Andrew Toles hit a home run and a double in two plate appearances Tuesday night against the Giants. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers’ offense continued to roll, this time through Madison Bumgarner
, and their lead in the National League West grew to two games with a 9-5 win over the San Francisco Giants
. The box score is here
. The photo gallery is here
Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier are suddenly on the Dodgers’ short list of September call-ups.
Here’s what they were saying after the game:
Clayton Kershaw threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Monday at Dodger Stadium and could face live hitters in a 60-pitch simulated game before the week is over.
Kershaw, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a mild disc herniation in his lower back, said he “felt fine” sitting down between his simulated innings in the bullpen.
“That was the hard part for me before, sitting down in-between innings,” he said. “Just not very comfortable to sit. Definitely a positive step there, sitting down, not even thinking about it.”
Kershaw threw a 25-pitch bullpen Saturday in Cincinnati, his first time off a mound since he was temporarily shut down from throwing in July.
Kershaw is expected to need a minor league rehab assignment sometime in the next week or two before he is activated from the DL. Manager Dave Roberts said “we talked about potentially two (rehab games). It became one.”
Here’s more from Kershaw:
Bud Norris returned from the 15-day disabled list Friday, only to get shelled by the Cincinnati Reds for six runs in a 9-2 Dodgers loss. The box score is here.
A successful 78-pitch simulated game left Rich Hill feeling ready to make his Dodgers debut on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants. Clayton Kershaw will try throwing off a mound Saturday for the first time since July.
Clayton Kershaw played catch at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. It’s at least the third straight day Kershaw has played catch, each time showing no effects of the back injury that landed him on the 60-day disabled list.
“Yesterday he said he feels good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think Clayton’s always going to be the aggressor. The training staff is mindful of him wanting to get back sooner than later. We expect him back sometime during September.”
Kershaw will stay behind in Los Angeles while the Dodgers embark on a road trip to Philadelphia and Cincinnati this week. The left-hander is not expected to throw off a mound during that time. Roberts said that’s at least least seven days away from happening.
Left-hander Rich Hill, meanwhile, was scheduled to throw a rehab game tomorrow for Triple-A Oklahoma City. But he threw a bullpen session under the watchful eye of Roberts, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and head athletic trainer Neil Rampe on Sunday. Hill is on the DL with a blister on his left middle finger.
The Dodgers had been targeting Hill to return Friday in Cincinnati. That’s still possible, though when, where and if his minor-league rehab will take place could change.
Corey Seager hit two home runs, his 20th and 21st of the season, to set a Los Angeles Dodgers record for home runs in a season by a shortstop. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers continued their improbable streak of success without Clayton Kershaw, battering Zach Eflin and the Philadelphia Phillies in a 9-4 win. The box score is here.
Rich Hill and Brandon McCarthy are throwing bullpen sessions tomorrow at Dodger Stadium, albeit for very different reasons.
Josh Ravin pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing only a triple to Cesar Hernandez in his 2016 debut. The Chatsworth native said he wants to “destroy everyone” he pitches to.
Ravin also told me after the game that his “Twitter feud” with teammate Kiké Hernandez didn’t require a “clear the air” talk. They didn’t discuss it during their mutual time at the Dodgers’ complex in Arizona earlier in the year.
“It’s just, forget about it,” Ravin said. “It never happened.”
Here’s more from the clubhouse postgame: