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Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin: Poor debut against D-backs
Gonsolin (0-1) took the loss Wednesday, coughing up six runs (four earned) on six hits over four innings while striking out three as the Dodgers were downed 8-2 by the Diamondbacks.
While some shaky defense behind him didn't help, Gonsolin also showed plenty of jitters in his big-league debut, getting tagged for four runs before he could even record an out, with the big blow being a three-run homer by Eduardo Escobar. It's not yet clear whether the 25-year-old will head back to Triple-A Oklahoma City after this outing or shift to a bullpen role with the Dodgers, but he didn't do much to encourage the front office to keep him around.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Nursing minor knee issue
Bellinger was pulled from Wednesday's loss at Arizona with a mild case of left knee tendinitis, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
Bellinger went 1-for-2 with his 26th homer of the season, two runs scored and a walk prior to being removed for the bottom of the sixth inning. The Diamondbacks held an 8-2 lead, prompting manager Dave Roberts to provide Bellinger with some rest over the final few frames. It doesn't seem to be a serious issue, but it's nonetheless a situation worth monitoring with Los Angeles heading to Colorado for a four-game series.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Julio Urias: Excels in long relief
Urias (4-2) allowed two baserunners and struck out one over three scoreless innings of relief to claim the win Tuesday in the Dodgers' 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Ross Stripling was capped at 60 pitches while making his first start in two months, allowing Urias to pick up the bulk of the leftover six innings needed from the bullpen. Though he only induced five swinging strikes in the 40-pitch outing, Urias provided some ratio help and was able to scoop the win thanks to Chris Taylor's go-ahead RBI double in the sixth inning. Urias will remain in a relief role for the foreseeable future while the Dodgers look to manage his workload, but he should offer some fantasy utility in that capacity. Over 13 appearances out of the bullpen, Urias has posted a 2.19 ERA and 1.01 WHIP while scooping up three saves and three wins.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Walker Buehler: Scheduled to start Thursday
Buehler will start Thursday's game against the Rockies, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Buehler was originally lined up to start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, but he'll get an extra day of rest before his next start after tossing a complete game his last time out (fanning 16 and picking up the win in the process). Tony Gonsolin is starting Wednesday, while Buehler will look to build off his most recent performance in a rematch against the Rockies on Thursday, this time in Colorado. Through 15 starts this season, the 24-year-old right-hander owns a 2.96 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 100:13 K:BB in 91.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Nabs two steals
Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two stolen bases Tuesday in the Dodgers' 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
Taylor's RBI double in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the decisive run of the night, but his fantasy managers likely took greater notice of his contributions on the basepaths. The 28-year-old hadn't even attempted a steal since June 2, but his great wheels -- he ranks in the 89th percentile of all players this season in terms of sprint speed, per Baseball Savant -- should earn him a green light when he identifies a good opportunity to run. Taylor will bat sixth in the series finale Wednesday and man shortstop, where he's been a regular the past two weeks with Corey Seager (hamstring) on the shelf.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Kenta Maeda: Next start coming Sunday
Maeda will start Sunday against the Rockies, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The Dodgers want to keep Clayton Kershaw on normal rest for his next start, so he'll get the ball Saturday while Maeda starts Sunday's series finale. Maeda will be well rested, as his last outing came Sunday. In 15 starts this season, the 31-year-old Maeda owns a 3.76 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 83:28 K:BBB in 83.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Sent back to Triple-A
Smith has been sent back down to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Smith was called back up June 23 and cranked a pinch-hit walk-off home run in one of his five at-bats, but it will be a short stint as he'll head back to Oklahoma City as the corresponding roster move for the callup of Tony Gonsolin. Per Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register, manager Dave Roberts said sending Smith down "was a tough one" but that the 24-year-old needs regular at-bats that he wouldn't be able to get with the big club. Overall, Smith has slashed .269/.345/.654 in 26 big-league at-bats this season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin: Promoted ahead of start
