DODGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Jharel Cotton, Willie Calhoun Receive Minor League Honors

The Los Angeles Dodgers organization had a pair of prospects honored with right-hander Jharel Cotton named Pacific Coast League...
Via Dodger Blue
1 hour ago

Sore back no longer an issue for Thompson

Trayce Thompson didn't start for the second straight game Monday, but he was available off the bench for the Dodgers and is expected to start in left field Tuesday in the second game against the Cubs.
Via Dodgers.com
1 hour ago

Dave Roberts Addresses Mets’ Concerns Over Laser Rangefinder

The Los Angeles Dodgers' use of analytics on defense has steadily risen since Andrew Friedman took over as president of...
Via Dodger Blue
2 hours ago

Meet The Five Players Who Have Walked Against Clayton Kershaw In 2016

Throughout the Sunday Night Baseball telecast between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, the announcers frequently referenced the historic strikeout to walk ratio Clayton Kershaw has put up thus far in 2016.  The eye-popping stat most mentioned was that by the time Kershaw had struck out 100 batters this year, he had only walked five.  That rate bettered Cliff Lee...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley Defying Age, Turning Back The Clock For Dodgers

When the Los Angeles Dodgers opened Spring Training this year, there were many questions about the roster, not the least of which...
Via Dodger Blue
4 hours ago

Carl Erskine, 89, honors childhood friend

Dodgers at Cubs, 2:05 p.m. Kershaw CCLIII: Kershawngle Book Chase Utley, 2B Corey Seager, SS Justin Turner, 3B Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Joc Pederson, CF Yasmani Grandal, C Yasiel Puig, RF Carl Crawford, LF Alex Wood, P Michael Tackett of the New York Times had a fine article over the weekend on 89-year-old Dodger […]
Via Dodgers Insider
4 hours ago

Wood dominating thanks to delivery change

Alex Wood has had an inconsistent career, especially since joining the Dodgers, but over the last month, he's been among the best pitchers in baseball. Can he make it stick? Thanks to his unusual delivery, it's a harder question than it seems.
Via Dodgers.com
16 hours ago

Pulling Kershaw backfires, but Dodgers prevail in end

The Dodgers won Sunday night, but manager Dave Roberts knows he's being second-guessed for removing Clayton Kershaw in the eighth inning with a one-run lead and two outs. The move backfired, but Roberts got away with it, with a blown save by Adam Liberatore being overshadowed by a ninth-inning rally and 4-2 win over the Mets, the Dodgers' sixth victory in seven games.
Via Dodgers.com
17 hours ago

Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu suffers setback after rehab start

NEW YORK – Hyun-Jin Ryu might bring stability to the Dodgers’ starting rotation someday. That day won’t fall in the next two weeks. Ryu suffered minor shoulder soreness after his last rehabilitation start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on...
Via The OC Register
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Noah Syndergaard tossed after throwing behind Chase Utley

With each Chase Utley at-bat against the Mets, everyone immediately wonders if New York pitchers will take some retaliatory measure for what happened last October. Whether it simply got away from him or he intended to do it, we might not know for sure. Nonetheless, Noah Syndergaard threw behind Chase Utley in the top of the third on Saturday night. Instead of issuing a warning,...
Via The Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers send top prospect back to minors after one game

Julio Urias made his highly-anticipated MLB debut on Friday night, but that’s all Dodgers fans will get to experience of him for now. The Dodgers are sending Urias down to the minor leagues on Saturday, a day after he made his first and only career start. Urias, a 19-year-old prospect signed by the team in 2012, struggled with his control in his debut. The teenager allowed five...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood says decision to delay his next start until Monday was a 'compromise'

NEW YORK – Alex Wood was in a joking mood Friday about his left triceps injury. The Dodgers left-hander said he sustained the injury swinging a bat last weekend in San Diego, a game in which he finished 0 for 2 at the plate. His modest four-game...
Via The OC Register
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Utley's family received death threats after NLDS slide

Chase Utley’s family received death threats after his slide broke Ruben Tejada’s leg during the 2015 National League Division Series, according to a report. Mets fans were so furious with Utley’s slide that his family was targeted with death threats, and Utley did not stay in the same hotel as his Dodgers teammates when they made the trip to New York, though that was mere...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Attempts by Dodgers to acquire premiere relievers have fallen short

The Dodgers’ bullpen has been a point of much contention for many years — but it’s been especially true in recent years. While lamenting the lack of upgrades, some have claimed the Dodgers haven’t tried to upgrade the bullpen in recent times, but that is just patently false. Following the 2014 season, the Dodgers were interested in Andrew Miller. Chad wasn’t too keen on...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 2.0

This is the second installment of my 2016 MLB Draft Big Board. There have been some changes up and down the board, with some new names. But there are some familiar ones … at least, familiar from the first board. Previous Big Boards v 1.0 This comes on the heels of news that Julio Urias is getting promoted to the Dodgers tomorrow. If he were draft-eligible, he’d probably be...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Soon Is Now: Dodgers’ Julio Urias to Debut on Friday

The Dodgers announced today that teenage LHP Julio Urias will be called up to make his major-league debut on Friday in New York against the defending National League champion Mets. His statistics in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this year have been cartoonish. In eight appearances, Urias has thrown 41 innings, allowed 24 hits, 8 walks, and accrued 44 strikeouts. He sports...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 3, Reds 1: Sweep completed behind dominant Kazmir (no, really)

Holy crap, the Dodgers have now won four games in a row, which is like a legit winning streak or something. That streak is thanks in large part to the series sweep over the Reds, which the Dodgers completed with tonight’s 3-1 victory that was thanks in large part to a dominant Scott Kazmir. The Dodgers are now 25-23 on the year and are finally above .500 at home at 13-12. —–...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Votto booed by Dodgers fans for stomping paper airplane

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto drew the ire of the crowd at Dodger Stadium Tuesday after he aggressively stomped on a paper airplane that landed in the infield during the 7th inning of his team’s 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The fact that the paper airplane was tossed from the upper deck in left field — in foul territory no less — should have elicited a...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Puig benched for not hustling, cracks Don Mattingly joke

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was yanked from Tuesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds for admiring a long RBI single. Puig smoked a ball off the right field wall in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Trayce Thompson to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. When he hit it, Puig clearly thought he had an opposite-field home run, so he admired the shot for a moment. That...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw Is Forcing Us to Confront the Pedro Question

Over the last 365 days, Clayton Kershaw has been baseball’s best pitcher. That isn’t a particularly enlightening sentence given that he’s almost certainly been the league’s best pitcher over the last several years, as well. At this point, the question isn’t really if Kershaw is the best pitcher, but rather if he is the best overall player, Mike Trout included. Kershaw...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig yanked from game for not running out a deep flyball

I happened to have on the Dodgers-Padres game on Sunday, and in the ninth inning of a tied game, Los Angeles’ A.J. Ellis laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt with Yasiel Puig on second base and no outs. Ellis executed the bunt as he was supposed to, forcing San Diego third baseman Yangervis Solarte to make the play… and Puig didn’t move. Yes, bunts are lame, but there’s still...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Clayton Kershaw already a Hall of Famer?

On Monday night, Clayton Kershaw laid waste to a bad Cincinnati Reds team. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a complete game shutout, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out seven while throwing just 102 pitches. It was the tenth time in ten starts Kershaw had completed at least seven innings. His strikeout total of seven was actually his third-lowest mark of the year....
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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