Dodgers Rumors & News

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw expected to start on Thursday against Philadelphia

    Los Angeles Times "Unable to pitch since May 1 as he recovered from biceps tendinitis, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return from the disabled list on Thursday and start against the Philadelphia Phillies. Stuck in fourth place with a losing record, the Dodgers elected to start Kershaw in a..." May 27

  • Clayton Kershaw ‘should be’ ready to pitch in five days

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Dodgers could soon welcome back the most necessary piece to their ball club if they want to turn their season around. According to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register, pitcher Clayton Kershaw indicated he felt good after throwing a simulated game on Saturday..." May 27

  • Rich Hill says blister almost healed, will throw to hitters Saturday

    Yardbarker "The drastic (and gross) measures to heal a persistent blister issue seem to have worked for Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Hill says his blister has almost healed and he will throw to hitters on Saturday. The 38-year-old..." May 26

  • Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says..." May 26

  • Dropoff in Dodgers’ defense has been ‘an invisible hand’ in team’s disappointing start

    L.A. Daily News "It is the leaky pipe you don’t see, undermining the floorboards and seeping into the foundation. The unreliable bullpen and poor situational hitting were out there for all to see during the Dodgers’ dreadful 42-game start to the season. But a defense that has been far less..." May 25

  • Alex Anthopoulos traded in the Dodgers for first place in Atlanta

    Los Angeles Times "For the Dodgers to return to the World Series, they must conquer the other 14 teams in the National League. Andrew Friedman recently arranged a big party for the guy who runs one of those 14. Although the Dodgers take pride in trying to exploit the most minuscule of competitive edges,..." May 25

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Are the Dodgers going to trade for Jose Abreu?

    Los Angeles Times "Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell. In the Star Wars universe, the Dodgers' sweep of the Nationals would be titled, "A New Hope." Any trades on the horizon? I know the Dodgers swept the Nationals, and looked a..." May 22

  • Clayton Kershaw could return within two weeks

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw’s rehab progress could have him back in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation within the next two weeks. Kershaw last appeared in a game on May 1. A few days later, he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Not long after being placed on..." May 22

  • Clayton Kershaw injury update: Dodgers ace throws bullpen session

    Sporting News "Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw could be nearing a return. Kershaw pitched off a mound Sunday for the first time since May 1, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. He threw a “high-intensity” 30-pitch bullpen session, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts..." May 20

  • Dodgers' Rich Hill to miss at least 4 weeks with blister

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed left-handed starting pitcher Rich Hill on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand. The 38-year-old will miss at least the next four weeks, manager Dave Roberts told Andy..." May 20

  • Rich Hill injury update: Dodgers starter expected to go on DL with blister

    Sporting News "Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill is expected to go on the disabled list because of a blister he aggravated in Saturday's start against the Nationals. Hill left the second game of the LA-Washington doubleheader after throwing only two pitches. He also exited last Sunday's game..." May 20

  • Dodgers reportedly not in position to 'aggressively act' on trade market

    MLB Trade Rumors "With the Dodgers trying to stay under the $197MM competitive-balance tax threshold and unsure if they’ll contend this year, they’re not in position to act aggressively on the trade market, says FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (video link). Given that the athletic Cody Bellinger may..." May 20

  • Dodgers' Rich Hill: Exits after two pitches Saturday

    CBS Sports "Hill threw only two pitches before leaving Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader in Washington with an apparent blister, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Hill's status was questionable early in the week after exiting last Sunday's start with a blister on the inner..." May 19

  • Dodgers GM gives manager Dave Roberts vote of confidence

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers are making history with their poor start, but manager Dave Roberts' job appears to be safe. General manager Farhan Zaidi said Thursday that the team's front office has "confidence" in Roberts' performance this season. The Dodgers entered..." May 17

  • Roberts not concerned about job security, believes Dodgers will win division

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers own the fourth-worst record in the National League and sit eight games under .500 heading into play Tuesday. They were just swept at home in a four-game series by the lowly Cincinnati Reds. The offense has struggled to score runs, and the pitching staff has had..." May 15

  • $187 Million Dodgers Have Become MLB's Worst Dollar-for-Dollar Value

    Bleacher Report "After five straight division titles and one ill-fated World Series run, the life the Los Angeles Dodgers have been living has switched from "charmed" to "cursed." They're not the worst team in Major League Baseball. Their 16-24 record is bad, but it..." May 15

  • Can Justin Turner, Logan Forsythe provide Dodgers with infusion of ‘professional’ at-bats?

