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Before Saturday’s game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly provided the closest thing to a clue about who will be called up from the minor leagues on Monday, when teams are allowed to carry every player on their 40-man roster to every game for the remainder of the season.
(As an aside, the Dodgers play a September series in Chicago against the Cubs. Wrigley Field’s visiting clubhouse is the smallest in the major leagues. This could become baseball’s equivalent of a clown car and I can’t wait to find out how it’ll look.)
Mattingly didn’t name names, but said “I think it’s maybe five or six (players),” noting that injuries could affect the number.
SAN DIEGO >> Right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn, whom the Padres recalled from Double-A San Antonio, is available out of the bullpen for Saturday and Sunday’s games against the Dodgers.
Hahn limited the Dodgers to three hits over six innings on July 11 at Dodger Stadium, a 6-3 Padres win. In 12 games with San Diego this season, all starts, Hahn posted a 2.96 ERA and a 7-3 record with 65 strikeouts in 70 innings.
The 25-year-old is on an innings limit this year. Between Double-A and the majors, he’s pitched 112 ⅓ innings this season, and the Padres will use him out of the bullpen to limit his workload.
Third baseman Chris Nelson was placed on paternity leave prior to the game, clearing a spot for Hahn on the Padres’ active roster.
Dodgers prospect Jose De Leon was named the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year on Saturday.
The 22-year-old right-hander went 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 54 ⅓ innings for Rookie-level Ogden.
De Leon, a native of Puerto Rico, was chosen in the 24th round of the 2013 draft. He was promoted from Ogden on August 12 and finished the season with Low-A Great Lakes of the Midwest League, where he went 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 22 ⅔ innings.
In the clubhouse before the Dodgers’ game against the Padres, he politely informed reporters that he isn’t doing interviews. Less than an hour later he was in a dark corner of left field, the only portion of Petco Park not bathed in sunshine, where the Western Metal Supply Co. building casts its shade. It’s the same building into which Ramirez hit a 390-foot home run last night.
“Putting a time on him would be tough for me. I don’t think medical has a timetable on him.
He’s still having some ill effects the day after.
“He threw a ‘pen the other day in Arizona. So he’s moving forward, it’s just a matter of when is he going to be able to face a hitter, turn it loose, without having to worry about it.
The next day, he feels something, it loosens up, then he’s back to normal. I think it was the same with Kersh too.”
Clayton Kershaw went six weeks between major-league appearances after straining his left teres major muscle in March.
A six-week timetable for Rodriguez puts him on track to return in mid-September. The minor-league seasons would likely be over by then, so Rodriguez wouldn’t be able to go out on a rehab assignment before he returns.
I’ve never had an 18-year-old that I’ve played with or managed with that kind of polish with four pitches. You watch him throw a bullpen [session], it’s special. You watch him attack hitters during a game, it’s special. There’s really not enough adjectives to explain or talk about his development this year because it just seems to continue to grow.
From where he started in April, with his struggles through May, as he continued to get better until now, like tonight, he just made it look really, really easy.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was a bit less verbose when asked if Urias had been discussed as a candidate for a September call-up.
“I haven’t heard his name,” Mattingly said.
Andre Ethier is starting in center field for the first time in six days.
Puig is hitless in his last 18 plate appearances. He’s also 1 for 11 against the Padres’ starting pitcher, right-hander Andrew Cashner. His .091 batting average against Cashner is the lowest against any opponent he’s seen at least 10 times.
“He seems frustrated to us,” Mattingly said. “Just felt the extra day, with the matchups, it seems like it was the right thing to do today.”