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.

Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen: A closer look.

Pedro Baez

Pedro Baez has not allowed a run in his last six games. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Until recently, the comparisons between Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen were premature at best, superficial at worst.

Jansen converted from a catcher to a pitcher at age 21 in 2009. Two years later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.

Baez converted from a third baseman to a pitcher at age 24 in 2013. One year later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.

The key difference: It’s not an exaggeration to say that Jansen never struggled as a rookie. In his first 25 games with the Dodgers in 2010, he allowed two runs. Two.

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Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws off mound.

Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a low-intensity bullpen session at Dodger Stadium for about five minutes under the watch of head athletic trainer Stan Conte (and interpreter Martin Kim).

That might be considered ahead of schedule. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Ryu wouldn’t be throwing off a mound anytime soon.

Ryu is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained gluteus medius and piriformus muscle in his right buttock. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu could be activated within “a day or two” once he’s eligible to return on August 28.

Yasiel Puig will participate in All-Star series in Japan

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will be among the major league all-stars who will play a team of all-stars from Japan in November, MLB announced today.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will manage the MLB club. All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome). Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).

In July, Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw said they would not participate in the series. Dee Gordon said he would.

So far, Puig, Albert Pujols, Adam Jones and Robinson Cano are the only participating players that MLB has announced.

MLB declares Giants’ loss a suspended game; Dodgers’ NL West lead shrinks.

The Dodgers woke up Wednesday leading the San Francisco Giants by four and a half games in the National League West.

The Giants haven’t played today. Neither have the Dodgers.

Yet the Dodgers now lead the Giants by four games.

That’s because Major League Baseball upheld the Giants’ protest of their 2-0, five-inning loss to the Cubs last night. Here’s the release from MLB:

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Zack Greinke’s next start moved back two days because of sore elbow. Update.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke isn’t expected to go on the disabled list because of a sore right elbow. (Associated Press photo)

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Zack Greinke‘s next start will be pushed back two days, to Saturday against the New York Mets, because of soreness in his right elbow.

Greinke had an MRI on the elbow two weeks ago that “didn’t show anything different than when we first signed him,” Mattingly said. He isn’t expected to go on the disabled list.

But with Kershaw able to start tomorrow on regular rest — as well as Dan Haren, who now starts Friday — the Dodgers decided to hold Greinke back as a precaution.

“We’re better off giving him a couple extra days for the long term,” Mattingly said.

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Dodgers chef gets his 15 minutes on the Cooking Channel tonight.

The Cooking Channel has an episode of My Grandmother’s Ravioli with Mo Rocca tonight featuring famous Dodgers chef Dave Pearson. The episode is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. PT.

Pearson, 75, has been a chef with the Dodgers organization for the past 50 years. Dave will train Mo “to cook like a major leaguer without too many drops, errors or rookie mistakes,” according to a press release from the network. Dave shows Mo how to make lasagna and later they prepare short ribs and green beans for a family dinner at his home.

Today’s game story, on the Dodgers’ suddenly steady outfield.

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Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson and new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer lock eyes during the Dodgers’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)

The game story is here.

The box score is here.

The photo gallery is here.

One item that we’ll be sure to follow up on tomorrow: Don Mattingly wouldn’t confirm that Zack Greinke would make his scheduled start Thursday. That’s odd for a few reasons:
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Chris Perez (ankle) will start Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Chris Perez will start Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as he continues his rehab from bone spurs in his right ankle, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

“If he holds up good in that setting, then we try to get him into a bullpen situation where he’s trying to get into our routine,” the manager said.

There is no exact timetable for Perez to return, but Mattingly suggested the pitcher might need two or three more rehab games. Perez “didn’t look like he was favoring (his right) ankle” when he threw a scoreless inning Monday night for Rancho Cucamonga, Mattingly said.

Technically, Perez was eligible to come off the disabled list today. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 5.04 ERA in 42 appearances for the Dodgers this season.