Gonsolin was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Gonsolin is poised to make his big-league debut after compiling a 2.77 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 31:13 K:BB across eight starts (26 innings) with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander hasn't exceeded five innings of 77 pitches in any outing for Oklahoma City, so he figures to see similar restrictions in Wednesday's start. Will Smith was optioned to Triple-A while Tony Cingrani (shoulder) was shifted to the 60-day injured list in a pair of corresponding moves.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Gavin Lux: Promoted to Triple-A
Lux was promoted from Double-A Tulsa to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
Lux will get his first taste of Triple-A after slashing an impressive .313/.375/.521 with 13 home runs and seven stolen bases in 64 games for Tulsa. The well-regarded prospect is one step closer to the majors following Wednesday's promotion, though seeing as he's still not on the 40-man roster, he could spend the remainder of the season at Triple-A unless he really forces the Dodgers' hand.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Takes seat
Barnes is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Barnes will sit after starting the past three games and going 0-for-6 with three strikeouts. In his place, Russell Martin is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Justin Turner: Out as expected
Turner is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
As expected, Turner will get a scheduled day off with the Dodgers playing an afternoon game following a night game. In his place, Max Muncy is covering third base, with Joc Pederson at first and Matt Beaty in left. Over his last 10 games, Turner is slashing .250/.308/.417 with one home run and three RBI.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: Records 23rd save
Jansen posted his 23rd save of the season, striking out one and allowing one hit during the ninth inning of a 3-2 victory against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
The veteran closer had to work to earn this save, as he threw 27 pitches, but Jansen has now saved 11 of his last 12 opportunities. During that stretch, he owns a 1.65 ERA. Jansen has registered 23 saves with a 3.21 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 33.2 innings this season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Justin Turner: Breaks home run drought
Turner went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a 3-2 victory against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
This was Turner's first homer since June 14, and just his second of the month. Turner hit five long balls in May, but April was a very dry homer period too, as he only had one in that month. Turner's power has been increasingly deteriorating since he smashed a career-best 27 homers in 2016. Part of his decline has been the fact he hasn't been completely healthy the last couple years. He's on pace to hit between 15-20 homers this year, and so far, he's missed minimal time in 2019 because of injury. Turner is batting .300 with eight home runs, 31 RBI, 38 runs and one steal in 260 at-bats this season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Ross Stripling: Yields two runs in starting return
Stripling allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts across three innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Making his first start since April 25, Stripling wasn't expected to last much longer than he did. Stripling is returning to the rotation because of the Rich Hill (forearm) injury, but he will likely need to build back up his arm strength before becoming useful in most fantasy leagues. Stripling is 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 52.2 innings this season. His turn in the rotation will come up again Sunday in Colorado.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Scott Alexander: Prepping for rehab assignment
Alexander (forearm) will face hitters at the Dodgers' spring training facility this week in preparation for a rehab assignment, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Manager Dave Roberts said last week that Alexander could begin a rehab stint next week, and that now appears to be coming to fruition a bit behind schedule. The 29-year-old has been on the injured list since June 11 with forearm inflammation and has a 3.63 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9:7 K:BB over 17.1 innings this season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Corey Seager: May return after All-Star break
Manager Dave Roberts said the team hopes Seager (hamstring) will rejoin the Dodgers right after the All-Star break in Boston, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Seager has resumed running and swinging a bat over the last few days and should now begin to ramp up his baseball activities. The 25-year-old was already expected to play in rehab games prior to the All-Star break, so it's no surprise the team is looking for him to return immediately after the midseason festivities.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Edwin Rios: Hot in June
Rios went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a walk for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.
Rios got off to a slow start this season, but he's been hot in June, as this was seventh long ball of the month, and he's hit .321 and driven in 17 runs in 20 games over that stretch. The 25-year-old's .248/.306/.466 slash line is still lagging behind his output from his previous minor-league seasons, but he has cranked 13 homers in 288 at-bats, which is already three more than he hit in 341 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League last year.... See More ... See Less