LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers starter Yu Darvish was placed on the disabled list, still dealing with back tightness that caused him to leave his start on Wednesday after six innings, manager Dave Roberts told reporters before Saturday’s game against the Tigers.
Darvish allowed three runs in six innings on Wednesday against the White Sox, then went out to warm up to pitch the seventh. But before the inning began, Roberts and trainer Nate Lucero went to the mound, and Darvish was removed.
After the game, Roberts said the move was precautionary. With a huge lead over every other team in baseball, the Dodgers have ample room to exercise caution.
The Dodgers may skip Yu Darvish's start in Pittsburgh. Still dealing with tightness in his back.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 19, 2017
#Dodgers are going to skip Darvish's next start and Dave Roberts said Edward Paredes is on the way to Detroit.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) August 19, 2017
Roberts told me Darvish is going on the 10-day DL. Not a serious back issue. Darvish wants to pitch. He'll start Sun at home vs. #Brewers— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 19, 2017
Darvish is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts since joining the Dodgers, with 22 strikeouts and four walks in 18 innings.
The DL move is retroactive to Thursday, meaning Sunday, Aug. 27 is the earliest date Darvish could return.
#Dodgers Farhan Zaidi on Darvish to DL: "He could potentially go out there and he certainly feels he could. But in our situation ...— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 19, 2017
it’s important for us to feel that he’s 100 percent. To err on the side of caution with an injury that’s relatively minor still makes sense"— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 19, 2017
Darvish statement on DL trip. Definitely encouraging. pic.twitter.com/2gOZq1DSWg— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 19, 2017
Edward Paredes made his major league debut on July 24. The 30-year-old left-hander pitched 2⅓ scoreless innings in his two appearances with the big club.
Brock Stewart is currently slotted to start Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, and is the obvious candidate to start in place of Darvish either Monday or Tuesdayagainst the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Left-hander Grant Dayton, on the DL for the second time this season with a neck strain, was set to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday night, but walked off the mound while warming up.
Rehabbing lefty Grant Dayton suffers an injury while taking his warmup pitches to start the game--replaced by Scott Barlow @TulsaDrillers— Barry Lewis (@BarryLewisTW) August 19, 2017
This injury is new.
Grant Dayton felt discomfort in his elbow while warming up last night. Flown back to LA for further testing.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 19, 2017