Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Ramirez left the game against the San Francisco Giants after getting hit by a pitch on the top of his left hand. The team says X-rays on his hand were negative.
Impact: He was tended to by a team trainer and manager Don Mattingly for a couple of minutes before being replaced by Justin Turner. Ramirez entered the game hitting .291 with two home runs and seven RBIs.
News: Ramirez underwent X-rays after being pulled from Wednesday's game, which came back negative, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.
Impact: Ramirez left the game after taking a Ryan Vogelsong pitch off his left hand, and appeared to be in severe discomfort. Dodger fans and fantasy owners appear to have dodged a bullet however, as the X-rays didn't show any broken bones in the hand. He'll be considered day-to-day for the time being.
News: Ramirez left Wednesday's game against the Giants after being hit in the hand with a Ryan Vogelsong pitch in the seventh inning, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Ramirez was checked out by the Dodgers' medical staff immediately after being hit, and was lifted for a pinch runner shortly afterwards. He'll likely undergo X-rays, and manager Don Mattingly should have more information regarding his status following the game.
News: Kershaw threw breaking balls off flat ground Wednesday, and will throw another bullpen session Thursday, after which, he will be reevaluated, according to manager Don Mattingly, ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon reports.
Impact: Thursday's bullpen session will mark his third in as many days, and it seems like everything is starting to ramp up with regards to the Dodgers' ace. Results of Thursday's evaluation could be a key piece of information concerning a potential timetable for Kershaw's return to game action.
News: Billingsley's MRI on Wednesday revealed that he has some tendinitis in his elbow, but there is no problem with the ligament, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: He felt discomfort during a bullpen session Tuesday, but it doesn't sound like he'll need to go under the knife. However, the tendinitis will slow his progress, and it seems like a stretch to think he'll be pitching on a big league mound in May.
Chone Figgins - #18 - Left Field - 5'8" - 160lbs
News: Figgins has logged just five at-bats so far this season and has but a single.
Impact: With a hot Dee Gordon, there has been no need for Figgins to start a game this season. It's nearly impossible to see him having much value this year.
Brandon League - #43 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 215lbs
News: League surrendered the winning run in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Giants and now has a 6.75 ERA already this year.
Impact: And just when we thought it couldn't get any worse after last year's 5.30 mark. The Dodgers have better options in Triple-A, but none of those are owed nearly $14 million through next year, as is League.
News: Ethier will start in right field Wednesday and bat sixth, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup, and although Ethier is off to a bit of a slow start, he's not a bad option in daily leagues Wednesday.
News: Puig is out of the lineup Wednesday, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford will man the outfield in San Francisco. Puig was dealing with an injured thumb last week, so it's unclear if this off day is related, but nonetheless, make sure he's out of your lineups.
News: Kershaw (back) presumably came out of Tuesday's bullpen session in good shape, as he was spotted playing catch at 100 feet Wednesday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: He threw a bullpen session at close to full speed Tuesday, and it seems like his workouts are steadily increasing. There is no set timetable for Kershaw's return, but things are heading in the right direction.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Uribe had three hits Tuesday.
Impact: Uribe homered for the second straight game and has a 1.000 OPS.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Beckett pitched five scoreless innings Tuesday.
Impact: Beckett walked five so that's a concern heading into Sunday's matchup with the D-Backs.
News: Beckett allowed just two hits in five innings of shutout ball Tuesday against the Giants. He did walk five, however, while sitting down four in a no-decision.
Impact: The walks were not a welcome sight for owners of the former 20-game winner, but the two hits surrendered were a nice treat. Beckett, who has yet to pick up a decision in two starts this year, will bring his 4.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP back to the mound Sunday in a favorable matchup against the lowly 4-13 Diamondbacks.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated reliever Brian Wilson from the disabled list before the game Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants.
Impact: Wilson, who saved 171 games for the Giants between 2006-12, was 2-1 with an 0.66 ERA for the Dodgers last season.
News: Billingsley (elbow) felt discomfort during a bullpen session Tuesday and will travel to Los Angeles for an MRI, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Dodgers want to accurately gauge the severity of Billingsley's latest setback, so they'll send him for a dye-MRI on the elbow. Billingsley made it only 20 pitches in Tuesday's bullpen before the tightness/discomfort forced him off the hill.
Paco Rodriguez - #75 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
Impact: To make room on the active roster for Brian Wilson (elbow), the Dodgers decided to bump the 22-year-old Rodriguez. Rodriguez has given up two runs in his last four appearances, but has held opposing lefties to a .146/.234/.187 batting line in his young career and will likely be back up before too long. J.P. Howell will serve as the top southpaw out of the bullpen in the meantime.
News: Wilson (elbow) was activated from the DL on Tuesday.
Impact: Wilson was forced onto the disabled list with nerve irritation in his elbow after just two appearances, but started up with a rehab assignment shortly thereafter and will return after the minimum 15 days. Kenley Jansen is off to a somewhat shaky start to the season, and Wilson would likely be next in line for saves should anything happen to Jansen.
News: Crawford (oblique) is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Impact: After missing two games with tightness in his side, Crawford will return to the lineup to take on right-hander Tim Lincecum. The 32-year-old Crawford has gone 6-for-14 in his last three games, and is 3-for-7 with a triple in his career against Lincecum.
News: Kemp is out in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Impact: Kemp is just 9-for-46 (.196 average) in his career against Tim Lincecum, Tuesday's starter for San Francisco, so the Dodgers will sit him down for the second time in four games. The team will continue to be mindful of Kemp's workload, especially in the early going, as they have the outfield depth and don't need to push their luck with Kemp's ankle.
News: Kershaw (back) threw a bullpen session Tuesday "at close to full speed," according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Impact: Officially, Kershaw is still on his submaximal rehab program, but he evidently ramped up the intensity of his throwing Tuesday. The left-hander threw off a full mound for the first time since his injury Saturday, and while there is still no set timetable for his return to the majors, the team should have a much better idea of where Kershaw stands after a few more bullpens.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Impact: Gonzalez's three-run shot off Trevor Cahill (0-4) in the third inning gave him 10 RBIs in the series. He has 27 career home runs and 87 RBIs against the Diamondbacks, most among active players. Gonzalez, who also doubled, extended his hit streak to nine games and had an extra-base hit for the eighth consecutive contest, one shy of the franchise record. Ten of Gonzalez's 14 hits this season have gone for extra bases.
Alex Guerrero - #7 - Second Base - 5'10" - 204lbs
News: Guerrero was 3-for-4 with a double, home run, and three RBI on Sunday in his Triple-A debut.
Impact: Dee Gordon has been on fire as the Dodgers' regular second baseman, so Guerrero will spend this time focusing on his defense at second. The bat sure doesn't seem to need much work considering he also hit .300 this spring, but the strong start Sunday doesn't hurt as he builds up his case for a promotion.
News: Haren scuffled through 5.2 innings Sunday in a win over Arizona, allowing nine hits and three runs.
Impact: It wasn't pretty, but Haren is still now 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA. Despite yet another drop in velocity in the early going, Haren does have a 15:2 K:BB in 17.2 innings. His elite command and control should allow him to be successful despite having a fastball that rarely tops 90 mph.
News: Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with a double, home run, and three RBI Sunday against Arizona. He has now homered in four consecutive games.
Impact: Gonzalez has five homers on the year and is batting .280/.339/.680. His fifth homer last year came on May 25, so he's obviously off to a nice start. He may be in line to reach 30 home runs for the first time since 2010.
News: Beckett's next start will come Tuesday in San Francisco.
Impact: Beckett allowed four runs over four innings in his 2014 debut, so he'll obviously be looking for improvement the second time around.
News: Jansen worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing no hits and recording two strikeouts to pick up the save versus the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon.
Impact: Jansen is now 4-for-5 in his save opportunities here in the early going of 2014. The 26-year-old closer struggled in back-to-back days versus the Tigers earlier in the week, but bounced back to close out two games against Arizona over the weekend. Jansen has the ability to be one of the most dominant late-inning relievers in all of baseball and already has 13 punchouts through just seven frames this season.
News: Greinke won his third straight outing to open the season, limiting Arizona to just one run on a homer by A.J. Pollock over 5 1-3 innings on Saturday.
Impact: Greinke, who surrendered eight hits, also struck out eight batters for the second straight start to get out of some trouble.
News: Uribe was 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Uribe has been a nice surprise early on, hitting .367 through his first 12 games with seven doubles.
News: Gonzalez was 2 for 4 and homered for the third straight game Saturday against Arizona.
Impact: Gonzalez is hitting just .267, though he's also slugging .622.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wilson (elbow) says he'll be ready to come off the disabled list when he's eligible Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Wilson made five rehab outings during his stint on the DL, which were the "five outings I needed" according to the righty. There's still not much fantasy value to find here, as Kenley Jansen has a firm grip on the closer's role, but Wilson could see a few opportunities to earn some holds.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford is experiencing tightness in his side and will be out of the lineup for the second consecutive day Sunday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Crawford will get another day of rest to allow his soreness to clear up, giving Andre Either the chance to start in left field with Matt Kemp in center. The Dodgers have plenty of outfield depth, giving them no reason to rush Crawford back from this ailment.
Alex Guerrero - #7 - Second Base - 5'10" - 204lbs
News: Guerrero (ribs) has been activated by Triple-A Albuquerque, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Guerrero had been out on a rehab assignment but now joins Albuquerque, where he'll continue his education of second base.
News: Kershaw threw 15 pitches off a mound Saturday as part of his submaximal rehab program, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kershaw continues to throw at less than full speed, with Saturday's session marking the latest step in his rehabilitation process. He's expected to ramp things up after the third week of April.
Hyun-jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 254lbs
News: Ryu gave up two hits in seven dominant innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0 on Friday night.
