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.

Rob Segedin’s wife is due to give birth tonight or tomorrow morning.

Rob Segedin could have a long day ahead of him — but not as long as his wife Robin, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child either tonight or early tomorrow morning in the Los Angeles area.

Rob is batting seventh and playing right field for the Dodgers tonight. He won’t be checking his phone constantly for updates — he said he gave the hospital the phone number of a Dodgers trainer.

Segedin hit his first career home run Monday in Cincinnati, then flew back to be with his wife:

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Dodgers recall Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Dodgers recalled Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Culberson actually flew in last night from New Orleans, but the transaction isn’t official yet because the Dodgers haven’t determined a corresponding move.

Manager Dave Roberts suggested the decision is between placing either Brett Anderson (finger blister) or Scott Kazmir (neck) on the disabled list.

Culberson has appeared in 16 games for the Dodgers this season, collecting eight hits in 30 at-bats (.267). At Triple-A, he’s slashing .260/.310/.385 with four home runs and 33 RBIs in 70 games. He is batting eighth and playing second base today against the San Francisco Giants.

Culberson has faced Giants starter Madison Bumgarner more than any other pitcher in his career. In 15 plate appearances, he’s slashing .286/.333/.429 with four RBIs. He doesn’t have more than seven plate appearances against anyone else in his career.

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Clayton Kershaw throws 40-pitch bullpen session at Dodger Stadium.

Clayton Kershaw threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Monday at Dodger Stadium and could face live hitters in a 60-pitch simulated game before the week is over.

Kershaw, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a mild disc herniation in his lower back, said he “felt fine” sitting down between his simulated innings in the bullpen.

“That was the hard part for me before, sitting down in-between innings,” he said. “Just not very comfortable to sit. Definitely a positive step there, sitting down, not even thinking about it.”

Kershaw threw a 25-pitch bullpen Saturday in Cincinnati, his first time off a mound since he was temporarily shut down from throwing in July.

Kershaw is expected to need a minor league rehab assignment sometime in the next week or two before he is activated from the DL. Manager Dave Roberts said “we talked about potentially two (rehab games). It became one.”

Here’s more from Kershaw:
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Game 124: Dodgers’ offensive outburst leads to series split with Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers needed nearly every one of their seven home runs to beat the Cincinnati Reds 18-9 on Monday. The box score is here.

Ross Stripling was in the clubhouse Monday and figures to take Brett Anderson‘s place in the rotation if needed.

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