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Podcast episode 1813: Dodgers pitching updates, and the trade deadline

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In what seems like a weekly effort on the podcast, Jacob and Eric devote time to chronicling the various injuries on the Dodgers pitching staff, with the last eight days especially active.

Since our last record the Dodgers activated two starting pitchers — Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill — from the disabled list, and lost Walker Buehler to a rib microfracture. Clayton Kershaw is getting ever closer to returning, and Hyun-jin Ryu even has plans for a bullpen session soon.

Pedro Baez also hit the DL in the last week, and Tony Cingrani suffered a setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury, two of 16 different Dodgers to spend time on the DL in 2018.

Naturally, that leads into discussion of what pitchers the Dodgers might acquire before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, with trade season unofficially opened this week with the Kelvin Herrera trade, though not to the Dodgers.

We also talked about the various trips to and from the minors this season by Brock Stewart and Breyvic Valera, who provide two lessons into how minor league options actually work. That, and the Dodgers’ recent winning ways and just how many teams they are competing with for the National League West crown.

NOTE: This was recorded last week but we had to work out some audio issues before posting.

If you have any questions for future podcasts, please send them to tblapodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch.

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