Los Angeles Dodgers Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Scott Van Slyke, RF4/18/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke ought to get a spot start on Friday as he's 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles and two homers versus Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.
Insight: Van Slyke offers power to fantasy owners when he gets a chance to play, but its a crowded Dodgers outfield and he's No. 5 on the depth chart. He's batting .313 this season with a 1.138 OPS. He's worth a flier if he's in the starting lineup.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SPHot4/17/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu didn't allow a run for the second straight start Thursday against San Francisco.
Insight: This time he outdueled Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 6 K's, 3 BB) for his third win of the season. Ryu isn't striking that many hitters out (25 K's in five starts) but he isn't walking many either (nine free passes in 28 IP).
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/17/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is hoping to return Friday against the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: He sat out Thursday's game with a hand injury. Ramirez is off to a so-so start with two homers and seven RBI in his first 15 appearances (.281 AVG).
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/17/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was forced out of Wednesday's game after being hit in the hand by a Ryan Vogelsong pitch. Ramirez is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ramirez had X-rays which came back negative, but he'll still miss some time. He's off to a slow start (for him), batting .281 with a pair of homers, seven RBI and 22 runs scored.
Yasiel Puig, RF4/17/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will bat in the No. 3 hole on Thursday for the first time in his career.
Insight: Fantasy owners would like the 23-year-old to play well in this RBI spot as it would add more value. He's getting the opportunity because Hanley Ramirez is not in the lineup nor is Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier.
Clayton Kershaw, SP4/17/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (upper-back strain) threw another bullpen session Thursday without incident and should start facing live batters next week, according to beat reporter Ken Gurnick.
Insight: The two-time Cy Young Award winner suffered the back injury during his first start of the season March 22 and is hoping to be back in mid-May.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4/17/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez is just a .130 career hitter versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner (3-for-23).
Insight: Gonzalez has rediscovered the power stroke, posting a .944 OPS through his first 15 games, but has an unfavorable matchup on Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/17/2014 9:13:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was forced out of Wednesday's game after being hit in the hand by a Ryan Vogelsong pitch.
Insight: Ramirez had x-rays which came back negative, but he might still miss some time. He's off to a slow start (for him), batting .281 with a pair of homers, seven RBI and 22 runs scored.
Matt Kemp, CF 4/16/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against Tim Lincecum but he ended up going 2-for-2 with a walk and a steal after pinch hitting.
Insight: Kemp is 6-for-28 (.214) with three home runs in eight games. He didn't hit his third homer last year until his 59th game. Kemp has a good matchup Wednesday against Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants. He's gone 7-for-22 (.318) with three extra-base hits (1 HR) against the right-hander.
Brian Wilson, RP4/15/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have activated Brian Wilson from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Wilson went on the DL with a nerve irritation in his right elbow on April 1. He'll step back into the Dodgers' setup role.
Clayton Kershaw, SP4/15/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (upper-back strain) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and showed his best velocity since he suffered his injury, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Kershaw suffered the back injury during his first start of the season March 22 and is out indefinitely.
Chad Billingsley, SP4/15/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley has suffered another setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: His bullpen session was cut short Tuesday because of renewed discomfort in his surgically-repaired right elbow. He's not likely to join the Dodgers' rotation any time soon.
Carl Crawford, LF4/15/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford is back after sitting out the last two games with tightness in his side.
Insight: Crawford (.306, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 SB) returns to a three-game hitting streak. He's 3-for-7 in his career against tonight's starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum (0-1, 9.90 ERA).
Matt Kemp, CFCold4/15/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp struggles mightily against Giants hurler Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Kemp has just nine hits in 46 at-bats (.196) and has struck out twice as often has he's gotten a hit. The star outfielder dealt with injuries this spring which kept him off the practice fields at its manifested into a slow start (.154).
Dee Gordon, 2B4/15/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Gordon beat out Alex Guerrero for the second base job this spring and has continues to play well, batting .400 through the first 11 games with a league-leading nine steals. Proceed with caution on Tuesday based on the unfavorable matchup with Lincecum.
Matt Kemp, CF4/13/2014 11:16:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp went deep Sunday at Arizona.
Insight: Kemp has just four hits in 26 at-bats (.154), but three left the park and the other was a double.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot4/13/2014 11:13:00 PM
Description: Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth straight game Sunday at Arizona.
Insight: Gonzalez has rediscovered the power stroke he used to hit 33 homers per season from 2007-11. He averaged just 20 per season and a .462 slugging percentage the past two years.
Carl Crawford, LF4/13/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in Sunday's lineup because he's dealing with tightness in his right side, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Andre Ethier will keep the starting gig as long as Crawford is out.
Carl Crawford, LF4/13/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Carl Crawford is not listed in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Arizona. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Crawford, one of the premier outfielders in the game during his nine-year tenure with Tampa Bay, now finds himself in a platoon situation with Andre Ethier in left field. He's played well this season (.306 AVG in nine games) but may not see enough at bats to be a factor in fantasy leagues. It also hurts that he doesn't steal as many bases as he used to (just 15 last season).
Yasiel Puig, RF4/11/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (thumb) will return to the lineup Friday night against the Diamondbacks, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: The 23-year-old suffered a sprained thumb while sliding head-first into first base Saturday and didn't start the last three games, but he pinch hiht Wednesday.
Yasiel Puig, RF4/9/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (sprained left thumb) will not start Wednesday, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: The 23-year-old suffered the thumb injury while sliding head-first into first base Saturday. The Dodgers have four solid outfielders (Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford) and can easily absorb this injury and give Puig all the rest he needs.
Josh Beckett, SP4/8/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett will return to the starting rotation on Wednesday. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB Nation
Insight: Beckett's status had been in question after suffering a minor ankle injury in his last rehab start. He hasn't won a game in the major leagues since 2012.
Yasiel Puig, RF4/8/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (strained left thumb) is out of the lineup again Tuesday.
Insight: The 23-year-old suffered the injury while sliding head-first into first base Saturday. The Dodgers have four solid outfielders (Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford) and can easily absorb this injury and give Puig all the rest he needs.
A.J. Ellis, C4/8/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (torn left meniscus) had surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Insight: Now that Drew Butera is the everyday catcher, Los Angeles will likely call up Miguel Olivo from Triple-A Albuquerque or Tim Federowicz to serve as his backup.
Matt Kemp, CF4/8/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is hitless in 16 at-bats versus Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Kemp is coming off a two-homer game, but this is not the matchup to press your bets. Avoid Kemp on Tuesday.
Andre Ethier, OF4/8/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has a .400 average and one homer in his matchups against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ethier should be in the lineup with Yasiel Puig still dealing with the thumb injury. He's batting .280 through the first eight games, though without much power (one extra base hit).
A.J. Ellis, C4/7/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee. He's out indefinitely. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Ellis will undergo surgery on Tuesday. Now that Drew Butera is the everyday catcher, Los Angeles will likely call up Miguel Olivo from Triple-A Albuquerque to serve as his backup.
Yasiel Puig, RF4/7/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig's MRI revealed a strained left thumb ligament.
Insight: The 23-year-old suffered the injury while sliding head-first into first base Saturday. He should avoid a trip to the disabled list and could even play Tuesday, though the smart money says he takes a few more days off. The Dodgers have four solid outfielders (Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford) and can easily absorb this injury and give Puig all the rest he needs.
Josh Beckett, SP4/6/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett (ankle, thumb) threw a bullpen session and is still in line to start Wednesday, according to Eric Stephen of truebluela.com.
Insight: Beckett had his comeback from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery delayed when a clubhouse door slammed on his right thumb early in spring training, and he suffered an ankle injury during what was supposed to be his last rehab start Friday.
Yasiel Puig, RF4/6/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig will not play Sunday due to a left thumb injury, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. Andre Ethier (.304, one HR, six RBI) will get the start in right field against the Giants.
Insight: Puig's X-rays came back negative, though he'll also have an MRI. The 23-year-old has hit .250 with one homer and four RBI this season and was benched Friday for showing up late to the ballpark. He suffered the thumb injury while sliding head-first into first base Saturday and because it's Puig he's likely to draw some criticism for the decision.
Josh Beckett, SP4/6/2014 3:27:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett suffered an ankle injury during his rehab start on Friday and may not start for Los Angeles this Wednesday, according to the L.A. Times.
