Maeda allowed a home run and a double to his first three batters faced in the second inning, snapping a scoreless streak of 15⅔ innings. After the double Dodgers trainer Neil Rampe and manager Dave Roberts came to the mound, though Maeda convinced them to let him remain in the game.
Maeda threw two warmup pitches before continuing, and didn’t look happy after the first one, even muttering something afterward. But he stayed in and struck out pitcher Jake Arrieta on three pitches. That ended Maeda’s night though as Rampe and Roberts returned and lifted him from the game.
“We’re going to get an MRI tomorrow. It looks like a potential DL situation,” Roberts said, as seen on SportsNet LA. “Nothing too severe, but enough to potentially miss a start.”
Three Dodgers pitchers — Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu and Rich Hill — are already on the disabled list, though Kershaw is expected to return to start on Thursday in the series finale.
Maeda has a 3.61 ERA this season in 11 games, including 10 starts, with a team-leading 68 strikeouts and 18 walks in 52⅓ innings. He has been on the disabled list one time in his career, though that was more of a roster maneuver than anything else in May 2017.