    Orange County Register "Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe are expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday. The veteran infielders will rejoin the Dodgers in Miami at a delicate time. This season has fast become a sinking ship. The Cincinnati Reds just swept a four-game series in Los..." May 15

  • Dodgers can't shake sewer stench through first 40 games

    Sporting News "With the benefit of hindsight, the way the Dodgers’ final game of spring training ended was more symbolic than anyone thought at the time. On March 27, the third game of the Freeway Series against the Angels ended in the fifth inning when a water main under the..." May 14

  • Dodgers' Hill exits with finger blister

    The Score "Rich Hill, the Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander who missed considerable time over the past two seasons due to persistent blister issues, developed another finger blister during Sunday's start against the Cincinnati Reds, manager Dave Roberts told MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Roberts remains hopeful,..." May 13

  • Clayton Kershaw will make opt-out decision after season ends

    Yardbarker "Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will choose whether to opt out of the remaining two years and $65M on his contract after the season ends, and Buster Olney of ESPN looks at several factors that could play into the process. Health is chief among them, which isn’t surprising considering Kershaw’s recent..." May 13

  • Will the Dodgers make the playoffs?

    Yardbarker "With a major league-best 104-58 record, a National League-high plus-190 run differential and their first pennant since 1988, the Dodgers were a juggernaut in 2017. Because most of that great roster returned this year, expectations were that the Dodgers would once again rank among the majors’..." May 13

  • Roberts says why Dodgers aren't using 'small ball'

    MLB.com "Those critical of Dave Roberts for not managing his injury-riddled, sluggish Dodgers out of their offensive misery with "small ball," here's his response: "You have to look at who you have and manage accordingly," Roberts said before Saturday's game against the Reds. "When we are walking and..." May 13

  • Kenley Jansen pays for Dutch citizen's MS treatments

    Los Angeles Times "The story tugged at Kenley Jansen's heart. A vibrant young man, struck by an awful disease, forced into a wheelchair. An experimental treatment is available, but he cannot afford it. The man lives halfway around the world, in the Netherlands. Jansen has never met him, or even heard of..." May 13

  • Dodgers Select Contract Of Pat Venditte

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have selected the contract of ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte from Triple-A Oklahoma City, per a team announcement. They sent right-hander Brock Stewart to OKC in a corresponding move. Venditte earned his promotion with a stellar start this year in the minors, where he has..." May 12

  • Justin Turner to begin rehab assignment on Saturday

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers could be getting back one of their biggest bats next week. Justin Turner is set to begin a rehab assignment at the team’s High-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday. According to Pedro Moura, the plan is for Turner to rehab on Saturday and Sunday and then travel..." May 11

  • Six weeks into the season, Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen finds his Opening Day form

    L.A. Daily News "Kenley Jansen isn’t back. Not all the way. The Dodgers’ closer hasn’t allowed a run in his last four innings, a season high. He needed only nine pitches to retire Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Paul Goldschmidt on Wednesday for his sixth save of the season. The brief, stress-free inning was..." May 11

  • Clayton Kershaw resumes throwing for Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw is making progress towards a return from biceps tendinitis. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher was spotted throwing before the team’s game against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, according to multiple reporters." May 11

  • Matt Harvey's fresh start as a Red begins Friday night versus Dodgers

    ESPN "The start of Matt Harvey's time with the Cincinnati Reds, and the beginning of what he hopes is a revival to his once-promising career, will come in a road start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Harvey met his new teammates on Thursday, two days after the Reds acquired him from..." May 11

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Dodgers front office could have some explaining to do

    Los Angeles Times "If the Dodgers' early-season malaise becomes a season-long problem, the responsible party will be the front office that constructed the team. I'm not the only one who thinks that. The general manager does, too. "I mean, who else is it on?" Farhan Zaidi said. A 6-3 victory over the Arizona..." May 10

  • At 39, Dodgers’ Chase Utley remains the poster child for the college baseball experience

    L.A. Daily News "Before he was the Silver Fox, before he was the namesake of a baserunning rule, before he gave Philadelphia its first World Series trophy in a generation, Chase Utley was a UCLA Bruin. He didn’t have to be. UCLA did not offer Utley his only path to playing baseball beyond his late teens. The..." May 10

  • Dodgers plan to remain cautious with Walker Buehler, even in a time of need

    Orange County Register "Pretty much his entire baseball life, Walker Buehler has known someone is counting every pitch he throws. “Yeah – I mean, I guess I grew up with it,” the Dodgers’ dynamic – and protected – young right-hander said of living with limits. “My last two years in Little League, there were pitch..." May 09