Insight: Beckett had his comeback from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery delayed when a clubhouse door slammed on his right thumb early in spring training, and now he has to worry about his ankle. The team will see how his ankle responds Sunday before deciding if he can start Wednesday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold4/6/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: In 69 at-bats against Giants starter Matt Cain, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has generated nine extra-base hits, including four homers.
Insight: Gonzalez is a .290 career hitters against Cain and also has 10 walks against him. Sunday's matchup may help him get going after hitting .167 in his first 24 at-bats.
Matt Kemp, CF4/6/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has a .222 career average in 54 at-bats against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Insight: Kemp went 1-for-8 with three strikeouts in his first two games since he came off the DL. He'll get Cain Sunday.
Andre Ethier, OF4/6/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has a .304 average, one homer and six RBI in seven games this season and he has crushed Giants starter Matt Cain in his career.
Insight: Ethier and Cain have both played in the NL West for many years and have faced each other 68 times. Either has won plenty of those battles, batting .441 with four doubles, a triple and a homer.
Scott Van Slyke, RF4/5/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke will get a start in left field on Saturday.
Insight: Given Andre Ethier's .125 batting average versus Madison Bumgarner this is no surprise. Van Slyke offers power to fantasy owners. He he seven last year in 129 at-bats with an .807 OPS.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold4/5/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is just 2-for-20 versus Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Gonzalez is off to a slow start (.143) and this unfavorable matchup isn't likely to help. Avoid him on Saturday.
Andre Ethier, OF4/5/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is a career .125 hitter (3-for-24) with nine strikeouts against Giants left-hander Madison Bumganer.
Insight: Through six games he's batting .273, but this could be a nice day to sit him.
Yasiel Puig, RF4/4/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig showed up late to batting practice and has been benched for Friday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Matt Kemp will get the start in his place. We expect this to be a one-game benching, but Puig's fantasy owners can't be happy.
Matt Kemp, CF4/4/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Matt Kemp will start in center field and bat second Friday against the Giants.
Insight: Yasiel Puig was benched after showing up late to batting practice. Kemp has dealt with hamstring, shoulder and ankle issues over the last two seasons and hit just .270 with six homers in 263 at bats in 2013.
Matt Kemp, CF4/4/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, however, he is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Kemp has dealt with hamstring, shoulder and ankle issues over the last two seasons and hit just .270 with six homers in 263 at-bats last year. He's expected to make his first start of the season on Saturday. Expect him to get plenty of time off during the season.
Hanley Ramirez, SSCold4/4/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is just 1-for-12 (.083) against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Ramirez is off to a cold start with just two hits in 19 at-bats. He's one of the top-two fantasy shortstops and will certainly snap out of it. Probably not on Friday, however, and he should be avoided.
Josh Beckett, SP4/2/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett (thumb) is expected to make a minor league rehab start Friday, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Beckett sprained his thumb early in March. He's expected to return in mid-April.
Paul Maholm, SP4/2/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: According to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com, the Dodgers announced that Paul Maholm will start Saturday against the Giants.
Insight: Maholm was solid in 2011-12 (3.66 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) but dropped to a 4.41 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP last year. He's not worth a look outside of NL-only leagues.
Brian Wilson, RP4/1/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have placed set-up man Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with a nerve irritation in his right elbow, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: The good news is that he doesn't have any ligament damage. Wilson has only thrown 16 2/3 innings since the beginning of 2012 due to Tommy John surgery. He allowed three runs (two earned) without getting an out Sunday night at San Diego. Former Indians closer Chris Perez will likely move into the eighth-inning role for Los Angeles.
Zack Greinke, SP4/1/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (calf) only threw five innings Tuesday at San Diego but he came away with the win.
Insight: Greinke dealt with a strained calf this spring which caused him to miss the team's trip to Australia. He threw 94 pitches Tuesday and allowed two hits and two earned runs while fanning five.
Yasiel Puig, RF4/1/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puighit his first homer of the season Tuesday at San Diego.
Insight: Puig slugged a two-run shot off Ian Kennedy in the first inning and finished 2-for-4 with zero Ks after fanning five times in the first three games. He's 5-for-17 (.294) with two extra-base hits so far.
Clayton Kershaw, SP4/1/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (back inflammation) will throw at submaximal intensity for the next 2-3 weeks and after that period is over the team will determine his timetable, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: That's a gut punch for fantasy owners, who will likely be without their ace for all of April. The silver lining is that Kershaw doesn't have an arm injury.
Matt Kemp, CF4/1/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) still has a chance to play Friday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: That's the first day he's eligible to return. Kemp has dealt with hamstring, shoulder and ankle issues over the last two seasons and hit just .270 with six homers in 263 at-bats last year.
Zack Greinke, SP4/1/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (calf) missed the trip to Australia, but appears that he'll be ready to start on Tuesday as scheduled.
Insight: Greinke tweaked his calf just three pitches into his spring training debut and missed most of Cactus league season, playing in minor leagues games instead. He posted excellent numbers last season (15-4, 2.63 ERA, 1.114 WHIP) and the same is expected of him this season, particularly with Clayton Kershaw sidelined to start the year.
Andre Ethier, OF4/1/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Dodgerrs outfielder Andre Ethier is a career .357 hitter (10-for-28) with a pair of homers and a 1.043 OPS versus Padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Through three games and 12 at-bats, Ethier has just a couple of singles but perhaps he can kick start his season in this favorable matchup.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP3/31/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed seven scoreless frames Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: The MLB season is only three games old and we've already seen Ryu pitch twice, allowing just five hits over 12 shutout innings. Unfortunately, setup man Brian Wilson blew the lead, costing Ryu what would have been his second win of the season. Ryu's next start is scheduled for Friday against the Giants.
Josh Beckett, SP3/30/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated that starter Josh Beckett will get the first shot at the fifth starter job, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Beckett sprained his thumb early in March and is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 4. Unless Clayton Kershaw's back injury proves to be problematic, Los Angeles won't need a fifth starter until mid-April. Beckett missed most of last season due to thoracic outlet syndrome.
Clayton Kershaw, SP3/30/2014 3:03:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw (back inflammation) was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Kershaw was scratched from Sunday's start after winning the Dodgers' season opener last Saturday in Australia. We hope this is more precautionary that an ongoing issue.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP3/29/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Hyun-Jin Ryu will make the start Sunday against the Padres. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB Nation
Insight: He's filling in for Clayton Kershaw, who tweaked his back in a workout earlier this week. Ryu tossed five innings of two-hit ball against the D-Backs last Saturday in his first start of the season.
Matt Kemp, CF3/28/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles' Matt Kemp (ankle) says he is 100 percent healthy, according to Scott Miller of cbssports.com.
Insight: "I feel great," Kemp said. He'll miss three more games and is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 4. Kemp has dealt with hamstring, shoulder and ankle issues over the last two seasons and hit just .270 with six homers in 263 at-bats last year. With an ADP of 65 in Yahoo leagues, he is a high-risk, high-reward player.
Clayton Kershaw, SP3/28/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw (back inflammation) played catch Friday with no discomfort, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Kershaw was scratched from this Sunday's start due to back inflammation after winning the Dodgers season opener last Saturday in Australia. He could be ready to rejoin the rotation late next week.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP3/27/2014 7:26:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (toe) will throw a bullpen session Friday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ryu threw five scoreless innings to win his first start of the season last Saturday against Arizona, but he suffered a toe injury running the bases. Either Ryu or Dan Haren will start Sunday against the Padres.
Clayton Kershaw, SP3/26/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw won't make his scheduled start Sunday against the Padres. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He's out with back inflammation. The Dodgers haven't announced who will start in his place. Kershaw won his first start of the season Saturday against Arizona (6 2/3 IP, 5 H, ER). That game was played in Australia.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP3/25/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is questionable for his next start due to an injury to his right big toe, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Ryu threw five scoreless innings to win his first start of the season Saturday against Arizona, but he suffered a toe injury running the bases. He'll see a doctor Tuesday to check out the issue.
Matt Kemp, CF3/25/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles' Matt Kemp (ankle) could be activated next week, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Kemp is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 4. He has dealt with hamstring, shoulder and ankle issues over the last two seasons and hit just .270 with six homers in 263 at-bats last year. With an ADP of 65 in Yahoo leagues, Kemp is a high-risk, high-reward player.
