Kiké Hernandez plays catch prior to Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Dodgers utility player Kiké Hernandez got some good news last night: His father, Enrique Hernandez Sr., learned his cancer is in remission.
Hernandez’s father received a bone marrow transplant in June, and months of rehabilitation followed. Kiké said that his father shuttled from his home in Puerto Rico to Tampa and back for treatment, all the while watching the Dodgers’ games on TV.
Back in June, the younger Hernandez shaved his head as a show of support for his father’s battle. Father’s Day fell shortly thereafter, and Hernandez hit a memorable pinch hit home run in that day’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, a 2-1 Dodgers win.
Today’s news was a long time coming, and Hernandez was understandably in a good mood before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.
A Dodgers spokesperson said that Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda is “doing fine” after spending about a week in the hospital with back and shoulder issues. Lasorda could be released from the hospital as early as tomorrow, according to the club.
Lasorda, 89, has not attended either Game 3 or 4 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers’ media guide lists Lasorda as a special advisor to chairman Mark Walter.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Game 2 between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals has been postponed until 10 a.m. Pacific Time Sunday. The rest of the series schedule remains intact.
But because Rich Hill cannot come back to pitch a potential winner-take-all Game 5 on regular rest Thursday, the Dodgers would prefer to save Clayton Kershaw for that spot. That means Kershaw won’t pitch Tuesday’s Game 4, and the start will go to rookie Julio Urias instead.
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Ned Colletti was the Dodgers’ general manager from November 2005 until October 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Dodgers special advisor Ned Colletti is among a growing list of candidates for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ general manager vacancy, according to multiple sources.
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.