Greg Dobbs has been diagnosed with a partially torn left hamstring, jeopardizing the veteran bench player’s odds of beginning the season on the Marlins’ active roster.
Dobbs re-signed with the Marlins in January, getting $3 million for two seasons after hitting .275 with eight homers and a .701 OPS in 439 plate appearances last year.
Dobbs had never even gotten 400 plate appearances before, but was pushed into extended action at third base. He won’t see nearly as much playing time this season with Hanley Ramirez atop the depth chart, but manager Ozzie Guillen told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that the 33-year-old Dobbs could potentially be back in the lineup next week.
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.