Making his first relief appearance since being demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Dodgers prospect Julio Urias was tagged for a pair of runs tonight, ending his streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 29.
The Dodgers led 2-0 after Urias threw a scoreless seventh inning against the Memphis Redbirds. The left-hander then allowed four hits and two runs in the eighth inning as the Redbirds tied the game 2-2.
Urias’ streak began April 22 against Memphis. It was interrupted by a pair of major-league stints in which Urias posted a 4.69 earned-run average over nine games.
After his last start for the Dodgers in Washington D.C. on July 21, Urias was sent back to Triple-A to work out of the bullpen and conserve his innings. Tonight marked only his third relief appearance at any level this season.
The PCL record for consecutive scoreless innings is 44, set in 1905 by Bill Tozer of the Los Angeles Angels.
Over the weekend in St. Louis, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Yasiel Puig could be headed to the disabled list if he was not able to play by Tuesday.
Well, it’s Tuesday, and Puig is not in the starting lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays. The right fielder tested his right hamstring a little before the game, but appeared to be a bit more relaxed than his teammates during calisthenics drills in the outfield.
Still, Roberts said that Puig is feeling better today than Sunday, and is available to the Dodgers off the bench.
“But to me it’s not to the point where I want him in there,” Roberts said.
So Puig won’t be placed on the disabled list today, and he probably won’t go on the disabled list at all unless he experiences some kind of setback. Since Puig hasn’t played since Thursday, any DL stint can be backdated until Friday.
Puig hurt his hamstring running out a ground ball in St. Louis; he also spent time on the disabled list earlier in the year with a strained left hamstring. Andrew Toles is starting in right field again. He went 4 for 9 in St. Louis in Puig’s stead.
Puig is slashing .255/.316/.376 in 79 games this season.
Clayton Kershaw hasn’t pitched since June 26 because of a herniated disc in his lower back. (Associated Press photo)
In a perfect world, the Dodgers could attack the trade deadline with some knowledge of whether or not Clayton Kershaw
will pitch for them again this season.
Even that appears to be too much to ask.
Kershaw still hasn’t resumed throwing since he experienced a setback after throwing a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium last Sunday. The mild disc herniation in his lower back may still require surgery, but that hasn’t been determined yet.
In the meantime, Kershaw is following trainers’ orders for his rehabilitation, one day at a time. The left-hander had more hope than actual progress to report: He did some core exercises today, and that was about the extent of his update.
Here’s more from Kershaw:
Adrian Gonzalez hit his 299th career home run in the Dodgers’ 9-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, a grand slam in the first inning. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers jumped all over St. Louis Cardinals starter Mike Mayers early in his major league debut, then hung on for a 9-6 victory. The box score is here.
Through 100 games, the Dodgers are 56-44, identical to their record through 100 games last year.
Only four teams have taxed their bullpen with more innings this season than the Dodgers.
In his Hall of Fame induction speech Sunday, former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza said he “will always be truly grateful” to the organization that drafted him and employed him from 1988 to 1998.
Piazza thanked Tommy Lasorda, his first owner, Walter O’Malley, former hitting coach Reggie Smith and former Dodgers teammate Eric Karros, among others he singled out by name.
Lasorda sat in attendance with the other Hall of Famers as Piazza rattled off some fond memories of his first manager:
“You always sent me baseball equipment when I needed it,” Piazza said, “you convinced the Dodgers to draft me, you gave me big league at-bats in spring training when I was a big wide-eyed kid out of junior college, you went to bat for me when I walked away from the game, you convinced the Dodgers to let a very popular catcher in Mike Scioscia go so that a veteran pitching staff would know I was their catcher my rookie year.”
Watch Piazza’s comments here: