Ross Stripling is one of six different pitchers who will start for the Dodgers in a six-game stretch this week. (Associated Press photo)
Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart are scheduled to start the next two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That will complete a streak of four straight rookie pitchers (Kenta Maeda today, Jose De Leon yesterday) who will have started a game with the Dodgers nursing a small lead in the National League West standings.
What’s more, the Dodgers are scheduled to use a different starting pitcher in all six games they will play this week.
However, things are about to get normal. (Normal-ish, at least.) After an off-day Thursday, the Dodgers travel to Miami to kick off a 10-game road trip. Here are the probable matchups for that series:
Clayton Kershaw hasn’t pitched since June because of a mild disc herniation in his lower back. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
DENVER >> Clayton Kershaw threw two innings in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. He pitched two innings to a group of hitters from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga who arrived just for the occasion.
For Kershaw, “it was a great step in his progression,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.
“He felt great after, which was obviously everything that we cared about,” Friedman said. “He said he wasn’t as sharp as he would want to be, but he’s always going to say that. The important thing is that he felt great. We’ll assess tomorrow what the next steps are.”
Kershaw is on the 60-day disabled list with a mild disc herniation in his lower back. Continue reading →
Julio Urias is 5-2 with a 3.71 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
DENVER >> The Dodgers will give the ball to rookie left-hander Julio Urias for Friday’s start against the San Diego Padres.
“The way he’s throwing the baseball right now,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “this is the best thing for the Dodgers and for Julio.”
Urias, 20, is 5-2 with a 3.71 earned-run average in 14 games (12 starts) for the Dodgers this year. His last outings, all victories, have seen Urias allow two earned runs in 19 ⅔ innings, good for a 0.92 ERA.