Despite the Dodgers’ offseason-long search for a left fielder and/or middle-of-the-order bat, new manager Don Mattingly reiterated to Beth Harris of the Associated Press that Mannywood won’t be returning to Dodger Stadium.
“I don’t think Manny is a viable option now,” Mattingly said, with Harris noting that he was “choosing his words carefully.”
At this point Jay Gibbons is atop the Dodgers’ depth chart in left field, assuming his blurred vision proves to be a minor issue.
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring. Rodriguez apparently suffered the injury during Tuesday’s altercation with the Dodgers which featured Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley.
Rodriguez, 22, has been having an outstanding rookie season, posting a 2.25 ERA with a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 80 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances.
Casey Kelly will start in Rodriguez’s place against the Reds on Friday.