Nick Tepesch spent his first six-plus professional seasons with the Texas Rangers organization. He is expected to make his Dodgers debut tomorrow in Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)
Right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch is expected to start for the Dodgers tomorrow in Pittsburgh, according to a source. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com also reported today that Tepesch would be promoted from Triple-A to make his Dodgers debut.
Update (12:00 p.m. PT): The Dodgers confirmed that Tepesch will be added to the roster and start tomorrow, with a corresponding move still TBA. Clayton Kershaw will start Saturday, Kenta Maeda will start Sunday (on two extra days’ rest) and Scott Kazmir will start Monday.
The Dodgers only claimed Tepesch on waivers earlier this month. The Texas Rangers released him June 4 after Tepesch exercised an out in his contract. To that point in the season he had a 4.22 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Round Rock.
The Dodgers claimed Tepesch two days later and promptly inserted him into the rotation at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Since then he’s gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts. His strikeout-to-walk ratio, 31-to-11 with Round Rock, has jumped to 17-to-3 with Oklahoma City.
The Dodgers signed first-round draft pick Gavin Lux, a shortstop from Indian Trail Academy in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Lux receives a $2.317 million signing bonus, slightly above the $2.316 million value MLB assigned to the 20th overall pick.
The Dodgers capped the 2015-16 international signing period by signing infielder/outfielder Yordan Alvarez. The 18-year-old received a $2 million signing bonus, according to multiplereports, which will cost the Dodgers $4 million after a 100 percent tax levied by MLB is figured in.
The Dodgers will be restricted to $300,000 signing bonuses for the next two international signing periods under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The next signing period begins July 2. Since June 15 was the final day of the 2015-16 signing period, the Dodgers were under a tight deadline to sign anyone they considered unattainable with a $300,000 purse.
Yasiel Puig is working his way back from a strained left hamstring injury with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Yasiel Puig homered in his first rehab game with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, finishing 1 for 2 with a walk and a groundout. Puig also played five innings in right field before being removed for a defensive replacement, as planned.
Puig’s opposite-field home run at LoanMart Field against right-hander Dean Deetz was his first hit at any level since May 28. His last home run was May 20, a Dodgers loss in San Diego.
The Dodgers placed Puig on the disabled list retroactive June 3 with a strained left hamstring. He’s expected to be in the Rancho Cucamonga lineup again tomorrow.
Brandon McCarthy‘s first competitive baseball game in more than a year will be in a Rancho Cucamonga Quakes uniform, most likely on Saturday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday.
McCarthy, 32, hasn’t pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in April 2015. Since then, he’s had no meaningful setbacks in his rehab process and gives him a realistic opportunity to return immediately after the All-Star break.
Pitchers are allowed to be on minor league rehab assignments for up to 30 days. Thirty days from Saturday is July 11 — one day into the All-Star break, which ends July 14. The Dodgers begin a three-game series in Phoenix the following day.
If his rehab assignment is interrupted by an injury, a player can begin a new assignment.
McCarthy threw three simulated innings Monday at Dodger Stadium. If his next appearance is Saturday, it will be in Lake Elsinore, a Padres affiliate. McCarthy hasn’t pitched in a Single-A game since 2011, when he was rehabbing in Stockton as a member of the Oakland A’s.