A few minutes after he entered the game as a defensive replacement, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was removed from Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals with an apparent lower body injury.
Update (12:17 p.m.): The Dodgers announced that Puig left the game with tightness in his right hamstring.
In his only plate appearance against the Nationals, Puig hit a sharp ground ball to third baseman Anthony Rendon. Puig was thrown out, briefly hopped on his left leg after running through first base, then immediately exited down the tunnel leading to the visitors’ clubhouse.
Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir nearly left Tuesday’s game with cramping in one his legs, but was able to stay in. Puig has already missed time this season with a left hamstring injury. The nature of this injury is unknown.
The Dodgers have lost more man-games due to injury than any MLB team and have 11 players on the disabled list at the moment.
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings in his only start this season on July 7. He was placed on the disabled list Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with left elbow tendinitis, and suddenly need a pitcher to start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.
The Dodgers also placed reliever Casey Fien on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his right elbow retroactive to Sunday. Outfielder Joc Pederson, whose rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City is over, was activated from the disabled list, and left-handed reliever Luis Avilan was recalled from Triple-A.
Ryu missed all of 2015, and the first three months of the 2016 regular season, while rehabbing from left shoulder labrum surgery. He returned July 7 against the San Diego Padres and allowed six runs in 4 ⅔ innings, suffering the loss. That remains his only major league start to this point in the season.
An MRI on Ryu’s left elbow showed no changes from his previous MRI.
Jose De Leon is scheduled to pitch for Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The Triple-A Dodgers are currently in Tacoma, Washington. De Leon, a 23-year-old right-hander, has yet to make his major league debut.
Brock Stewart, a 24-year-old right-hander, has made one spot start for the Dodgers already this season and was scheduled to start for Oklahoma City tonight. It’s possible the Dodgers could give Stewart an extra day’s rest before his second cup of coffee in the big leagues.
A winding baseball journey will come full circle today, as the Dodgers will give Andrew Toles his first taste of the major leagues.
According to multiple sources, the 24-year-old outfielder will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres. Toles began the season at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, was promoted to Double-A Tulsa in May, and played another eight games at Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to his promotion. Toles’ combined slash line across the three levels: .330/.375/.507, with 23 stolen bases in 32 attempts.
Update (4:00 p.m.): Toles was selected to the 40-man roster and is starting in center field and batting eighth tonight. Carlos Frias was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and Triple-A infielder Cole Figueroa was designated for assignment.
PITTSBURGH — Dodgers pitcher Frankie Montas, who missed the first six weeks of the regular season while recovering from off-season rib surgery, has an injury to his second rib and won’t pitch for four to eight weeks. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Montas, 23, last pitched at Triple-A on June 15. He has a 2.38 earned-run average in four games (three starts) for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in 11 ⅓ innings.
Nick Tepesch spent his first six-plus professional seasons with the Texas Rangers organization. He is expected to make his Dodgers debut tomorrow in Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)
Right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch is expected to start for the Dodgers tomorrow in Pittsburgh, according to a source. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com also reported today that Tepesch would be promoted from Triple-A to make his Dodgers debut.
Update (12:00 p.m. PT): The Dodgers confirmed that Tepesch will be added to the roster and start tomorrow, with a corresponding move still TBA. Clayton Kershaw will start Saturday, Kenta Maeda will start Sunday (on two extra days’ rest) and Scott Kazmir will start Monday.
The Dodgers only claimed Tepesch on waivers earlier this month. The Texas Rangers released him June 4 after Tepesch exercised an out in his contract. To that point in the season he had a 4.22 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Round Rock.
The Dodgers claimed Tepesch two days later and promptly inserted him into the rotation at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Since then he’s gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts. His strikeout-to-walk ratio, 31-to-11 with Round Rock, has jumped to 17-to-3 with Oklahoma City.