PHOENIX>> Supervisor Dave Roberts feels the San Francisco Giants’ ache. He misplaced his ace to an harm for 75 days final season.
However the harm to Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was not solely “unlucky” as Roberts described it. It was additionally avoidable. Bumgarner suffered accidents to his ribs and shoulder whereas using a dust bike on the crew’s off day Thursday. He’s anticipated to overlook six to eight weeks.
“I used to be shocked. We have been out right here for early BP once I acquired the information,” Roberts stated. “Clearly accidents do occur. It occurred. However to your ace pitcher? It’s a giant blow.
“It’s sort of unlucky for Madison’s scenario. But it surely’s a reminder for all gamers what can occur. That’s why they’re known as accidents.”
Roberts joked that he didn’t suppose he needed to fear about dropping any of his gamers to a dust bike accident – “We attempt to preserve them off the grime bikes,” he stated.
And out of caves.
Roberts recalled he had the usual record of prohibited actions in his contract as a participant – skydiving, grime bike using and spelunking.
“In my contract (as a participant), there was no spelunking. So I stayed away from the spelunking,” he stated. “I by no means spelunked. I contemplated it. However per my contract, I couldn’t go spelunking.”
No cave exploration will uncover an enough alternative for Bumgarner however the Dodgers will nonetheless see two left-handed beginning pitchers once they go to San Francisco for a four-game collection subsequent week. Ty Blach is scheduled to take Bumgarner’s flip within the rotation on Tuesday with Matt Moore scheduled to begin Thursday.
“I do know it’s going to have an effect on them,” Roberts stated of the lack of Bumgarner. “That’s one thing they’re going to must cope with.”
Roberts made a change on the high of his lineup Friday night time, shifting Joc Pederson into the leadoff spot for the primary time this season and dropping Andrew Toles to seventh. Toles had made seven begins because the leadoff man this season – each recreation began by an opposing right-hander till Friday.
Roberts indicated the transfer was made as a result of he wished somebody on the high of the lineup who would work deeper counts. Pederson averaged four.21 pitches per plate look final season and four.32 this season earlier than Friday. In his first 115 big-league plate appearances, Toles averaged three.51 pitches.
“Proper now, you’ve acquired an aggressive hitter in Corey (Seager batting second) and in case you have an aggressive hitter in Tolesy you place slightly strain on JT (Justin Turner) to be extra passive than possibly he may wish to be,” Roberts stated. “So I simply wish to see anyone run counts extra and never have Tolesy change his strategy as a result of that’s who he’s and we like his aggressiveness.
“Simply once I watch baseball video games I see how issues play out. It’s extra on what I’ve acquired from watching our offense the primary 16 video games.”
No matter restricted progress left-hander Scott Kazmir may need been making in his try and pitch for the Dodgers this season appears to have been misplaced after he skilled renewed tightness in his left hip whereas pitching in an prolonged spring coaching recreation Thursday. Roberts stated Kazmir needed to be lifted from the sport. Roberts additionally stated stories point out Kazmir’s velocity stays down (although the Dodgers supervisor didn’t specify a spread).
Kazmir is predicted to affix the Dodgers at Chase Area on Saturday afternoon and throw within the bullpen with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt watching.
Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was eligible to come back off the 10-day DL on Friday however Roberts stated it might be Tuesday “on the earliest” earlier than Gutierrez returns from his hamstring harm.
Gutierrez will go to Camelback Ranch to get eight or 10 at-bats in video games there Saturday after which rejoin the Dodgers at Chase Area on Sunday. Roberts stated he nonetheless expects Gutierrez to go on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation task earlier than he’s activated.
Proper-hander Brock Stewart (shoulder irritation) and outfielder Andre Ethier (herniated disc) joined the Dodgers at Chase Area on Friday.
There is no such thing as a change in Ethier’s standing – he has nonetheless not been cleared to incorporate baseball actions in his exercises.
Stewart is within the long-toss part of his throwing program and is scheduled to begin throwing off a mound subsequent week. Stewart stated he has been informed Could 20 is the goal for him to be pitching in video games for one of many Dodgers’ minor-league groups. …
Left-hander Julio Urias made his third begin for Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis on Friday and threw 93 pitches over 5-2/three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out six.
The 93 pitches are greater than Urias threw in 11 of his 15 begins for the Dodgers final season.