Maeda (4-2) gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings Thursday. He walked two and struck out four in a win over the Cardinals. The 29-year-old was almost lifted for a pinch hitter when his spot in the order came up in the bottom of the fourth with two outs and two men on base. Manager Dave Roberts decided to let his starter bat and Maeda delivered with a two-RBI single, rewarding fantasy owners with a victory in the process. The veteran admitted that he was a bit rusty in the first inning when he surrendered all three of the runs charged to his name, but he regained his aggressiveness in the strike zone and held the Cardinals scoreless the rest of the way. If we include the three starts before his recent trip to the disabled list, Maeda has looked more like the pitcher that broke out in 2016, posting a 2.84 ERA and 8.9 K/9 over over those four outings.
Maeda (hamstring) has been officially activated from the disabled list ahead of Thursday's start against the Cardinals, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. The Dodgers placed center fielder Joc Pederson on the 7-day concussion DL to clear a roster spot for Maeda, who had been shelved with a hamstring injury. Maeda had his best start of the season prior to going on the DL, holding the Pirates to two earned runs over 8.1 innings. He'll face a St. Louis lineup that ranks 16th in MLB in wOBA in May.
Maeda will start Thursday against St. Louis if his rehab assignment Friday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga goes as planned, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Maeda will throw 60 pitches in Friday's rehab start, so don't expect him to go deep into his first start back even if he is effective. His 5.03 ERA in his first seven starts is underwhelming, but Maeda posted an encouraging 40:9 K:BB over 39.1 innings, a good sign that he can perform closer to the 3.48 ERA he posted in 2016 going forward.
Maeda (hamstring) is set to pitch four innings at High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports. The right-hander's pitch count will be limited to 60, and if his outing goes off without incident, he'll be lined up to start Wednesday or Thursday against the Cardinals. Maeda's rehab has gone well to this point, and there was speculation earlier in his DL stint that he'd be activated after the minimum 10 days. While that won't be the case, Maeda is still nearing a return within the next week.
Maeda (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list sometime during the Dodgers' series with the Cardinals next week, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. There was some speculation that Maeda could return after the minimum 10 days on the DL in order to start Sunday's contest, but the Dodgers will instead turn to Brandon McCarthy for that outing. No exact date for his return has been provided, nor have the Dodgers revealed who will be bumped from the rotation to make room for the Japanese hurler, but more information on that front should emerge sometime in the coming days.
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