Dave Roberts says Trayce Thompson’s back wasn’t responding to treatment

Trayce Thompson

Trayce Thompson/:Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB.com


Outfielder Trayce Thompson (back) was expected to go on a rehab assignment soon, but manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he doesn’t expect to see Thompson until perhaps Sept. 1.

Roberts said Saturday that Thompson did not re-aggravate his back injury. Rather, he just wasn’t responding all that well to treatment.

“So we did a little bit more imaging and I don’t know the exact diagnosis, but there was stuff prior that we wanted to kind of calm down,” Roberts said. “So with the back, we took a step back on his rehab. I think now it’s limited, if any, baseball activity. But we’re just trying to stabilize his core and back.”

Chris Heisey listened to beef between Kershaw and Mattingly

Chris Heisey

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Chris Heisey was in the dugout Thursday afternoon when Clayton Kershaw engaged manager Don Mattingly in an animated discussion after Mattingly informed Kershaw he was coming out for a pinch-hitter leading off the bottom of the fifth inning.

Heisey hit a grand slam to cap off the six-run fifth, giving the Dodgers a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks to reduce their magic number to clinch the NL West to least four pending the outcome of the night game between the second-place Giants and San Diego Padres.

Heisey listened in on the conversation between Kershaw and Mattingly. He loved it.

“I was intent on listening to what he (Kershaw) had to say,” Heisey said. “He’s the best pitcher in baseball and I love the fact that he didn’t want to come out of the game and I also respect the coaches for making the decision to get him out of there. We were down 3-0 and you get to save his arm a little bit. But you can’t ever argue with the competitive spirit he has. You want to play behind the guy and play with a guy that cares to be in a game.”

By the way, thanks to Heisey, Kershaw earned his 15th win.



Chris Heisey hits grand slam in six-run Dodgers fifth inning

Chris Heisey

Chris Heisey/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers


The Dodgers scored six runs in the fifth inning Thursday afternoon, highlighted by a grand slam by Chris Heisey that went just inside the left-field foul pole.

That gave the Dodgers a 6-3 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks heading into the top of the sixth.

Kike Hernandez close to return, Yasiel Puig and Jose Peraza are not

Yasiel Puig
There is a chance Yasiel Puig won’t return this season/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers


Kike Hernandez, Yasiel Puig and Jose Peraza are all nursing hamstring injuries. Mattingly sounded almost certain that Hernandez will return, but he was not as optimistic about Puig and Peraza.

“I feel that Kiké will be back this year, 100 percent, unless he has a setback,” he said. “The next few days are big for him with the increased work load. Yasiel is still having issues running. Last I saw, he was running at 70 percent. We’ll see how he progresses. Peraza is at about the same stage as Puig. We just have to let it play out.”


Justin Turner back in lineup Thursday, but won’t be every day

Justin Turner

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Third baseman Justin Turner was back in the lineup Thursday after missing the previous four games with a sore left knee. Even so, manager Don Mattingly said he will be cautious with Turner moving forward.

“We’re going to be careful with him,” Mattingly said. “He won’t be in there every day, it’s going to be a day here or a day there. We’ve got it calmed down and he feels better, but it doesn’t mean he’ll be out there every day.”