Hyun-Jin Ryu is getting an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles and Carlos Frias will take his spot in the rotation if he can’t pitch Wednesday. Read more about Ryu and Frias in today’s notebook.
It’s not fair to compare Frias directly to Zach Lee, the former first-round draft pick who just finished the season at Albuquerque. They’re two different pitchers with two different repertoires. Lee turned 23 on Saturday. Frias is 24, but he’s been pitching in the Dodgers’ system since he was 17. Lee was a blue-chip high school quarterback recruit in Texas at the same age.
That said, only one of the two pitchers is here now. At the beginning of the season it wouldn’t have shocked anyone (at least, anyone who pays too much attention to the Dodgers’ farm system) if Lee were getting September starts. As it happened, Frias will probably start Wednesday at Coors Field — and maybe twice more, a lofty assignment for a rookie on a team chasing a playoff spot.
So what happened to Zach Lee?
SAN FRANCISCO >> One day after Scott Elbert gave the Dodgers two left-handed relievers, Paco Rodriguez made it a threesome. He was activated Saturday from the disabled list, where he’d been mired since August 4 with a strained left teres major muscle.
Rodriguez has appeared in 13 games for the Dodgers this season, firing scoreless relief in 10 of those appearances. He’s 3-5 with two saves and a 2.52 ERA (20 ER/71.1 IP) in 100 career games.
Left-hander J.P. Howell has been the Dodgers’ southpaw workhorse, appearing in 64 games this season. Only eight lefties have appeared in more games in the National League this season. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has no plans on changing the Dodgers’ late-innings mix:
SAN FRANCISCO >> Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache here Saturday, one day after inflammation in his left shoulder forced him to leave the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning.
ElAttrache ordered an MRI on Ryu’s left shoulder, and the pitcher wait until Monday in Los Angeles to get that done.
“They could’ve done the MRI (here) but they weren’t confident — the regular Giants guys were gone,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury history, a long first inning, and a typically chilly San Francisco night might have conspired to create disaster for the Dodgers. I explained how in the game story. The box score is equally ugly.
The Chattanooga Lookouts, the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate, lost game three of the Southern League Championship Series to the Jacksonville Suns, ending their season.
Shortstop prospect Corey Seager went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
Left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia, who’s on the major-league 60-day disabled list, was charged with two runs in a relief appearance. He allowed two hits and walked a batter while recording two outs.
SAN FRANCISCO >> Dee Gordon didn’t look like himself walking around the visitors’ clubhouse Friday. His head was mostly down, the hood on his sweatshirt mostly up.
Gordon wasn’t in the starting lineup for Friday’s game against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, which prompted a question about whether or not the Dodgers’ second baseman was healthy or not.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Gordon is fine health-wise; that’s not the problem.
“He was mad,” Mattingly said.
SAN FRANCISCO >> Scott Elbert rejoined the Dodgers here Friday, two years and 17 days after throwing his last major-league pitch. Elbert joins J.P. Howell as the only left-handers in the Dodgers’ bullpen.
Elbert began the 2014 season on the 60-day disabled list following Tommy John surgery in June 2013. He was further set back by appendicitis earlier this year.
The Dodgers opted to designate Elbert for assignment in June once his rehab at Triple-A Albuquerque was complete. Elbert went unclaimed and remained in Albuquerque. In 18 games with the Isotopes, he allowed 17 hits and eight earned runs in 14 ⅔ innings, a 4.91 earned-run average.
Elbert will wear number number 57, the same number he’s worn since making his major-league debut with the Dodgers in 2008.
To make room for Elbert on the active roster, the Dodgers designated pitcher Red Patterson for assignment.
The Dodgers are offering season tickets for the 2015 season beginning today, the club announced. Tickets begin at $5 for certain reserve-level seats.
The Dodgers sold out their season-ticket stash in 2014 and started a waiting list for the first time in 20 years, capping sales at 35,000. In 2015, the team will again cap sales at 35,000.
A few more bullet points:
- 99 percent of all season tickets increase $5 or less
- 79 percent of all season tickets increase $4 or less
- No seat under $20 increases more than $2
- The one percent of season seats that increase $6-$10 consist of the front row of Field level seats between the bases and the newly-renovated Executive Club level seats
- Tickets on the Reserve level will increase no more than $3
- The Dodgers will continue to have tickets available for as little as $5
- There will be no increase for general admission season parking, while premium season parking will increase by $200 for the 2015 season
“We are tireless in our efforts to field the best possible team, provide a first-class fan experience at the stadium and to be an integral part of making Los Angeles a better community,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “We implemented these adjustments in price structure with a continuing priority to offer a variety of ticketing options that will accommodate any family or individual budget.”