Yasiel Puig, RF3/25/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig's MRI revealed no structural damage in his back, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Puig has some inflammation and is day-to-day. He's expected to be ready for Sunday's game after going 3-for-10 with two RBI and four Ks in Los Angeles season-opening series against the Diamondbacks in Australia, though he'll have to avoid a setback between now and then.
Alex Guerrero, SS3/25/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero, he of the four-year, $28 million contract, didn't win the second base job and was optioned to Albuquerque of the PCL.
Insight: Dee Gordon and Justin Turner will likely platoon at second base. Gordon has the speed, but isn't the hitter that Turner is. Its likely that neither will be fantasy worthy.
Dee Gordon, 2B3/23/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored Saturday against Arizona.
Insight: Gordon sat out Los Angeles' season opener while Justin Turner got the start, but he led off Saturday. If he hits at all, Gordon will get most of the starts at second base until Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero is ready. Gordon carries shortstop eligibility and could be a source of cheap steals at either middle-infield position.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP3/23/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed five scoreless innings, struck out five and gave up two hits Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Ryu had a very good rookie season, going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 154 strikeouts in 192 innings. That would have won Rookie of the Year most seasons, but Jose Fernandez had a rookie year for the ages in 2013.
Yasiel Puig, RF3/23/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 with two RBI Saturday after going 0-for-5 with three Ks in the opener and hitting .122 in the spring, but he left in the ninth inning with a back injury, according to espn.com.
Insight: Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Puig "grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses," and then after the game took a sarcastic tone when describing the injury. "I guess (he hurt) his back," he said. "Shoulder yesterday, back today, so I'm not sure if they're going to get him tests or get him to the MRI Monday or a bone scan on Tuesday, maybe," Mattingly said. "I'm not quite sure what we'll do. We may not do anything. I'm not sure."
Dee Gordon, 2B3/22/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Dee Gordon will lead off and play second base for the Dodgers Saturday against the Diamondbacks, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Gordon sat out Los Angeles' season opener while Justin Turner got the start. If he hits at all, Gordon will get most of the starts at second base until Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero is ready. Gordon carries shortstop eligibility and could be a source of cheap steals.
Chris Perez, RP3/22/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Dodgers righthander Chris Perez pitched in the seventh and Brian Wilson came in for the eighth inning for the Dodgers in the season opener.
Insight: Neither gave up a run as they set up for closer Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers have assembled three closers to finish out games which could make it very tough on the opposition. Barring an injury to Jansen, however, Perez and Wilson will only have value in league which count holds.
Scott Van Slyke, RF3/22/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke got the start in left field with Carl Crawford not in Australia and made the most of it with a double and a homer in the team's season opener.
Insight: Van Slyke posted seven homers and a .807 OPS in 129 at-bats last season, but as the fifth outfielder on the team, barring injury, doesn't appear to have a way to get enough at-bats for fantasy owners to roster him.
Yasiel Puig, RFCold3/22/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Yasiel Puig owners can't be happy with his first day's effort. Batting in the leadoff spot on Saturday in the Dodgers' season opener, Puig went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Insight: Puig hit .333 when he was first in the lineup last season. We'll see if this is just a temporary fix because the team is without Carl Crawford for this opening series or if manager Don Mattingly really envisions Puig as his full-time leadoff man.
Clayton Kershaw, SP3/22/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw has started the new season just as he finished the last one - pitching like an All-Star.
Insight: Kershaw went 6.2 innings for the win, yielding five hits and one run and striking out seven in the 2014 season opener at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. Its about what we expect from the $215 million man.
Yasiel Puig, RF3/21/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Yasiel Puig will hit leadoff Saturday in the Dodgers' season opener. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Puig hit .333 when he was first in the lineup last season. We'll see if this is just a temporary fix or if manager Don Mattingly really envisions Puig as his full-time leadoff man.
Carl Crawford, LF3/19/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is dealing with the flu and will miss at least a couple of days, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Crawford left Tuesday's game in the second inning and appeared to be clutching his shoulder, leading to speculation of an injury. However, it appears he was just feeling ill. He didn't travel with the team to Australia for its season-opening series against the Diamondbacks because his girlfriend is expected to give birth.
Carl Crawford, LF3/18/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford was carted off the field after one at-bat in a minor-league game Tuesday and appeared to be holding his right shoulder, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Crawford didn't travel with the team to Australia for its season-opening series against the Diamondbacks because his girlfriend is expected to give birth. He may miss more than two games if his shoulder is injured, which would alleviate the Dodgers' outfield logjam.
Carl Crawford, LF3/15/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have already ruled Carl Crawford out for their series in Australia next weekend. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: This isn't injury-related. Crawford's girlfriend is expected to have their baby next week and he wants to be there when it happens. Crawford should be good to go for the real Opening Day March 30th against the Padres.
Josh Beckett, SP3/14/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Josh Beckett left Friday's start due to soreness in his right thumb, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Beckett caught his thumb in a clubhouse door earlier this month. As the Dodgers' fifth starter, he won't make his first regular season start until mid-April due to numerous off days in the schedule early in the season. Beckett struggled with the longball last season, allowing eight in 43 1/3 innings, but his 8.52 K/9 (highest since 2008) was encouraging. He was limited to eight starts by thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.
Carl Crawford, LF3/14/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford's girlfriend is expecting a baby any day and he may have to miss the team's season-opening series in Australia. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, truebluela.com
Insight: The Dodgers leave for Australia on March 16 and will play the Diamondbacks on March 22 and 23.
Matt Kemp, CF3/13/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles' Matt Kemp (ankle) played the outfield again on Thursday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Kemp played two half-innings, one more than he played Wednesday. He is attempting to come back from ankle surgery in October. Kemp has missed 145 games the last two seasons due to hamstring, shoulder and ankle injuries and hit a paltry .270 with six homers and a .723 OPS over 73 games in 2013. If he can avoid a setback, he should be ready to play after the Dodgers finish their season-opening series in Australia. Kemp is a typical high-risk, high-reward option.
Josh Beckett, SP3/12/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Josh Beckett is questionable for Friday's start due to a sprained right thumb, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com. Beckett has not had a setback from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, but he caught his thumb in a clubhouse door about 10 days ago.
Insight: Beckett is expected to begin the season as the Dodgers' fifth starter but won't make his first regular season start until mid-April due to numerous off days in the schedule early in the season. Beckett struggled with the longball last season, allowing eight in 43 1/3 innings, but his 8.52 K/9 (highest since 2008) was encouraging.
Zack Greinke, SP3/12/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (calf) said his calf felt pretty good during Wednesday's start, but he was not as pleased with his arm strength, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Greinke tweaked his calf just three pitches into his spring training debut and returned to Cactus League action Wednesday. He shouldn't have to miss any starts in the regular season.
Matt Kemp, CF3/12/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles' Matt Kemp (ankle) played center field for an inning in a minor leage intrasquad game on Wednesday, according to the Dodgers on Twitter.
Insight: Kemp is attempting to come back from ankle surgery in October. He has missed 145 games the last two seasons due to hamstring, shoulder and ankle injuries and hit a paltry .270 with six homers and a .723 OPS over 73 games in 2013. If he can avoid a setback, he should be ready to play after the Dodgers finish their season-opening series in Australia. Kemp is a typical high-risk, high-reward option.
Zack Greinke, SP3/11/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (calf) is expected to start Wednesday's game, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Greinke tweaked his calf just three pitches into his spring training debut. However, he progressed to a simulated game Saturday in which he threw 33 pitches before throwing a bullpen session Monday without any issues. He shouldn't have to miss any starts in the regular season.
Zack Greinke, SP3/11/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (calf) may get into a game as soon as Wednesday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Greinke tweaked his calf just three pitches into his spring training debut. However, he progressed to a simulated game Saturday in which he threw 33 pitches before throwing a bullpen session Monday without any issues.
Dee Gordon, SS3/10/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Ken Gurnick of dodgers.com adds another report that Dee Gordon is the favorite to win the Dodgers' second base job over Alexander Guerrero.
