PITTSBURGH — Dodgers pitcher Frankie Montas, who missed the first six weeks of the regular season while recovering from off-season rib surgery, has an injury to his second rib and won’t pitch for four to eight weeks. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Montas, 23, last pitched at Triple-A on June 15. He has a 2.38 earned-run average in four games (three starts) for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in 11 ⅓ innings.
Nick Tepesch spent his first six-plus professional seasons with the Texas Rangers organization. He is expected to make his Dodgers debut tomorrow in Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)
Right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch is expected to start for the Dodgers tomorrow in Pittsburgh, according to a source. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com also reported today that Tepesch would be promoted from Triple-A to make his Dodgers debut.
Update (12:00 p.m. PT): The Dodgers confirmed that Tepesch will be added to the roster and start tomorrow, with a corresponding move still TBA. Clayton Kershaw will start Saturday, Kenta Maeda will start Sunday (on two extra days’ rest) and Scott Kazmir will start Monday.
The Dodgers only claimed Tepesch on waivers earlier this month. The Texas Rangers released him June 4 after Tepesch exercised an out in his contract. To that point in the season he had a 4.22 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Round Rock.
The Dodgers claimed Tepesch two days later and promptly inserted him into the rotation at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Since then he’s gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts. His strikeout-to-walk ratio, 31-to-11 with Round Rock, has jumped to 17-to-3 with Oklahoma City.
Yasiel Puig slides head-first into home plate after rounding the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals. Howie Kendrick, who scored the tying run, celebrates in the background. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and Howie Kendrick on first base, Yasiel Puig rounded the bases on a single and three-base error, walking off the Washington Nationals to complete a 4-3 win. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Kendrick experiment in left field is going well.
Brandon McCarthy pitched 3 ⅔ innings in his first rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday. McCarthy allowed three hits — two outfield singles, one infield single — and one run.
McCarthy recorded four outs via strikeout, four via fly balls (two to the shallow left field warning track at Chicksaw Bricktown Ballpark), one on an infield pop-up and two on ground balls. He threw 61 pitches, 41 for strikes, and walked two batters.
This was the longest of McCarthy’s three rehab outings. He hadn’t pitched since April of last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Dodgers teammate Hyun-jin Ryu will make a rehab start for Oklahoma City on Thursday. Ryu missed all of last season recovering from shoulder surgery. Barring any setbacks, Ryu and McCarthy could return to the Dodgers in the coming weeks before the All-Star break.
The Dodgers officially signed three more of their draft picks, left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer (fifth round), right-handed pitcher A.J. Alexy (11th round) and right-handed pitcher Joel Toribio (34th round).
Smeltzer receives a $500,000 bonus, which is over the recommended bonus ($331,100) for the 161st overall pick.
Alexy reportedly signed for $600,000, which is effectively over the slot value, though MLB does not officially assign one for slots in the 11th round or later.
The Dodgers have signed 26 of their 42 picks, including 12 of the first 13.