Dodgers relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez will have arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow on Thursday in Los Angeles, and is out until September at the earliest, the team announced on Saturday before their game against the Marlins.
Rodriguez, on the disabled list since May 31 with bone spurs in his elbow, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances on a minor league rehab assignment between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
But after experiencing symptoms in his elbow during the rehab assignment, Rodriguez flew back to Los Angeles to meet with Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Rodriguez will have surgery to remove loose bodies in his left elbow on Thursday, and his return is expected to be in 8-10 weeks.
Rodriguez has a 2.61 ERA in 18 appearances with the Dodgers this season, with eight strikeouts and three walks in 10⅓ innings. He last pitched for the Dodgers on May 29. His final rehab appearance was Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
He was one of five Dodgers pitchers during rehabapalooza last weekend with Oklahoma City, with starter Brandon Beachy and four relievers. Joel Peralta and Pedro Baez have been activated by the Dodgers in the last week, and Brandon League continues his rehab assignment, scheduled to pitch both Saturday and Monday with Oklahoma City in Nashville.
That will push League to 10 minor league appearances in his rehab assignment, which began on June 7. The 30-day rehab clock, which can be reset if there is some sort of a setback, means the Dodgers will have to add League back to the active roster by July 7 barring a setback.
Puig out again
Yasiel Puig is out of the lineup for a fourth straight game for the Dodgers, still dealing with the popped blister on his left hand. Puig pinch hit and played the final two innings in right field on Friday night, and is available to do so again on Saturday. Manager Don Mattingly expects Puig to start on Sunday, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Andre Ethier gets the start in right field on Saturday, with Kiké Hernandez in left.
Miami suffered a setback with Giancarlo Stanton suffering a fracture of the hamate bone in the left wrist, and placed him on the 15-day disabled list. Cole Gillespie was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, as was old friend Miguel Rojas, with Donovan Solano optioned to New Orleans.
Rojas starts at third base, batting eighth on Saturday. He started in eight different Clayton Kershaw starts with the Dodgers in 2014. Ichiro Suzuki starts in right field in place of Stanton.