Insight: Gordon is only batting .208 this spring, but is 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts. He's also made just one error in 34 changes. Guerrero is batting .250, but might start the season in the minors.
Matt Kemp, CF3/9/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) said he still needs to strengthen his legs but his ankle was fine after getting seven at-bats in a minor league game Sunday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Kemp is not expected to be ready for the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia, but he may be back soon thereafter. He has missed 145 games the last two seasons due to hamstring, shoulder and ankle injuries and hit a paltry .270 with six homers and a .723 OPS over 73 games in 2013. He's a typical high-risk, high-reward option.
Matt Kemp, CF3/8/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is nearing a return to game action. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: Kemp is not expected to be ready for the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia, but he may be back soon thereafter. He has missed 145 games the last two seasons due to hamstring, shoulder and ankle injuries and hit a paltry .270 with six homers and a .723 OPS over 73 games in 2013. He's a typical high-risk, high-reward option.
Yasiel Puig, RF3/6/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (back/shoulder) is in Thursday afternoon's Cactus League game.
Insight: Puig had left Wednesday's game early, but this confirms it was nothing serious. The 23-year-old outfielder is fun to watch and should be an across-the-board contributor to any fantasy league team.
Carl Crawford, LF3/4/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (quad) returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Crawford has been dealing with a mild quad strain. He played 116 games last season and hit .283, but he had just 15 steals on 19 attempts and hasn't swiped 20 bases or scored 70 runs since 2010. Most of his power is also gone. He's a late-round pick at best.
Zack Greinke, SP3/3/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly all but ruled out starter Zack Greinke (calf) of the team's season-opening series in Australia on March 22-23, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. "He's not going to be (up to) 90 pitches by that time," Mattingly said.
Insight: Greinke tweaked his calf just three pitches into his spring training debut and was scratched from Saturday's bullpen session after feeling pain near the injury. There's no timetable for his return.
Zack Greinke, SP3/3/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (calf) played catch from 120 feet Monday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Greinke tweaked his calf just three pitches into his spring training debut and was scratched from Saturday's bullpen session after feeling pain near the injury. There's no timetable for his return, and it's become increasingly unlikely he'll be able to pitch in Los Angeles' season-opening series against Arizona in Australia on March 22 and 23.
Dee Gordon, SS3/2/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that Dee Gordon is the favorite to win the Dodgers' second base job.
Insight: Gordon hasn't had too much of a chance to take advantage of his top-flight speed in his major league career, as he has hit .256 with a .301 on-base percentage. He's not the long-term answer at second for the Dodgers. Los Angeles signed Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $28 million contract last October, but the former shortstop has had trouble with his new position and will start the year at Triple-A.
Zack Greinke, SP3/2/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers righthander Zack Greinke wasn't able to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. There's no timetable for his return. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Greinke tweaked his calf just three pitches into his spring training debut on Thursday. It's uncertain whether he'll be able to make the trip to Australia for the team's first series against the Diamondbacks.
Matt Kemp, CF3/1/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Matt Kemp's ankle MRI came back clean. He's been cleared to do drills and could start running soon. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: At this point, it's unclear if Kemp will be ready for Opening Day. Once considered a top-ten fantasy player, Kemp now finds himself in a center field platoon with Andre Ethier (.272, 12 HR, 52 RBI).
Chad Billingsley, SP2/28/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: L.A. starter Chad Billingsley (elbow) will progress to throwing breaking balls Saturday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery late last April. He's expected to be ready in midseason and shouldn't be drafted in almost all leagues.
Zack Greinke, SP2/28/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke (calf) is expected to miss his next scheduled start, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Greinke left his spring training debut Thursday with a right calf strain. He'll resume playing catch Saturday but won't throw off a mound.
Carl Crawford, LF2/28/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford said his quad feels fine and that he expects to play Saturday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Crawford was out of the lineup the last two days with tightness. He played 116 games last season and hit .283, but he had just 15 steals on 19 attempts and hasn't swiped 20 bases or scored 70 runs since 2010. Most of his power is also gone. He's a late-round pick at best.
Carl Crawford, LF2/27/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is dealing with right quad tightness, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Crawford was not in Thursday's lineup and won't play Friday. Manager Don Mattingly said he hopes to have him back Saturday. Crawford played 116 games last season and hit .283, but he had just 15 steals on 19 attempts and hasn't swiped 20 bases or scored 70 runs since 2010. Most of his power is also gone. He's a late-round pick at best.
Zack Greinke, SP2/27/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke got in exactly four pitches before heading to the training room with a right calf strain, according to a report from Alanna Rizzo.
Insight: Greinke has loads of talent as evidenced by last season's 15-4 record with a 2.63 ERA and 1.114 WHIP, but he gets injured easily. He's made less than 30 starts in two of the last three seasons.
Matt Kemp, CF2/25/2014 1:34:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) will have an MRI on Friday to see how the surgically repaied ankle is healing.
Insight: The results should help clarify his availability for the start of the season. The Dodgers are scheduled to open their season March 22nd against the Diamondbacks and he probably won't be ready for the teo games in Australia, but he shouldn't miss too much time once the team returns to the states.
Erisbel Arruebarruena, SS2/22/2014 2:59:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers agreed to a deal with Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena.
Insight: Arruebarruena has a major league glove, but his bat is the big question. If it works out Hanley Ramirez could eventually move to third base, but don't expect that this season.
Yasiel Puig, RF2/21/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig showed up to spring training 26 pounds heavier than he was last season. SOURCE: Mark Saxon, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: He's gone from 225 pounds to 251. Manager Don Mattingly certainly isn't thrilled with the weight gain. It remains to be seen whether this will have a negative impact on Puig's draft position in fantasy.
Matt Kemp, CF2/21/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly doesn't believe Matt Kemp will be ready for the team's two-game set in Australia next month. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: The Dodgers are scheduled to open their season March 22nd against the Diamondbacks. Kemp, however, is still recovering from ankle and shoulder surgeries. While the Australia series remains a long shot for Kemp, we wouldn't expect the two-time All-Star to miss too much regular season time.
Chris Capuano, SP2/18/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox and Mariners have both been in contact with free agent lefthander Chris Capuano. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports and Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: Capuano (4-7, 4.26 ERA in 24 games with the Dodgers in 2013) makes sense for Boston now that Ryan Dempster has decided not to pitch this year. The 35-year-old lefthander is reportedly looking for a two-year deal.
Yasiel Puig, RF2/14/2014 8:52:00 AM
Description: The Dodgers have limited outfielder Yasiel Puig's throwing due to right shoulder inflammation, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Puig (.319, 19 HR, 42 RBI, 11 SB) dealt with the same issue sporadically last season and it flared up again when he overextended himself during his first day of camp. "We don't think it's serious, but we need to find out," manager Don Mattingly said.
Paul Maholm, SP2/9/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: There's no guarantee that newly-signed lefthander Paul Maholm will make the Dodgers' starting rotation. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: If his shoulder is healthy, Josh Beckett could beat out Maholm (10-11, 4.41 ERA with Atlanta in 2013) for the last spot in L.A.'s five-man rotation. Obviously that would throw a huge wrench in Maholm's fantasy value, if he had any to begin with. We wouldn't waste a draft pick on him.
Paul Maholm, SP2/8/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have inked left-hander Paul Maholm to a one-year, $1.5 million contract according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: The Dodgers have a number of health risks in their expected starting rotation, particularly Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley. Maholm got off to a solid start last season, going 9-6 with a 3.69 ERA in his first 17 starts, but he went 1-5 with a 6.00 ERA in his last nine.
Justin Turner, SS2/5/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: Justin Turner, formerly of the Mets, is headed to the Dodgers on a minor league deal. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Turner hit .280 in a part-time role last season and will probably be used in the same capacity in L.A. Fantasy owners would have to be pretty desperate to give Turner a look this season.
Yasiel Puig, RF2/4/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig could hit leadoff in 2014. SOURCE: Dodgers.com
Insight: Puig (.319, 19 HR, 42 RBI, 11 SB) mostly hit second during his rookie campaign. Fantasy owners would probably prefer Puig hitting later in the lineup so he can drive in more runs. Regardless of where he ends up hitting, Puig remains one of the top fantasy options at his position heading into 2014.
