Los Angeles Dodgers — as of April 19, 2017

2017/04/22

Up:

     Chase Utley, 2B: April 19 With Logan Forsythe being placed on the DL today, Chase Utley will probably see most of the playing time at 2B, although recent call-up Chris Taylor may spend some time there, too. Utley had been getting about 25% of the starts at 2B prior to Forsythe’s injury. Forsythe is expected to miss about two weeks.

     Enrique Hernandez, OF, 3B: April 19 – Initially, with Andre Ethier out, LF for the Dodgers was going to be a platoon between Franklin Gutierrez and Andrew Toles, with Gutierrez handling the soft side of that against LHP. When Gutierrez went on the DL on April 12, however, Hernandez took over that role, meaning that he’s started 3 of the team’s last 7 games in LF to go along with his work in CF and 1 start each at 3B and SS. Overall, he’s started 8 of the Dodgers’ 16 games. He can also play 2B and, although he hasn’t started there yet this year, he’s seen some action there in 2 games.

     Yasiel Puig, OF: April 19 – Coming off last year’s experience, Yasiel Puig was expected to bat low in the Dodgers’ batting order and split time in the OF with Andrew Toles, Scott van Slyke, Franklin Gutierrez and others. However, he’s started every day in RF and seems to be receiving more ABs in the middle of the order in the last little while. For example, he’s started 5 games at cleanup, 3 in the #5 slot and 1 in the three spot.

      Alex Wood, SP, RP: April 19 – With Rich Hill’s continuing blister problems, Alex Wood will probably take his spot in the Dodgers’ rotation while Hill is on the DL. Wood took Hill’s spot during an earlier absence and will probably do so again for the foreseeable future. However, he’ll have to deliver, as Ross Stripling could move over from the bullpen and, eventually, Julio Urias should arrive from the minors.

Down:

     Joc Pederson, OF: April 19 Even though he’s the Dodgers’ main CF, Joc Pederson is still not seeing much time against LHP. As a result, he’s started just 10 of the team’s 16 games, with Enrique Hernandez starting 3 games and Trayce Thompson 2 during his brief stint with the parent club. Newcomer Brett Eibner has started 1 game in CF.

     Adrian Gonzalez, 1B: April 19 – Although Adrian Gonzalez has started 13 of the Dodgers’ 15 games at 1B, he’s seen his spot in the batting order diminished a bit. Expected to bat fourth or third, Gonzalez has only started in the cleanup spot in half of the team’s 16 games, with his other starts coming in the #5 slot (1) and the #6 slot (4).

     Sergio Romo, RP: April 14 – With Pedro Baez’s return from the DL, Sergio Romo will probably drop back one spot in the Dodgers’ depth chart, ceding the setup role to Baez.

In:

     Brett Eibner, OF: Apr 19 – 7:44 PM (Rotoworld) Dodgers recalled OF Brett Eibner from Triple-A Oklahoma City, as both he and Chris Taylor will fill in for the injured pair of Logan Forsythe and Rob Segedin who were both placed on the 10-day DL earlier today (ironically, with both of them suffering injured big toes on their right feet).

Eibner will be tossed into the fire immediately, as he draws a start in CF against the Rockies in today’s game. The 28-year-old OF will hit seventh in the contest. Prior to receiving the call to the bigs, Eibner was hitting a blistering .344/.389/.656 with three home runs, eight RBI and eight runs scored in 12 games played at Triple-A.

     Chris Taylor, 3B, OF: Apr 19 – 10:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers recalled 3B/OF Chris Taylor from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Dodgers placed both Logan Forsythe and Rob Segedin on the 10-day DL earlier today and Taylor receives the call to the bigs to help fortify the team’s infield depth. In 61 at-bats between the Mariners and Dodgers in 2016, the 26-year-old slashed .213/.262/.361 with 1 HR and 7 RBI.

     Pedro Baez, RP: Apr 14 – 6:27 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers activated RHP Pedro Baez from the 10-day disabled list.

He’ll return to his role in the setup corps trying to get the ball to closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning. Baez suffered a thumb injury early in the spring but has looked good on a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City and the injury shouldn’t be an issue going forward.

     Apr 9 – 1:12 PM (Rotoworld) — Pedro Baez (thumb) is expected to make another rehab appearance before being activated from the disabled list.

Baez allowed two runs over two-thirds of an inning at Triple-A Oklahoma City on yesterday and evidently the Dodgers want him to sharpen up a little more before he rejoins their bullpen. He’ll work in a setup role once activated.

     Apr 7 – 12:49 PM (Rotoworld) — Pedro Baez (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City today.

