Impact: That's 65 RBI and 49 runs for the 32-year-old California native, who leads the Dodgers in RBI and homers. On the down side, his contact numbers (.259 average; .433 slugging) are well below his career marks of .291 and .497, so owners would love it if he could square it up with more consistency as the season marches on.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beckett lasted just 3.2 innings Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on six hits -- including three homers -- while striking out four for no decision against the Pirates. He did not issue a walk.
Impact: After he retired the side in the first inning, Neil Walker and Ike Davis took Beckett deep in the second before Gregory Polanco and Walker tacked on two more runs in the third with another homer and a double. The veteran hadn't pitched since July 6, missing a couple starts with a hip injury, so some rust was expected, but owners would prefer him to keep the ball in the ballpark. Beckett will have his work cut out for him in his next start Tuesday versus the Braves at Dodger Stadium.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Los Angeles Dodgers held injured outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez out of the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but manager Don Mattingly doesn't believe either player needs to go on the disabled list.
Impact: Ramirez took a 98 mph fastball off his left wrist on Sunday from St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal. Mattingly said he's optimistic both players will be available to pinch hit on Tuesday night and called them ''day to day.''
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Ryu allowed two runs over seven innings to win 5-2 at Pittsburgh on Monday.
Impact: Ryu has won back-to-back starts behind a 1.38 ERA. He's 11-5 with a 3.39 mark on the season.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez said that his injured hand is feeling better and that he plans to hit in the cage Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Just as Ramirez seemed to finally be putting his nagging shoulder ailment behind him, he was hit on his left hand by a Carlos Martinez pitch Sunday. X-rays were negative, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Ramriez remained limited the next few days.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon went 2-for-5 in Monday's win over the Pirates, stealing his 45th base of the season.
Impact: Gordon now has seven hits in his last three games and is batting .297/.347/.403 overall. He's swiped three bags in his last five games after notching just two in his previous 15. A 75-steal season remains a possibility.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Howell picked up his 20th hold in Monday's win over the Pirates, lowering his ERA to a sparkling 1.30 in the process.
Impact: Howell has been golden in holds leagues, but he's yet to record a save and seems unlikely to be a candidate should Kenley Jansen struggle or get hurt. Howell's 3.9 BB/9 is below average, but he hasn't walked a batter in his last nine appearances.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez (hand) is out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates.
Impact: Ramirez expressed confidence in his ability to play in this game, but manager Don Mattingly will hold him out an extra day as a precaution. No word has arrived yet on whether he will receive extra tests, but Ramirez will likely look to return to the lineup within a day or two. Justin Turner will man shortstop in his stead.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig (hand) is out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates.
Impact: Puig will miss his second straight game since he was removed from Saturday's contest a few innings after being hit in the hand with a pitch. Manager Don Mattingly thinks his right fielder will be OK, but the team sent him for a second set of X-rays on Monday in Pittsburgh as a precaution. In his stead, Matt Kemp will make his first start in right field since 2009.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez was productive Monday night, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Impact: Gonzalez has now hit safely in all four games since the All-Star break. The first baseman has struggled a bit after a red-hot April, but is up to .254 this month after Monday's big game.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Turner had a nice day at the plate Monday, going 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
Impact: Monday was Turner's first start since being activated from the disabled list after the All-Star break. The infielder is enjoying a tremendous season off the bench in Los Angeles, hitting .301 with 23 RBI.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ryu earned the win Monday, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on five hits against the Pirates. He struck out five and walked one.
Impact: Ryu has now strung together back-to-back solid starts after his seven-run blowup against Detroit. The righty will carry a 3.39 ERA with 11 wins into his start against the Giants this weekend.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Uribe had three hits Sunday.
Impact: Uribe is hitting .300.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Kershaw couldn't hold a two-run lead in a ballpark that's been rough on him Sunday.
