The Dodgers are coming off a thumping of the Rockies last night, but for a game with such a lopsided score, there was a decent amount of news that came from it.
The main piece of news that came out of the game was Joc Pederson’s injury. He crashed into the short wall in right field and was in visible pain. Luckily, he basically had the wind knocked out of him. Dave Roberts said last night that he’d get the night off, and he’s getting just that.
The other bit of news was Kenta Maeda’s shift to the bullpen. He converted a four-inning save after Walker Buehler — who struggled — left the game after five innings of five-run ball. This is becoming a yearly tradition for Maeda. If it’s going to continue being so, the Dodgers would be right to renegotiate or put a new clause into his deal that allows him to potential make up for any lost incentive money that is contained within his ridiculous contract.
Looking ahead, the Dodgers are set to bring Austin Barnes up on Friday. He’ll play the role of third catcher, pinch-hitter/runner and maybe even backup backup backup backup second baseman.
Here’s some more news from the beat.
Dustin May will face hitters tomorrow, then his role will be determined. Feeling well enough after being hit by liner that he’s taking batting practice.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 3, 2019
After that scary liner he took off the head in Phoenix, Dustin May appears to be OK and should be back to pitching very soon.
Dave Roberts said Kyle Garlick and Edwin Rios will not get called up.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 3, 2019
This is the strangest bit of news from today. Both Kyle Garlick and Edwin Ríos have produced (at least one some level) for the club this season. The fact that they’re not being rewarded with a September call-up is odd. The only thing I can think is the Dodgers don’t want too many bodies in the dugout and/or clubhouse. Let’s face it, neither Garlick nor Ríos are going to make the postseason roster and they probably wouldn’t get a ton of playing time this month. Conversely, it’d be nice for them to be able to get some more time around big leaguers to get even more familiar with the way things work. I mean, the Dodgers were probably going to promote Gavin Lux in non-playing role for the month before Max Muncy fractured his wrist.
Garlick and Ríos join J.T. Chargois, Dennis Santana and Jaime Schultz as the only other players on the 40-man roster who won’t see LA in September. Keibert Ruiz is out for the season with a broken finger and Yadier Alvarez was placed on the restricted list yesterday.
Oh, and speaking of Lux, the young man is hitting leadoff for the Dodgers after hitting eighth in his debut last night. No pressure, kid.