About Clay Fowler

Clay Fowler is a Dallas native, graduated from the University of Texas and worked in Central Texas for two years before joining the Daily Bulletin staff in 2006.

Hatcher joins parade of Dodgers relievers on DL; Van Slyke returns

A strained left oblique landed Chris Hatcher among the parade of Dodgers relievers on the disabled list Wednesday along with Joel Peralta, Brandon League, Pedro Baez and Paco Rodriguez, who are all currently on rehabilitation assignments in the minor leagues.

The good news for the Dodgers is that outfielder Scott Van Slyke returned Wednesday from back inflammation that shelved him 18 games to replace Hatcher on the roster and immediately earn a spot in the lineup.

Hatcher could benefit from a breather considering his 1-4 record and 6.38 ERA in 27 appearances this season. The 30-year-old suffered a mild oblique strain during the ⅔ of an inning he pitched in Sunday’s 14-inning win over the Padres.

“I didn’t feel it on any one pitch,” Hatcher said. “The oblique is one of those things where, if it doesn’t get rest, it’s probably
going to get worse.”
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Nicasio avoids DL despite tearing half a fingernail off pitching hand

The Dodgers can take solace in avoiding the loss of another reliever to the disabled list.

Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers bullpen was short-handed as of Tuesday night, but Dodgers reliever Juan Nicasio said that didn’t include him. The right-hander professed his availability despite a finger nail still healing from half of it being torn off the middle finger of his throwing hand in a 6-3 loss at Colorado June 2.

Nicasio further assured himself of his readiness during a 20-pitch bullpen prior to Wednesday’s game during which he threw all his pitches, including the off-speed pitches he wasn’t able to throw following the injury.

“I’m feeling comfortable with my breaking ball, 100 percent now,” Nicasio said. “I threw about 20 pitches (Wednesday) just to get the feeling for my breaking ball and it feels good, ready to go.”