Frankie Montas will start Sunday for Double-A Tulsa. The right-hander had been scheduled to piggyback off the starting pitcher in his first game of the season after joining the club Saturday; now he’s scheduled to throw two innings against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals before handing the ball to the bullpen.
Montas hasn’t pitched this season as he recovers from rib resection surgery near his right shoulder in Februrary. The right-hander pitched as a starter and a reliever in the Chicago White Sox organization before the Dodgers acquired him in a three-team, multi-player trade in December.
Dave Roberts said Friday in San Diego that Montas is a candidate to pitch as a starter or a reliever for the Dodgers once he’s healthy. Montas was recently clocked throwing 100 mph at the Dodgers’ extended spring training facility in Arizona.
When Alex Guerrero left Single-A Rancho Cucamonga to continue his rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Tulsa, he conceded his timing wasn’t back yet. Six days later, it seems nothing has changed.
Guerrero went 0 for 4 on Saturday for the fourth consecutive game. He played nine innings in left field and struck out to end the Drillers’ 4-0 loss to Northwest Arkansas. The Dodgers’ utility man is 0 for 16 at the plate since leaving Rancho.
Guerrero is scheduled to join Triple-A Oklahoma City next week.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to make three rehab starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO — Hyun-jin Ryu
will report to Triple-A Oklahoma City for his next rehabilitation start on Wednesday.
Ryu has missed the entire season while recovering from surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder last year. The left-hander made two rehab starts for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, pitching two innings last Sunday and three Friday.
If he continues on an every-fifth-day schedule, Ryu will throw four innings Wednesday in Fresno, five innings a week from Monday in Sacramento, and five or possibly more on June 4 in Round Rock, Texas.
Barring a setback or some other change in plans, Ryu would then rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation — presumably no sooner than June 9, an off-day on the schedule. The Dodgers begin a six-game road trip to San Francisco and Phoenix on June 10.
SAN DIEGO — Scott Van Slyke‘s long-stalled recovery from a back injury finally has an ending in sight.
The first baseman/outfielder is flying to Los Angeles today after a brief stint at the Dodgers’ extended spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. He’ll then report to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga for the Quakes’ game in Visalia, California.
Van Slyke has played in four games this season and missed 37 since injuring his back in San Francisco April 9. He’s expected to need at least a week’s worth of rehab games before he returns to the Dodgers.
Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully smiles as he makes his way to the stage during the Dodgers’ fourth annual FanFest in January. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully ranks fifth on our annual list of the 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports. Scully moved up from sixth on our 2015 list.
The other Dodger folks on our list (last year’s rank in parentheses):