Jimmy Rollins stole his third base of the season in the Dodgers’ 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers and Colorado Rockies are tied for first place following the Dodgers’ 7-3 win, their fifth straight. The Dodgers won’t always be this hot, but they can always draw on some lessons from this winning streak.
I couldn’t squeeze all of Clayton Kershaw‘s postgame remarks into the story. That’s a shame, because the fact that he did not win his first game until his third start is significant for a pitcher who’s won three of the last four National League Cy Young Awards. Here’s what he said:
The Dodgers might be without outfielder Yasiel Puig for a third straight game. Puig ran in the outfield to test his strained left hamstring in the afternoon and “he’s still feeling a little something,” according to Mattingly.
Andre Ethier is making his fourth straight start in right field and batting sixth against Colorado Rockies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Head athletic trainer Stan Conte “felt like (Puig) could be a guy that could hit,” Mattingly said, “but you always worry about that first step out of the box.”
Mattingly doesn’t anticipate that Puig will need an MRI exam on the hamstring but couldn’t rule out the possibility that Puig would retroactively be placed on the disabled list if the injury lingers.
“Obviously I hope not,” Mattingly said. “It doesn’t seem like (an injury that would require Puig to go on the DL) but it depends on how far it would get to.”
If Puig doesn’t play, the Dodgers will be down to one reserve outfielder (Scott Van Slyke), along with two reserve infielders (Alex Guerrero and Justin Turner) along with catcher A.J. Ellis.
The Dodgers recalled left-hander Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City today. He’ll take the 25-man roster spot vacated when Carlos Frias was optioned to Triple-A on Thursday.
Liberatore, 27, has never pitched in the major leagues.
The left-hander appeared in two games for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season and allowed one run. It was the first run he’d allowed all season; in spring training Liberatore pitched in 11 games and did not allow a run in 10 ⅓ innings. He walked three batters, struck out nine, and limited opponents to a .118 batting average.
A native of Bellflower, Liberatore was acquired in the November 2014 trade that sent Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris to Tampa Bay.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked about Liberatore prior to tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies (above.)