Even after locking up Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers could still pursue more pitching

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The Dodgers may have just locked up starter Clayton Kershaw for the price of $215 million over seven years, but they may not be spending yet. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers could still add more pitching. Getting involved on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka would require approval from ownership, but they could still pursue veteran Bronson Arroyo as well.

Adding another starter would give them six with Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren, and Josh Beckett. Chad Billingsley is expected to return around the All-Star break as well. Beckett, coming off of thoracic outlet surgery, would likely be the odd man out. The Dodgers could simply move him to the bullpen or swing a trade. Beckett is a free agent after the season, and if the Dodgers pay a healthy portion of his $15.75 million salary for 2014, they could certainly draw some interest.

Masahiro Tanaka throws a Maddux

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You do know what a Maddux is, right? In case you forgot, it’s a complete game shutout in which the starter throws fewer than 100 pitches. Friend of HBT Jason Lukehart invented that little metric and, because Greg Maddux is my favorite player ever, it’s pretty much my favorite stat ever.

In the Yankees-Red Sox game tonight it was Masahiro Tanaka doing the honors, tossing 97-pitch three-hitter in which he only allowed one runner to reach second base to beat Boston 3-0. He only struck out three but he didn’t walk anyone. He retired the last 14 batters he faced.

Chris Sale was no slouch himself, striking out ten in eight innings. He’s pitched great this year but he’s not getting any help. The Sox have only scored four runs in his five starts. Boston has scored only 13 runs in their last seven games. They’ve been shut out three times in the past seven. They scored more runs than anyone last year, by the way.

The game only took two hours and twenty-one minutes. Or, like, half the time of a Yankees-Red Sox game in the early 2000s. Progress, people. We’re making progress.

Shelby Miller has a tear in his UCL, considering Tommy John surgery

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery. Surgery would end Miller’s 2017 season and would cut into a significant portion — if not all — of his 2018 season as well.

Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews for second and third opinions, respectively. He could choose to rehab his elbow rather than undergo surgery, but that comes with its own set of positives and negatives.

Miller lasted only four-plus innings in his most recent start on Sunday and carries a 4.09 ERA on the season, his second with the Diamondbacks. His time in Arizona has not gone well.