Chris Hatcher has a 6.63 FIP this season in 19 innings. (Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers are keeping eight pitchers in their bullpen through next Wednesday, Dave Roberts said, and Chris Hatcher met with the manager and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt for a closed-door meeting Friday at Petco Park.
The two things are probably related.
First, here’s what Roberts said about the decision to keep Chin-Hui Tsao on staff for the next six days:
Sebastian Martinez, a 20-year-old pitcher on the Dodgers’ Dominican Summer League roster, received a 72-game suspension today after testing positive for Stanozolol and Furosemide. The suspension effectively wipes out his entire regular season, which consists of 72 games.
Martinez appeared in eight games last season, all as a reliever. The new DSL season is scheduled to begin June 4.
ANAHEIM — The Angels found another way to beat the Dodgers, their third win in the four-game interleague series. The box score is here.
Technology has a place in baseball, opines colleague Jeff Miller.
The hobbled Angels beat the Dodgers 8-1 on Wednesday. The box score is here.
Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez throws the ball hard but takes his sweet time between pitches.
Clayton Kershaw pitched eight typically strong innings and Joc Pederson hit his team-leading seventh and eighth home runs of the season in a 5-1 win over the Angels. The box score is here.
Trayce Thompson got his second consecutive start against a right-handed pitcher Tuesday and he’s making the most of his opportunities.