The Dodgers placed pitchers Brett Anderson (finger blister) and Scott Kazmir (neck inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Kazmir became the 27th different player to land on the DL since the season began, which ties a major league record established by the 2012 Boston Red Sox.
Neither pitcher will be eligible to start a game before Sept. 7.
The Dodgers also optioned right-handed reliever Josh Fields to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Left-hander Luis Avilan was recalled from Triple-A, along with right-handed starter Ross Stripling and infielder Charlie Culberson.
Anderson had been scheduled to start Thursday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, but that assignment is now to be determined.
Andre Ethier (right) has been taking part in baseball activities in Arizona in recent days. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers expect Andre Ethier to return from his fractured right tibia “sometime in September,” manager Dave Roberts said, and the outfielder could be headed out on a minor league rehab assignment soon.
Roberts stopped short of saying that Ethier’s leg is 100 percent healed, but the manager said “it’s improved.”
Rob Segedin could have a long day ahead of him — but not as long as his wife Robin, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child either tonight or early tomorrow morning in the Los Angeles area.
Rob is batting seventh and playing right field for the Dodgers tonight. He won’t be checking his phone constantly for updates — he said he gave the hospital the phone number of a Dodgers trainer.
Segedin hit his first career home run Monday in Cincinnati, then flew back to be with his wife:
The Dodgers recalled Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Culberson actually flew in last night from New Orleans, but the transaction isn’t official yet because the Dodgers haven’t determined a corresponding move.
Manager Dave Roberts suggested the decision is between placing either Brett Anderson (finger blister) or Scott Kazmir (neck) on the disabled list.
Culberson has appeared in 16 games for the Dodgers this season, collecting eight hits in 30 at-bats (.267). At Triple-A, he’s slashing .260/.310/.385 with four home runs and 33 RBIs in 70 games. He is batting eighth and playing second base today against the San Francisco Giants.
Culberson has faced Giants starter Madison Bumgarner more than any other pitcher in his career. In 15 plate appearances, he’s slashing .286/.333/.429 with four RBIs. He doesn’t have more than seven plate appearances against anyone else in his career.
Clayton Kershaw threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Monday at Dodger Stadium and could face live hitters in a 60-pitch simulated game before the week is over.
Kershaw, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a mild disc herniation in his lower back, said he “felt fine” sitting down between his simulated innings in the bullpen.
“That was the hard part for me before, sitting down in-between innings,” he said. “Just not very comfortable to sit. Definitely a positive step there, sitting down, not even thinking about it.”
Kershaw threw a 25-pitch bullpen Saturday in Cincinnati, his first time off a mound since he was temporarily shut down from throwing in July.
Kershaw is expected to need a minor league rehab assignment sometime in the next week or two before he is activated from the DL. Manager Dave Roberts said “we talked about potentially two (rehab games). It became one.”
Here’s more from Kershaw: