Thursday was a costly day for the Dodgers, with nine relievers used to pitch nine innings in a win in Pittsburgh. The fallout came on Friday, with starter Dennis Santana placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain, and a pair of fresh arms called up for bullpen coverage.
Santana was scratched from his Thursday start against the Pirates just minutes before game time. He was originally diagnosed with a strained lat, which was confirmed by an MRI per Dave Roberts on Friday.
Adam Liberatore and Pat Venditte were recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and Brock Stewart was optioned after pitching back-to-back days for the first time this season.
Three different Dodgers relievers — Scott Alexander, Daniel Hudson and Josh Fields — pitched the last three days, making them unavailable on Friday, necessitating the need for reinforcements.
Those aren’t the only help on the way, either. Enter Daniel Corcino, who going to start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, but not now.
Daniel Corsino is playing catch in the outfield. Being taxi squad today and activated tomorrow, probable.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 9, 2018
There are only three starting pitchers on the Dodgers’ roster — Walker Buehler, Alex Wood and Ross Stripling — and they are all pitching this weekend against the Braves. They need a starter for Tuesday’s game, at least, and with Stewart and Caleb Ferguson getting optioned in the last two days neither one can be recalled within 10 days unless replacing someone on the disabled list.
In other words, Tuesday’s starter is up in the air.
The closest in-house candidate to returning appears to be Kenta Maeda, who is sidelined with a strained hip but last pitched on May 29.
Maeda could return next week. Aggressive bullpen today.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 8, 2018
Matt Kemp homered three times on the road trip, and with 192 home runs with the Dodgers is tied with Carl Furillo for the seventh-most home runs in franchise history.
Justin Turner is out of the lineup again — the third time in four days — dealing with left wrist soreness.
Roberts expects Justin Turner to be in starting lineup Sunday. Soreness in left wrist is the “new normal” right now. Available to pinch-hit today & tomorrow.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 8, 2018
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
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