Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu has been sent back to Los Angeles to undergo a medical evaluation, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Also per Shaikin, manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu felt soreness in his left shoulder after playing catch on Sunday, and the lefty isn’t expected to be ready on Opening Day.
Ryu had a late start to the spring due to a minor back issue, so he has made only two starts thus far. He held the Padres scoreless over two innings on March 12, then allowed three runs (two earned) in three innings against the Rangers last Tuesday.
It’s unclear whether the Dodgers will put Ryu on the 15-day disabled list, though his medical evaluation should give them a better idea of what to do. The Dodgers could simply push his first scheduled start back, as the club has three off days in the first three weeks of the season. If Ryu needs a stint on the DL, Joe Wieland is currently the favorite to take his place, though Juan Nicasio and Erik Bedard are also contenders.
Right-hander Juan Nicasio, who was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week, has now been traded to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Colorado let Nicasio go early rather than simply non-tendering him before the December 2 deadline, choosing not to pay him a projected $2.4 million salary via arbitration following three straight seasons with an ERA above 5.00.
However, he’s always had good raw stuff and at age 28 he pitched well after shifting to the bullpen, throwing 21 innings with a 3.48 ERA and 17/5 K/BB ratio. For a team like the Dodgers that doesn’t really care about a couple million bucks he provides some nice bullpen depth.
Juan Nicasio, whose career was derailed by a broken neck from a line drive in 2012, has been designated for assignment by the Rockies.
Nicasio came back from the broken neck only to suffer a knee injury as well and has posted an ERA above 5.00 in three straight seasons.
However, he’s still just 28 years old and showed some promise after shifting to the bullpen this season by throwing 21 innings with a 3.48 ERA and 17/5 K/BB ratio.
In fact, as recently as mid-September manager Walt Weiss was talking Nicasio up as a reliever for 2015. But the front office disagreed, or at least didn’t want to keep him around for the projected $2.4 million salary via arbitration.
The Rockies walked off in the tenth inning on Justin Morneau’s two-run home run, but that wasn’t the most interesting part of Sunday’s series finale against the Padres. In the top of the third inning, pitcher Juan Nicasio was in a bit of a pickle with runners on first and second with no outs, already down 1-0.
Carlos Quentin hit a weak grounder to third baseman Nolan Arenado, who stepped on third base and quickly made a jump-throw to second baseman D.J. LeMahieu for out number two. LeMahieu took the ball out in front of the second base bag and avoided a sprawling Seth Smith to fire the ball to first baseman Justin Morneau, but he was a bit too late to get Quentin. Second base umpire Seth Buckminster, however, ruled Quentin out as a result of Smith’s interference, giving the Rockies a triple play. It appeared that Smith made contact with LeMahieu’s foot with his hand, though he did not grab the Rockies’ infielder.
Interference is not reviewable by instant replay, so the umpire’s ruling was final. Watch the play as it unfolded:
Juan Lagares landed on the disabled list in mid-April with a pulled right hamstring, but he only ended up missing the minimum 15 days and will be in the starting lineup tonight when the Mets take on the Rockies in Colorado. He’s hitting leadoff against right-hander Juan Nicasio.
Lagares was off to an impressive start at the plate prior to his injury, hitting .314/.345/.471 with one home run, three doubles, one triple, and seven RBI over his first 55 plate appearances. This is in addition to his usual excellent defense in center field.
Nobody expects Lagares to maintain what he was doing at the plate before going on the disabled list, but if he can post something in the range of a .320 on-base percentage and a .700 OPS, the Mets would probably be thrilled. His defense should give him plenty of leash. There’s no reason why the 25-year-old shouldn’t be playing everyday. Eric Young, Jr. is the odd man out in the Mets’ outfield tonight and might be a fourth outfielder now that Lagares is back from the disabled list.