About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

One clarification on MLB’s theraputic-use exemption policy.

I reported Friday that Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell had a theraputic use exemption under MLB’s drug policy to use an amphetamine to treat Attention Deficit Disorder in 2008.

“They monitor how you take it, how much is in your system,” Howell said. “The milligram amount, if it’s above or below what’s expected on your prescription, that’s considered a fail.”

Howell corrected himself today. He said that, in the scenario quoted above, a player wouldn’t be considered to have failed a drug test if he has the TUE. He merely loses his TUE.

Dodgers 17, San Francisco Giants 0: Today’s game story.

Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon stole his 60th base of the season in the Dodgers’ 17-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)

I managed to refer to the Herbert Hoover administration in today’s game story. The box score, which shows the Dodgers going 11 for 19 with runners in scoring position, is all kinds of ridiculous.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is getting an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles and Carlos Frias will take his spot in the rotation if he can’t pitch Wednesday. Read more about Ryu and Frias in today’s notebook.

A few words on Carlos Frias and Zach Lee, and why one of them is here.

Carlos Frias

Carlos Frias shut out the Washington Nationals for six innings in his first major-league start on Sept. 3. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)

SAN FRANCISCO >> Glenn Dishman, the pitching coach at Triple-A Albuquerque, is with the big-league club this week. I caught up with him for his thoughts about Carlos Frias‘ evolution, and I’ll share what he said in a bit.

It’s not fair to compare Frias directly to Zach Lee, the former first-round draft pick who just finished the season at Albuquerque. They’re two different pitchers with two different repertoires. Lee turned 23 on Saturday. Frias is 24, but he’s been pitching in the Dodgers’ system since he was 17. Lee was a blue-chip high school quarterback recruit in Texas at the same age.

That said, only one of the two pitchers is here now. At the beginning of the season it wouldn’t have shocked anyone (at least, anyone who pays too much attention to the Dodgers’ farm system) if Lee were getting September starts. As it happened, Frias will probably start Wednesday at Coors Field — and maybe twice more, a lofty assignment for a rookie on a team chasing a playoff spot.

So what happened to Zach Lee?

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Dodgers activate Paco Rodriguez, are flush with left-handed relievers.

SAN FRANCISCO >> One day after Scott Elbert gave the Dodgers two left-handed relievers, Paco Rodriguez made it a threesome. He was activated Saturday from the disabled list, where he’d been mired since August 4 with a strained left teres major muscle.

Rodriguez has appeared in 13 games for the Dodgers this season, firing scoreless relief in 10 of those appearances. He’s 3-5 with two saves and a 2.52 ERA (20 ER/71.1 IP) in 100 career games.

Left-hander J.P. Howell has been the Dodgers’ southpaw workhorse, appearing in 64 games this season. Only eight lefties have appeared in more games in the National League this season. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has no plans on changing the Dodgers’ late-innings mix:

Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu doubtful for Wednesday start, will get MRI exam Monday.

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Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, center, will get an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles. (Associated Press photo)


SAN FRANCISCO >> Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache here Saturday, one day after inflammation in his left shoulder forced him to leave the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning.

ElAttrache ordered an MRI on Ryu’s left shoulder, and the pitcher wait until Monday in Los Angeles to get that done.

“They could’ve done the MRI (here) but they weren’t confident — the regular Giants guys were gone,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

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San Francisco Giants 9, Dodgers 0: Today’s game story.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu left the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning with a shoulder injury. (Associated Press photo)

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury history, a long first inning, and a typically chilly San Francisco night might have conspired to create disaster for the Dodgers. I explained how in the game story. The box score is equally ugly.

Before the game, reliever J.P. Howell shed light on theraputic-use exemptions, which are a hot topic in baseball right now.

Season ends for Double-A Chattanooga in Southern League Championship Series.

The Chattanooga Lookouts, the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate, lost game three of the Southern League Championship Series to the Jacksonville Suns, ending their season.

Shortstop prospect Corey Seager went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

Left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia, who’s on the major-league 60-day disabled list, was charged with two runs in a relief appearance. He allowed two hits and walked a batter while recording two outs.

Why Justin Turner started over Dee Gordon.

Justin Turner

Justin Turner (left) was given the start at second base Friday over Dee Gordon (right). (Associated Press photo)

SAN FRANCISCO >> Dee Gordon didn’t look like himself walking around the visitors’ clubhouse Friday. His head was mostly down, the hood on his sweatshirt mostly up.

Gordon wasn’t in the starting lineup for Friday’s game against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, which prompted a question about whether or not the Dodgers’ second baseman was healthy or not.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Gordon is fine health-wise; that’s not the problem.

“He was mad,” Mattingly said.

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Dodgers add left-hander Scott Elbert for San Francisco series. Update.

Scott Elbert

Scott Elbert (left) and A.J. Ellis (right) were drafted by the Dodgers in 2004 and 2003, respectively. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO >> Scott Elbert rejoined the Dodgers here Friday, two years and 17 days after throwing his last major-league pitch. Elbert joins J.P. Howell as the only left-handers in the Dodgers’ bullpen.

Elbert began the 2014 season on the 60-day disabled list following Tommy John surgery in June 2013. He was further set back by appendicitis earlier this year.

The Dodgers opted to designate Elbert for assignment in June once his rehab at Triple-A Albuquerque was complete. Elbert went unclaimed and remained in Albuquerque. In 18 games with the Isotopes, he allowed 17 hits and eight earned runs in 14 ⅔ innings, a 4.91 earned-run average.

Elbert will wear number number 57, the same number he’s worn since making his major-league debut with the Dodgers in 2008.

To make room for Elbert on the active roster, the Dodgers designated pitcher Red Patterson for assignment.

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