The Dodgers will have two days off at the end of the regular season if they clinch a National League wild card berth, and four if they win the NL West, according to a preliminary playoff schedule released Tuesday by Major League Baseball.
The National League wild-card game is Wednesday, October 5, two days after the Dodgers’ regular-season finale in San Francisco. Both NL Division Series will begin Friday, October 7.
MLB Network and Fox Sports 1 have the television rights to the NL Division Series, while TBS has the television rights to the AL Division Series.
The best-of-seven National League Championship Series will begin Saturday, Oct. 15, one day after the AL Championship Series begins. Fox and Fox Sports 1 have the TV rights.
Game 1 of the World Series is set for Oct. 25 in the American League ballpark. It will end no earlier than Oct. 29 (Game 4). Game 7 is on Nov. 2. The entire series will be televised on Fox.
Here’s the full postseason schedule in chart form:
Pitcher Walker Buehler, the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick of a year ago, threw two scoreless innings his professional debut for the Arizona League Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Buehler, 22, did not allow a hit or a walk. He struck out three batters and lit up the radar gun according to multiple reports:
Buehler was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow shortly after the Dodgers drafted him, and he underwent Tommy John surgery in September of last year.
The Dodgers placed pitchers Brett Anderson (finger blister) and Scott Kazmir (neck inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Kazmir became the 27th different player to land on the DL since the season began, which ties a major league record established by the 2012 Boston Red Sox.
Neither pitcher will be eligible to start a game before Sept. 7.
The Dodgers also optioned right-handed reliever Josh Fields to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Left-hander Luis Avilan was recalled from Triple-A, along with right-handed starter Ross Stripling and infielder Charlie Culberson.
Anderson had been scheduled to start Thursday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, but that assignment is now to be determined.
Andre Ethier (right) has been taking part in baseball activities in Arizona in recent days. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers expect Andre Ethier to return from his fractured right tibia “sometime in September,” manager Dave Roberts said, and the outfielder could be headed out on a minor league rehab assignment soon.
Roberts stopped short of saying that Ethier’s leg is 100 percent healed, but the manager said “it’s improved.”
Rob Segedin could have a long day ahead of him — but not as long as his wife Robin, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child either tonight or early tomorrow morning in the Los Angeles area.
Rob is batting seventh and playing right field for the Dodgers tonight. He won’t be checking his phone constantly for updates — he said he gave the hospital the phone number of a Dodgers trainer.
Segedin hit his first career home run Monday in Cincinnati, then flew back to be with his wife: