News: Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday night against the Phillies.
Impact: Ramirez snapped a 12-game homerless streak Wednesday, as he hasn't went yard since a multi-homer effort back on April 6. Most importantly, it was his first home run since being hit in the hand with a Ryan Vogelsong pitch last Wednesday, so it looks like the 30-year-old is poised to get his power stroke back.
News: Greinke improved to 4-0 Wednesday, giving up five hits, two earned runs and a walk, to go along with 11 strikeouts.
Impact: Greinke has been the dictionary definition of consistency for fantasy owners during his time in L.A., as the 30-year-old has now made 17 straight starts with five-plus innings pitched and two or fewer runs allowed. He surpassed 10 punch-outs for the first time as a Dodger, recording the 18th game with double-digit strikeouts of his career. Over five starts this season, Greinke has been a more-than-admirable ace in place of the injured Clayton Kershaw.
News: Kershaw will make a rehab start Friday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw will need to throw more than one rehab start before rejoining the Dodgers, but it sounds like only a matter of weeks, not months, before we see him back on a big league mound.
Scott Van Slyke - #33 - Left Field - 6'5" - 220lbs
News: Van Slyke will get his first start at first base of the season Wednesday, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Adrian Gonzalez is getting his first day off of the season, so this is going to be a rare scenario moving forward, barring injury.
Justin Turner - #10 - First Base - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Turner will start at second base and bat seventh Wednesday against the Phillies, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Dee Gordon is out after hitting his head and exiting Tuesday's game early, but Gordon is expected to avoid a DL stint, meaning Turner's stint as a starter at second base should be brief.
News: Gordon (head) is out of the lineup Wednesday, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Justin Turner will get the start at second base, as it's not surprising that Gordon will get at least one day off after hitting his head and being forced to leave Tuesday's game. Gordon passed the concussion tests, so he should be back in the lineup soon.
News: Gonzalez will get his first day off of the season Wednesday, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Impact: Scott Van Slyke will get the start at first base, but Gonzalez should be back in the lineup after this off day, and figures to only miss a couple more games this season if he can stay healthy.
News: Ethier (illness) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies, playing left field and batting second, the Dodgers' official Twitter page reports.
Impact: In 17 at-bats versus Cole Hamels, Ethier has five hits (.294) with two doubles and a home run. Consider him healthy moving forward.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez had his 16-game hit streak snapped in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings to Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
Impact: Gonzalez was 0 for 3 with a walk after batting .344 (22 for 64) with five homers and 16 RBIs during his streak.
News: Gordon (head) passed his concussion tests after Tuesday's game, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Gordon was removed Tuesday after his head collided with Phillies third baseman Jayson Nix's knee while he was attempting a steal. The fact that he seems to have avoided a concussion will probably allow him to avoid the DL, but he could still miss a start or two due to the head injury.
News: In six innings Tuesday, Ryu surrendered two earned runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out three with no decision against Philadelphia.
Impact: Although he allowed a season high in hits, this was just the second time in six starts that Ryu has allowed an earned run. He owns a terrific 2.12 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP, and his 28 strikeouts are one shy of Zack Greinke for the team lead.
News: Gordon left Tuesday's game after hitting his head on Jayson Nix's knee sliding head-first into third base on a steal, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: It's not clear how serious the injury is, but it's possible Gordon will need to undergo concussion tests. If he has to miss significant time, the Dodgers may have a diamond in the rough waiting in Triple-A in Alex Guerrero, who is slashing .407/.500/.741 through eight games.
News: Ethier is out of the lineup Tuesday with the flu, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Something seemed fishy when Ethier was left out of the lineup for a second straight day, and sure enough, he's under the weather. Ethier was unavailable Monday as well, and his status for Wednesday's game is uncertain. Matt Kemp will man center field.
News: Ethier is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.
Impact: Ethier's absence from Monday's lineup came as no surprise, as the Phils were trotting out a tough lefty in Cliff Lee, but his exclusion from Tuesday's lineup is a bit of a head scratcher. Whereas Ethier is 3-for-7 against right-hander A.J. Burnett, Tuesday's starter for Philadelphia, Matt Kemp is 0-for-5 with five strikeouts, yet manager Don Mattingly is going with Kemp in center field. There is no word of an injury.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 16 games on an infield single in the second inning of a 7-0 loss to Philadelphia on Monday.
Impact: Gonzalez is batting .344 (22 for 64) with six doubles, five homers and 16 RBIs during his streak. He has an OPS of 1.063 during that run.
Paul Maholm - #47 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 245lbs
News: Maholm struggled against the Phillies on Monday, striking out two and allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks over five innings.
Impact: As a guy who doesn't miss many bats, Maholm relies on an above-average groundball rate and below-average walk rate. He got just five groundouts Monday, and also surrendered three free passes, leaving himself with little chance for success. Next up is a Saturday home start against right-hander Juan Nicasio and the Rockies.
News: The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled right-hander Jose Dominguez from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned Figgins to their top minor league club to help shore up an overworked bullpen.
Impact: Figgins made nine appearances as a pinch hitter for Los Angeles, going 1 for 6 with three walks.
News: The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled Dominguez from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned utility infielder Chone Figgins to their top minor league club to help shore up an overworked bullpen.
Impact: Dominguez, who has appeared in three games for the Dodgers in two stints this season, last appeared for Albuquerque on Thursday, registering a save by retiring the side in order with one strikeout.
News: Jansen's availability for Monday night is uncertain after he struck out the side in Sunday's game while pitching for the fourth time in six days, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Jansen's workload this season has put him on pace for 102 appearances, leaving reporters to ask manager Don Mattingly if Jansen would be available Monday night. While Mattingly did not provide clarification, the tea leaves here suggest that Jansen could easily be held out even if a save situation arises.
News: Kershaw (back) is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Friday, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: After a simulated game Sunday, Kershaw came away feeling good. He threw 50 pitches in Sunday's workout, which could enable him to throw as many as 70 in the rehab start Friday. It's unclear where that start will take place, but Kershaw is expected to take the ball twice on his rehab assignment before rejoining the Dodgers' rotation.
News: Beckett was solid again Sunday versus Arizona, yielding just one hit and two walks over five shutout innings while striking out seven.
Impact: Though he's yet to record a victory - he's received just four runs of support in 14 innings - Beckett owns a 2.57 ERA through three starts.
News: Kershaw (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Kershaw was expected to move onto a rehab outing for his next throwing activity, but he'll likely fit in another side session before his next course of action his decided. All the news on Kershaw's recovery seems positive so far, and it sounds like he'll have a legitimate chance at beating his original mid-May projected timetable.
News: Dominguez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.
Impact: The hard-throwing Dominguez looks like he could have a future at the back end of the Dodgers' bullpen in time, but he'll probably have to settle for lower-leverage duty during this stint. He previously made three appearances with the Dodgers before being sent back to Triple-A two weeks ago.
News: Figgins was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.
Impact: The Dodgers opted for bullpen depth over carrying an extra infielder in Figgins, with Jose Dominguez getting called up to fill out the Dodgers' relief corps. Figgins had one hits in his nine at-bats with the Dodgers.
News: Ethier is not in the lineup Monday against the Phillies.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly will go with a right-handed heavy lineup to counter opposing southpaw starter Cliff Lee, hence Ethier's absence from the lineup. He's made the decision a little bit easier for Mattingly by batting just .220/.281/.322 on the campaign.
News: Gordon is not in the lineup Monday against the Phillies.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly will go with a right-handed heavy unit against southpaw Cliff Lee, as Gordon and Carl Crawford will take a seat in favor of Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke, respectively. The day out of the lineup shouldn't convince fantasy owners to shy away from using Gordon, who has been one of the early season's pleasant surprises. He's batting .367 with a league-leading 10 stolen bases.
News: Crawford is not in the lineup Monday against the Phillies.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly will go with a right-handed heavy unit against southpaw Cliff Lee, as Crawford and Dee Gordon will take a seat in favor of Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner, respectively. Crawford is batting .236 with four stolen bases in 15 games this season.
News: Guerrero is batting .440/.500/.800 with two home runs and just one strikeout in his first 25 at-bats for Triple-A Albuquerque.
Impact: That said, Dee Gordon has a .409 OBP and a league-leading 10 stolen bases, so he's not going to be pushed aside anytime soon. Juan Uribe also has a .911 OPS, so Guerrero will have to bide his time.
Justin Turner - #10 - First Base - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Turner is batting just .185 in 30 at-bats as he sees sporadic playing time due to Dee Gordon's hot start.
Impact: Turner is hitting a respectable .294 versus southpaws but is 0-for-10 against right-handed pitchers. Don't expect him to see too many starts this year.
News: Puig was back in the lineup Sunday and delivered a three-run homer that proved to be the difference in a win over Arizona.
Impact: Puig also nailed Miguel Montero at second as the catcher tried to stretch a single into a double. The electrifying young outfielder is hitting .241/.349/.426 on the season.
News: Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday, striking out the side to pick up his seventh save of the season in a win over Arizona.
Impact: It's a nice showing from Jansen, who had surrendered a run in four of his previous seven outings.
News: Beckett gave up just one hit in five innings in a no-decision against Arizona on Sunday. He struck out seven and walked two.
Impact: The Dodgers weren't able to score any runs against Josh Collmenter until a four-run sixth, preventing Beckett from picking up his first win of the season.
