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.

Pitcher Joel Peralta is willing to go on the disabled list to help the Dodgers.

Joel Peralta

Dodgers pitcher Joel Peralta has been bothered by a weak arm since last week. (Getty Images)

Joel Peralta said his right arm felt “a little bit better” after receiving treatment and playing catch Saturday, but would not rule out a trip to the disabled list.

“There’s no pain, it’s not sore, it’s just weak,” he said of the arm.

The Dodgers need to make room on the 25-man roster for Scott Baker and Peralta basically volunteered his spot after Saturday’s game.

“They’re going to need a spot for him, maybe’s it’s going to be me. If that’s the case, I’d rather do it that way than go out and hurt the team,” he said.

Peralta has pitched only once in the last seven days, Thursday in San Francisco. In that game, each of his pitches averaged about 4 mph slower on the radar gun compared to his previous outing. He walked two of the three batters he faced; the third hit a line drive up the middle of the diamond that Howie Kendrick snagged with a diving catch.

Peralta believes his dead arm stemmed from a nerve irritation in his neck that he developed while sleeping in an awkward position the night of April 14. He said he’s never had such an injury before.

Game 17: Brandon McCarthy is hurt in a slugfest.

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run home run, his seventh of the season, in the Dodgers’ 11-8 win over San Diego. (Getty Images)

True story: As I was taking the elevator up to the press box today, a man turned to a boy who could be about his son’s age and remarked that the Padres needed to win this game in order to tie the Dodgers for first place in the National League West. He was right, of course. It was a reminder that people still care about the standings in April. Sometimes I need that reminder.

My apologies, then, to that Padre-faithful family for pointing out that your beloved team will not end the weekend in first place.

The Dodgers (11-6) lead the Rockies (10-8) by a game and a half, and the Padres (10-9) by two games. They also have a starting pitcher dealing with a stiff elbow. Scott Baker starts the series finale Sunday.

Saturday’s box score is here.

Brandon McCarthy leaves game with right elbow tightness. Update.

Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy left Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres with tightness in his right elbow. The severity of the injury is still unknown. The Dodgers lead the game 11-7 in the eighth inning.

McCarthy has never been placed on the disabled list for an elbow injury in a major league career that began in 2005. He missed the entire 2010 season while recovering from a stress fracture in his right shoulder. The shoulder also sent him to the disabled list in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

In his fourth start of the season McCarthy allowed six runs in five innings, including three home runs, but left in line for the victory. He called for a trainer after Justin Upton hit his final pitch for a home run in the sixth inning.

Update (10:00 p.m.): Here’s what McCarthy said after the game:
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