The Dodgers welcomed Brett Anderson back to the active roster, and Brock Stewart back to the major leagues, on Sunday. The two pitchers were added to the active roster for today’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
For Anderson, it’s his first major league start since Game 3 of the National League Division Series last year. For Stewart, it’s his third major league call-up of 2016. The right-hander will serve as a long reliever along with another pair of rookies, left-hander Julio Urias and right-hander Ross Stripling.
One of the Dodgers’ corresponding moves was not a surprise.
The Dodgers issued 11 walks and still beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 on Saturday. The box score is here.
Rich Hill will make a rehab start Monday before he can rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation.
Joc Pederson reacts to being called safe in the Dodgers’ 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers reversed the script, getting a long start from Ross Stripling and little help from their lineup, in a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The box score is here.
Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson are starting this weekend.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Dodgers pitcher Casey Fien allowed one run in his lone inning of work at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The right-hander made his first rehab appearance Thursday, and throwing 22 pitches on the second of back-to-back nights is the big takeaway here. Fien was able to touch 93 mph with his fastball; he was sitting 94-95 prior to his elbow injury in July.
Fien was not able to hold the Visalia Rawhide scoreless. He gave up a one-out double to Joe Munoz, a right-handed hitter, on a fastball smoked into the left-center field gap. He gave up a two-out double to Victor Reyes, a left-handed hitter, on a curveball smoked into the right-center gap.
Fien was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis July 17, so he’s eligible to come off any day now.
In 21 games with the Dodgers this season, Fien is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA.
SportsNet LA saw a ratings bump in the first half of the 2016 season, but still lags behind most other big-market teams. (Photo courtesy of SportsNet LA)
Forbes.com posted an article Thursday examining the local prime time ratings for all 30 Major League Baseball teams. FanGraphs did too, and did a better job presenting the data.
Compared to the rest of the league, the Dodgers are relatively invisible in their own market.