SAN DIEGO — Scott Baker will make his Dodgers debut Sunday against the Padres at Petco Park.
Baker comes to the team from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was 1-1 with a 1.06 earned-run average in three starts. He arrived on the field during batting practice.
“He’s been throwing the ball well,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve used a number of guys (to fill the fifth starter’s role with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list). All the guys we’ve used have been in the big leagues. They’ve got experience. Felt like they would give you a quality outing and weren’t going to be overwhelmed by that start.”
Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ lineup one day after re-aggravating his left hamstring strain against the San Diego Padres. Andre Ethier is batting second and playing right field instead.
Update (4:55 p.m.): Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Puig is receiving treatment and his hamstring “didn’t seem that bad.” He would not rule out Puig from playing today, nor would he rule out Puig from going on the disabled list. That’s not especially helpful, but it’s more helpful than Puig — who did not speak to reporters after Friday’s game or before today’s.
Zack Greinke did not allow a run in seven innings Friday, lowering his ERA for the season to 1.35. (Associated Press photo)
Zack Greinke was the panacea for all the Dodgers’ ills Friday — their taxed bullpen, their three-game losing streak. Well, almost all the ills. Can he donate a hamstring to Yasiel Puig?
Puig’s re-aggravated injury put a damper on the Dodgers’ win, their first of the week after three straight losses in San Francisco. Manager Don Mattingly sounded relieved that Greinke was able to go seven innings; Pedro Baez and Paco Rodriguez held down the eighth inning with a big assist from Jimmy Rollins. Yimi Garcia threw 12 pitches (nine were strikes) in pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first career save.
I didn’t write about Alex Guerrero today. That’s because he never left the bench. Juan Uribe had an RBI single and now has a seven-game hitting streak.
I mentioned Sunday’s “TBA” starter at the end of today’s notebook. For what it’s worth, Scott Baker is still listed as the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ starter tomorrow, Carlos Frias Sunday.
Tonight’s box score is here.