The Dodgers open up a three-game series in Cincinnati tonight, with Hiroki Kuroda facing Bronson Arroyo in the first game of a 10-game road trip for the Dodgers. The Dodgers are expected to activate relief pitcher Vicente Padilla but the DL tally will remain at eight, as Jon Garland will likely head the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Tony Jackson of ESPN LA and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com have more details.
This would be the second trip to the disabled list for Garland this season, and the 17th overall trip for the Dodgers, who have had 13 different players on the DL. What this means for the Dodgers, in the immediate future, is that Rubby De La Rosa will likely make his first major league start on Tuesday in Philadelphia, though it is unknown what, if any, pitch count limit he will be on.
De La Rosa was called up on May 24, and has pitched five innings in three relief appearances since. His final start in Double A was cut short as part of a planned rest for his arm, a regular practice for the Dodgers' top pitching prospects. De La Rosa's last "full" start was on May 15, but that happened to be by far his worst start of the season, as he walked seven and allowed seven runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings.
Jay Bruce is coming off a heck of a May, during which he hit .342/.402/.739 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 28 games. I saw his month compared to Eric Davis, who had 12 home runs and 36 RBI in just 22 games in May 1987. Of course, Davis also added 11 stolen bases that month, one of the great months by one of the greatest power-speed players in history. Looking back on Davis's career, he really had some amazing numbers.
In fact, over a 162-game stretch (for Davis) from June 18, 1986 to July 10, 1987, Davis hit .306/.405/.629 with 49 home runs and 93 stolen bases. Amazing.
Game Time: 4:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket