Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to be ready to pitch next season after undergoing a left elbow debridement. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu
had an arthroscopic left elbow debridement today, performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The team says he is expected to be ready for next season.
Ryu missed all of last season, and was limited to one start this year, while recovering from shoulder labrum surgery performed in April 2015.
The 29-year-old left-hander has a 28-16 record and a 3.28 ERA in 57 career starts with the Dodgers.
Jose De Leon (left) and Kenta Maeda (right) will switch spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. (Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — Kenta Maeda will start tonight and Jose De Leon will start tomorrow against the Padres in a swap of starting assignments.
Maeda, who is 16-9 with a 3.20 earned-run average this season, last pitched six days ago. He allowed two earned runs in five innings that day against the Giants at Dodger Stadium, striking out six batters in an eventual 9-3 win.
Maeda has been excellent in 12 starts on five days’ rest this season — 6-3 with a 2.79 ERA, compared to 10-6 with a 3.46 ERA in his other 18 starts.
That could be the thinking driving the decision to switch the two pitchers. De Leon, 2-0 with a 5.52 ERA in three major league starts, last pitched Sept. 18, when he was tagged for six runs in 3 ⅔ innings in Arizona.
The switch also affords Maeda an opportunity to start in the regular season finale Sunday in San Francisco should the Dodgers choose. Had he started Wednesday, that would not have been an option for a pitcher who’s never started on fewer than four days’ rest this season (if not his entire career).
What’s more, Maeda is due a $1.5 million performance bonus for starting 32 games this season. Tonight marks his 31st start this year. He’s already unlocked $8.65 million in performance bonuses this season, and will get another $250,000 if he pitches at least one inning tonight, giving him 170 for the season.
Update (6:15 p.m.): Roberts said the switch was based on Maeda’s desire to pitch twice before the regular season ends:
The Dodgers plan to deploy a rotation of Jose De Leon, Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw starting Monday for their three-game series against the New York Yankees, manager Dave Roberts told reporters today.
For Kershaw, who starts tonight in Miami, Wednesday’s start will be his second since coming off the 60-day disabled list. The left-hander hasn’t pitched since June because of a herniated disc in his lower back. The three-time Cy Young Award winner was 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA at the time of the injury.
De Leon is starting in place of veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir, who left his Triple-A rehab start Wednesday with a recurrence of pain in his left neck/ribcage area. In his only major league start, De Leon threw six innings Sunday against the San Diego Padres and allowed two runs.
Urias, 20, hasn’t started since last Friday against the Padres. Urias is on a predetermined innings limit in his first major league season and hadn’t been used since the Dodgers shifted him to the bullpen this week. The rookie left-hander is 5-2 with a 3.69 ERA this season.
Yasiel Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers by an unknown team Tuesday. (Getty Images)
According to a report earlier today on ESPN, the Dodgers will not trade Yasiel Puig to the team that claimed him off revocable trade waivers.
If the report is true, the team that was awarded its claim on Puig may have done so to block another team from acquiring him. That is often the case with August waiver claims.
Baseball’s rules this time of year are a bit quirky. There’s no technical “trade deadline” during the August waiver period. In fact, waiver revocable waiver claims can continue through the end of the regular season.
However, any player not in the Dodgers’ organization as of midnight tonight (Eastern Time) can’t be included on their postseason roster. The same goes for all 30 MLB teams. For teams contending for a postseason berth, that creates a somewhat artificial sense of urgency to complete a trade today.
So, the Dodgers might still wind up making a trade today, or tomorrow, or the next day. Just not a trade involving Puig, it seems.
Update (11:55 p.m. MT): The Dodgers didn’t trade anyone today, including Puig. Anyone not in the organization as of this moment cannot be included on their postseason roster.
DENVER >> After a rain delay of more than two hours, tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies was postponed until tomorrow. The two teams will play a split doubleheader at 12:10 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. Pacific Time.
Tickets for tonight’s game will be good for admission to the second game tomorrow.
Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling will oppose Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson in Game 1. Left-hander Rich Hill, who was scheduled to start Tuesday’s game, will oppose Rockies right-hander Jeff Hoffman in Game 2.
Both teams will have a 26th player, a pitcher, available for the second game under MLB rules. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the team hasn’t decided who will be added to the roster.