After using Clayton Kershaw on short rest during the NLDS against the Braves, the Dodgers could ask Zack Greinke to do the same tomorrow in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.
Ricky Nolasco is currently lined up for the assignment, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times this afternoon that things could change depending on the results of tonight’s game. In other words, Nolasco should go if the Dodgers win, but they’ll likely turn to Greinke on three days’ rest if they are facing elimination tomorrow. This would set up the possibility of Kershaw going on short rest again in Game 5.
Greinke allowed two runs and struck out 10 batters over eight innings in Game 1 of the series on Friday. While Kershaw started on three days’ rest for the first time in his career last week, Greinke has done it twice before.
The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.
It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.
Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.