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.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer allowed one earned run in seven innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
If the Dodgers trade for Chris Archer, the Tampa Bay right-hander offered an enticing preview in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win on Tuesday. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier haven’t given up on playing this season, and Major League Baseball told Yasiel Puig not to wear his Vin Scully cleats or else face a $5,000 fine.
Kiké Hernandez, playing his final rehab game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga tonight, played nine innings in center field and finished 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
Hernandez is on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left rib cage. He’ll continue his rehab assignment at Double-A Tulsa.