Impact: Ryu (2-1, 2.57 ERA) struck out eight and walked one, retiring 18 of his last 19 batters. The only hits off the South Korean left-hander were a pair of singles by Miguel Montero. Ryu was tagged for eight runs and eight hits in two innings during his previous start, an 8-4 loss to San Francisco on April 4.
News: Ramirez was 3 for 4 with two doubles, drove in a run and scored three times in a 6-0 win over Arizona on Friday night.
Impact: The Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop is 12 for 27 (.444) with six doubles, two homers, five RBIs and six runs scored during a seven-game hit streak. He also has an OPS of 1.389 during that stretch.
News: Gonzalez had a season-high three hits and drove in five runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0 on Friday night.
Impact: Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy (0-2) in the first, doubled in two more in the third and had an RBI single in the eighth. The Dodgers first baseman is 9 for 28 (.321) with three homers and eight RBIs during a seven-game hit streak. He's batting .244 overall this season.
News: Gordon is out of the Dodgers' lineup Saturday in Arizona with lefty Wade Miley on the mound, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: In Gordon's place, Justin Turner will take on the keystone and hit seventh in the order. The rest day will mark Gordon's first of the season, which has been an overwhelming success so far. In 37 at-bats, he's posted a .405/.439/.541 line with one long ball, five RBI, four runs scored, five stolen bases, and a 2:5 BB:K.
News: Ethier isn't in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday at Arizona due to the Diamondbacks trotting out the left-handed Wade Miley, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Ethier has started each of the past four games versus right-handed starters, with merely one single, two RBI, one run, and a 2:5 BB:K ratio in 13 at-bats to show for his effort. In his absence, Matt Kemp will handle center field and bat second in the order.
News: Crawford is taking a seat Saturday at Arizona, who's sending out starter Wade Miley, a southpaw, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Out for the first time in five games, Crawford will rest on a three-game hitting streak, during which he's strafed to the tune of a .429 average (6-for-14) with three doubles, one RBI, one run scored, two stolen bases, and a 2:2 BB:K. Meanwhile, he'll hand left field to Scott Van Slyke, who is batting fifth in the Dodgers' lineup.
News: Gonzalez had a big night Friday, going 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI in a 6-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Make it back-to-back games with a homer for Gonzalez, as the Dodgers' All-Star first baseman appears to be ready to kick things into gear after his first multi-hit effort of the season.
Hyun-Jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 254lbs
News: Ryu pitched an outstanding seven shutout innings Friday, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out eight against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Ryu needed a bounce-back effort and certainly got one. The 27-year-old southpaw is now 2-1 with a solid 2.57 ERA over his first four starts of 2014.
News: Kemp is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Yasiel Puig (thumb) has been cleared to return to the lineup, so Andre Ethier will move to center and Kemp will sit after starting five straight games. It seems the Dodgers are being mindful not to push Kemp too hard, too soon and risk a setback with his ankle. They likely will continue to play it safe for the next couple weeks at least.
News: Puig (thumb) is back in the starting lineup Friday night against the D-Backs.
Impact: With Puig's return to the lineup, Matt Kemp is taking a seat while Andre Ethier is moving over to play center field. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Puig appears to have more issues with the thumb catching the ball rather than hitting.
Jamey Wright - #28 - Pitcher - 6'6" - 240lbs
News: Wright has allowed one run in 3.1 innings with a 3:3 K:BB.
Impact: Wright's roster status could be at risk at some point, as the Dodgers are overloaded with quality relievers.
J.P. Howell - #56 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 185lbs
News: Howell has yet to allow a run in 5.2 innings this season.
Impact: Howell has a pair of holds, but outside very deep fantasy leagues and sim leagues, his value is negligible.
News: Ramirez is off to a decent start, batting .263/.349/.526 with a pair of home runs and steals through 10 games.
Impact: A healthy Ramirez could approach 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases, giving him first-round value in both leagues.
Paco Rodriguez - #75 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Rodriguez has allowed one run over 4.2 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
Impact: There was some thought that a roster crunch would result in Rodriguez opening in Triple-A. It will be interesting to see what happens when Brian Wilson (elbow) returns next week. The Dodgers are already carrying 12 pitchers, so someone will have to go.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon collected three more hits and stole another base in Wednesday's 7-6, 10-inning loss to Detroit.
Impact: Gordon is now hitting a whopping .394 with four steals. He has been one of this season's biggest surprises thus far.
News: Gonzalez hit his second home run of the season Wednesday.
Impact: The solo home run came in the ninth inning. Despite the home run, Gonzalez is off to a slow start this season hitting only .189 on the year and has one fewer RBI than Dee Gordon. While the slow start is concerning, Gonzalez has already matched his home run total from last April. Gonzalez is entrenched in the middle of the Dodgers line up despite his early struggles.
News: Crawford went 2-for-5 with a steal against the Tigers on Wednesday.
Impact: The base Crawford stole was home and his fourth on the season -- he swiped just 15 all of last year. In a crowded Dodgers outfield, Crawford has started all but one game in April.
News: Gordon want 3-for-5 with a stolen base against the Tigers on Wednesday.
