Louis Coleman has made 50 appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season, second only to Joe Blanton. (imgur.com)
The Dodgers officially recalled Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The right-hander will start tonight’s game in Colorado, the second start of his major league career.
While that move was expected — Stewart was in Denver with the Dodgers on Monday — a couple unexpected faces showed up before today’s game. Left-handed pitcher Julio Urias and right-handed pitcher Josh Fields will be available out of the bullpen tonight. Fields, who was acquired from the Houston Astros before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, will wear number 46.
Two of the Dodgers’ steadiest relievers this season are going on the 15-day disabled list: Louis Coleman with right shoulder fatigue and Adam Liberatore with left elbow inflammation.
Additionally, outfielder Andrew Toles was optioned to Triple-A along with pitcher Josh Ravin. Ravin hasn’t pitched this season while serving an 80-game performance enhancing drug suspension, which expired today.
Pitcher Clayton Kershaw was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He isn’t eligible to be activated before August 27. That doesn’t materially affect his timetable for recovery, since Kershaw hasn’t begun a throwing program. Kershaw has a mildly herniated disc in his lower back and hasn’t pitched in a game since June.
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Over the weekend in St. Louis, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Yasiel Puig could be headed to the disabled list if he was not able to play by Tuesday.
Well, it’s Tuesday, and Puig is not in the starting lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays. The right fielder tested his right hamstring a little before the game, but appeared to be a bit more relaxed than his teammates during calisthenics drills in the outfield.
Still, Roberts said that Puig is feeling better today than Sunday, and is available to the Dodgers off the bench.
“But to me it’s not to the point where I want him in there,” Roberts said.
So Puig won’t be placed on the disabled list today, and he probably won’t go on the disabled list at all unless he experiences some kind of setback. Since Puig hasn’t played since Thursday, any DL stint can be backdated until Friday.
Puig hurt his hamstring running out a ground ball in St. Louis; he also spent time on the disabled list earlier in the year with a strained left hamstring. Andrew Toles is starting in right field again. He went 4 for 9 in St. Louis in Puig’s stead.
Puig is slashing .255/.316/.376 in 79 games this season.
Cardinals catcher Alberto Rosario tags out Joc Pederson during the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 7-2 win on Saturday. (Getty Images)
Kenta Maeda and Andrew Toles beat the heat, and helped the Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2. The box score is here.
Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is working with Kenley Jansen on his mechanics after the closer’s recent bout of blown saves.
From stories to a high school yearbook, Mark Langill’s collection of Vin Scully treasures is impressive.
Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley and Padres runner Derek Norris collide between first and second base. Norris was called out for interference, and later left the game with a quadriceps injury. (Thomas Cordova/Staff photographer)
Yasmani Grandal had five hits, including three home runs, in the Dodgers’ 10-6 win over the San Diego Padres. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Andrew Toles‘ second chance in baseball culminated with a promotion and a spot in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Friday.
Here’s what they were saying after the game:
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A winding baseball journey will come full circle today, as the Dodgers will give Andrew Toles his first taste of the major leagues.
According to multiple sources, the 24-year-old outfielder will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres. Toles began the season at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, was promoted to Double-A Tulsa in May, and played another eight games at Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to his promotion. Toles’ combined slash line across the three levels: .330/.375/.507, with 23 stolen bases in 32 attempts.
Update (4:00 p.m.): Toles was selected to the 40-man roster and is starting in center field and batting eighth tonight. Carlos Frias was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and Triple-A infielder Cole Figueroa was designated for assignment.
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