The Oakland A’s claimed Nick Tepesch off waivers on Monday, two days after the right-handed pitcher was designated for assignment by the Dodgers.
The Dodgers didn’t have Tepesch very long. He was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers earlier this month, then rushed to the major leagues last Friday when the Dodgers ran short on starting pitchers. Tepesch allowed five runs in his only start and took the loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was DFA’d one day later.
Though predictable, Tepesch’s departure creates a hole on the depth chart at the Triple-A level. The Dodgers might seek to address that need externally in the coming days.
Yasiel Puig is examined by Dodgers medical director Stan Conte after Puig’s hamstring stiffened on him in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss to the Oakland A’s on Monday. (Associated Press photo)
OAKLAND — The Dodgers’ bullpen imploded again, and Yasiel Puig was injured, in a 5-4 loss to the Oakland A’s on Tuesday
. The box score is here
Telling Lorenzo Bundy he was no longer the Dodgers’ third base coach wasn’t easy for Don Mattingly.
Despite off-days next Monday and Thursday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he will keep his starting pitchers in turn for the two-game series in Oakland next Tuesday and Wednesday.
That means Clayton Kershaw will take Tuesday’s start and Mat Latos will pitch Wednesday.
Looking ahead, the Dodgers will host the San Francisco Giants from Aug. 31 to September 2. Right now, if no pitcher skips his turn in the rotation, Kershaw and Zack Greinke will miss that series entirely.
“We haven’t set it yet,” Mattingly said of his rotation for the Giants series. “We’re just talking about it.”
Carl Crawford is the Dodgers’ de facto fourth outfielder, and also the highest-paid outfielder on the team. (Getty Images)
Sonny Gray dealt the Dodgers their third straight loss, though they remained a half-game up on the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The photo gallery is here.
The Dodgers’ fourth outfielder has two years and $43,464,000 remaining on his contract after this season.
Third base coach Tim Wallach discussed the strengths (Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson, Jimmy Rollins) and limitations (sometimes they lose double plays to The Shift) of the Dodgers’ defense with colleague Mark Whicker.
MESA, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw survived a scary incident in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Oakland A’s. His postgame comments are above. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said “it obviously scared all of us a little bit, but once we get out there you could tell he wasn’t totally” hurt. You can view/hear his comments here.
The starting pitching matchup between Kershaw and Oakland A’s ace Sonny Gray was predictably well pitched. J.P. Howell, Adam Liberatore and David Aardsma all pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
And this is why spring training wins, losses and ties mean little. Blake Smith, an outfielder-turned-pitcher who finished last year at Double-A, was sent out for the ninth inning to protect a 2-1 lead. He did not. The A’s loaded the bases and won the game 3-2 on a two-out RBI single (after a nice double play turned by first baseman Cody Bellinger).
For the record, the Dodgers’ Cactus League record is 8-4-6. The box score is here.
Some more observations from the Dodgers’ first game of the day (the split-squad game in San Antonio begins at 5 p.m.):