Impact: Gordon is hitting .394 for the season. While Justin Turner Is still lurking, Gordon has been playing considerably more than Turner and will continue to do so as long as he hits.
News: Baxter has cleared waivers and will be outrighted to Triple-A Alburquerque.
Impact: Baxter was hitless in eight plate appearances so far in 2014, and didn't stand to see much time in a crowded Dodger outfield. He didn't gather much interest on the waiver wire, so Baxter will now provide organizational depth for the Dodgers at the minor league level.
Drew Butera - #31 - Catcher - 6'1" - 201lbs
News: Butera has just three at-bats so far this season, though he may end up playing a couple times a week over the next month while A.J. Ellis (knee) is sidelined.
Impact: Butera is not relevant as a fantasy option, as he's just a .180 career hitter over 500 at-bats.
News: Wilson (elbow) appears to be still in line for an April 15 return after tossing batting practice on Wednesday, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: "The ball came out good," manager Don Mattingly said. "We'll see how he comes out of that." As long as there are no setbacks, expect to see Wilson activated early next week.
News: Ellis (knee) reports early improvement in how his knee feels after having surgery earlier this week, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Ellis could return as early as the middle of May. In the interim, Tim Federowicz probably sees the majority of the playing time ahead of Drew Butera.
Chris Withrow - #44 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 215lbs
News: Withrow has allowed just one hit over six innings while walking one and striking out nine so far in 2014.
Impact: A converted starter, Withrow has clearly taken well to the bullpen. If his control holds up, Withrow could be a closer option at some point in his career.
News: Puig (thumb) struck out in a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday.
Impact: Puig missed a third straight start, but was able to take batting practice on the field prior to Wednesday's game. The Dodgers are off Thursday, and while Puig's not a lock to return to the lineup Friday, manager Don Mattingly said he has a chance to make it back for the series opener against Arizona. He was recently fitted for a splint that will help him grip a bat.
News: Jansen took the loss Wednesday night against the Tigers.
Impact: Jansen came in with the game tied so he did not blow a save. Add Jansen to the ranks of the struggling closers. He has a 4.76 ERA and 2.29 WHIP on the season, but also has 10 strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched and a very strong hold on his closer job.
News: Beckett lasted just four innings in his first start of the season.
Impact: While Beckett threw 55 of his 85 pitchers for strikes, he allowed five hits, and four earned runs in the game. He did strike out five against only one walk and he was facing the Tigers. It was not a great start but it would be too early to drop Beckett if you drafted him.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Haren didn't receive a decision after allowing three hits and one run over six innings of Tuesday's win over Detroit.
Impact: Haren has surrendered one earned run over 12 innings through his first two starts.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon continued his strong start Tuesday against Detroit, going 2 for 5 with his third major league homer.
Impact: Gordon is batting .357 with four runs scored and three stolen bases through eight games.
News: Ethier will get the start in right field Wednesday, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Yasiel Puig (thumb) is out of the lineup again, so Ethier will continue to roam right field, batting fifth in Puig's absence. He has just one hit in eight at-bats against Detroit's starter, Anibal Sanchez.
Jose Dominguez - #60 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Dominguez was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Josh Beckett was activated from the DL to make a start Wednesday, and Dominguez is the guy who will get sent down to make room for the veteran hurler. Dominguez gave up one run in 2.2 innings while striking out five, showing that he has the ability to contribute later in the season if need be.
News: Beckett (thumb) was reinstated from the disabled list and will start Wednesday's game against the Tigers, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: This was expected, as manager Don Mattingly hinted at the move earlier this week. The 33-year-old righty was very poor in 2013, posting a 5.19 ERA in 43.1 innings, but the advanced metrics didn't rate him quite as poorly. Nonetheless, it's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach with Beckett, as there's significant downside here.
News: Puig (thumb) is not in the lineup Wednesday, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly said Friday's game is a possibility for Puig, who was fitted for a splint for his injured thumb Wednesday. He was available Tuesday off the bench in an emergency, so the same is probably true Wednesday. Consider him day-to-day.
News: Kershaw (back) was throwing with a half-speed windup on flat ground in the outfield before Wednesday's game, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports.
Impact: Kershaw is expected to be re-evaluated after a submaximal rehab program that would conclude in the third week of April. We're not quite there yet, but it's a good sign that he's throwing again.
News: Haren tossed six innings of mostly-solid three-hit ball Tuesday, striking out four while allowing a home run and walking one in a no decision against the Tigers.
Impact: His only earned run came on a second-inning 379-foot blast by Austin Jackson. In two starts with his new team, Haren has sat down 10 while only walking one in 12 innings of work for an ERA of 0.75. With injuries to ace Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett, Haren is looking like a capable number three starter in the Dodgers rotation and -- until he proves otherwise -- should be rolled out every time he takes the hill.
News: Jansen blew his first save of the season Tuesday, allowing a lead-off double to Ian Kinsler in the ninth, and Kinsler was cashed in three batters later on a single by Victor Martinez.
