LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Jose De Leon has been temporarily removed from the Triple-A Oklahoma City rotation, dealing with general arm soreness after his 2016 debut.
De Leon began the season in extended spring training, partly to limit his total innings in 2016 and also to bulk up in preparation for the season. He prepared quite well for his May 3 debut with OKC, striking out nine in five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk and throwing 88 pitches.
But after the start the right-hander felt general arm soreness, so as a precaution the club is giving him extra few days to recover. It is unknown when exactly he will reenter the Oklahoma City starting rotation.
De Leon, 23, had a 2.99 ERA in 23 starts between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa in 2015, and led all Dodgers minor leaguers with 163 strikeouts in 114⅓ innings. He entered the season as the third-best Dodgers prospect, and was ranked as high as the 23rd-best prospect (by Baseball America) among baseball by national prospect experts.
Now, on to the Dodgers minor leaguers on the field on Monday.
Player of the day
Alex Verdugo, the Dodgers' second-round pick in 2014, had two home runs and seven RBI for Double-A Tulsa. He hit a two-run home run in the first inning, a grand slam in the second inning, then drove in a run with a single in the fourth. Verdugo ended up 3-for-4, and was left on deck in the top of the ninth inning, just missing a fifth at-bat.
Verdugo entered Monday hitting .262/.307/.364, and ended the day hitting .279/.322/.432.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Julio Urias provided yet another excellent performance with six scoreless innings at Colorado Springs, but after he left OKC blew a 3-0 lead in a 7-3 loss to the Sky Sox (Brewers). Colorado Springs scored seven runs in the seventh inning, all off Lisalverto Bonilla and Luis Avilan.
Then OKC lost its collective cool, with outfielder Jose Tabata, catcher Austin Barnes and manager Bill Haselman all getting ejected.
Elian Herrera doubled and walked twice in the loss, and Barnes had two hits.
With seven RBI Verdugo had to drive in somebody, and the two table setters made a huge difference in the Drillers' 10-0 win over Springfield (Cardinals). Leadoff man Andrew Toles also homered, and was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Brandon Trinkwon was 2-for-4 with a walk and scored three times while batting second.
Scott Barlow was the beneficiary though he didn't need much help, throwing six scoreless inning with four strikeouts.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes were off on Monday, but return home to open a quick three-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros).
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons' scheduled game at the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres) was rained out, and will be made up Tuesday with a doubleheader, a pair of seven-inning games.
Double-A: Struggling starter Chris Anderson, with 27 walks in 28 innings this season, was placed on the seven-day disabled list, with pitcher Felipe Gonzalez activated by the Drillers. ... Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga placed catcher Spencer Navin on the seven-day DL, and Garrett Kennedy was promoted from Great Lakes to take his place. The Loons added catcher Jake Henson from extended spring training.
J.D. Underwood, the Dodgers fifth-round pick in 2013, who put up a 2.63 ERA in 37 relief appearances for Great Lakes, has yet to pitch this season. The 23-year-old right-hander is on the restricted list with the Loons for now, as he deals with what the organization says are personal issues. As of now, there is no clear timetable for his return.
Great Lakes at Fort Wayne, ppd.
3:05 p.m. PT - Doubleheader: Great Lakes (Dennis Santana, Victor Gonzalez) at Fort Wayne (Walker Lockett, Austin Smith)
5:05 p.m. - Springfield (Mike Mayers) at Tulsa (Chase De Jong)
5:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Zach Lee) at Round Rock [Rangers] (Michael Roth)
7:05 p.m. - Lancaster (Rogelio Armenteros) at Rancho Cucamonga (Grant Holmes)