Chone Figgins, IF/OF1/22/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Chone Figgins is headed to the Dodgers on a minor league deal. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: It's a coin flip as to whether or not he'll make the team out of spring training. Figgins hasn't logged a major league at bat since 2012. Figgins is a .277 lifetime hitter with 337 stolen bases in 1,244 career games.
Matt Kemp, CF1/21/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: According to Matt Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, Kemp will not be ready for the season opener.
Insight: Usually, agents are overly optimistic, so this is a very bad sign. Kemp had ankle and shoulder surgeries in October. Fantasy owners will have to monitor the situation, but in the meantime lower his value.
Clayton Kershaw, SP1/15/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Clayton Kershaw's new contract extension with the Dodgers will be for seven years and $215 million. SOURCE: Ramona Shelbourne, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: It's the largest deal for a pitcher in MLB history. As part of the agreement, Kershaw will be able to opt out after the fifth year. This puts Kershaw under Dodgers' control until at least 2020.
Clayton Kershaw, SP1/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Sports Illustrated reports the Dodgers are on the verge of a record-breaking contract extension with lefthander Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: The two sides have until Friday's arbitration deadline to hammer out a deal. Kershaw's contract is expected to be well over $200 million. With two Cy Young awards in the last three seasons, Kershaw deserves to be the highest-paid pitcher in the league. Soon, he will be.
Michael Young, 3B1/14/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Infielder Michael Young is contemplating retirement. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The 37-year-old is thinking about leaving the game to spend more time with his family. Young hit a respectable .279 last season so he still has a little left in the tank.
Yasiel Puig, RF12/28/2013 7:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was arrested for reckless driving Saturday morning in Florida. SOURCE: naplesnews.com
Insight: Puig was driving 110 mph on Alligator Alley. He was also arrested and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance in April, but the charges were dismissed. Puig is coming off a rookie year in which he hit .319 with 19 homers, 42 RBI, 66 runs, 11 steals and a .925 OPS in 104 games, but he may have some maturity issues to work out.
Josh Beckett, SP12/26/2013 11:14:00 AM
Description: Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti expects pitcher Josh Beckett (arm) to be ready for spring training, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Beckett missed most of 2013 and hasn't been fantasy worthy since 2011 when he went 13-7 with a stellar 2.89 ERA and 1.026 WHIP. The Dodgers are expected be in the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes so they may not even need Beckett in 2014.
Chris Perez, RP12/23/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: The Dodgers and righthander Chris Perez are putting the finishing touches on a new one-year deal according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Another one? How many closers do the Dodgers need? They already have Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson, which means Perez, who made $7.4 million last season, won't even be a setup man in L.A. Cleveland recently replaced Perez with former Brewers closer John Axford. Fantasy owners can ignore Perez in 2014.
J.P. Howell, RP12/17/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers re-signed lefthanded reliever J.P. Howell on Tuesday.
Insight: ESPN's Buster Olney says the deal will pay Howell $11.25 million over the next two years. Howell is a terrific lefthanded specialist but he isn't a candidate to close next season. Fantasy owners don't need to pay much attention to him.
Juan Uribe, 3B12/15/2013 9:00:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles infielder Juan Uribe will stay with the Dodgers after agreeing to a two-year, $15 million deal. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: Uribe is capable of putting up 20-25 homers if he gets 500 at-bats, but that hasn't happened since 2010. He batted .278 with 12 HR and 50 RBI in 388 at-bats last season.
Jerry Hairston, SS12/11/2013 9:06:00 PM
Description: Jerry Hairston Jr. is retiring. SOURCE: Bruce Levine, ESPN Chicago
Insight: He's already got a broadcasting gig lined up. Hairston hit .257 over the course of 4,387 major league at bats. He drove in 420 runs while smacking 70 HR. He spent his first several seasons in Baltimore before moving around to Chicago, Texas, Cincinnati, New York, San Diego, Milwaukee, Washington and Los Angeles in the later part of his career. He played every position during his career except catcher.
Brian Wilson, RP12/7/2013 9:31:00 PM
Description: Brian Wilson's new one-year deal with the Dodgers is worth $10 million. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Ten million to be a setup man? We knew the Dodgers had a lot of money but this is ridiculous. Wilson isn't a fantasy candidate for the time being but that could change if Kenley Jansen suffers an injury or starts pitching poorly.
Brian Wilson, RP12/3/2013 9:24:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers are close to re-signing righthanded relief pitcher Brian Wilson. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners wanted to hear. Wilson was hoping to land a ninth inning job this offseason but instead he's coming back to setup Kenley Jansen. Wilson could overtake Jansen if he struggles in the early going or gets hurt. Wilson's contract will be a one-year deal.
Hanley Ramirez, SS11/29/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have engaged in extension talks with shortstop Hanley Ramirez. SOURCE: ESPN Deportes
Insight: Ramirez acknowledged that a deal could be reached sometime this offseason. The three-time All-Star is set to become a free agent in 2015. He'll net $16 million in salary next season.
Ted Lilly, SP11/27/2013 3:35:00 PM
Description: Former Dodgers lefthander Ted Lilly has announced his retirement from MLB. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Lilly was a two-time All-Star during his 15-year career. His last productive season came in 2011 when we finished 12-14 with a 3.97 ERA in 33 starts for Los Angeles.
Dan Haren, SP11/25/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Righthander Dan Haren will pitch in Chavez Ravine next season on a one-year contract.
Insight: He'll earn $10 million in 2014. Haren went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.238 WHIP in Washington last season. Haren hasn't been fantasy-relevant in a few years but at least he's been able to stay healthy (30 or more starts in each of his last three seasons).
Matt Kemp, CF11/23/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have checked in on Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: With Jacoby Ellsbury likely headed elsewhere, Kemp is about as good a replacement as you could find in center field. The problem is, he won't come any cheaper than Ellsbury would have (he still has six years and $130 million remaining on his contract) and that was the whole point of dumping Ellsbury in the first place. The Red Sox and Dodgers do have a history after 2012's mega-deal that brought Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez to Los Angeles (the only player of note Boston received was James Loney) but a deal involving Kemp seems unlikely at this point.
Ricky Nolasco, SP11/16/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: The market really seems to be opening up for Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: The former Marlins and Dodgers starter is being pursued by several teams including the Giants, Padres, Phillies and Twins. Nolasco isn't an ace but with such little talent in this year's free agent pool, he should get a big pay day. Fox's Ken Rosenthal reported a week ago that Nolasco has his sights set on a deal similar to the one Anibal Sanchez signed with Detroit last offseason (five years, $80 million).
Clayton Kershaw, SP11/13/2013 8:54:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw has won the NL Cy Young Award.
Insight: Adam Wainwright finished a distant second by garnering one first place vote. Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez was third. It's the second time Kershaw has won the award. Kershaw (16-9, 1.83 ERA) is entering the last year of his contract and many are expecting his extension to be one of the largest in MLB history.
Brian Wilson, RP11/12/2013 7:48:00 PM
Description: Free agent reliever Brian Wilson is one of the players being considered for Detroit's opening at closer. SOURCE: Jon Morosi, Fox Sports
Insight: The Tigers have also shown an interest in former Twins and Rangers ninth inning man Joe Nathan. Wilson was excellent in limited action for the Dodgers this past season, compiling a 0.66 ERA in 13 2/3 innings.
Alexander Guerrero, SS10/22/2013 8:57:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers finalized a four-year, $28 million contract with Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero on Tuesday.
Insight: The Yasiel Puig signing worked out pretty well for Los Angeles, so they have opened up the checkbook to bring in another Cuban. The 26-year-old Guerrero could open the season as the Dodgers' starting second baseman.
Matt Kemp, CF10/21/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp underwent ankle surgery on Monday. SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Insight: It was Kemp's second operation in as many weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier this month. Hopefully all these procedures will prevent Kemp from breaking down again like he did in 2013 (just 73 games played).
Clayton Kershaw, SP10/19/2013 9:18:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw got lit up Friday in a loss to St. Louis.
Insight: Things started to unravel quickly for Kershaw after he allowed five hits during a four-run third inning. The fifth inning turned out to be just as disastrous as Kershaw's final line included seven earned runs and ten hits in 4 1/3 innings. The outing was Kershaw's shortest since September 19, 2010 against the Rockies. Kershaw is now 1-3 with a 4.23 ERA in nine career postseason appearances (six starts).
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/18/2013 8:25:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was inserted late into the lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS Friday night.
Insight: Ramirez suffered a fractured rib after being hit by a pitch in Game 1 and missed Game 2. He started the last three games but left the last two early due to soreness. He'll try to give it a go Friday after initially being out of the lineup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/18/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals for Game 6 of the NLCS.
Insight: Ramirez suffered a fractured rib after being hit by a pitch in Game 1 and missed Game 2. He played Game 3 but left early in both Games 4 and 5.
Andre Ethier, OF10/16/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: Andre Ethier has been limited by leg and ankle issues for most of the series but he'll get the start in center field Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: This is an elimination game for the Dodgers, so Ethier was going to play regardless of his health status. He had two hits in Tuesday's Game 4 and will hope to build off that performance today against Joe Kelly.
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/16/2013 3:28:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is hitting third Wednesday versus St. Louis.
Insight: Ramirez has been playing through a painful rib injury and isn't close to 100 percent. He really struggled in Game 4 (0-for-3, 3 K's) and it's unclear how productive he'll be the rest of the series.
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/16/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday's game early because of renewed discomfort in his broken rib but he should be good to go for Wednesday's Game 5. SOURCE: Dodgers.com
Insight: Ramirez would certainly be sitting if this was a regular season game but because the Dodgers' season is on the line, he'll soldier on. The three-time All-Star is 2-for-9 in the series with one RBI and four strikeouts.
Ricky Nolasco, SP10/16/2013 9:51:00 AM
Description: Ricky Nolasco's first career postseason start lasted all of 58 pitches.
Insight: It was a quick hook for the Dodgers righthander, who allowed three runs on three hits in just four innings of work. Don Mattingly was on the fence about handing Nolasco the ball for Game 4 and in hindsight, he probably should have gone with Zack Greinke. If the Dodgers lose again tonight in Game 5, their season will be over.
Ricky Nolasco, SP10/15/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers will start Ricky Nolasco in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.
Insight: Nolasco was the scheduled starter but the team also could have opted to use Zack Greinke on short rest.
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/14/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez says that he's playing Monday versus the Cardinals. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Ramirez sat out Game 2 with a broken rib. It remains to be seen how effective he can be but when he's healthy, Ramirez is clearly the team's best option at shortstop and arguably the team's best all-around player.
Zack Greinke, SP10/14/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke could get the ball again in Game 4 if the Dodgers go down three games to none versus St. Louis. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: Who would you rather start in an elimination game: mediocre Ricky Nolasco or a former Cy Young winner? For manager Don Mattingly, the choice should be obvious.
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/14/2013 4:21:00 PM
Description: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times was told by manager Don Mattingly that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has a fractured rib.
Insight: Hernandez said that Ramirez will be a game-time decision Monday night against St. Louis. He added that if Ramirez can play though the pain, he'll be in the lineup. L.A.'s other options at shortstop are Nick Punto and Dee Gordon.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP10/14/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu faced the Cardinals just once during the regular season, but it was a successful outing.
Insight: Ryu yielded five hits and one unearned run back over seven innings on Aug 8. The bad news is that he didn't have a great September and his start against the Braves in the NLDS wasn't pretty (3.0 IP, 12.00 ERA).
Mark Ellis, 2B10/14/2013 9:25:00 AM
Description: Veteran second baseman Mark Ellis is just 1-for-12 (.083) versus Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright.
Insight: The 36-year-old is 3-for-9 in the first two games of the series, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Andre Ethier, OF10/14/2013 9:20:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier is a career .300 hitter (9-for-30) with a pair of homers and a .964 OPS versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Ethier was limited to pinch-hitting duty Saturday in Game 2 while dealing with left leg/ankle issues for the better part of a month. The Dodgers could really use this bat in their lineup after struggling for runs in the first two games.
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/14/2013 9:16:00 AM
Description: While X-rays on Hanley Ramirez's rib cage came back negative he is still listed as questionable for Monday's NLCS Game 3.
Insight: The results of his CT scan scheduled for Sunday in Los Angeles should reveal the full extent of the injury. Ramirez said he would try to play even if the rib is cracked. Nick Punto replaced Hanley Ramirez in Saturday's starting lineup. The Dodgers need Ramirez's big bat in the lineup (.345, 20 HR, 57 RBI, 1.040 OPS) after scoring two runs in the first two games of the series.
Andre Ethier, OF10/13/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier expects to be back in the lineup Monday for Game 3 against St. Louis. SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Insight: Ethier was limited to pinch-hitting duty Saturday in Game 2. He's been dealing with left leg/ankle issues for the better part of a month.
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/12/2013 8:33:00 PM
Description: X-rays on Hanley Ramirez's rib cage came back negative. SOURCE: Keith Olbermann, TBS
Insight: Nick Punto replaced Hanley Ramirez in Saturday's starting lineup. The results of his CT scan scheduled for Sunday in Los Angeles should reveal the full extent of the injury. Ramirez told Scott Miller of CBS Sports that he believes something is cracked.
Yasiel Puig, RFCold10/12/2013 8:19:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig couldn't get out of his own way Saturday in Game 2 against the Cardinals.
Insight: All four of his trips to the plate resulted in strikeouts. Puig's most painful at bat of the night came in the sixth inning when he chased a pitch with the bases loaded that would have been ball four. So far, he's 0-for-10 in the NLCS after hitting .471 in the Division Series.
Clayton Kershaw, SP10/12/2013 7:25:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw allowed one unearned run Saturday in a loss to St. Louis.
Insight: Kershaw was as dominant as ever, allowing just two hits in his six innings of work. His catching let him down, however, as A.J. Ellis' passed ball in the fifth inning cost L.A. the game. Kershaw is 1-1 this postseason with a 0.47 ERA in three starts. Game 3 will be played Monday night at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles. The Cardinals hold a 2-0 series lead.
Andre Ethier, OF10/12/2013 3:39:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier (ankle) is not in the starting lineup Saturday for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cardinals.
Insight: Ethier, who was limited to pinch-hitting duty in the NLDS but returned to the lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS Friday, isn't ready to play back-to-back days yet. Skip Schumaker is playing center field.
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/12/2013 3:37:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez (ribs) is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS at St. Louis.
Insight: Ramirez was drilled in the ribs by a pitch in Game 1 and has a sore rib cage Saturday. Nick Punto is starting at shortstop as the Dodgers attempt to tie up the series.
Andre Ethier, OF10/11/2013 5:18:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier (ankle) will start Game 1 of the NLCS Friday.
Insight: He missed the Dodgers' NLDS series against Atlanta because of a sprained ankle, but he's back Friday as the starting center fielder and No. 7 hitter.
Edinson Volquez, SP10/11/2013 2:13:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Edinson Volquez has been added to the Dodgers NLCS roster.
Insight: Volquez is probably just insurance for Hyun-Jin Ryu who struggled in Game 3 against Atlanta and Ricky Nolasco who gave up 17 earned runs over his last three starts.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot10/11/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-7 with a double and home run against Cardinals Game 1 NLCS starter Joe Kelly.
Insight: Gonzalez put together a solid season, batting .293 with 22 HR and 100 RBI and batted .333 in the Dodgers' first four postseason games this season, Start him.
Matt Kemp, CF10/11/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp had surgery on his left shoulder and will fly to St. Louis to be with his team, according to Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez.
Insight: Kemp's season ended with an ankle injury, so he went ahead and got his shoulder worked on. The shoulder was likely the reason Kemp managed just six home runs and a .723 OPS over 73 games. Hopefully, he'll be ready for the 2014 season.
Jerry Hairston, SS10/11/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Dodgers utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. is doubtful for the NLCS against St. Louis while dealing with back spasms.
Insight: Hairston (.211, 2 HR,22 RBI) last played on Sept. 25. While he's taken batting practice and shagged fly balls, the Dodgers may not need him as Michael Young can also play all the infield positions with a better bat.
Clayton Kershaw, SP10/10/2013 3:04:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw is slated to start Game 2 of the NLCS Saturday against St. Louis.
Insight: Kershaw last pitched Monday in the Dodgers' series-clinching win over the Braves. The Cy Young frontrunner is 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA in six career starts at Busch Stadium.
