Prior to tonight’s game, the Dodgers announced that shortstop Hanley Ramirez was activated from the 15-day disabled list while left-hander Clayton Kershaw was placed on the bereavement list.
Ramirez, who had surgery on March 22 to repair a torn thumb ligament, went 3-for-6 with a double and three RBI during a brief two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. He is available off the bench tonight and will likely be in the lineup tomorrow for his Bobblehead Night. Nice timing.
Kershaw can remain on the bereavement list for a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, he is still likely to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Giants in San Francisco.
Freddy Garcia’s minor league deal with the Orioles gave him the ability to opt out if he wasn’t called up to the majors by his fifth start with Triple-A Norfolk, but MASNSports’ Roch Kubatko reports that he has agreed to stick around until May 14. In other words, the Orioles have bought themselves another two weeks.
Garcia was released by the Padres after a poor showing during spring training, but he has pitched well so far at the Triple-A level. Through five starts, the 36-year-old right-hander has a 2.67 ERA and 21/2 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings.
Garcia was passed up for a start last week in favor of Josh Stinson, but there could be an opportunity for him with the big club in the coming days. Of course, if he keeps pitching well in Triple-A and the Orioles don’t call him up, he probably wouldn’t have a problem finding an opportunity elsewhere.
Kyuji Fujikawa’s first stint as the Cubs’ closer didn’t last long due to a right forearm strain, but he could get another chance soon.
Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Fujikawa threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session today, his second since he was placed on the disabled list earlier this month. While Cubs manager Dale Sveum told Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald that he didn’t look particularly “crisp,” he’s scheduled to throw another bullpen session Thursday and should begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Iowa. He’ll likely need a few appearances before he’s cleared to rejoin the Cubs’ bullpen.
Fujikawa, who came over from Japan this winter on a two-year, $9.5 million contract, allowed six runs on eight hits and one walk over 4 1/3 innings prior to the injury. The Cubs have relied on a closer-by-committee during his absence, with the dynamic duo of Kevin Gregg and Carlos Marmol notching saves in the past week.