By Jon Weisman
The starting left side of the infield is now on the disabled list, alongside five other Dodgers, with Juan Uribe landing there today with a right hamstring strain suffered in Friday’s game.
Dodger manager Don Mattingly told reporters that the team was taking the cautious approach with Uribe, hoping to prevent what happened earlier this season, when he seemed ready to come back within a week but then aggravated the injury and missed more than a month’s worth of games.
Mattingly did say he believe Hanley Ramirez would be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible on August 24. And Adrian Gonzalez, who left Friday’s game with slight back stiffness, was ready to go today.
Carlos Triunfel has been called up to take Uribe’s roster spot. Triunfel has a .568 OPS with Albuquerque this year along with a single, a walk and a home run in 15 plate appearances with the Dodgers this season.
By Jon Weisman
Some Dodgers have taken on the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, to fight what’s commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Having donated money and my 1985 Scirocco to the ALS Association myself in the past, I’m happy to see it.
Above: Dee Gordon. Below: Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.
By Jon Weisman
For the second time in three nights, the Dodgers might have lost more than a lead and a game. After Hyun-Jin Ryu was hurt in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss at Atlanta, Ryu’s pal Juan Uribe had to leave tonight’s 6-3 defeat against Milwaukee with tightness in his right hamstring — in the same area that caused him to miss 34 games earlier this year, as Ken Gurnick of MLB.com notes. For now, Uribe is listed as day to day.
In the past two weeks, Ryu, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm, Chris Perez and Paco Rodriguez have gone on the disabled list.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 15, 2014
By Jon Weisman
Hyun-Jin Ryu will miss more than his next start due to the right gluteus muscle strain he suffered Wednesday. He has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Thursday), with the Dodgers recalling Pedro Baez for the fourth time this year.
Kevin Correia will take Ryu’s turn in the rotation beginning Tuesday against San Diego.
This is the second trip to the DL this year for Ryu, who was sidelined for 3 1/2 weeks with shoulder inflammation from April 28-May 20. Ryu had a 3.39 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings since being activated the last time, nearly three months ago. His overall ERA in 2014 is 3.28.
Ryu will be eligible to come off the DL on August 29, three days before rosters expand, though it’s unclear if he’ll be ready at that time. Don Mattingly told reporters today that the medical staff hadn’t seen a lot of this type of injury before.
Ryu’s MRI showed a Grade 1-2 strain of the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles of his right posterior hip area, muscles that help stabilize the hip and leg during the throwing motion, according to the Dodgers’ public relations department. Ryu will be reevaluated in a few days to determine his progression.
Baez most recently pitched for the Dodgers on August 7 and August 9, throwing shutout innings each time. He hasn’t pitched for Triple-A Albuquerque since he was optioned Monday.
By Yvonne Carrasco
Yasiel Puig was one of five Cuban-born All-Star players, the most in 40 years, at this summer’s midsummer classic in Minneapolis.
Puig, along with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman, Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez were thrilled to represent Cuba in this year’s All-Star game, and while Puig wishes he would have played more like himself in Minneapolis, he appreciated the chance to spend time with his MLB Cuban brothers.
His next opportunity to showcase his Cuban pride comes Sunday, when the Dodgers will celebrate Cuban Heritage Day at Viva Los Dodgers. Puig is set to make a special appearance from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
By Cary Osborne
With three weeks left in the minor league season, the Dodgers want to get a look at 2014 first-rounder Grant Holmes at a higher level. He was one of a group of minor league pitchers to receive a promotion this week.
Great Lakes Loons (Low-A)
Thus far: 59-63 overall; 25-27, seven games out of first place in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division second-half standings
Pitchers John Richy (5.71 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 17 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings) and Jose De Leon (2.65 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 77 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings) received promotions from Rookie League Ogden this week.
Richy, the Dodgers’ 2014 third-round pick, had consecutive outings of three innings with one earned run, no walks and three strikeouts before receiving his callup.
Right-hander Zachary Bird has been a victim of the deceptive win-loss stat. He is 5-14 and leads the Midwest League in losses. Six of those losses have come in games in which he has pitched at least five innings and allowed two runs or less. The Dodgers’ No. 16 prospect has had some bumps in the road this season, especially early on, but at times he has been extremely effective. Heading into Tuesday’s action, he had his season ERA down to a season-low 3.93 before allowing six earned runs in one-third of an inning. It’s now at 4.44.
Another highly thought-of prospect, Jesmuel Valentin (No. 13 overall in the Dodger system), has been consistent for the Loons. The second baseman and 2012 first-rounder had a first-half slash line of .281/.349/.407 and in the second half is at .274/.347/.430. Valentin is 9 for his last 25 (.360).
Matt Kemp gives a winning performance in this promo spot (modeled after “The Indian and the Cupboard”) for the Matt Kemp Figurine giveaway, August 24 when the Dodgers host the Mets. The first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance will receive the item.
— Jon Weisman
The list of Dodger pitchers with at least 10 consecutive victories in one season includes seven who are either members of the Baseball Hall of Fame or winners of the Cy Young Award: Dazzy Vance, Don Newcombe, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Don Sutton, Orel Hershiser and Clayton Kershaw, who Saturday aims to tie the L.A. single-season record of 12 consecutive wins by Burt Hooton in 1975.
If Hooton seems out of place among the list of Dodger legends, so were the unusual circumstances surrounding his streak, including a personal warmup catcher as a security blanket and a visit to a hypnotist.
By Cary Osborne
Carl Erskine’s opportunities to see the Dodgers in person are rare, being that he is 88 years old and lives in Indiana. Still spry and sharp, however, the former Dodger pitching great, who twirled two no-hitters and was a member of Brooklyn’s only World Series championship team in 1955, does catch the Dodgers from time to time in nearby Cincinnati.
During the second week of June, the Dodgers played a four-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati, and Erskine made the trek to see the franchise he spent 12 years pitching for. (Charley Steiner interviewed him for SportsNet LA; you can see the clip here.) He was on the field at Great American Ballpark with family, including his adult son, Jimmy.
Erskine and his son watched the Dodgers take batting practice, and the former Dodger pitcher marveled as he watched Yasiel Puig take hacks in the cage.
Here’s a nice video compiling fan photos from the Vin Scully Talking Microphone giveaway at Dodger Stadium on July 29, the night the Dodger legend announced his return for 2014.
— Jon Weisman