  • Dodgers activate Yasiel Puig from the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers activated outfielder Yasiel Puig from the 10-day disabled list. He’s in the starting lineup, batting seventh against D-Backs starter Patrick Corbin. Puig, 27, hasn’t played since late April due to hip and foot injuries. He’s..." May 09

  • Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw encouraged by MRI, but his immediate future holds few certainties

    L.A. Daily News "The translucent wax paper covering Clayton Kershaw Injury Watch was replaced with a sheer burqa on Tuesday, when the Dodgers pitcher offered the first details about the tendinitis in his left biceps. The symptoms, which Kershaw described as “pretty generic,” first cropped up toward the end of..." May 09

  • Dodgers activate Rich Hill

    Hardball Talk "The Dodgers activated lefty Rich Hill from the 10-day disabled list. He’ll pitch against the Diamondbacks tonight. Hill was on the DL due to a cracked fingernail that ended up getting infected, which, eww. He was originally expected to make his return Sunday against the Padres in Mexico, but..." May 08

  • Clayton Kershaw hopes to resume throwing soon

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw is hoping for a return to action before long. Kershaw was placed on the disabled list Sunday due to biceps tendinitis. An MRI he underwent came back clean, and he says he is hoping to resume throwing soon. The 30-year-old southpaw has prided himself on his durability..." May 08

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

  • With Clayton Kershaw sidelined, Dodgers' depth will be tested yet again

    Los Angeles Times "Ross Stripling was walking off the field at Monterrey Stadium on Saturday afternoon when a Dodgers staffer pulled him aside. During an 11-game, seven-loss, four-injury road trip, Stripling operated as a Zelig-esque figure when it came to major calamity. He rooms with Corey Seager, so he knew..." May 07

  • Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on DL with biceps tendinitis

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the 10-day disabled list with left bicep tendinitis. The Dodgers announced the move before Sunday's game against the Padres in Monterrey, Mexico. Kershaw, 30, has struggled over his last three starts, allowing nine earned..." May 06

  • Dodgers Sign Danny Espinosa

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have signed veteran middle infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal, according to Alex Freedman, the communications director for their Triple-A team in Oklahoma City (Twitter link). Espinosa has already joined OKC, per Freedman. Espinosa, who had been on the market since..." May 06

  • Dodgers make easiest decision ever with SP Walker Buehler

    Sport News "Los Angeles starting pitcher Walker Buehler basically made the Dodgers' decision for them. With six no-hit innings Friday, which led the Dodgers to the first combined no-hitter in club history, there is no denying the former first-round pick earned a spot in Los Angeles' rotation. So when..." May 05

  • Here are the teams that make the most sense for Matt Harvey after he was let go by the Mets

    CBS Sports "The Mets on Friday designated for assignment embattled right-hander Matt Harvey after he refused assignment to the minors. While Harvey was fully within his rights to refuse said assignment, it did in essence mean the end of his Mets career. The 29-year-old will not go through waivers and..." May 05

  • Buehler leads LA's combined no-no in Mexico

    MLB.com "The pitching legacy of the Dodgers stretches for the better part of a century, and Walker Buehler took his rightful place in it on Friday night after just his third Major League start. The rookie did the heavy lifting in the first combined no-hitter in Dodgers history. His six electric innings..." May 05

  • Dodgers hoping to have Justin Turner back within next few weeks

    Larry Brown Sports "The Dodgers have missed Justin Turner’s bat and energy in the lineup, but they may be getting that back before too long. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Friday that the team hopes to get Turner back “within the next couple of weeks.” Turner has been out since breaking his wrist after..." May 04

  • The rise of the C-Flap

    Hardball Talk "One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I..." May 04

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to miss months following a “dramatic” groin injury

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu left in the second inning of last night’s game with a groin strain. It’s not the sort of thing you usually think too hard about when you read the game story. “Oh, that’s a shame,” you might think, and “hmm, I suspect a trip to the disabled list is in order,” if you’re..." May 03

  • Dodgers plan to reactivate Rich Hill on Sunday against San Diego

    Los Angeles Times "After missing one start with a cracked fingernail and missing another start when his finger became infected, Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill is expected to return to the starting rotation on Sunday against the Padres in Monterrey, Mexico. Hill will start in place of Clayton Kershaw, who will be given..." May 02

  • MLB Rumors: Dodgers stealing Manny Machado from Yankees, Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The first monkey wrench in the upcoming Major League Baseball trade market could be on the way. With Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager out for the season with an elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery, the defending National League champions could look to the trade market to..." May 02