LOS ANGELES — The first-place Dodgers on Tuesday tied a major league record with their 27th different player to be placed on the disabled list in 2016. That is Scott Kazmir, but he’s not the only starting pitcher being put on the shelf.
Brett Anderson was also placed on the 15-day DL with a blister on his left index finger. He made just two starts after missing over four months after back surgery in spring training.
"In talking with Brett, and just seeing the blister, and what makes him most effective, the blister only affects the slider,” manager Dave Roberts said. “His back is good.”
Anderson was originally scheduled to start on Thursday against the Giants.
Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list with neck inflammation, after meeting with team doctors earlier on Tuesday, and echoing his postgame comments after Monday’s short start in Cincinnati.
In addition to Anderson and Kazmir, pitcher Josh Fields was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, with Luis Avilan and Ross Stripling recalled from Oklahoma City, plus the previously-announced move of Charlie Culberson up from the minors as well.
This puts TBD into overdrive in the Dodgers starting rotation, which collectively has a 6.45 ERA in August.
Rich Hill will be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Giants, but beyond that nothing has been announced.
Stripling is the logical choice for Thursday, and Roberts said Tuesday that Bud Norris remains in the rotation, even after his bullpen appearance on Monday. Norris makes the most sense on Friday against the Cubs.
Julio Urias, who pitched six scoreless innings on Sunday in Cincinnati, is in limbo, with Roberts before Tuesday’s game not committing to when the 20-year-old let-hander might pitch next.
“With Julio, we haven't made a decision,” Roberts said. “He's doing great.”
Kazmir might have slotted in on Saturday against the Cubs, which just happens to line up with when Jose De Leon is scheduled to start next for Oklahoma City. De Leon allowed just one hit and no runs in seven innings in Triple-A on Monday, striking out 10.
But that is still four days from now. Who knows what the roster might look like that far out?