Here’s a great opening line from Jim Armstrong in this morning’s Denver Post:
Mark Ellis is living out of a suitcase and, apparently, dressing in a phone booth.
The Rockies acquired
Superman Ellis from the A’s in a fairly minor trade on Thursday afternoon, but the 34-year-old’s performance thus far in Colorado has been anything but. He finished 3-for-5 with two RBI in Saturday night’s 9-6 defeat of the Royals and is now 6-for-10 with four doubles, four runs scored and five RBI in just two games since joining the Rox.
The hotness isn’t meant to last — Ellis, after all, is only a .266/.332/.400 career hitter — but the Rockies have been craving consistent production all season at second base and should continue to grant him starts until the shine wears off. The longtime Oakland infielder has always been a strong defender.
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.