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Report: Kenta Maeda headed to injured list

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The Dodgers are expected to place starter Kenta Maeda on the 10-day injured list on Friday prior to the series-opening game against the Reds in Cincinnati, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. It’s not clear yet what exactly Maeda’s ailment is. It’s quite possible this is just roster trickery aimed at limiting the right-hander’s innings.

Maeda, 31, had a terrific start against the Padres on Wednesday, tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings, yielding just three hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts on 85 pitches. On the season, he carries a 3.51 ERA with a 52/20 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

Castillo notes that the Dodgers are expected to recall outfielder Kyle Garlick and corner infielder Matt Beaty from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of tomorrow’s game. This comes on the heels of some other roster moves the Dodgers made yesterday, which involved activating Caleb Ferguson from the injured list and optioning J.T. Chargois and Rocky Gale to Triple-A.

Dallas Keuchel could make season debut on Friday vs. Nationals

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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.