Impact: Kershaw was less than dominant, giving up three runs in seven innings. He'd been 8-0 with an 0.74 ERA his previous eight starts. "It was a struggle," said Kershaw. "I didn't have a great idea where the ball was going for most of the night and I left some balls up." He faces the rival Giants next.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: X-rays on Puig's sore left hand came back negative, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Monday's findings verify the initial examination Puig underwent Saturday, which revealed no structural damage. Puig will be on the bench for the second straight game Monday, but manager Don Mattingly wouldn't rule out the possibility of him seeing usage as a pinch-hitter. If that comes to fruition, it wouldn't be surprising if he resumed regular duties in right field within a few days, though it will wholly depend on how much his hand soreness dissipates.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: X-rays on Ramirez's injured hand came back negative Monday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Though Ramirez will sit out Monday and possibly a few additional games as he continues to experience soreness with his hand, the Dodgers have to be relieved that the shortstop sustained no structural damage. Ramirez has toed a fine line this season with various injuries costing him several games, but he's never landed on the disabled list. The Dodgers seem optimistic he'll be able to avoid such a fate yet again.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig (hand) may be available as a pinch-hit option Monday against the Pirates, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Puig was held out of the lineup for the second straight day Monday, but the fact that he may be available off the bench is encouraging. It is also slightly surprising, considering that he hasn't had his follow-up X-rays yet. Regardless, the Dodgers don't seem to be overly concerned with the seriousness of the injury at this point, and should have their regular right fielder back earlier in the week.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beckett (hip) has been confirmed as Tuesday's starter, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Beckett continues to deal with several hip injuries that don't sound particularly comfortable, but will continue to play through the pain and pitch nonetheless. He'll take on Vance Worley and the Pirates in his first start since July 6.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez (hand) expects to play Monday night against the Pirates, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wasn't willing to commit yet to Ramirez being able to play, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Frequently a player will take a more optimistic stance than the team regarding an injury, so this is nothing new. We'll await word whether Ramirez will undergo further exams in Pittsburgh before Monday night's game.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beckett (hip) has a torn labrum and two cysts in his hip, but he's expected to try and pitch through it starting Tuesday, the Dodgers' official website reports.
Impact: That doesn't sound too promising, but Beckett seems to think he'll be okay. He'll likely need another shot should the pain flare up and he'll remain a risky play the rest of the way.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig (hand) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.
Impact: Although X-rays on Puig's injured hand came back negative, manager Don Mattingly will still give his right fielder the day off. Andre Ethier will take over in right, with Scott Van Slyke manning center field. Puig will look to return to action for the upcoming three-game set with the Pirates.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jansen threw a perfect ninth inning Sunday night versus the Cardinals, striking out one en route to his 28th save of the season.
Impact: Successfully converting his eighth consecutive save opportunity, Jansen has been a dominant force on the mound in recent weeks. Over his last 10 outings, the physically-imposing right-hander has allowed just five hits while posting a 14:1 K:BB ratio across 10 scoreless frames.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kershaw tossed seven solid innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eight against the Cardinals on Sunday night.
Impact: Allowing no more than one run in any of his previous seven starts, Kershaw was unable to match the pace he has set for himself over the past several weeks. Nevertheless, the two-time Cy Young Award winner turned in a good effort to kick off his second half. As evidenced by a 1.22 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 11.8 K/9 across his last 81 innings, Kershaw is just simply the best in the business.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez left Sunday night's win over the Cardinals after getting hit by a pitch on the left hand, the second time he was hit in the game. Initial X-rays on the hand were negative, the L.A. Times reports.
Impact: Ramirez was also hit by the Cardinals in the NLCS last year. The second HBP came with a tie game in the ninth on an 0-2 count, making it unlikely that it was intentional - small solace for the Dodgers if they are to go without Ramirez's services for any significant period of time.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig (hand) will undergo another X-ray exam in Pittsburgh on Monday, the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez reports. "We think he's going to be OK," manager Don Mattingly said before Sunday's game.
Impact: Puig is out of the lineup Sunday, with Andre Ethier taking over in right field and Scott Van Slyke playing center. He's considered day-to-day for now, but we should know more prior to Monday's game.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Greinke suffered losses in consecutive regular-season starts for the first time in nearly four years Saturday.
Impact: Greinke walked a season-high five and gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He had not lost back-to-back starts in the regular season since Sept. 20 and 25, 2010. He faces the rival Giants next.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon had three hits Saturday.
Impact: Gordon is 3 for 5 off Carlos Martinez, who he faces in Sunday night baseball.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guerrero (ear) has taken the next step in his rehab assignment, joining High-A Rancho Cucamonga for a rehab game Sunday, True Blue L.A.'s Eric Stephen reports.
