Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer allowed one earned run in seven innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
If the Dodgers trade for Chris Archer, the Tampa Bay right-hander offered an enticing preview in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win on Tuesday. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier haven’t given up on playing this season, and Major League Baseball told Yasiel Puig not to wear his Vin Scully cleats or else face a $5,000 fine.
Kiké Hernandez, playing his final rehab game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga tonight, played nine innings in center field and finished 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
Hernandez is on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left rib cage. He’ll continue his rehab assignment at Double-A Tulsa.
Clayton Kershaw hasn’t pitched since June 26 because of a herniated disc in his lower back. (Associated Press photo)
In a perfect world, the Dodgers could attack the trade deadline with some knowledge of whether or not Clayton Kershaw
will pitch for them again this season.
Even that appears to be too much to ask.
Kershaw still hasn’t resumed throwing since he experienced a setback after throwing a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium last Sunday. The mild disc herniation in his lower back may still require surgery, but that hasn’t been determined yet.
In the meantime, Kershaw is following trainers’ orders for his rehabilitation, one day at a time. The left-hander had more hope than actual progress to report: He did some core exercises today, and that was about the extent of his update.
Here’s more from Kershaw:
On the same day the Dodgers learned Clayton Kershaw might need back surgery, his replacement (Bud Norris) was roughed up by the Washington Nationals in an 8-1 loss to the Nationals. The box score is here.
Pitcher Alex Wood is expected to miss another eight weeks too following an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow.
Alex Wood hasn’t appeared in a major league game since May 30. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers announced today that pitcher Alex Wood will undergo “an arthroscopic debridement of his left elbow” this afternoon in New York. The estimated recovery time is eight weeks.
Wood, 25, hasn’t pitched since May 30. He might not pitch again this season. Eight weeks from now is the middle of September — too late a juncture for the Dodgers to bank on Wood rejoining their rotation for the stretch run. Wood pitched out of the bullpen in his rookie season of 2013, and that might be the most realistic role if he is to rejoin the Dodgers this season.
Initially placed on the 15-day disabled list due to posterior elbow soreness, Wood was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 29.
Wood and Clayton Kershaw — who’s now out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his lower back — threw simulated games over the weekend at Dodger Stadium.
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.