Impact: Jansen is now 2-for-3 in save opportunities in five games this year, but has allowed hits in each of his five appearances. The 265-pound Netherlands native escaped the loss courtesy of Carl Crawford's 10th-inning walk-off double, but will need to be better going forward if he hopes to hold off the bearded Brian Wilson for L.A.'s closing role when he returns from injury.
News: Crawford had his best game of the season Tuesday, going 3-for-5 and knocking in the game-winning run on a 10th-inning double against the Tigers.
Impact: This was just the second RBI for the Dodgers outfielder, who also stole his third base of the season. While his eight hits, three swipes and .296 batting average are all right, Crawford hasn't done much by way of RBI (two), runs (three) or home runs (none) in seven games this season. If Crawford can come anywhere close to his totals of 110 runs, 184 hits, 19 homers, 47 stolen bases and .307 batting average from 2010 with the Rays, owners would be ecstatic. Unfortunately, he just hasn't been the same since leaving the Sunshine State for Beantown in 2011, so a sudden renaissance for the 32-year-old is highly improbable.
News: Puig's thumb has been fitted for a splint that will help him grip a bat, Bill Plunkett from the Orange County Register reports. He was available only in the most dire emergency for Tuesday's game. "It's a bit uncomfortable," Puig said following the game.
Impact: It's unlikely that he'll start Wednesday, either. "I don't feel like we're out of the woods with this thing yet," manager Don Mattingly said before Tuesday's game.
News: Billingsley (elbow) was examined Sunday in Los Angeles, with it being determined that the breaking of scar tissue was the cause of the "sensation" that Billingsley felt pitching on Sunday, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Overall good news for Billingsley. He'll likely take a few days off before resuming his rehab. He's scheduled to make four more minor league starts before potentially being activated.
News: Manager Don Mattingly said Beckett (thumb) "looks like our guy for [Wednesday]."
Impact: The skipper did say that the team is not ready to officially announce Beckett as Wednesday's starter, but it appears the 33-year-old will toe the rubber against Detroit. Beckett tweaked his ankle during his rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga last Friday, but was still able to go four-plus innings and that may be sufficient for his activation.
News: Puig (thumb) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Impact: The strained thumb ligament will keep Puig out of the lineup for a second straight game, but he's still listed as day-to-day by the team. Puig hurt the thumb Saturday on a headfirst dive into first base. While a DL stint hasn't been ruled out entirely, he'll be afforded another off-day Thursday, so his chances of avoiding the DL look fairly good.
Tim Federowicz - #26 - Catcher - 5'10" - 215lbs
News: Federowicz was recalled by the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Impact: Federwicz was brought up to replace A.J. Ellis, who will miss 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing a cleanup procedure on his knee. Drew Butera will presumably serve as the top option behind the plate for Los Angeles, but Federowicz will likely see starts here and there. After a 2013 season in which he hit just .231/.275/.356, however, Federowicz makes for a high batting average risk.
News: Ellis (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Impact: With Ellis out approximately 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing a cleanup procedure on his left knee Tuesday, Drew Butera's set to take over primary catching duties for the Dodgers. Tim Federowicz was recalled to serve as Butera's backup.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Ellis has undergone a cleanup procedure on his left knee and is expected to be out four to six weeks.
Impact: Ellis had a 20-minute arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday to clean up the medial meniscus on his knee. He's expected to begin rehabilitation on Wednesday.
News: Ellis had a 20-minute procedure performed Tuesday to clean up the medial meniscus in his left knee.
Impact: After the successful surgery, Ellis will embark upon a 4-to-6 week recovery, which may be extended considering the case-by-case nature of the specific ailment. Nevertheless, consider him sidelined through at least early May, with Drew Butera handling the bulk of the catching duties in the meantime, barring a transaction.
News: Ellis, who will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus, could return in four-to-six weeks, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.
Impact: It's perhaps an optimistic estimate, but recovery from a torn meniscus can vary significantly, depending on the extent of the tear. Ellis can safely be ruled out for the rest of April, but it sounds like he should be back well before the All-Star break. Drew Butera is next up on the depth chart, and Tim Federowicz will likely be recalled from the minors Tuesday. Neither offers much with the bat, and that's putting it lightly.
News: Ellis has a torn meniscus and will undergo surgery Tuesday.
Impact: Ellis will presumably be out for at least the next few weeks, and he obviously doesn't play the best position to make a quick return from knee surgery. That the meniscus tear required a surgical procedure indicates it's not just a minor rupture, which in turn raises the possibility that Ellis could miss multiple months of action. Drew Butera is Ellis' top backup, while Tim Federowicz is the No. 3 catcher in the organization. Both represent an offensive downgrade from Ellis, who himself isn't much of an accumulator but at least posts respectable rate numbers. The Dodgers did not initially announce a timetable, but we should have a better idea as to the expected length of Ellis' absence within the next few days.
News: Kemp was 2 for 3 and connected on his first two homers of the season in Sunday's win over the rival Giants.