Zack Greinke, SP10/10/2013 2:56:00 PM
Description: Dodgers ace Zack Greinke will get the ball for Game 1 Friday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: With Greinke (15-4, 2.63 ERA in the regular season) pitching on Friday, Clayton Kershaw will be able to throw on normal rest Saturday in Game 2. As they did in the first round, Los Angeles will start the series on the road before returning to Chavez Ravine for Games 3 through 5.
Andre Ethier, OF10/10/2013 10:14:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier could be back in the starting nine Friday in Game 1 of the NLCS. SOURCE: Dodgers.com
Insight: He missed the Dodgers' NLDS series against Atlanta because of a sprained ankle. Skip Schumaker will head back to the bench when Ethier is ready to return.
Clayton Kershaw, SP10/7/2013 4:14:00 PM
Description: In a surprise move, the Dodgers will go with Clayton Kershaw Monday in Game 4 against the Braves.
Insight: He'll be starting on just three days rest. Originally, the Dodgers had planned on using Ricky Nolasco in Game 4 and saving Kershaw for the decisive Game 5. Instead, they've decided to go for the knockout punch by sending Kershaw to the mound Monday at Chavez Ravine. If the Dodgers win on Monday, they'll advance to the NLCS for the first time since 2009.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot10/4/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has a .667 OBP against Bravers left-hander Mike Minor.
Insight: Gonzalez has only faced him nine times, but has three hits, including a home run, and three walks. He put together a solid season, batting .293 with 22 HR and 100 RBI and had two hits in the series opener. Start him.
Brandon League, RP10/3/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, reliever Brandon League won't be on the team's postseason roster.
Insight: The embattled Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez were also omitted from the roster. League didn't really deserve a roster spot after recording a dismal 5.30 ERA during the regular season. Kenley Jansen will function as the Dodgers' postseason closer.
Andre Ethier, OF10/3/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Injured Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is on the team's NLDS roster. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: It's a good sign that Ethier is healthy enough to consume a roster spot though it seems likely that he'll be limited to pinch-hitting in the first round. Ethier has been bothered by a sprained ankle for the last three weeks.
Hanley Ramirez, SS10/3/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez hasn't had a ton of chances versus Braves righthander Kris Medlen but in nine at bats, he's collected five hits and two RBI.
Insight: It seems like a rather favorable matchup for Ramirez, but then again, when you're a .302 lifetime hitter you tend to have lots of favorable matchups. Ramirez missed time with a back injury near the end of the season but it looks like he's close to 100 percent heading into Thursday's playoff opener.
Andre Ethier, OF10/2/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Tim Kurkjian expects Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier will be limited to pinch-hitting during the NLDS.
Insight: Ethier has been hampered by a sprained ankle for the better part of a month. With Matt Kemp (shoulder surgery) also unavailable, Skip Schumaker and Yasiel Puig will probably split time in center field.
Matt Kemp, CF9/29/2013 8:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp needs shoulder surgery and won't be able to compete in the postseason. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Once a position of strength, the Dodgers now have huge holes to fill in the outfield with Kemp and Andre Ethier both lost to injury. The center field position remains a mystery for the Dodgers heading into their first round series against Atlanta. Perhaps one of the corner outfielders Carl Crawford or Yasiel Puig will be asked to fill the void. Skip Schumaker, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Scott Van Slyke are also possibilities.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/29/2013 1:27:00 PM
Description: As expected, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (foot) is back in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Rockies.
Insight: Puig (.321, 19 HR, 42 RBI, 11 SB) didn't start Saturday's game though he did make a pinch-hitting appearance later on. He's had a terrific year but will probably finish second to Miami's Jose Fernandez in NL Rookie of the Year voting.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/29/2013 1:07:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is out Sunday for the regular season finale.
Insight: The Dodgers clinched the NL West last week and have been resting Ramirez often to help him get over his back issues before the playoffs. The shortstop had a fantastic, albeit injury-plagued season, hitting .345 with 20 home runs, 57 RBI, 62 runs, 10 steals and a 1.040 OPS.
Matt Kemp, CF9/29/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp will sit out Sunday's regular season finale. SOURCE: SB Nation
Insight: Kemp was scratched from Saturday's game after feeling renewed soreness in his left ankle. The hope is that he'll be ready when the playoffs start later this week.
Matt Kemp, CF9/28/2013 10:13:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp missed Saturday's game versus the Rockies because of ankle soreness. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: Kemp (.270, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 9 SB) missed almost two months with a sprained ankle earlier this season. The Dodgers are saying Kemp's absence was precautionary so maybe he'll be back in the lineup on Sunday.
Matt Kemp, CF9/28/2013 9:37:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp was a late scratch Saturday against Colorado.
Insight: No reason was given for the absence so we'll assume it's just a routine maintenance day before the playoffs start next week. Skip Schumaker (.266, 2 HR, 29 RBI) has replaced Kemp in the starting lineup.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/28/2013 8:53:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig expects to play Sunday versus Colorado. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: Puig fouled a ball off his foot Friday but was able to take batting practice before Saturday's game. The 22-year-old from Cuba has hit .322 with 19 HR and 11 SB in his rookie season.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/28/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's X-rays came back negative and he is day-to-day, according to MLB.com. He left Friday's game after fouling two pitches off his lower left leg.
Insight: Puig will attempt to run Saturday to determine if he can play. Fantasy owners should only expect to have him for one of the final two games this season.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/28/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs Friday against the Rockies.
Insight: Gonzalez' 2013 numbers aren't far off from what he accomplished in 2012. He has hit .296 with 22 homers, 100 RBI, 69 runs and an .810 OPS. He batted .299 with 18 home runs, 108 RBI, 75 runs and an .806 OPS last season. Fantasy owners should expect something similar in 2014, as Gonzalez has proven over the last two and a half years that he is no longer a threat to hit 30-40 longballs.
Clayton Kershaw, SP9/28/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw struck out eight and gave up four hits with zero walks over six scoreless innings in his final regular season start Friday against the Rockies.
Insight: Kershaw is the undisputed best pitcher in baseball and a lock to win the NL Cy Young Award. He went 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and 232 strikeouts over 236 innings this year and 51-23 with a 2.21 ERA over the last three years combined. His ERA this year is the lowest posted by a qualified starter since Pedro Martinez had a 1.74 ERA in 2000.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/27/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers are sitting Hanley Ramirez Friday night.
Insight: The Dodgers clinched the NL West last week and have been resting Ramirez often to help him get over his back issues before the playoffs.
Andre Ethier, OF9/26/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier will miss the remainder of the regular season. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: It's not a surprise as Ethier has missed the last two weeks with a sprained ankle. His availability for the first round of the playoffs is still up in the air.
Matt Kemp, CFHot9/26/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has hit .393 with one home run and six RBI in nine games since returning from his latest DL stint, but he has struggled against Thursday's starter Tim Lincecum of the Giants.
Insight: Kemp is just 9-for-44 (.205) with 18 K lifetime against Lincecum. It's a good idea to sit him Thursday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/26/2013 10:17:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 10-for-50 (.200) with 16 K and zero extra-base hits against San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Gonzalez, who has hit .294 with 21 homers, 98 RBI and an .802 OPS this season, should not be started Thursday.
Andre Ethier, OF9/25/2013 10:52:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier might miss the first round of the playoffs. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He's been battling a sprained ankle for the past two weeks. Luckily for the Dodgers, they still have Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford to fill out the outfield while he's gone.
Matt Kemp, CF9/25/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is 24-for-58 (.414) versus Giants left-hander Barry Zito.
Insight: Kemp has made three trips to the DL this season and only played 70 games (.270, 6 HR, 31 RBI), but this is a favorable matchup.
Andre Ethier, OF9/24/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier (left ankle sprain) has only been able to see one pinch hit at-bat since Sept. 13.
Insight: Ethier is batting .272 with 12 HR and 52 RBI in 141 games. He's capable of so much more, but at this point in time he's the team's fourth outfielder behind Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig. Don't expect him back until the playoffs.
Clayton Kershaw, SP9/22/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw won for the 15th time Saturday against San Diego.