It sounds like he will probably need just the one appearance before rejoining the Dodgers’ bullpen. Baez didn’t make any Cactus League appearances after being hit on the right thumb by a comebacker in late February but he’s been throwing off a mound for a few weeks.

     Apr 2 – 1:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed RHP Pedro Baez on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb injury.

He’s been dealing with it for a while, although he did pitch in a game yesterday. Baez should return when eligible.

     Apr 1 – 7:55 PM (Rotoworld) — Pedro Baez (thumb) pitched in a Triple-A game today.

Baez bruised his thumb about a month ago but has progressed nicely in recent days and could be ready to join the team as soon as he’s eligible in 10 days. When healthy, he’ll occupy a setup role ahead of ace closer Kenley Jansen.

     Mar 26 – 1:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Pedro Baez (thumb) will face hitters on tomorrow.

It will be a nice step but Baez still hasn’t pitched in a game this spring due to a nagging right thumb injury. He’s probably going to begin the season on the disabled list.

     Mar 19 – 8:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Pedro Baez (thumb) threw a successful bullpen session today.

It’s the first bullpen session for the RHP since suffering a bruised thumb last month. Expect him to repeat the process in the next few days before being cleared to face live hitters. He’s still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

     Mar 10 – 6:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Pedro Baez (thumb) will resume throwing today.

Baez had to undergo further testing of his nagging right thumb injury but, apparently, nothing serious came up. He should be cleared to return to games before long, assuming he doesn’t have another setback.

     Feb 27 – 12:01 PM (Rotoworld) — An exam showed no structural damage in the right thumb of Pedro Baez.

Baez was struck in the thumb by a comebacker during a round of live batting practice last week in Arizona. He hasn’t resumed throwing yet but this bruise shouldn’t linger too far into March. The RHP is projected to serve as a setup man this year for the Dodgers.

     Feb 26 – 4:11 PM (Dodgers.mlb.com/Rotoworld) — Pedro Baez missed his scheduled bullpen session yesterday and will be out for a few more days as he’s dealing with a bruised right thumb.

Baez sustained the injury when he took a comebacker off of his thumb during a live batting practice session earlier in the week. He has already resumed playing catch at half speed and should be ready for a return to game action by the end of next week.

     Josh Fields, RP: Apr 18 – 8:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers recalled RHP Josh Fields from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Fields is back in the bigs to fill in for setup man Grant Dayton, who suffered an intercostal strain on yesterday. Fields has thrown three scoreless innings with six strikeouts this year in the major leagues.

     Apr 14 – 6:35 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers optioned RHP Josh Fields to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The RHP was holding down a spot in the bullpen while Pedro Baez was on the disabled list but the Dodgers activated Baez today. Fields pitched well in his four games with the Dodgers, hurling three shutout innings while striking out six. He should get another chance with the big league club soon.

     Apr 7 – 2:06 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers recalled RHP Josh Fields from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Fields struggled this spring and his velocity was down but he’s getting an early promotion anyway, taking the roster spot of the injured Rich Hill. Don’t count on him being used in high-leverage situations, however.

Out:

     Rob Segedin, IF: Apr 19 – 7:23 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed IF Rob Segedin on the 10-day disabled list with a right big toe strain.

Segedin was just called up on Monday, April 17, when SP Rich Hill was put back on the DL. But now he’s been shuttled off to the DL just two days into his stay in the bigs. There is no current timetable for his return. This counts as a depth blow for the Dodgers, as Segedin was expected to receive his fair share of starts against southpaws. Chris Taylor has been called up from the minors to take his roster spot.

     Apr 17 – 6:54 PM — Dodgers recalled IF Rob Segedin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Segedin will get some starts against lefties. He’s at 1B today versus southpaw Robbie Ray.

     Logan Forsythe, 2B: Apr 19 – 7:19 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed 2B Logan Forsythe on the 10-day disabled list with a right big toe fracture.

Forsythe was hit on the toe by a pitch during the April 18 game against the Rockies. He was initially diagnosed with a toe contusion but, upon further examination, it has been determined that he sustained a fracture. He’s expected to miss around two weeks. With his sidelining, Chase Utley figures to see an increase in at-bats, with manager Dave Roberts saying that he will receive the bulk of those against right-handed starters.

     Apr 19 – 1:53 AM (Rotoworld) — X-rays on Logan Forsythe’s toe were deemed inconclusive after he left yesterday’s game with a contusion. The Dodgers have Chase Utley available to step in at second base.

     Apr 18 – 11:34 PM (Rotoworld) — Logan Forsythe has been diagnosed with a right toe contusion.

