ATLANTA — Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson was humming through the 2015 season healthier than he’s been in six years Tuesday when his streak of good health came to a slowly dribbling halt in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves.
Anderson hustled off the mound to field a weakly hit ground ball, kicked the baseball as he bent over, and eventually picked up the ball in foul territory in front of the Dodgers’ dugout. Anderson walked back to the mound without any apparent symptoms of an injury, but he was soon met by Dodgers medical director Stan Conte, manager Don Mattingly and the entire infield.
After a brief talk with Conte, Anderson left the game. The Dodgers haven’t yet announced why.
Update (9:25 p.m.): Anderson left the game with irritation in the area of his left Achilles tendon, according to the team. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Brandon Beachy allowed four runs in four innings against the Braves on Monday. (Associated Press photo)
ATLANTA — Brandon Beachy had a long meeting with Don Mattingly after the Dodgers’ sloppy, 7-5 loss to the Braves. The box score is here.
Prior to the game, catcher A.J. Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
ATLANTA — One day after A.J. Ellis stepped in behind the plate for Yasmani Grandal, who took a foul tip off his mask and briefly couldn’t open his mouth, the Dodgers placed one of their catchers on the 15-day disabled list: Ellis.
Carlos Frias remains on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right lower back. (Associated Press photo)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Dodgers have set their pitching rotation through next week’s series against the Atlanta Braves. Carlos Frias isn’t in it.
After Mike Bolsinger, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke face the Nationals this weekend (in that order), Brandon Beachy will start against the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Brett Anderson starts Tuesday in Atlanta.
Bolsinger would presumably pitch the series finale. The Braves haven’t announced their starters for the series.
Juan Uribe’s Atlanta Braves jersey is misspelled prior to his debut Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Alex Wood made the Dodgers look stiff at the plate in a 3-2 loss Wednesday. Bad puns aside, he isn’t the first left-handed starter to dominate them this season. The Dodgers are now 2-5 against lefties. Only two NL teams have seen fewer left-handed starters this season and only one (the Colorado Rockies, who are 18-26 overall) has a lower winning percentage.
The final two at-bats of the game went like this: Ground ball off Juan Uribe‘s chest, Alberto Callaspo pinch-hit flyout. Of course. Once the trade dust settled, Uribe and Andrew Friedman had a slightly different version of events: Uribe said he never talked to Friedman about being traded to a team that would allow him to play everyday; Friedman said that Uribe’s agent, Martin Arburua, specifically proposed this idea.
The truth, whatever it is, won’t change the fact that Uribe’s a Brave now. Friedman offered a telling quote later, saying “I think personally (the trade) was tough for him, but professionally he was excited.” So maybe Uribe doesn’t want fans or teammates to think he wanted out, but he needed out as a professional who wanted to play baseball. That’s just a guess, one that would be consistent with Uribe’s character.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.