Do you want the good news, or the bad news first? Despite the unbalance in today’s Dodgers news, I prefer to focus on the positives, so let’s go with the good news first.
Joc Pederson is back! Today the Dodgers activated young Joc, so he’s eligible to play in tonight’s opener against the Washington Nationals. Pederson showed that he’s ready for the diamond by going 5 for 8, with four walks and only one K, in his rehab assignment with Rancho Cucamonga.
Now for the not so good news.. the Dodgers doubled down on the disabled list by adding Casey Fien and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Both are listed as suffering from elbow tendonitis.
Fien had started out pretty well, posting 16 K’s and an ERA of 1.96, but since the beginning of July, his outings have been increasingly worse. He’s allowed six runs, four of them of the home run variety, in only 3 1/3 innings. That sore elbow probably explains Fien’s recent showings.
Ryu was the scheduled starter tomorrow night against the Nationals, so this one is definitely raining on the Dodgers’ big blue parade. Bud Norris is expected to get the start in Ryu’s place.
In furtherance of the bad news rain, Clayton Kershaw‘s remarkable return from a herniated disc is suddenly not so. Kershaw threw a simulated game this weekend, and afterward reported he “didn’t feel great”. Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts is calling Kershaw’s return “uncertain”. Yikes!
Finally, just for s and giggles, Corey Seager returned to the team hotel today with a stomach virus. Hope that “s” isn’t too literal, Corey.