Hatcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, with a strained left oblique, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports. Hatcher's outing Tuesday (three runs on two hits and a walk without recording an out) wasn't very impressive, but it's certainly possible the oblique issue played a part in it. The official timeline remains unclear, but the team replaced him on the 25-man roster with Charlie Culberson, who was recalled from Triple-A and will start at shortstop Wednesday.
Hatcher has pitched 8.1 innings across five games in June, allowing two earned runs in that time. Although Hatcher's ERA is 4.71, he's improved greatly after giving up 10 earned runs in his first 11 innings of the season. He's allowed just five runs In the 17.2 innings that followed, good for a 2.55 ERA in that time. However, Hatcher's 13.5 percent walk rate leaves much to be desired, especially after 2015's mark of 7.8 percent.
Hatcher retired the only hitter he faced in Monday's loss to the Mets, but his ERA still sits at a bloated 6.75. Hatcher appears to no longer be the go-to guy in the eighth inning in front of Kenley Jansen. That guy would appear to be Pedro Baez or perhaps even Adam Liberatore or Joe Blanton, though the Dodgers bullpen sans Jansen remains "fluid" to put it nicely.
Hatcher was reinstated from the paternity list Friday. Hatcher returned to the Dodgers a day after being placed on paternity leave Thursday. The 31-year-old right-hander missed one game and will be available out of the bullpen for Friday night's game against San Francisco. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers optioned C/IF Austin Barnes to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Hatcher was placed on the paternity list Thursday. The Dodgers recalled left-hander Adam Liberatore from Triple-A on Thursday to keep the bullpen intact. League rules dictate that Hatcher will need to miss a minimum of one day and a maximum of three days, so he should return to the bullpen at some point during the Dodgers' weekend series against the Giants.