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 leaves game in fifth inning with strained right gluteus muscle.

ATLANTA — Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu left the Dodgers’ game against the Braves on Tuesday in the sixth inning with a strained right gluteus muscle. The Dodgers were trailing 3-2 at the time.

Ryu walked B.J. Upton on his 97th and final pitch of the game, then motioned toward the Dodgers’ dugout after his follow-through. Head athletic trainer Stan Conte and interpreter Charlie Kim headed to the mound immediately. After a brief meeting, Ryu left the game and was replaced with right-hander Jamey Wright.

Ryu missed 20 games in April and May with left shoulder inflammation. That’s the only time Ryu has been placed on the disabled list since the Dodgers signed him out of South Korea last year.

Ryu was originally scheduled to start Tuesday, but his start was pushed back a day when Don Mattingly chose newcomer Kevin Correia to pitch Monday’s game.

Prior to Ryu’s injury, Dodgers pitchers had a streak of nine consecutive starts of six innings or more dating to August 3.

Stephen Fife to undergo Tommy John surgery today. Update.

Minor-league pitcher Stephen Fife will undergo Tommy John surgery today, the Dodgers announced.

The ligament-replacement surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The standard timeframe for return is 14-18 months.

Fife went 2-2 with a 6.34 earned-run average in 12 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. He made one spot start for the Dodgers, allowing four runs in six innings against the Miami Marlins in May.

In 2013, a season interrupted repeatedly by shoulder bursitis, Fife was 4-4 with a respectable 3.86 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) for the Dodgers.

Update (4:00 p.m.): Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that injuries prevented Fife from being in more than one spot-starter discussion this year. “There haven’t been a whole lot of times where we looked and he’s been healthy down there,” Mattingly said. “That was our only time. I think the other time was between him and Red (Patterson) with Minnesota, and Minnesota’s a team that just takes and makes you throw the ball over (the plate). Red’s more of a strike-thrower than Fife.”

Tonight’s game story, on Dan Haren’s well-timed turnaround.

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp catches a foul ball hit by Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Minor in the second inning of the Dodgers’ win Tuesday. (Associated Press photo)

The game story is here.

The box score is here.

The White Sox beat the Giants in 10 innings, so the Dodgers’ lead is up to six games in the National League West, a season-high. For comparison’s sake, the Dodgers’ lead a year ago was 7.5 games. They ultimately won the West by 11 games.

SportsNet LA adds five Albuquerque Isotopes games to programming schedule.

SportsNet LA will televise five Albuquerque Isotopes home games on a tape-delayed basis later this month, the network announced Tuesday.

The Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate has only 12 home games remaining. Their season ends September 1. The Isotopes’ matchup against the Memphis Redbirds this Friday will be the first game televised through the agreement and the full TV schedule is below.

“To have exposure in the market of our Major League partner is very exciting,” Isotopes general manager John Traub said in a statement. “Thirteen players on the Dodgers’ current 25-man roster have played with the Isotopes on their way to the Major Leagues so this new agreement will be a great way for Dodgers fans to watch some of the top prospects in the organization on their way to Los Angeles.”

SportsNet LA Isotopes TV Schedule

Game Date                               Opponent                                  SportsNet LA TV Time

Aug. 15 @ 6:05 p.m.                 vs. Memphis                               Sun., 8/17 @ 11:00 p.m.

Aug. 16 @ 6:05 p.m.                 vs. Nashville                                Mon., 8/18 @ 2:00 p.m.

Aug. 18 @ 5:35 p.m.                 vs. Nashville                               Wed., 8/20 @ 11:00 a.m.

Aug. 29 @ 6:05 p.m.                 vs. Las Vegas                                  Sun., 8/31 @ 6:00 a.m.

Aug. 31 @ 5:05 p.m.                 vs. Las Vegas                                Tues., 9/2 @ 11:00 a.m.

All times listed are Pacific Time.

Today’s game story, on Kevin Correia’s unexpected excellence.

The game story is here.

The box score is here.

One more postgame note that didn’t quite fit anywhere in the story: One Dodgers player suggested to me that the Twins’ catchers (Kurt Suzuki, Josmil Pinto and Eric Fryer) might have lacked the experience needed to get the most out of Correia during his time in Minnesota. Suzuki is a 30-year-old veteran; Pinto and Fryer are 25 and 28, respectively. Their catchers’ ERA figures correlate inversely to their ages: 4.26, 4.72 and 4.50, respectively. Maybe there’s something to that. Correia certainly was impressed with Ellis’ pitch-calling.

Dodgers demote Pedro Baez to Triple-A Albuquerque to accommodate Kevin Correia.

Pedro Baez was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for new acquisition Kevin Correia. Baez made two appearances during the Dodgers’ current road trip, pitching a scoreless inning in each.

If Correia moves back to the bullpen after his spot start Monday, the Dodgers’ relief corps will again consist of six right-handers and left-hander J.P. Howell.

Baez has a 4.50 ERA (4 IP/2 ER) in his first major-league season.

Adjustments, playing time contributed to three-hit game for Dodgers’ Miguel Rojas.

Miguel Rojas

Miguel Rojas had a career-high three hits Sunday in Milwaukee. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photo)

I didn’t mention it in last night’s game story, but Miguel Rojas‘ three hits were a career-high.

Rojas said after the game that two things are paying off for him right now. One is an increase in playing time since Hanley Ramirez suffered his latest injury, a strained right oblique muscle.

Another is some recent work in the batting cage that led Rojas to make some adjustments at the plate.

Specifically?

“Trying to swing at strikes,” he said. “It’s not mechanical. It’s all mental.”
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Kevin Correia’s Dodgers debut could come tomorrow.

MILWAUKEE — We didn’t bother asking Dan Haren if he was starting tomorrow in Atlanta. His name was on the sheet. There was no reason to expect otherwise.

Besides, Haren earned it. In his most recent start in Anaheim, he gave up three singles, didn’t walk a batter, and only allowed one run in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday. His reward: His next turn in the rotation will be pushed back – at least for one day, it seems — by new Dodger Kevin Correia.

“We talked to (Correia) last night,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He seemed excited about being here. As I told him, right now we’ll use him as spot starts, coming out of the bullpen kind of filling Paul (Maholm)’s role, having some length but also giving us some insurance at the starter’s spot.”

When might that spot start come up?

“It might come up tomorrow,” Mattingly said. “That would come up quick. If it would come up tomorrow, hypothetically speaking, during this little stretch of all the games in a row to give our guys a little bit of a breather. Making sure we’re not overtaxing Kersh, Greinke. We know Hyun-Jin’s pitched better with that little extra day.”

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