MIAMI — Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodriguez will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove loose bodies in the back of his left elbow. He is expected to miss approximately 8-10 weeks.
Rodriguez has known for weeks that he had a bone spur in the elbow (a bone spur can become a “loose body”) that would eventually require surgery. But he was able to pitch four scoreless rehab innings over four games recently with Triple-A Oklahoma City, leaving open the possibility that Rodriguez could return to the majors right away. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly even said Friday that Rodriguez would join the team in Arizona, where the Dodgers begin a three-game series Monday.
Now that Rodriguez is at least two months away from competition, his season is in jeopardy.
Mattingly said he “would think” Rodriguez could return in time to pitch for the Dodgers in the playoffs, should their season get that far.
CHICAGO — Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup minutes before the scheduled first pitch Wednesday night against the Cubs.
Puig has been dealing with a popped blister on his left hand, about the size of a half-dollar, since Monday.
The Dodgers have not officially commented on the reason why Puig was scratched.
Update (7:30 p.m.): Puig was scratched due to an open callus on his left hand, the team confirmed.
Alex Guerrero is now batting fifth and playing left field and Andre Ethier is playing right field.
Clayton Kershaw allowed one hit in eight innings Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw
was named co-Player of the Week in the National League for the week ending Sunday. Kershaw won both his starts, Monday and Saturday. The Dodgers won only one other game all week.
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom shared the award with Kershaw.
Here’s more from an MLB press release: