Dodgers pitcher Casey Fien increased his throwing distance to roughly 100 feet on flat ground today. The right-handed reliever has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 17 with tendonitis in his right elbow.
Fien has a 4.09 earned-run average in 21 appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season.
Kenley Jansen and manager Dave Roberts said after last night’s game that the closer is working on his mechanics.
Staff photographer John McCoy, who was at the game last night, shot a couple photos that might be instructive as to what Jansen might want to tweak.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer allowed one earned run in seven innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
If the Dodgers trade for Chris Archer, the Tampa Bay right-hander offered an enticing preview in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win on Tuesday. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier haven’t given up on playing this season, and Major League Baseball told Yasiel Puig not to wear his Vin Scully cleats or else face a $5,000 fine.
Kiké Hernandez, playing his final rehab game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga tonight, played nine innings in center field and finished 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
Hernandez is on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left rib cage. He’ll continue his rehab assignment at Double-A Tulsa.
Making his first relief appearance since being demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Dodgers prospect Julio Urias was tagged for a pair of runs tonight, ending his streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 29.
The Dodgers led 2-0 after Urias threw a scoreless seventh inning against the Memphis Redbirds. The left-hander then allowed four hits and two runs in the eighth inning as the Redbirds tied the game 2-2.
Urias’ streak began April 22 against Memphis. It was interrupted by a pair of major-league stints in which Urias posted a 4.69 earned-run average over nine games.
After his last start for the Dodgers in Washington D.C. on July 21, Urias was sent back to Triple-A to work out of the bullpen and conserve his innings. Tonight marked only his third relief appearance at any level this season.
The PCL record for consecutive scoreless innings is 44, set in 1905 by Bill Tozer of the Los Angeles Angels.
Over the weekend in St. Louis, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Yasiel Puig could be headed to the disabled list if he was not able to play by Tuesday.
Well, it’s Tuesday, and Puig is not in the starting lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays. The right fielder tested his right hamstring a little before the game, but appeared to be a bit more relaxed than his teammates during calisthenics drills in the outfield.
Still, Roberts said that Puig is feeling better today than Sunday, and is available to the Dodgers off the bench.
“But to me it’s not to the point where I want him in there,” Roberts said.
So Puig won’t be placed on the disabled list today, and he probably won’t go on the disabled list at all unless he experiences some kind of setback. Since Puig hasn’t played since Thursday, any DL stint can be backdated until Friday.
Puig hurt his hamstring running out a ground ball in St. Louis; he also spent time on the disabled list earlier in the year with a strained left hamstring. Andrew Toles is starting in right field again. He went 4 for 9 in St. Louis in Puig’s stead.
Puig is slashing .255/.316/.376 in 79 games this season.