Sun. Apr 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Kershaw threw a simulated game on Sunday and reported no discomfort after topping out at 90 mph. Kershaw, who is on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career, threw a combined total of 50 pitches from the windup and from the stretch, His bullpen session lasted for about 20 pitches.
Impact: The 26-year-old left-hander, who led the majors in ERA in each of the previous three seasons, hasn't pitched since beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 in the season opener in Australia. He injured himself tossing a ball on the side a few days later. Kershaw says he felt "pretty normal" and that he expects his next step will be a rehab assignment in the minor leagues if he feels OK on Monday.
News: Ellis (knee) hopes to begin running next week in what will be the last necessary step before he begins a rehab assignment, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Ellis has been able to do everything except run the bases, including catching three innings of Clayton Kershaw's simulated game Sunday. If he continues on this path, Ellis is on track to shatter his original 4-to-6-week timetable after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus April 8.
News: After throwing a simulated game Sunday, Kershaw intends for a rehab start to be the next step in his recovery, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Kershaw has been progressing through a "submaximal rehab program," but the intensity of Sunday's simulated games and recent bullpen sessions have suggested that the ace is ahead of schedule in his recovery. If he does in fact move on to a rehab start in the minors as his next step, it would imply that will take the mound for the Dodgers prior to his original mid-May return estimate. Provided he avoids any setbacks, a rehab start could also produce a target return date over the coming days.
News: Kemp is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Kemp has started four straight games in center field, but will give way to Andre Ethier on Sunday. The Dodgers' outfield depth allows them plenty of flexibility to give Kemp the occasional day of rest, and manager Don Mattingly will choose to go this route Sunday. Kemp will still likely be available for a pinch-hit appearance, if needed.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kershaw (back) will face batters while pitching in a simulated game Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The two-time Cy Young Award winner felt good after tossing a 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday, so the Dodgers have opted to move him to the next step in his rehab. Kershaw has been on the DL since Mar. 30 with a strained back muscle, and even if he fares well Sunday, there is still no timetable for his return.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Greinke did not get a decision Friday.
Impact: Greinke struck out eight over six innings and allowed one run as Los Angeles opened a 10-game homestand. He faces the Phils next.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig is out of the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Puig is the odd man out of the Dodgers' outfield rotation this time around, with Andre Ethier moving to right and Matt Kemp manning center. While Puig is batting just .235 so far this season, he has started six of the team's last seven games and will likely see as much or more time than any of the other four outfielders.
Scott Van Slyke - #33 - Left Field - 6'5" - 220lbs
News: Van Slyke went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk Friday night against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Making just his fifth start of the season, Van Slyke made his presence known by belting his second home run of the year, and his first since his March 22 start in Australia. He's logged just 20 at-bats this season due to a crowded Dodgers outfield, but has been able to record seven hits, five of which have gone for extra bases.
News: Greinke threw six innings of one-run ball Friday night, allowing three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts on his way to a no-decision.
Impact: Greinke pitched well enough to come close to his fourth straight victory Friday, but saw his effort matched by opposing pitcher Wade Miley, who turned in six innings of one-run ball. Greinke continues to be a consistent fantasy asset, as he has recorded exactly eight strikeouts in three straight games.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with his sixth double of the season Thursday against the Giants to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
Impact: Gonzalez is slugging .740 with 14 RBIs during his 12-game hitting streak.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Ryu improved to 3-1 with his second straight scoreless outing, limiting the Giants to four hits and a walk over seven innings in Thursday's win.
Impact: With the performance, Ryu gained a measure of retribution after San Francisco blasted him for eight runs - six earned - and eight hits in just two innings of an 8-4 loss on April 4, which was coincidentally his only home start thus far. In four road starts he's 3-0 with 26 scoreless innings under his belt.
News: Gordon is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Yasiel Puig will move atop the batting order against lefty Wade Miley, as Gordon sits for the fourth time this season. Justin Turner will start at second, but Gordon is off to a fast start and will likely continue to lead off against right-handers.
News: Ethier is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: As he did Thursday against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, manager Don Mattingly will stack his lineup with right-handed hitters Friday against Wade Miley. Ethier and Carl Crawford will both sit as Matt Kemp starts in center and Scott Van Slyke mans left.
News: Crawford is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Crawford will sit for a second straight day but his absences don't appear to be related to the oblique issue that cost him time last weekend, as there has been no word of a setback. Rather, it seems manager Don Mattingly is just shielding him from another lefty in Wade Miley, as he did Thursday against Madison Bumgarner.
News: Ramirez (hand) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: An errant Ryan Vogelsong pitch plunked Ramirez in the hand Wednesday, but X-rays were negative and it looks like he'll end up missing just one start. There's always a chance the hand doesn't respond well during batting practice, but Ramirez is currently penciled into his usual spots -- shortstop and the three-hole in the batting order -- to take on left-hander Wade Miley.
News: Ryu was brilliant at San Francisco on Thursday, tossing seven shutout innings en route to his third win of the season. He scattered four hits, issued one walk and struck out three.
Impact: Ryu, who retired the final eight batters he faced, allowed just four singles against a team that hammered him for eight runs on April 4. Other than the aforementioned dud against the Giants, Ryu has been awesome so far this year, and looks like he could post better numbers than he did in 2013, when he had a 3.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 14 wins.
News: Jansen earned his fifth save of the season in Thursday 2-1 win over San Francisco, although he did allow a run.
Impact: Jansen struck out the first batter he faced in the ninth inning, but allowed him to reach on a wild pitch. That baserunner ultimately scored with two outs, but Jansen ended the game with a strikeout. The flame-throwing righty hasn't been as dominant this year, although he entered Thursday's game with a unsustainable .569 BABIP. His velocity is also up this season, so ignore the minor hiccups he's had early in the year.
News: Gordon had three hits and tripled home the Los Angeles Dodgers' lone run in a 2-1 loss to San Francisco on Wednesday night.
Impact: Gordon boosted his average to .404 with Wednesday's performance. He's 11 for 24 (.458) in his last six games.
News: Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 11 games in a 2-1 loss to San Francisco on Wednesday night.
Impact: The Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman is batting .326 (15 for 46) during his run with five homers, four doubles and 13 RBIs.
News: The smugglers who helped Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents. The documents are part of a federal lawsuit in Miami and describe a dangerous odyssey of shady characters, unpaid smuggling debts and threats of violence that have followed Puig since he left Cuba by boat in June 2012.
Impact: The tale is based almost entirely on the account of the boxer, Yunior Despaigne, who says he is afraid he will be hurt by the smugglers or their associates if Puig hasn't paid them money he owes. In a 10-page affidavit, Despaigne said a smuggler he knew as ''Leo'' sent someone to see him in Miami to deliver a message.
News: Wilson (elbow) pitched the eighth inning of Thursday's game at San Francisco. He allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout.
Impact: This was Wilson's first appearance since being activated from the disabled list with nerve irritation in his elbow. Unless Kenley Jansen gets hurt or struggles for a long period of time, Wilson won't have a ton of value outside leagues that count holds.
News: Ramirez (hand) said he expects to return to the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Ramirez is dealing with a bruised hand rather than any sort of fracture, and manager Don Mattingly indicated that the shortstop would be back in the lineup as soon as he'd be able to grip a bat. Fortunately for fantasy owners, it appears he's at least close to reaching that point, so it could only be a one-game absence.
News: Kershaw (back) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Kershaw threw some breaking balls and let loose on a couple fastballs late in the session, which is an indication he is feeling good. There is still no target date for Kershaw's return, but he continue to increase the intensity of throwing sessions moving forward.
News: Ethier is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants.
Impact: Ethier is just 3-for-24 (.125) in his career against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, so he will be held out with Bumgarner on the mound Thursday afternoon. Matt Kemp will handle the center-field duties for the Dodgers on Thursday.
News: Crawford is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants.
Impact: Crawford missed a few games last weekend with a sore oblique, and the Dodgers will take on southpaw Madison Bumgarner in an afternoon game Thursday, so manager Don Mattingly felt it was a good time for a day off. Scott Van Slyke will man left field for the Dodgers on Thursday.
News: Ramirez (hand) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants.
Impact: Ramirez will miss at least one game after being struck on the hand by a pitch in Wednesday's game. X-rays taken on his hand came back negative, but the extent of the setback remains uncertain, so he could miss additional time moving forward. Justin Turner will get the start at shortstop in Ramirez's place.
News: Gordon went 3-for-4 with a triple Wednesday against the Giants and is now batting .404/.453/.553 for the season.
Impact: Now we'll see whether Don Mattingly starts him against left-handers. Gordon's nine stolen bases lead the league and he appears to be locked in as the team's leadoff man, at least against right-handers.
Paul Maholm - #47 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 245lbs
News: Maholm tossed six innings of one-run ball Wednesday against the Giants, but was not involved in the decision.
Impact: He fanned just two and walked three in lowering his ERA to 4.97. Maholm will probably head to the bullpen once Clayton Kershaw (back) returns from the DL, but another couple of starts like this could potentially make it a tough decision between Maholm and Josh Beckett.
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 (hand) 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.
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.
Juan Uribe - #5 - Third Base - 6'0" - 235lbs
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.
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.
Dan Haren - #14 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 215lbs
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.
Juan Uribe - #5 - Third Base - 6'0" - 235lbs
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Baxter - #37 - Right Field - 6'0" - 205lbs
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.
Dan Haren - #14 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 215lbs
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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
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 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.
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.