Forsythe was struck on the foot by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first inning Tuesday. He’s also been working through some right hamstring discomfort, so the Dodgers opted to play it safe. Consider the 2B day-to-day. Enrique Hernandez took over at 2B against the Rockies.

     Apr 18 – 11:14 PM (Rotoworld) — Logan Forsythe was removed from today’s game against the Rockies with an apparent foot injury.

Forsythe was hit by a pitch on his right foot in the bottom of the first inning, though he remained in the game until the bottom of the third. The second baseman has dealt with foot problems in the past and he just missed a game with a sore right hamstring.

     Andre Ethier, OF: Apr 2 – 12:59 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed OF Andre Ethier on the 10-day disabled list with a back injury.

It’s an injury that Ethier has dealt with for a while, although it’s not expected to be a long-term thing. Andrew Toles will cover left field while Ethier is out.

     Mar 25 – 8:02 PM (Rotoworld) — Andre Ethier (back) won’t resume baseball activities until the first week of April.

The decision was made after Ethier met with a back specialist today. Ethier will obviously open the year on the disabled list but manager Dave Roberts said he doesn’t anticipate the injury being a “6-8 week thing.” The injury-prone Ethier was limited to just 16 games last season and is now facing another extended absence.

     Mar 21 – 12:55 PM (Rotoworld) — Andre Ethier has been diagnosed with a mild herniation of a disk in his back.

Ethier recently dealt with a hip issue but he was scratched from the lineup on Sunday, March 19, due to tightness in his back. He received an epidural on Monday and will be shut down for 7-10 days. There’s no clear timetable for his return but it’s believed to not be as serious as what staff ace Clayton Kershaw dealt with last year. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hasn’t ruled him out for Opening Day quite yet but it looks unrealistic at this point.

     Mar 19 – 7:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Andre Ethier was scratched from the Dodgers’ Cactus League lineup due to tightness in his back.

The severity of the injury is unclear but he’s heading for an MRI in the next day or two. At this point, his status for the start of the regular season is up in the air.

     Mar 18 – 12:26 PM (Rotoworld) — Andre Ethier (hip) returned to the Dodgers’ Cactus League lineup on Saturday, March 18.

It’s the first time he has played since March 6 due to a nagging hip issue. He’s expected to begin the season in a platoon role, finding ABs in both corner OF spots against RHP.

     Mar 13 – 1:18 PM (Rotoworld) — Andre Ethier (hip) was able to take grounders at first base today.

That’s a big step for the veteran outfielder who’s been bothered by hip and back discomfort for the last week. Ethier is aiming to return to Cactus League action within the next few days. He was 4-for-9 with six walks through six games this spring but has been absent from the Dodgers’ lineup since March 6.

     Mar 10 – 6:03 PM (Rotoworld) — Andre Ethier (hip) could return to game action as soon as Sunday, March 12.

Ethier had been dealing with what was classified as a back injury but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said today that it’s actually a spasm near the outfielder’s hip. Either way, he should ultimately be fine.

     Mar 6 – 4:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Andre Ethier exited Monday’s Cactus League contest with back soreness.

Ethier said his back felt a little sore while he was running, so he pulled himself out of the game. The Dodgers OF expects to be ready to play tomorrow.

     Franklin Gutierrez, OF: Apr 18 – 7:30 PM (Rotoworld) — Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) is scheduled to play in a rehab game with High A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, April 22.

If that rehab game goes well, the veteran OF could rejoin the Dodgers next Monday, April 24, in San Francisco. Gutierrez was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 12 with a left hamstring strain, after going 3-for-13 over his first six regular-season games.

     Apr 12 – 4:21 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed OF Franklin Gutierrez on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Gutierrez initially strained his hamstring on April 10 while running the bases against the Cubs. There is no current timetable for his return, although Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Gutierrez’s hamstring injury will take between one and three weeks to heal.

Roberts called the one-week timetable the best-case scenario, with the three-week timetable standing as the worst-case scenario. With Gutierrez hitting the disabled list, the Dodgers are calling up Trayce Thompson to pad out their OF depth.

     Apr 10 – 10:33 PM (Rotoworld) — Franklin Gutierrez was lifted from the Dodgers’ game against the Cubs on Monday, April 10, with a left hamstring injury.

Gutierrez was gunned down at second base on a failed hit-and-run in the second inning and evidently must have tweaked his hammy in the process. The severity isn’t known at this point but, given Gutierrez’s injury history, it’s hard to be optimistic.

     Trayce Thompson, OF: Apr 16 – 2:19 PM (Rotoworld) –Dodgers optioned OF Trayce Thompson to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The move clears a spot on the Dodgers’ active roster for Rich Hill, who is returning from a blister to start in today’s game versus the Diamondbacks. Thompson was only up for a couple of days and went 0-for-8 with three Ks.

     Apr 12 – 4:26 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers recalled OF Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Thompson earns the call to the bigs to help fill in for Franklin Gutierrez, who just hit the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. In 236 ABs last season, the 26-year-old OF hit .225/.302/.436 with 13 homers and 32 RBI. It’s difficult to say how much playing time he’ll receive.

     Rich Hill, SP: Apr 17 – 6:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed LHP Rich Hill on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger.

It’s already the second time this season that a blister issue has forced him to the DL. Hill is still throwing but doing so with a band-aid on his finger. However, manager Dave Roberts said the club is considering shutting down the LHP for a while. The skipper has also indicated that the team could consider moving Hill to the bullpen if they figure out there’s a pitch limit he can tolerate before the blister flares up. However, we’re not at that stage just yet. Alex Wood will replace Hill in the rotation.

     Apr 16 – 5:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers activated LHP Rich Hill from the 10-day disabled list today and he started against the Diamondbacks. However, he was forced to leave in the fourth inning with a recurrence of his blister issue.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the left-hander head back to the disabled list.

     Apr 13 – 12:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Rich Hill (blister) could return to the Dodgers’ rotation on Sunday, April 16, against the Diamondbacks.

Hill will test the blister on his left hand with a 35-pitch bullpen session today before anything is decided for sure. April 16 is the first day he’s eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list.

     Apr 7 – 1:57 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed LHP Rich Hill on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 6, with a blister on his left middle finger.

Here we go again. Hill is eligible to return from the DL on April 16. There would seem to be a chance he’ll be ready then since manager Dave Roberts referred to the blister as “not a big issue.” However, Hill’s blister issues were an ongoing problem last year and kept him out of action for multiple weeks at a time. In other words, his timetable is up in the air. With Julio Urias still getting stretched out in the minors, Alex Wood will take Hill’s rotation spot.

     Scott Kazmir, SP: Apr 2 – 1:00 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed LHP Scott Kazmir on the 10-day disabled list with a hip injury.

Kazmir has had issues all spring getting his lower half loose and it’s led to depressed velocity. His timetable is open-ended.

     Mar 27 – 1:09 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that Scott Kazmir (hip) will open the season on the disabled list.

Kazmir again struggled with velocity and effectiveness in his return to Cactus League play yesterday versus the Rangers, yielding three earned runs on five walks and three hits over just three innings. “It’s something with the hip,” Roberts told the media on Monday morning. There is no timetable for Kazmir’s 2017 debut.

     Mar 26 – 7:23 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after today’s Cactus League game that Scott Kazmir (hip) will not open the season in the starting rotation.

Kazmir struggled again in Sunday’s start against the Rangers and continues to show severely diminished fastball velocity. The veteran southpaw admitted after the start that he’s still bothered by his hip issue and doesn’t feel like he has his lower half. Expect him to begin the season on the disabled list.

     Brock Stewart, SP. RP: Apr 2 – 1:02 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed RHP Brock Stewart on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.

It’s unclear at this point how long the RHP will be sidelined.

     Mar 12 – 12:52 PM (Rotoworld) — Brock Stewart will be shut down for the next week due to tendinitis in his right shoulder.

Stewart has been pounded for seven runs over two appearances this spring but it sounds like he hasn’t been right physically. He’ll have to re-start his throwing program from square one and is not expected to be ready to start by early April.

     Grant Dayton, RP: Apr 18 – 8:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed LHP Grant Dayton on the 10-day disabled list with an intercostal strain.

Dayton apparently suffered the injury while throwing a scoreless inning yesterday against the Diamondbacks. He had allowed just two hits (and zero runs) through 6 1/3 innings this season. It’s a big blow for the Los Angeles bullpen. This is usually a 3-4 week injury.

     Josh Ravin, RP: Apr 2 – 1:03 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers placed RHP Josh Ravin on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

Ravin will miss most, if not all, of April with the injury.

     Mar 24 – 7:52 PM (Rotoworld) — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said today that Josh Ravin aggravated his right groin strain and will be sidelined for the next several weeks.

He had been a candidate to win one of the final spots in the club’s Opening Day bullpen but, instead, he’ll now open the year on the 10-day disabled list.

     Mar 17 – 9:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Josh Ravin (groin) hopes to return to the mound on Sunday, March 19.

Ravin hasn’t pitched since March 13 due to tightness in his groin. He’s battling for one of the final spots in the Dodgers’ Opening Day bullpen.

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