Rookie outfielder Trayce Thompson has started 15 of 17 games this month — 16 of 18 if you include his impending start Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds.
As recently as eight days ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he was not ready to make Thompson part of his everyday lineup. Now, it seems as if the jury has returned a verdict.
Thompson leads all Dodger hitters in home runs (6), RBIs (14), batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.393) and slugging percentage (.704) in May. His strikeout rate, once seen as Thompson’s biggest flaw as a hitter, is 16.4 percent this month — lower than that of Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley, to name three teammates.
Here’s what Roberts said about Thompson today:
Yasiel Puig was benched in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 8-2 win on Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ lineup against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, one day after he was benched in the middle of an 8-2 win for not hustling out a hit in the sixth inning.
The decision to start Trayce Thompson in right field today was made before Puig was benched last night, manager Dave Roberts said.
Roberts said he believes Puig has already learned his lesson and no further discipline is necessary.
“We had a good conversation,” Roberts said. “He wants to be a better teammate. … He wants to get better.”
It’s just as notable that Thompson has now started 15 of a possible 17 games this month at all three outfield positions. More on him later. Here is the Dodgers’ full lineup against Reds right-hander Dan Straily:
Vin Scully hasn’t been part of an All-Star Game broadcast since 1989. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Vin Scully recently turned down a formal offer to be part of Fox’s broadcast of the All-Star Game in San Diego in July, SportsIllustrated.com reported today.
From Richard Deitsch’s story:
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu came one step closer to punching his ticket to Los Angeles on Wednesday, throwing four shutout innings in his first rehabilitation start with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Ryu needed 55 pitches to complete the task, throwing 40 strikes. He allowed three singles, one double, walked none and struck out three batters.
After making two rehab starts for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Ryu was scheduled to throw up to 60 pitches in his Triple-A debut. His next start, tentatively scheduled for next Monday in Sacramento, figures to come with a 75-pitch limit.
Ryu hasn’t pitched this season as he recovers from surgery on his left shoulder labrum, performed last year.
Yasiel Puig was removed from the Dodgers’ 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds for not running out this hit. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers took advantage of three errors and six free passes to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
The box score is here.
The photo gallery is here.
Will Clayton Kershaw pitch on normal rest Saturday or extra rest Sunday when the Dodgers visit the New York Mets this weekend? Dave Roberts is considering his options.
Yasiel Puig was removed for not hustling out a fly ball off the wall that he turned into a single in the sixth inning. Here’s what he and Roberts said about it after the game: