Buster Olney just reported what many Dodgers fans feared:
There is very little expectation within the
Dodgers’ org. that major $ — or even middling $ — will be made
available to add a pitcher.
I mean really, it’s not like they’re in a pennant race with teams pitching circles around them or anything (oh, wait). What do you people want, after all?
I think the divorce gets blamed too much in stories about the Dodgers. I think it’s broader than that. I think they’re just a team whose owners have decided can be very profitable for them if they scale back their on-the-field ambitions and put their energies into real estate ventures, football stadiums and soccer investment, all while controlling costs on the field and maybe raising the ticket prices some over time.
Fabulous business decision. Terrible way to treat a fan base.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.