Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis steals second base in the second inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday. It was the first stolen base of Ellis’ career. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
piggybacked Chris Archer
‘s enticing start with one of his own Wednesday as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Dodgers, 3-1.
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In an interesting bit of timing, outfielder Trayce Thompson believes he might be ready to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment one day after the trade deadline.
Unless you were Howie Kendrick, this catch was awesome:
Dodgers pitcher Adam Liberatore wasn’t available out of the bullpen in last night’s 3-2 win, and might not be available again today. The left-hander is battling a swollen right knee that he injured covering first base on Sunday.
Manager Dave Roberts described Liberatore as “day to day” but sounded confident that Liberatore would be able to avoid the disabled list:
Roberts said that Liberatore planned to test his knee prior to today’s game against the Rays. Until then, the manager couldn’t say for sure whether Liberatore would be available.
Liberatore has a 1.35 earned-run average in 43 appearances this season.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig is available to pinch hit for the second consecutive day.
Puig hasn’t played since last Thursday because of a sore right hamstring. Roberts said he was hesitant to use Puig in last night’s 3-2 win and didn’t sound eager to use him again today. It’s still possible that Puig will be placed on the disabled list retroactively, though that seems less likely by the day.
Scott Van Slyke is starting in right field against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore, a left-hander.
Puig is hitting .255 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs this season.
Dodgers pitcher Casey Fien increased his throwing distance to roughly 100 feet on flat ground today. The right-handed reliever has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 17 with tendonitis in his right elbow.
Fien has a 4.09 earned-run average in 21 appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season.
Kenley Jansen and manager Dave Roberts said after last night’s game that the closer is working on his mechanics.
Staff photographer John McCoy, who was at the game last night, shot a couple photos that might be instructive as to what Jansen might want to tweak.