Dodgers place Kenta Maeda on 10-day DL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Kenta Maeda on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a mild left hip strain, leaving the club with four of their five starters from the opening-day roster sidelined with an injury.

Also on the DL are Clayton Kershaw (left biceps strain), Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain). Kershaw is expected to return from the DL on Thursday and start against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Maeda was removed from his start Tuesday against the Phillies in the second inning. He received a visit on the mound from the team’s medical staff on consecutive batters and came out of the game after striking out pitcher Jake Arrieta.

Manager Dave Roberts sounded optimistic that Maeda would miss just one start, but admitted that he would not rush his right-hander’s return.

“I felt the sensation at the end of my last outing and worked on it between starts,” Madea said through a team interpreter. “I thought I could pitch through it but as I was in a game situation, I felt it getting worse and worse and I think my teammates and coaches started to realize that.”

The Dodgers recalled right-hander Dennis Santana from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Maeda’s spot on the active roster. It is Santana’s first time on a major league roster.

Roberts said Santana would be available out of the bullpen immediately and could be in line for a start when the team heads out on a six-game road trip starting Friday at Colorado. Santana has a combined 10 starts at Double-A and Triple-A this season, posting a 2.54 ERA.

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