Impact: It was the sixth career multihomer game for Kemp, who drove in three runs.
News: Ramirez was 3 for 4 with his first two home runs of the season in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Impact: It marked Ramirez's 15th career multihomer game. He had just one last season as he was limited to 86 games, though he did a slug a career-best .638.
News: Greinke limited San Francisco to two runs and six hits over six innings to earn his second win of the season Sunday.
Impact: Greinke has started 2-0 before, but this marks the first time he's won his first two starts of a season since starting 6-0 in 2009.
News: The MRI on Puig's thumb revealed a ligament strain, the LA Times reports. At least for now, he's not expected to go on the DL.
Impact: The Dodgers are off Monday, giving them an extra day to decide whether Puig needs that DL stint. With another off-day Thursday, it would not be a surprise to see him miss two games this week then jump back into action.
News: Billingsley (elbow) exited his Sunday rehab start in the second inning after feeling a "little sensation" in his surgically repaired elbow, the Dodgers' official site reports. He reportedly was examined in Los Angeles later that day and checked out okay.
Impact: That's good and all, but not exactly encouraging news. This may push his early-May timetable back a bit, as it was an earlier-than-expected departure for Billingsley in Sunday's outing.
News: Puig (thumb) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Impact: The Dodgers will give Puig the day off after he tweaked his thumb while diving to first base Saturday. The team hasn't revealed the extent of the injury, so it remains to be seen what Puig's availability will be like next week.
News: Baxter was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Sunday.
Impact: Baxter was the casualty off the 40-man roster after the Dodgers traded for reliever Colt Hynes on Sunday. The outfielder went 0-for-7 in four games with the Dodgers before being optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Puig was back in the lineup Friday for the Dodgers.
Impact: Puig was hurt in a headfirst slide into first base against San Francisco last Saturday. He missed the next two games, then pinch hit Wednesday against Detroit and struck out on three pitches.
News: Two days after tweaking his ankle in a start with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, Beckett -- who had been dealing with a thumb injury -- threw a bullpen session Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: "It was a lot more encouraging today than it was yesterday," Beckett noted after Sunday's session, with the report suggesting that a Wednesday start remains a possibility for the veteran righty.
News: Even though Puig's X-rays on his thumb came back negative for a fracture, he's still undergoing an MRI and the thumb was swollen Sunday.
Impact: The Dodgers are off Monday, potentially giving him almost three days off if he doesn't pinch hit Sunday night. For the most part, manager Don Mattingly was downplaying the injury. "It was pretty swollen this morning when he came in," Mattingly said. "We'll see. I don't think we expect it to be anything major."
News: X-rays on Puig's thumb came back negative Sunday, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Fortunately, it doesn't look like Puig is dealing with any sort of fracture, but his thumb could be sore enough to prevent him from playing for a few days. Puig's playing style may expose him to more bumps and bruises than most outfielders, but his all-world talent is probably enough for fantasy owners to excuse a few missed games here and there.
News: Ellis is not in the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Impact: Ellis will receive the night off after starting the first two games of the series for the Dodgers. Drew Butera gets the starting nod at catcher.
News: Beckett (thumb/ankle) is at risk of missing Wednesday's start against the Tigers, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Beckett was scheduled to make his season debut Wednesday after opening the season on the DL due to a thumb injury, but he landed awkwardly on his ankle during a rehab start at High-A Rancho Cucamonga and now has a new ailment to worry about. If Beckett can't go, the Dodgers could decide to either use Hyun-Jin Ryu on one day of rest instead of his planned two days, or call up Stephen Fife or Matt Magill from Triple-A Albuquerque to make a spot start.
News: Wilson threw a scoreless inning in Saturday's rehab appearance at High-A, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.
Impact: Wilson only threw fastballs, but this is a positive sign that he'll only need the minimum time on the DL and be back with the Dodgers in just over a week.
News: Ethier was 2 for 3 with his first homer of the season Friday against the Giants.
Impact: Ethier is 4 for 7 over his last two games after starting off 2 for 15.
News: Gonzalez hit his first homer of the year Friday against the Giants.
Impact: Gonzalez is off to a slow start, going 3 for 21 with seven strikeouts.
Hyun-jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 254lbs
News: Ryu was knocked around for eight runs - six earned - and eight hits in just two innings while being tagged with the loss in Friday's 8-4 defeat to San Francisco.
Impact: It was a dismal day for Ryu, but fantasy owners shouldn't be too alarmed. The Giants offense is playing well and Ryu had thrown 12 scoreless innings in his first two starts.
News: Puig injured his left thumb on a dive to first base Saturday, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Puig had X-rays, but the results weren't available. His thumb wasn't taped or splinted after the game. Manager Don Mattingly said Puig is sore and that he could "get more sore overnight so we'll see" about playing Sunday.
News: Puig was back in the lineup against the San Francisco Giants one day after being benched because he arrived late for the team's home opener.
