Chris Capuano goes to 4-0 as Dodgers shut down Cubs

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Getting better every time out, Chris Capuano shut out the Cubs for seven innings on Saturday to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Capuano has posted a statistically improved outing each time out for the Dodgers:

April 7 – 4 R in 4 2/3 IP
April 12 – 2 R in 5 1/3 IP
April 18 – 2 R in 6 IP
April 23 – 1 R in 7 IP
April 29 – 0 R in 6 2/3 IP
May 5 – 0 R in 7 IP

It’s been a very impressive showing for a guy who was only linked to the Dodgers, Twins and Cubs before signing a two-year, $10 million deal over the winter. Other contenders might have gotten more interested later on, but they seemed to be searching for more durable pitchers when free agent season started. Capuano, 33, has made 30 starts just three times in his career. He was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 186 innings for the Mets last year.

Nationals place Jeremy Hellickson on disabled list with a sprained wrist

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Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has been assigned to the 10-day disabled list after spraining his right wrist during a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday. The assignment is retroactive to August 15, though it’s not yet certain that Hellickson will be able to resume his role in the rotation after the minimum 10 days.

The 31-year-old righty was through 4 1/3 innings during Wednesday’s start when he threw a wild pitch behind the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina in the bottom of the fifth. He sprinted to cover home plate just as Harrison Bader took off from third base, and the two collided at the plate as Spencer Kieboom‘s throw home sailed over Hellickson’s head. He tumbled to the ground and rolled over his right wrist, then was forced to make a prompt exit from the field after feeling considerable soreness in his right hand.

While the X-rays returned negative, it makes sense for the Nationals to shelve Hellickson for the time being. In a best case scenario, he should miss only one turn through the rotation, provided that he’s able to work back up to full strength in the next week or so. The veteran righty is 5-3 in 18 starts this year with a 3.57 ERA, 1.9 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 across 88 1/3 innings. This will be his second official stint on the DL after missing nearly a month due to a right hamstring strain back in June.

In a corresponding move, fellow right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and will fill in for Hellickson during Saturday’s set against the Marlins. Rodriguez, 25, has yet to get comfortable on the major league stage: entering Saturday, the rookie owns a 5.84 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 through 24 2/3 innings.