Nationals Park is flooded.

Reporters left Nationals Park last night tweeting about hail in the Washington D.C. area, which brought the potential for severe consequences overnight. Mostly, we were worried about windshields. Turns out we should have been worried about the park itself.

Right now at #Nationals Park.

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This is one of those scenes that makes you go “uhhhh.” As in: “uhhhh, don’t the Dodgers and Nationals have a game tonight? Aren’t they going to need that flooded batting cage?”

Yes and yes.

Stay tuned.

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Game 95: Life without Clayton Kershaw rolls on as Dodgers top Nationals.

Chase Utley

Chase Utley hit a home run in the Dodgers’ first at-bat Tuesday against Washington Nationals starter Reynaldo Lopez, who was making his major league debut. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers roughed up Washington Nationals rookie Reynaldo Lopez, and moved 4 ½ games out of first place with an 8-4 win over the Washington Nationals. The box score is here.

Hyun-Jin Ryu joined Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list, and Kershaw is no closer to coming off the DL. Columnist Jeff Miller contemplates life without Kershaw.

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Julio Urias will start Thursday in D.C.; no plans for Clayton Kershaw to return soon.

Julio Urias

Julio Urias, center, hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since July 4. (Associated Press photo)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Tuesday in Washington D.C. that Julio Urias will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Thursday against the Washington Nationals. Bud Norris will start Wednesday, taking the spot vacated when Hyun-jin Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis.

Urias, 19, is 1-2 with a 4.95 earned-run average in eight major league starts. He last started on July 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, and had been working out of the bullpen at Triple-A Oklahoma City in the meantime.

Norris will be pitching on regular rest by virtue of Monday’s off-day.

In the meantime, don’t hold your breath on Clayton Kershaw returning this weekend in St. Louis:

Kershaw is on the 15-day disabled list with lower back pain, eligible to return at any time. He had progressed well enough in his throwing program to make a return this weekend possible. The ace left-hander is 11-2 with a major-league leading 1.79 ERA in 16 starts this season.

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Report: The Dodgers are open to trading Yasiel Puig.

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is in his fourth major league season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

It’s trade rumor season, in case you haven’t noticed. The Dodgers have too much depth on their 40-man roster, too many top-100 prospects, and too many needs at the major league level not to make a trade before the July 31 deadline. Or so the prevailing wisdom goes.

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Dodgers scratch Hyun-Jin Ryu from Wednesday start with elbow tendinitis.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings in his only start this season on July 7. He was placed on the disabled list Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with left elbow tendinitis, and suddenly need a pitcher to start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.

The Dodgers also placed reliever Casey Fien on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his right elbow retroactive to Sunday. Outfielder Joc Pederson, whose rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City is over, was activated from the disabled list, and left-handed reliever Luis Avilan was recalled from Triple-A.

Ryu missed all of 2015, and the first three months of the 2016 regular season, while rehabbing from left shoulder labrum surgery. He returned July 7 against the San Diego Padres and allowed six runs in 4 ⅔ innings, suffering the loss. That remains his only major league start to this point in the season.

An MRI on Ryu’s left elbow showed no changes from his previous MRI.

Jose De Leon is scheduled to pitch for Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The Triple-A Dodgers are currently in Tacoma, Washington. De Leon, a 23-year-old right-hander, has yet to make his major league debut.

Brock Stewart, a 24-year-old right-hander, has made one spot start for the Dodgers already this season and was scheduled to start for Oklahoma City tonight. It’s possible the Dodgers could give Stewart an extra day’s rest before his second cup of coffee in the big leagues.

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