Impact: Puig was set to bat leadoff against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series. Puig said he apologized to manager Don Mattingly and his teammates, and they accepted. That's small consolation for fantasy owners who don't know whether they can count on him, especially since traffic in L.A. is always bad.
News: Beckett (thumb) is nursing a sore ankle, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: While attempting to field a bunt during a rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, Beckett hurt his ankle and was forced to leave the game. However, it appears he still has a chance to start on regular rest for the big club Wednesday, since he was able to go four-plus innings, before suffering the injury.
News: Gordon is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: Gordon is 7-for-17 with three steals through five games, but manager Don Mattingly has decided to load his lineup with right-handed hitters against lefty Madison Bumgarner. Justin Turner will man the keystone and bat second.
News: Crawford is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: With a tough lefty in Madison Bumgarner on the mound for the opposition, manager Don Mattingly will take the opportunity to get Crawford a breather. Scott Van Slyke will start in left field and bat sixth. The 32-year-old Crawford has hit safely in each of his first four games to begin the season, and while the outfield situation in Los Angeles is crowded now that Matt Kemp is active, Crawford will likely continue to see the majority of the starts in left.
News: Ethier is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: Ethier will park it Saturday against lefty Madison Bumgarner, against whom he's just 3-for-24 (.125 average) in his career. The 31-year-old Ethier is off to a pretty strong start, but now that Matt Kemp is off the DL, Ethier may see most of his time against right-handers.
News: Beckett (thumb) left his rehab start with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in the fifth inning after suffering an apparent leg injury, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Beckett allowed three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks though his first four innings Friday night. Just when it seemed he was ready for a return to the Dodgers' rotation next week, the veteran hurler injured himself trying to field a bunt. Beckett's status is currently up in the air.
News: Gordon was 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases in the Dodgers' loss to San Francisco on Friday afternoon.
Impact: Hitting eighth in the order will continue to hinder his run-scoring and RBI opportunities, however it should be noted that the Dodgers fell behind early in this one and Gordon was still running. He has swiped three bags this year, and if he can get on base, he has the potential to be a huge asset in that category.
News: Gonzalez popped his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning, as the Dodgers lost to San Francisco on Friday afternoon.
Impact: With just one home run and three RBI with a disappointing .143 average this season, one of the anchors in the middle of the Los Angeles order needs to get the bat going. With his track record, that's likely to happen soon. Be patient.
News: Kemp doubled in a run, walked and scored a run in his season debut Friday.
Impact: A late addition to the lineup when Yasiel Puig was scratched after arriving late to the park, Kemp played the entire game in center field, hitting second.
Hyun-Jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 254lbs
News: Ryu was battered for eight runs (six earned) over just two innings in an 8-4 loss to the Giants on Friday afternoon. He allowed eight hits, walking three and striking out a pair.
Impact: This was already his third start of the season, having pitched very well in Australia and then again on Opening Day in the States. Maybe it was a bit much as the Giants hung six runs on him in the first inning, aided by an error, and then put up two more in the second inning before Ryu headed for the showers. It won't get any easier as he draws the Tigers for his next outing, but forgive this one and look for much better as the season progresses.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Puig has been scratched from the starting lineup after arriving late for the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener. The rest of the team was already on the field stretching before batting practice on Friday while Puig was getting dressed in the clubhouse. He had been slated to start in right field against the San Francisco Giants.
Impact: Matt Kemp replaced Puig after manager Don Mattingly had earlier said Kemp wouldn't start. Kemp came off the disabled list on Friday, and according to Mattingly, Kemp was upset when initially told that he wasn't in the lineup. Kemp has been rehabbing from left ankle and shoulder operations. He was limited to 179 games during the last two seasons because of injuries.
News: Beckett (thumb) could start on regular rest for the Dodgers on Wednesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: That schedule probably hinges on whether Beckett comes through Friday's rehab start without a setback. If Beckett were to slot in for a Wednesday start, Hyun-Jin Ryu would get an extra day of rest and take the ball Thursday.
News: Kemp will start in center field and bat second Friday after Yasiel Puig was scratched.
Impact: Kemp, who was activated off the DL on Friday, was not expected to play, but Puig was scratched after arriving late to the ballpark.
News: Puig was scratched from Friday's lineup for discipline reasons, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Puig arrived late to the ballpark and was scratched after batting practice. Matt Kemp, who was activated from the DL earlier Friday, will take his place in the lineup.
News: The Dodgers activated Kemp (ankle) from the disabled list Friday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Kemp will not start Friday, but he will be available to pinch hit. Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp likely will be part of Saturday's lineup against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
News: Baxter was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Baxter will probably stay down there until injuries strike one of the big four outfielders.
News: Wilson (elbow) expects a speedy recovery from an irritated right elbow, though manager Don Mattingly said there is no timetable, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Wilson admitted he felt something in the bullpen before his disastrous outing Sunday, something that Mattingly is understandably not happy with. Wilson will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday with the hope of returning in mid-April.
News: Kemp (ankle) is not in Friday's lineup against the Giants, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports.
