Stults goes on DL

CHICAGO (AP) — The Dodgers placed left-hander Eric Stults on the
15-day disabled list because of a sprained thumb on his pitching hand Sunday, clearing a spot in the rotation for Opening Day starter Hiroki Kuroda.
The Dodgers also called up reliever Travis Schlichting from Double-A Chattanooga.
Kuroda is expected to be activated before Monday’s start against Arizona after being
sidelined nearly two months with a strained left oblique. He has not pitched since the
opener on April 6, when he allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings while leading the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory over San Diego.
The 34-year-old Kuroda was fine after the start but felt tightness in his left side late
in his side session in the bullpen two days later. An MRI exam showed no structural
damage, but the right-hander felt it again when he threw off the mound and went on the DL on April 10.
“Hopefully, he’s going to deepen our rotation and chip in with what (Randy Wolf) and
(Chad) Billingsley have been doing,” Torre said before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. “Those two guys have been the only two that have been consistently getting us into the later part of the game.”
Recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque when Kuroda went on the DL, Stults is 4-2 with a 4.80 ERA and got hit hard in his last two outings. He got knocked out in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 7-0 loss and lasted just 4 1-3 in his previous start against Colorado.
“It’s not a fun thing to go on the DL, but it could be a good thing,” said Stults, whose
thumb was in a splint. “It’s something that could bother me the rest of the year, but
hopefully, with rest it’ll he’ll properly and heal quicker. The last two outings, I
haven’t helped the team the way I’d like to and hopefully, this will be the best
Schlichting had a 0.66 ERA in nine appearances with Chattanooga after being limited by a bulging disc in his lower back during spring training.

Cubs 7, Dodgers 0

From the AP story on Saturday’s game …

The Dodgers, who own the best record in the majors, have dropped two straight after winning four in a row. Los Angeles has
not lost more than two consecutive games all year.
This was the Dodgers’ largest loss of the season — and the first time they were shut out. In the first three games of a
four-game series, Los Angeles has managed only three runs.
“We have to look at this. We’re very fortunate that we’ve scored three runs in three games and we have one win,” manager
Joe Torre said. “We’re certainly more capable of doing more damage, but we haven’t done it.”

Cubs to dispense with Gatorade dispenser

Funny story from the Chicago Tribune …

Going, going, gone.
The Gatorade dispenser in the Cubs’ dugout has taken its last hit for the team.
The large dispenser, which was the recipient of a wayward punch by Ryan Dempster on Monday and Carlos Zambrano’s bat-whacking
episode on Wednesday, will be removed from the dugout after the team hits the road Sunday night, a Cubs official said.
It will be replaced by the smaller, gray drinking fountain that had been there for years and had taken a beating of its
Apparently, the orange color and large metal sides made the Gatorade dispenser too easy a target. It was brought in this
season as a way to enhance advertising revenues through a sponsorship with Pepsi, which owns Gatorade.
According to sources, Pepsi/Gatorade did not pay the Cubs to place the machine in such a conspicuous place and within easy
range of television cameras. However, Gatorade will continue to have portable orange-colored coolers in the dugout.
The news was first reported by reporter Ken Rosenthal, who worked Saturday’s game for
FoxZZTO. Rosenthal also wrote that the Cubs “are in need of a psychiatrist” but offered no references.