The Dodgers have had four position players on their bench, and eight pitchers in their bullpen, ever since Charlie Culberson was optioned to Triple-A last week. Manager Dave Roberts said last week the plan called for the Dodgers to add a position player Friday, when the team begins a seven-game road trip to New York and Chicago.
Tuesday, Roberts said the Dodgers will continue with an eight-man bullpen/four-man bench through next week.
“I still think we’re going to stick with that,” he said. “We’re managing to get through with a four-man bench, and just giving us the flexibility with different guys in the pen is more of a priority.”
After Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, a badass sports cartoonist named Jim Thompson incurred this brilliant visualization and shared it with us. You can follow him on Twitter: @jimmysporttunes.
Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir has been limited to bunting, and half-bunting/half-swinging, when he bats recently. It’s the most visible consequence of a thumb/hand injury that’s bothered him this season.
A couple weeks back Kazmir told me he would resume swinging this week, after his start in San Diego. That hasn’t happened yet. During batting practice today Kazmir was still doing the half-bunt, half-swing thing. It’s almost like a slap bunt but it looks more like a swing than that.
What does he call it, exactly?
“I don’t know,” he said. “Whatever works.”
Umpire David Rackley is treated after he was hit with a ball during the fifth inning Sunday. He did not return to the game. (Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers rallied for four runs in the 17th inning — yes, the 17th — to beat the Padres 9-5
. It was their longest game since a 17-inning win over the Padres in April 2007, also at Petco Park. The box score is here
The Dodgers are shifting less with Clayton Kershaw on the mound compared to their other pitchers. Kershaw starts tomorrow.
Here’s what manager Dave Roberts said after the game:
Scott Van Slyke played his first rehab game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He finished 1 for 2 at the plate with a single and a walk, and played seven innings in right field against the San Jose Giants.
The outfielder/first baseman has missed 38 games this season due to a back injury.
Pitcher Yaisel Sierra, the only other player on the Rancho Cucamonga roster today who is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, exited the game after 3 ⅔ innings due to what the team called an “apparent hand/finger injury.”