Impact: Well, for the sake of fantasy owners, hopefully he gets in there Saturday. Kemp is confident that he's ready, but he'll get an extra day just to be safe. Expect Kemp to get a day or two off at minimum for the next couple weeks as he readjusts to playing every day.
News: Billingsley (elbow) will make a rehab start Sunday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, Dylan Herandez of the LA Times reports.
Impact: Billingsley will appear in a game for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2013 as he enters the final stages of his recovery. Billingsley likely will need about a month to build his pitch count, but barring any setbacks, he should be ready to pitch for the Dodgers sometime in May.
News: Ramirez went 1 for 4 with two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base in Wednesday's 5-1 win at San Diego.
Impact: Ramirez is just 2 for 19 (.105) through the first five games of the season.
News: Haren threw six strong innings in a 5-1 victory against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Impact: Haren allowed one unearned run and four hits while striking out six and walking none. He'll try to build on his impressive season debut against the Detroit Tigers next week.
News: Kemp (ankle) is expected to be in the lineup Friday against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Kemp appears confident that he's healthy, and is anxious to get back to action on the first day he's eligible. "I'm as ready as I can be, and [I'm] excited to get out and compete again," Kemp said. "I've done all the practicing I can do, I've done the rehab. I've busted my butt and now I hope all the work has paid off." It remains to be seen what type of schedule he'll be on upon his return, but the Dodgers likely won't push him out there every night to begin with due to their great depth at the outfield position.
News: Crawford singled and doubled in a 5-1 victory against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Impact: Crawford also has six strikeouts in 13 at-bats so he must improve.
News: Gordon went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk, a stolen base and two strikeouts in a win over San Diego on Wednesday night.
Impact: With the return of Carl Crawford following the Dodgers' trip to Australia, Gordon has been dropped to eighth in the order. If he can demonstrate a discerning eye at the plate, Gordon could improve his on-base percentage hitting in front of the team's pitchers this season.
News: Haren gave up one unearned run on four hits while striking out six over six innings to win his Dodgers debut Wednesday night.
Impact: It was a very efficient outing for Haren, who seemed to pick up right where he left off in the second half of 2013. Haren's next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Tigers at Dodgers Stadium.
News: Beckett (thumb) threw a 48-pitch simulated game, and could be activated soon MLB.com reports.
Impact: Beckett hasn't fully regained his stamina, but manager Don Mattingly thinks he could be ready, "if we need him, it would be a shorter outing." With Clayton Kershaw (back) out, the Dodgers are looking for another pitcher to fill in.
News: Uribe had three hits in a 3-2 win over San Diego on Tuesday night.
Impact: The Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman is 7 for 13 (.538) with two doubles in his last three games.
News: Puig hit a 410-foot drive for a two-run homer and Zack Greinke won his season debut, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.
Impact: Carl Crawford started the game with a base hit and Puig then drove a 2-1 pitch from Ian Kennedy into the balcony on the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left-field corner. It was his first homer of the season. Puig also singled and is 5 for 17 (.294) with four RBIs in his first four games this season.
News: Beckett (thumb) will make a minor league rehab start Friday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly said Beckett is close to returning after the right-hander threw a 48-pitch simulated this week, so perhaps this rehab outing is his final test before being activated. With Clayton Kershaw (back) ailing and not expected back for several weeks, the window is open for Beckett to slot into the rotation.
Jose Dominguez - #60 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Dominguez was called up by the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Impact: Dominguez will take the roster spot of set-up man Brian Wilson, who was placed on the 15-day Wednesday with elbow inflammation. He likely won't see too many high leverage situations out of the gates.
News: Wilson was placed on the DL retroactive to March 31 on Wednesday, due to "right elbow ulnar nerve inflammation."
Impact: Wilson wasn't himself on Sunday when he was knocked around in his first U.S. appearance of the year, and the elbow soreness could be partially to blame. The Dodgers will take it easy with their set-up man, seeing as Wilson already has one Tommy John surgery under his belt from less than two seasons ago. Jose Dominguez was recalled to take his place on the 25-man roster.
News: Greinke won his season debut, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.
Impact: Greinke retired his first 10 batters before Seth Smith homered into a party deck atop the right-field wall, trimming San Diego's deficit to 3-1. Greinke (1-0) went five innings, allowing two runs and two hits while striking out five and walking two.
Carlos Triunfel - #6 - Short Stop - 5'11" - 195lbs
News: The Dodgers claimed Triunfel off waivers from the Mariners on Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Impact: With the M's designating Triunfel for assignment last week, the Dodgers took the opportunity to add some organizational middle-infield depth. The 24-year-old hasn't performed in a short sample at the major league level (.167 average), but he has hit .271/.315/.388 at Triple-A.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed reliever Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with inflammation in the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, and recalled right-hander Jose Dominguez from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Impact: Wilson pitched Sunday night, allowing three runs in the eighth inning of a 3-1 loss to San Diego. Mattingly says Wilson was examined by a team doctor on Monday and there was no ligament damage. Wilson had reconstructive elbow surgery in April 2012.