Impact: He will play five games at High-A, getting two starts at second base, two starts at shortstop and one at third base. In the first phase of his rehab assignment, Guerrero hit .348 with two home runs with the complex league team in Arizona. Assuming the stint at High-A goes well, Guerrero should continue to climb the ladder and there's a chance he could join the Dodgers sometime in August.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Los Angeles Dodgers held injured outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez out of the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but manager Don Mattingly doesn't believe either player needs to go on the disabled list.
Impact: Puig hasn't played since his left wrist was hit by a pitch from St. Louis' Joe Kelly on Saturday. Mattingly said he's optimistic both players will be available to pinch hit on Tuesday night and called them "day to day."
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig had X-rays taken on his hand Saturday, but the results were negative, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Impact: Puig left Saturday's game with soreness after being hit with a pitch earlier in the game. With no break revealed, he could be back in the lineup as soon as Sunday. However, Puig later said he wasn't sure if he would play Sunday. Keep an eye on the Dodgers' lineup, as it appears he's dodged a bullet at this point.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon went 3-for-4 with a run, a stolen base, and a double in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Cardinals.
Impact: Gordon was the spark for an otherwise lifeless Dodgers lineup, although he did make a miscue in the field. After going six consecutive games without a stolen base, the speedy second baseman has two in his last three outings.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greinke turned in an ugly outing Saturday against the Cardinals, allowing four runs on six hits and five walks over 5.2 innings.
Impact: Though he gave up all four runs in the first inning, Greinke struggled throughout the afternoon and only registered a trio of strikeouts. The poor outing broke his streak of three consecutive quality starts and marked the first time in more than a year that he allowed five or more walks in a game. Greinke will look to continue his fantastic season Friday in San Francisco, where he'll be matched up against the Giants' Tim Lincecum.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig was removed from Saturday's game in the eighth inning with a sore left hand, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Though he was hit by a pitch in the third inning, Puig didn't come out of the game until the eighth, when he was replaced by pinch hitter Matt Kemp. While it's perhaps a good sign that Puig was able to play through the injury, it isn't particularly encouraging that the Dodgers replaced their best hitter when he represented the tying run late in a two-run game.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Kemp was 0 for 3 on Friday.
Impact: Kemp failed to shine while fellow Oklahoma native Matt Holliday homered and doubled with three RBIs for the Cards.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Beckett "seems to be on track" to start Tuesday against the Pirates, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. "We feel like he's going to make it," Mattingly said.
Impact: The skipper isn't quite ready to commit to Beckett coming off the DL to start Tuesday, but that seems to be the direction the team is headed. Beckett threw a bullpen session Saturday, his first since being treated with a cortisone shot on July 8, and he said afterward that he felt "better than expected."
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beckett (hip) said he "felt better than expected" during his bullpen session Saturday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Saturday's session marked Beckett's first time throwing off a mound since he was treated with a cortisone shot back on July 8. Manager Don Mattingly said Friday that he is optimistic Beckett can start Tuesday against the Pirates, but nothing's set in stone at the moment.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ethier is not in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.
Impact: Both Either and Matt Kemp are sitting Saturday, with Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke starting in left and center field, respectively. Ethier's OPS for the season is sitting at just .689, and he hasn't done anything lately to warrant an increase in playing time.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kemp is out of the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.
Impact: Carl Crawford will draw the start in left field, as Scott Van Slyke mans center against right-hander Joe Kelly. Reports surfaced Friday saying Kemp would be open to a trade if he's not going to be the team's everyday center fielder, but he may not get either unless the Dodgers don't receive a fair offer for his services. Kemp is 9-for-42 without an extra-base hit so far in July, so he's not exactly forcing manager Don Mattingly's hand for the everyday role.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fife left Friday's game for Triple-A Albuquerque with forearm tightness after allowing seven runs in just 3.2 innings, True Blue LA's Eric Stephen reports.
Impact: That's now 15 runs in 14.1 innings over his last three starts for FIfe, so there's legitimate reason for worry here, at least until we know more. Fife has dealt with this injury twice now this season, so don't be shocked to hear the words "Tommy" and "John" once he's examined.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellis went 1-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI on Friday facing the Cardinals.
Impact: The Dodgers couldn't supply much offense on the night, with Ellis getting credit for the only RBI on the Dodger Blue side. Ellis did break a mini 0-for-13 slump by doubling in Juan Uribe in the seventh inning, then later in the inning scoring on a Seth Maness wild pitch. The double was nice to see considering Ellis has a .264 slugging percentage on the season.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Haren struggled on Friday facing the Cardinals as he gave up three runs while walking two and striking out four in 4.2 innings pitched.
Impact: The Dodgers' veteran pitcher got pulled in the fifth inning after throwing 99 pitches in taking his seventh loss on the year. Haren has now lost his last three decisions to drop his record to 8-7 on the year, while seeing his ERA climb to 4.30. Haren is among the league leaders in homers allowed (20) this season. He next takes the mound in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Dodgers recalled Rodriguez from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Impact: Rodriguez had a 6.43 ERA in 10 games over seven innings in two stints with the Dodgers.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beckett (hip) could start as soon as Tuesday against the Pirates, according to manager Don Mattingly, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Beckett was placed on the disabled list July 8 retroactive to the day before, meaning Tuesday would be the first day he is eligible to come off the DL. His return would add the fifth arm to a rotation that currently only lists four.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Triunfel was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
Impact: Triunfel has been riding the shuttle between Triple-A and the majors all season and will likely continue to bounce between levels the rest of the way. In his four stints with the big club, Triunfel has all of 15 plate appearances.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Turner (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday.
Impact: As expected, Turner will return to the Dodgers' bench Friday after missing close to three weeks with a hamstring injury. He's posted strong numbers to this point (.302/.358/.434), but his playing time will remain limited, barring injury to another infielder. Carlos Triunfel was optioned in the corresponding move.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez (shoulder) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday against the Cardinals, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: After yet another setback with Ramirez's shoulder last Thursday, the 30-year-old was treated with a cortisone injection and he missed the team's final three games of the first half as a result. Ramirez will return Friday -- to shortstop and the three-hole in the order -- to take on right-hander Lance Lynn, but the Dodgers could always opt to give him another maintenance day in the near future.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
Impact: Even with all the big-name arms, the Dodgers' bullpen still finished the first half ranked 12th in the NL in ERA at 3.74, so the team will bring Rodriguez up to bolster the unit. The 23-year-old lefty has posted a 4.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 29 appearances with Albuquerque this season, but he's struck batters out at an 11.9 K/9 clip and he's held opposing southpaws to a .157/.241/.205 batting line at the major league level.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kemp would prefer to be the team's everyday center fielder but would be open to a trade if that's not possible, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Impact: Kemp isn't necessarily demanding a trade, but we're not sure exactly where this is coming from. Kemp has started 40 of the team's last 42 games (in left field), but with Carl Crawford back off his latest DL stint, Kemp could see the bench with a little more frequency. A trade seems unlikely at this point.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Figgins (hip) joined Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday to begin a rehab assignment, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: The Dodgers have no real need to rush Figgins back to the big leagues now that they're relatively healthy in the infield, so he'll likely play several games at Triple-A before he's activated. Look for Figgins to assume a utility role once healthy.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robinson cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Robinson is hitting .309 this season in Triple-A with 14 home runs and 56 RBI, so there's a chance he could be recalled again later in the year.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Ryu struck out a season-high 10 over six innings of two-hit ball to beat San Diego 1-0 on Sunday.
Impact: Ryu, who improved to 10-5, carries a 3.44 ERA into the season's second half.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perez has allowed just one run in his last eight innings, though his K:BB in that span is just 3:3.
Impact: Perez's 4.0 BB/9 is his worst walk rate since the 2010 season. He'll continue to work in middle relief.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butera is batting just .207/.285/.306 in 121 at-bats as the Dodgers' backup catcher.
Impact: Catcher may get an upgrade at the trade deadline, putting Butera's roster spot in jeopardy. Stay tuned.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon was 1-for-4 with his a stolen base against the Padres on Sunday. Though it was his 43rd stolen base of the season, it was just his third in his last 17 games.
Impact: Gordon is batting .303 since the end of May, a month in which he hit just .244, so we'll let the lack of recent steals slide. Look for Gordon in Tuesday's All-Star Game, likely as a pinch runner.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ryu held the Padres scoreless for six innings Sunday, scattering two hits and striking out a season-high 10 while picking up his tenth win of the season.
Impact: Ryu rebounded from getting torched by the Tigers earlier in the week. He allowed just one ball out of the infield thanks to the strikeouts and seven ground-ball outs.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Maholm pitched six scoreless innings against San Diego on Saturday in his first start since May 14 but did not get a decision in a 1-0 win.
