Chris Hatcher went on the 60-day disabled list July 15 with a strained oblique muscle. (Getty Images)
Right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. Mattingly said Hatcher is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles from Oklahoma City to be examined before he’s activated.
Hatcher made his fifth rehab appearance Tuesday for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate and threw a scoreless inning. It was his first scoreless inning since August 3, following three straight appearances in which he allowed a run.
Since his rehab began, Hatcher has allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings with Oklahoma City, and two runs in three innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He was originally shut down because of a strained oblique muscle.
In 27 appearances with the Dodgers this season, Hatcher has a 6.38 earned-run average.
Carlos Frias is 4-5 with a 4.54 earned-run average as a starter for the Dodgers this season. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias, on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right lower back area, will start a game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga during the All-Star break, Don Mattingly said Saturday. He wasn’t sure whether it would be Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Frias is expected to throw a 40-pitch live BP session to hitters at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday. He is eligible to return from the DL as soon as the Dodgers return from the break Friday in Washington, D.C.
In the meantime, the Dodgers must decide whether Frias returns to the rotation or goes to the bullpen once healthy. He’s done both in his brief major league career.
Frias allowed a total of seven runs in his first four starts (a 2.82 earned-run average) this season, then allowed 27 earned runs in his next eight (a 5.40 ERA) before he was hurt.
The annual Single-A All-Star Game between the California and Carolina Leagues is tonight at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga. Former Dodgers third baseman Ron Cey will be there as an honorary manager. So will the Dodgers’ 1988 World Series Trophy. Dodgers prospects Cody Bellinger (1B) and Brandon Trinkwon (2B) will start on the right side of the infield.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7:35 p.m. You can find more information about the game here.
Brandon Beachy‘s long-awaited return to the mound finally arrived. The right-hander started and pitched 1 ⅔ innings Tuesday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, his first rehab game since undergoing a second Tommy John surgery last spring.
Beachy allowed one walk and struck out one of the six batters he faced. This was the first day of 30 he will have to complete the minor-league rehab assignment. He’s expected to use all 30 days.
Brandon League also appeared in the game, his first back-to-back appearances since beginning his rehab from a spring shoulder injury. League allowed one hit and struck out one batter in a scoreless third inning.
Beachy will probably remain at Single-A for now, while League is expected to join Triple-A Oklahoma City before returning to the Dodgers in a week.
Brandon Beachy will make his first minor league rehab appearance tonight with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, a 7 p.m. home game against the High Desert Mavericks. (Getty Images)
Brandon Beachy will begin his long-awaited minor league rehabilitation assignment tonight with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Beachy, whom the Dodgers signed to a one-year deal with an option for 2016 in February, hasn’t pitched in a competitive major-league game since 2013. His career was derailed by two Tommy John surgeries, but at age 28 is nearing a return to the majors.
Beachy’s rehab assignment can last 30 days from start to finish, unless he has a setback that requires him to take some time off. Thirty days from now projects to a return just after the All-Star break. The Dodgers begin the second half with a road trip to Washington, Atlanta and New York starting July 17.
Who knows what the Dodgers’ rotation will look like by then. Beachy has a 3.23 ERA in 46 career starts, all with the Atlanta Braves from 2010-13.
Dodgers pitcher Brandon League (shoulder) is expected to make a relief appearance in the game for Rancho Cucamonga as well.
Update (1:40 p.m.): Beachy will start and pitch two innings.