Yasiel Puig’s batting average has fallen from .400 on April 14 to .265 on Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick were dropped to fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Dodgers’ batting order Thursday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is sticking with the two through their free-flailing struggles.
Roberts shuffled his regulars to produce a unique lineup in his 23rd game as manager. Catcher Yasmani Grandal hit cleanup for the first time this year. Four left-handed hitters (Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez and the switch-hitting Grandal) led off against ace Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Puig had a .405 batting average and .500 on-base percentage 10 games into the season. Over his next 12 games, those figures dipped to .140 and .159. This week, Puig reported to the batting cage for early work on the field with hitting coach Turner Ward and coach Manny Mota.
Vin Scully won’t be returning next year by all accounts, but the Dodgers’ radio broadcasts will have some continuity in 2017.
Rick Monday and Charley Steiner have signed new multi-year agreements, the organization announced today. Monday and Steiner have been working together for the past 12 seasons calling games on Dodgers radio broadcasts.
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Trayce Thompson (left) and Joc Pederson (center) have shared center field duties this season for the Dodgers. (Getty Images)
When is a platoon not a platoon?
Answer: When you’re Dave Roberts and you’ve started right-handed hitter Trayce Thompson in center field five times, against a left-handed starter each time, and left-handed hitter Joc Pederson has started every other game — all against right-handed pitchers.
Roberts had an opportunity to clarify the arrangement Wednesday, when Thompson got his sixth start of the season against Miami Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino.
Yimi Garcia still can’t pick up a baseball five days after he was removed from a game with a sore biceps muscle. The right-hander remains on the 15-day disabled list.
“Yimi’s doing just OK,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He’s not (shown) a whole lot of improvement, which is — he’s disappointed. After not picking up a baseball for three or four days, you’d expect that to kind of subside.”
Roberts said that the numbness in Garcia’s arm is more localized to the biceps area; last Friday his arm was numb all the way down to his wrist.
Garcia hasn’t had an MRI yet, but that would be the next step if he does not demonstrate improvement. In nine appearances across 8 ⅓ innings this season, Garcia had a 2.86 FIP and a 3.24 ERA.