Some more rough news here for the Dodgers’ outfield, which is already absent Yasiel Puig.
According to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, veteran Carl Crawford has been diagnosed with a torn oblique and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. “It’s pretty bad,” acknowledged the 33-year-old left fielder, who suffered the injury in Monday’s defeat of the Giants. There’s no timetable for his return. Severe oblique injuries can sometimes cost players two months.
Alex Guerrero is starting in left field on Tuesday night against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
Scott Van Slyke is in right field and callup Enrique Hernandez is in center field.
Braves manager Brian Snitker is hoping recently-signed starter Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut on Friday when the Braves open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. For now, the Braves have not officially named a starter for Friday.
After spending seven months as a free agent, Keuchel finally inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves on June 6. He tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Single-A Rome, then gave up three runs on 11 hits across seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.
Last year, his final season with the Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old supposedly worried prospective teams due to his declining strikeout rate.
Keuchel is hoping to continue the Braves’ momentum, as the club has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12-3 overall in June thus far, building up a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.