Impact: Maholm (1-4, 4.69 ERA) came out of the bullpen to make a spot start for the injured Josh Beckett. The only hits against him were singles in the fourth and seventh by Chase Headley. Maholm also walked none and struck out four. He was 1-4 with a 5.50 ERA in his first seven starts this season.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramirez (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.
Impact: Ramirez was not expected to return before the All-Star break, so Sunday's lineup came as no surprise. Miguel Rojas will once again bat eighth and start at shortstop, while Ramirez is likely hoping to return right after the break.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kemp is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.
Impact: Carl Crawford will get the start in left field, relegating Kemp to the bench. While Crawford's return from the DL could take the occasional start away from Kemp, the expectation is that Crawford will be used as a fourth outfielder.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Puig has been ejected after being called out on strikes in the third inning of a game with the San Diego Padres on Saturday. Puig was tossed by home plate umpire David Rackley following back-to-back strike calls against Ian Kennedy.
Impact: Puig's only other ejection came on June 11, 2013, in his ninth major league game, after a bench-clearing uprising that also involved Kennedy.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford will start taking flyballs in center field, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports
Impact: This probably isn't the best of news for the team's pitching staff, but if Crawford can prove competent at the position, this does give manager Don Mattingly some flexibility.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Turner (hamstring) will DH for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, with a Friday return to the Dodgers looking likely, Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. reports.
Impact: Turner will return to his normal utility role once he's deemed ready.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Van Slyke was called the team's best defensive center fielder by manager Don Mattingly on Saturday, Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. reports.
Impact: Yet another ringing endorsement for a far better defensive center fielder, top prospect Joc Pederson. Van Slyke is starting to get a few starts against right-handers, thus raising his value in NL-only formats.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Dodgers' 1-0 walkoff win over San Diego on Saturday night.
Impact: Gonzalez led off the bottom of the ninth with a double and later scored the game winner on A.J. Ellis' sacrifice fly. The two hits raised his average back up to a very disappointing .253, but he has provided decent counting stats with 14 home runs and 60 RBI.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jansen picked up a win after pitching a scoreless top of the ninth inning against the Padres on Saturday night. He allowed two hits and struck out two in the contest.
Impact: Jansen (1-3, 3.58 ERA) hasn't been as dominant as many predicted coming into the season, but he's accumulated 26 saves in 29 chances and logged 60 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. A huge second half is certainly a distinct possibility.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maholm was exceptional Saturday night, hurling six-plus innings of scoreless baseball against the Padres. He allowed just two hits, didn't walk a batter, and struck out four, but he came away with a no decision.
Impact: Forced into action in place of the injured Josh Beckett (hip), Maholm wasn't stretched out, so the extended outing was more than the Dodgers could have hoped for. Maholm threw 65 pitches (45 for strikes) and allowed just two singles before departing from a scoreless contest.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Chase Headley snapped Kershaw's streak at 41 innings with a tying homer in the sixth, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner finished with a three-hitter and 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory Thursday night over the San Diego Padres.
Impact: Kershaw (11-2) won his eighth straight start and came within 18 innings of the major league record set by Dodgers right-hander Orel Hershiser, who threw 59 consecutive shutout innings in 1988. Kershaw's run tied Luis Tiant for the fifth-longest in the expansion era (since 1961).
Wed. July 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Urbie was 2 for 4 with his fifth home run of the season in Tuesday's 14-5 loss to Detroit.
Impact: Urbe is 10 for 23 over his last five games.
Wed. July 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Ryu was shelled for a career-worst seven earned runs and 10 hits in just 2 1-3 innings of a 14-5 loss at Detroit on Tuesday.
Impact: Few could have seen the nightmarish outing coming for Ryu, who had been 6-2 with a 3.14 ERA in his previous nine starts.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday recalled right-handed reliever Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Impact: Baez was previously recalled for a game on May 5 at Washington, and allowed two runs on two hits in one inning of relief in his major league debut. The converted infielder opened the year at Double-A Chattanooga and went 2-1 with six saves and a 2.79 ERA in 17 games to earn a May 25 promotion to Albuquerque.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Beckett was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers to start Tuesday night's game at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Impact: Beckett had been sidelined since July 7 because of an impingement in his right hip. The right-hander is 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 17 starts and pitched a no-hitter May 25 at Philadelphia.