Carl Crawford limps off the field after suffering a sprained left ankle in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. (Getty Images)
Carl Crawford sprained his left ankle in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. The 32-year-old rolled the ankle on the turf while fielding Chris Heisey‘s double into the left-field corner. He had to be helped off the field by head athletic trainer Stan Conte and was replaced by Scott Van Slyke.
A picture of Crawford’s ankle as the injury occurred can be found here.
Update (11:15 p.m.): Crawford said he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
“I think it’s going to take a while,” he said.
The injury is severe enough that Crawford entered the Dodgers’ clubhouse after the game in a wheelchair. He then limped into the showers and came back to his locker wearing a protective boot.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will miss today’s and tomorrow’s games due to a chest cold. Charley Steiner, Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra will have the call on SportsNet LA. Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy will be heard on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles.
Scully, 86, has been broadcasting Dodgers games for 65 years.
Josh Beckett threw the first no-hitter of his career in the Dodgers’ 6-0 win in Philadelphia. The 34-year-old right-hander threw 128 pitches — a career high — walked three batters and struck out six.
The last Dodgers pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Hideo Nomo in September 1996. Beckett became the 21st Dodger to throw a no-hitter and the 11th since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Beckett walked Jimmy Rollins and fell behind Chase Utley 3-1. He came back to strike out Utley to seal the victory with two called strikes, sending the Dodgers pouring out of the dugout to celebrate.
Miguel Olivo was released by the Dodgers on Thursday. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers released Miguel Olivo
on Thursday, two days after the catcher slugged teammate Alex Guerrero
and bit off a portion of his ear in the middle of a Triple-A game in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Olivo had been suspended by the Albuquerque Isotopes on Wednesday. The Dodgers have 39 players on their 40-man roster.
The 35-year-old was only added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster in April after a somewhat tumultuous spring training. Olivo signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in January and received an invitation to the major-league camp. Despite batting .263 (5 for 19) in limited Cactus League playing time, Olivo was returned to the minor leagues as the Dodgers opted to keep three catchers (A.J. Ellis, Drew Butera and Tim Federowicz).
Olivo requested his release at the time but ultimately accepted an assignment to Albuquerque, where he batted .368 (28 for 76). After Ellis was placed on the disabled list and Federowicz struggled to hit major-league pitching, the Dodgers purchased Olivo’s contract May 1 and let him start six of the next 10 games.
But Olivo struggled to hit too. He struck out nine times in his last 13 at-bats while failing to collect a hit. When Ellis was activated from the disabled list May 14, Olivo was optioned back to Albuquerque. Tuesday marked Olivo’s fourth start since returning to the minors.
Yasiel Puig is batting .322 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs this season for the Dodgers. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig
has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week along with Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock.
Puig batted .348 (8 for 23) with three home runs and 10 RBIs during the week. Sunday, his career-long 16-game hitting streak ended in the Dodgers’ 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. During the streak, Puig also managed to set a franchise record by collecting at least one extra-base hit and one RBI in eight straight games.
For the season, Puig ranks among the National League leaders in batting average (.322, seventh), on-base percentage (.411, fifth), slugging percentage (.586, fourth), OPS (.997, fourth), home runs (9, tied for sixth) and RBIs (35, tied for second).
Puig was chosen NL Player of the Week seven days into his career on June 10, 2013. That was the only time he had won the award prior to today. After his batting average dipped in the final month of his rookie season, Puig adjusted his approach this season with noticeable impact.
The winners of the award receive a watch courtesy of Game Time.
Andre Ethier is starting in right field against the Washington Nationals one day after Yasiel Puig crashed into the wall in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
Puig had started the last 14 games in a row.
The Dodgers will be without starting catcher A.J. Ellis this week and beyond.
Ellis has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, the team announced. The team is expected to announce a timetable for recovery, as well as a corresponding roster move, after the procedure.
In October 2012, Ellis had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee after playing 133 games in his first major-league season as the Dodgers’ starting catcher.
Ellis, who turns 33 in two days, was batting .167 (4 for 24) with four walks in seven games this season. Last year, Ellis played 115 games and batted .238/.318/.364. He was a finalist for the National League Gold Glove award.
Drew Butera started in Ellis’ place in the Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, but the Dodgers did not announce the injury at the time. The team had a day off Monday.
There are only three catchers on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster: Ellis, Butera and Tim Federowicz, who served as Ellis’ backup last season.
Clayton Kershaw‘s stay on the disabled list will last well beyond the minimum 15 days.
The Dodgers announced that Kershaw, who is nursing inflammation in the teres major muscle of his back, consulted with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache following an MRI scan. Kershaw will be placed on a rehabilitation schedule that includes a submaximal throwing program for the next 2 to 3 weeks. He will then be re-evaluated by Dr. ElAttrache to determine when he can start throwing at increased velocity.
The timetable on when he might return to Major League competition will be determined when he is re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.
Earlier Tuesday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters in San Diego that Kershaw might need a rehabilitation start in the minor leagues before he can return. Now, that seems like a certainty. The minor league seasons begin Thursday, so there will be plenty of opportunities for Kershaw to pitch in a rehab game.
Kershaw has never been on the disabled list in his career. Hyun-Jin Ryu, who took Kershaw’s turn in the rotation Sunday in San Diego, is expected to start the Dodgers’ home opener Friday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is one successful bullpen session from being named the Dodgers starter in the U.S. opener Sunday night in San Diego.
The second-year pitcher injured his big toe running the bases in the second of a two-game series against the Diamondbacks in Australia, bringing into question his ability to start in place of the injured Clayton Kershaw Sunday. Ryu will test the toe in a bullpen session Friday, after which the Dodgers will make their final determination about his status for Sunday.
“He looks positive,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “With that being said, he’s going to throw a pen (Friday), so we can’t really say 100 percent where we’re going to go until we find out how that goes.”
If Ryu can’t go, Dan Haren is available to start on Sunday after he threw a successful bullpen on Thursday.
Justin Turner hit .280/.319/.385 last season for the New York Mets. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers selected the contract of Justin Turner
on Sunday, adding him to their 40-man roster in advance of their flight to Sydney, Australia tonight. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers placed Onelki Garcia
on the 60-day disabled list.
Turner signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers with an invitation to spring training and subsequently batted .333/.432/.467 while seeing time at all four infield positions.
Garcia hasn’t pitched at all since undergoing surgery on his left elbow in November. A 60-day disabled list stay means that Garcia won’t appear in a game before May 27. He was a longshot to make the major-league roster if healthy, and will likely be sent to the minors once he’s ready.
In a pair of expected moves, catcher Miguel Olivo was reassigned to the Dodgers’ minor-league camp one day after requesting his release, and infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena was optioned to the minor-league camp.
The moves help narrow down the list of 30 players the Dodgers are bringing to Sydney, Australia.