UPDATE: The Dodgers just announced that Rafael Furcal and Jon Garland were placed on the disabled list while Ivan DeJesus Jr. and John Ely were called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.
12:00 PM: Another injury for the Dodgers’ infield? Shocking, I know.
Rafael Furcal left last night’s game against the Reds after suffering an injury to his left side during a rundown play in the second inning. According to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com, when asked if Furcal would need to be placed on the disabled list, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, “that’s the way it sounded.”
Furcal has already missed six weeks this season due to a broken left thumb. If this is an oblique injury, as the Dodgers fear, then Furcal could be sidelined for a month. The 33-year-old shortstop is batting .212/.246/.273 with one home run, five RBI and two stolen bases in four attempts over his first 17 games this season.
The Dodgers will promote an infielder, likely Ivan DeJesus Jr. or Russell Mitchell, before today’s game while Juan Uribe is expected to return from the disabled list tomorrow.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.