LOS ANGELES —— The Dodgers will attempt to end a successful home stand with a win today. They enter today with a 24-9 record in day games, 15-3 record on Sundays and a 26-11 record in the last game of a series.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is returning from his 10-day injured list stay to pitch on his favorite mound in the majors. In the last two seasons, Ryu has a 1.01 ERA at Dodger Stadium, the best of all starting pitchers with more than 10 starts in the last two seasons at his home stadium.
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When asked what it meant to have Ryu back with the team, manager Dave Roberts said he was excited.
“He’ s been a stalwart for us, so consistent, fortunately it was something really minor, so to get him back healthy, give us a good start, get him back in his rhythm.”
Dodgers option right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler, activate Hyun-Jin Ryu
With Ryu starting today, the Dodgers had to make a corresponding move and the Dodgers optioned right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler to Oklahoma City.
Sadler had pitched in nine games since his arrival on July 15th, he was 2-0 and had pitched a total of 12⅓ innings and given up one run and seven hits. He had struck out eight and walked four. He last pitched on Wednesday August 7th against the Cardinals and was credited with the win in the Russell Martin walk-off hit game.
“It was strictly a numbers issue,” Roberts said this morning, “it certainly wasn’t performance and we couldn’t be more pleased with what Casey has done for us and given us. So it’s one of those things where he is an optionable player and we wanted to get a look at some other guys. But he’ll be back, he’ll back soon.”
Manager Dave Roberts gave updates on several Dodgers and their status.
There are no specific plans yet for Ross Stripling. “Everyday getting a little bit better but where’s he at, when’s his timetable to come back, that kind of remains to be seen still,” Roberts said, “he still needs to throw a pen, get out on rehab, so I really am hesitant to give a timeline.”
Stripling is playing catch but he still needs to build up the arm and get back on the mound.
Rich Hill is not yet ready to throw a bullpen yet. Tomorrow, Monday, Hill will start throwing at 105 feet and Hill had thrown 90 feet on Saturday.
“[Hill] said he feels great,” Roberts said, “he’s bouncing back well, there’s no soreness, no pain, so Rich is in a good place,”
Kiké Hernández and Chris Taylor are taking live batting practice now. “So when they go out,” Roberts said, “it’s probably going to be sometime next week on a rehab and we’ll see where that leads but they’re both getting better each day, it’s encouraging.”
Jedd Gyorko continues his rehab at Oklahoma City. “Everyday, which is most important, he feels good coming out of games,” Roberts said, “he’s actually taking good at-bats so I would see him here... around a week or so he’ll be back with us.”
Alex Verdugo has not started any baseball activities yet. The team is being careful given it is his oblique. Current plan is for Verdugo to go to Camelback while the Dodgers are on their road trip.