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.

Hyun-Jin Ryu throws four shutout innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu came one step closer to punching his ticket to Los Angeles on Wednesday, throwing four shutout innings in his first rehabilitation start with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Ryu needed 55 pitches to complete the task, throwing 40 strikes. He allowed three singles, one double, walked none and struck out three batters.

After making two rehab starts for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Ryu was scheduled to throw up to 60 pitches in his Triple-A debut. His next start, tentatively scheduled for next Monday in Sacramento, figures to come with a 75-pitch limit.

Ryu hasn’t pitched this season as he recovers from surgery on his left shoulder labrum, performed last year.

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Game 47: Dave Roberts makes a tough decision in Dodgers’ win over Reds.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig was removed from the Dodgers’ 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds for not running out this hit. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers took advantage of three errors and six free passes to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

The box score is here.

The photo gallery is here.

Will Clayton Kershaw pitch on normal rest Saturday or extra rest Sunday when the Dodgers visit the New York Mets this weekend? Dave Roberts is considering his options.

Yasiel Puig was removed for not hustling out a fly ball off the wall that he turned into a single in the sixth inning. Here’s what he and Roberts said about it after the game:
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Scott Van Slyke goes 0 for 4 in debut at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Scott Van Slyke played six innings at first base and went 0 for 4 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Van Slyke will rejoin the Dodgers no sooner than June 3, when the team returns home from a seven-game road trip to New York and Chicago, manager Dave Roberts said this afternoon.

Van Slyke, who’s missed the last six weeks with a lower back injury, was scheduled to play nine innings. But he only needed six innings to rack up four plate appearances in tonight’s game, which the Fresno Grizzlies were winning 13-2 at the time Van Slyke was removed.

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Alex Guerrero off the schneid, singles in Double-A baseball game.

Alex Guerrero singled in his sixth rehab game with Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday, his first hit since his minor league rehab assignment transferred from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Guerrero is 1 for 24 in six games with Tulsa, a .042 batting average.

The utility man also played nine errorless innings at third base in the Drillers’ 3-0 win over the Frisco RoughRiders.

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Scott Van Slyke could rejoin the Dodgers next week.

The Dodgers return from a seven-game road trip to New York and Chicago on June 3 for a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves. That’s the earliest Scott Van Slyke will be back in uniform, manager Dave Roberts said.

Van Slyke, who is batting second and playing first base for Oklahoma City today, figures to remain with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate until then.

“We still want performance, for him to be swinging the bat well,” Roberts said.

Van Slyke hasn’t played since he suffered a lower back injury the first week of the season.

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