The Dodgers host the Angels in the middle game of the Freeway Series, looking to snap a pair of streaks. The Dodgers have lost five straight home games, while the Angels have won 10 consecutive road games. But at the Dodgers facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, a pair of pitchers continue to rehab though both are far off the radar.
Blake Hawksworth has resumed throwing, but has had various maladies that have set him back. Hawksworth had arthroscopic surgery in January to clean out scar tissue in his right elbow, then required a second surgery in January after his elbow became infected. Manager Don Mattingly said there is no timetable for his return.
"It's been such a long process for Blake. Every time he starts moving forward, he ends up with a neck thing or a shoulder," Mattingly said. "When this originally happened we were talking about him at the end of spring training. It's just been setback after setback."
Rubby De La Rosa is also at Camelback Ranch, recovering from Tommy John surgery last July. De La Rosa could return to pitching off a mound soon after the All-Star break, but there is virtually no chance he starts a game for the Dodgers this season. If anything De La Rosa will be a September callup to the bullpen, but even that is not a sure thing.
"I know there are thoughts of him getting back and pitching this year, but I'm not quite sure that's realistic for him pitching here, getting back to this level," Mattingly said. "History tells you it takes 16-18 months. It's not 12 months. Guys may be throwing, but they're not really back."
Weight Off His Shoulder?
Andre Ethier signed his five-year, $85 million contract extension on Tuesday, but the more pressing need for Ethier is to snap out of his slump, which has seen him go 5-for-43 (.116/.191/.233) in 11 games since Matt Kemp went on the disabled list. Now that pending free agency is off the table, might Ethier be able to relax a little more at the plate?
Mattingly doesn't think the contract was a distraction.
"I talked to him last night a little bit about it, to make sure this thing hadn't been bothering him," Mattingly said. "(Ethier said) it's been going on the whole time and it hasn't bothered him. He said he felt right, just struggling with his swing."
Stanley Cup At Chavez Ravine
The Los Angeles Kings will be at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, and they will bring the Stanley Cup with them. Members of the Kings will pose for a team picture with both the Dodgers and Angels, and then those yet unnamed players will throw out ceremonial first pitches before the game.
Juan Uribe is starting his first game in exactly a month. Mattingly hopes that regular playing time and being fully healthy will help Uribe improve upon his season that has seen him hit just .250/.310/.338 with one home run in 26 games.
"Hopefully we'll get back a little bit more of a dangerous bat, and Juan we feel like is our best defender at third base," Mattingly said. "Hopefully we'll get back to a little more consistency with him in there. His at-bats have been really competitive this year. We feel like he's been swinging the bat better."
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: KCAL, MLB Network, Fox Sports West