Insight: Kershaw walked two and struck out ten over seven scoreless innings. It will be a surprise if anyone other than Kershaw (15-9, 1.88 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, .195 BAA) wins this year's NL Cy Young Award.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/20/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (quad) is not in the lineup again Friday, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said that the injury is not a big deall, but the Dodgers clinched the NL West Thursday and have no reason to push Gonzalez.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/20/2013 7:56:00 PM
Description: According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said shortstop Hanley Ramirez will only play in three or four of the team's remaining games.
Insight: The Dodgers clinched the NL West Thursday night and have nine games left, including Friday. Ramirez and the rest of the regulars are not playing Friday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/20/2013 7:56:00 PM
Description: Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Juan Uribe and Carl Crawford all are out of the Dodgers lineup Friday night. SOURCE: Pedro Moura, Orange County Register
Insight: The Dodgers clinched the NL West Thursday night and have decided to give all their regulars the night off. Adrian Gonzalez is also out with a quad injury.
Andre Ethier, OF9/20/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier (left ankle sprain) is expected to miss Friday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Ethier is batting .272 with 12 HR and 52 RBI in 141 games. He's capable of so much more, but at this point in time he's the team's fourth outfielder behind Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig. Don't expect him back until next week or maybe the playoffs if it heals slowly.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/19/2013 7:06:00 PM
Description: Hanley Ramirez sparked the Dodgers with four hits Thursday in a playoff-clinching victory over Arizona.
Insight: The Dodgers are the first team in the big leagues to clinch a postseason berth. Thursday marked Hanley's first multi-home run game since August 18, 2012. If he had enough at bats to qualify, his .351 batting average would lead the major leagues.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/19/2013 2:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Gonzalez has minor quad discomfort according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. He's available to pinch-hit and play defense, however, so he should be back in the lineup Friday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/19/2013 2:40:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers didn't expect Hanley Ramirez to play Thursday, but he's in the lineup, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ramirez has been dealing with nerve irritation in his back and has missed five of the last six games.
Mark Ellis, 2B9/19/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Veteran second baseman Mark Ellis will face Wade Miley Thursday when the Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks. Ellis is 10-for-20 with four home runs against the left-hander.
Insight: The 36-year-old hasn't done much for fantasy owners this season or in his career, but this matchup is a tasty one.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/18/2013 9:49:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers don't expect shortstop Hanley Ramirez to play Thursday against the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB Nation
Insight: He's been struggling with an irritated nerve in his back and has been slow to recover. Perhaps the Dodgers are just being overly cautious with the playoffs less than two weeks away. Either way, it looks like Nick Punto is going to draw another start at shortstop.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/18/2013 7:23:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't play Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Ramirez returned from a back injury on Tuesday but is already back on the shelf. This in and out game he's playing isn't exactly conducive to fantasy success. We'd recommend using another shortstop down the stretch.
Carl Crawford, LF9/18/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford will start Wednesday versus Arizona.
Insight: Crawford missed three straight games with a back injury. With just 13 steals in 109 games, the 32-year-old's days of being a fantasy asset appear to be over.
Andre Ethier, OF9/18/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier (ankle) was still wearing a protective boot on his sprained ankle as of Tuesday, so fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect him to play for the remainder of the week.
Insight: Ethier is batting .272 with 12 HR and 52 RBI in 141 games. He's capable of so much more, but at this point in time he's the team's fourth outfielder.
Carl Crawford, LF9/18/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford (back) was not in the lineup Tuesday as the Dodgers are being very careful with their fragile outfielder.
Insight: Matt Kemp's return means the team can let Crawford sit and heal for the playoff run. That doesn't help fantasy owners, but its the right thing for a team looking to win the championship.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP9/17/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his next start next Tuesday in San Francisco, according to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com.
Insight: Ryu two-hit the Diamondbacks and allowed two runs over eight innings in his latest start Monday night. He'll next pitch on seven days rest.
Andre Ethier, OF9/17/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier (ankle) is still wearing a protective boot on his sprained ankle. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Ethier is at least a few days away from returning, manager Don Mattingly said Monday.
Carl Crawford, LF9/17/2013 7:16:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Los Angeles will get back Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez from their injuries Tuesday, but Crawford will miss another game. He hasn't played since last Thursday.
Matt Kemp, CF9/17/2013 7:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is back in the starting lineup Tuesday, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Kemp has made three trips to the DL this season and only played 63 games. When he has been in the lineup, he has batted just .262 with five homers and a .697 OPS. He has homered in his last three starts, but they took place on July 3, 4 and 21. Fantasy owners cannot expect that to carry over.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/17/2013 7:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Ramirez has been dealing with an irritated nerve in his back and hasn't played since last Thursday, but a cortisone injection did the trick.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot9/17/2013 5:32:00 PM
Description: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will make his next start Saturday against the Padres instead of Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, according to MLB.com.
Insight: The Dodgers want to get Kershaw some extra rest. The NL Cy Young frontrunner and potential MVP is 14-9 with a 1.94 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 223 innings this season.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/16/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig missed yesterday's game with a hip issue but he's back in the lineup Monday versus Arizona.
Insight: Puig (.338, 16 HR, 37 RBI, 11 SB) can boost his Rookie of the Year candidacy with a strong push these last couple weeks. His main competition will be Marlins starter Jose Fernandez, who has already reached his innings limit.
Carl Crawford, LF9/16/2013 8:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford will be sidelined for the second straight game Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: The Dodgers all seem to be hurting right now but with the division in hand and only a couple weeks before the start of the postseason, this is the time to get healthy. September callup Nick Buss will occupy Crawford's usual spot in left field.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/16/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez will miss another game with an irritated back nerve.
Insight: Recently he received an injection to combat the injury, though he's still a few days away from returning. Nick Punto will once again get the start at shortstop Monday against Arizona.
Andre Ethier, OF9/16/2013 7:56:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier (ankle) won't be in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: It's Ethier's second absence in a row. Skip Schumaker will occupy center field in his stead.
Matt Kemp, CF9/16/2013 7:51:00 PM
Description: As expected, Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He's actually not starting on Monday night but he will be available off the bench. Kemp, who missed almost two months with a sprained ankle, is hoping to regain the form that made him an MVP candidate just two seasons ago.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/16/2013 1:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 9-for-17 (.529) with a home run and a 1.379 OPS versus Arizona right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Gonzalez is putting together a solid season with a .294 batting average, 20 HR and 95 RBI.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/16/2013 12:23:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is doubtful for Monday's game against Arizona with an irritated nerve in his back.
Insight: Ramirez joins a lengthy list of Dodgers who have been in and out of the lineup trying to get healthy for when the games start to count again. In 79 games, he's batting .342 with a 1.024 OPS.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/16/2013 12:22:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is probable for Monday's game against Arizona with tightness in left hip.
Insight: Puig is also dealing with soreness in his groin area after making a diving catch. As with Andre Ethier, if there is any question the team can afford to give him additional time off in preparation for the playoffs.
Matt Kemp, CF9/16/2013 12:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list for Monday's game against Arizona.
Insight: Kemp will work out with the team in Phoenix Monday and he'll return to the lineup if all goes well. The outfielder has made three separate trips to the disabled list this season and played just 62 games.
Andre Ethier, RF9/16/2013 12:18:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is doubtful for Monday's game against Arizona with a sprained left ankle.
Insight: He tweaked his ankle and had to leave Saturday's game early. With the Dodgers so far ahead in the NL West, they can afford to give Ethier (.272, 12 HR, 52 RBI) plenty of time to heal.
Carl Crawford, LF9/16/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford is questionable for Monday's game against Arizona with a sore back.
Insight: Crawford also missed games on Wednesday and Friday. He's hitting .280 with five homers, 28 RBI, 57 runs and 13 steals this season.
Matt Kemp, CF9/15/2013 7:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) could be activated from the DL Monday, according to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com.
Insight: Kemp will work out with the team in Phoenix Monday and he'll return to the lineup if all goes well. The outfielder has made three separate trips to the disabled list this season and played just 62 games.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/15/2013 3:23:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez remains out with an irritated nerve in his back.
Insight: Geez, are there any Dodgers that ARE playing on Sunday? Almost the whole starting lineup is out (Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford). Dee Gordon will hold down the fort at shortstop with Ramirez on the sidelines.
Andre Ethier, RF9/15/2013 3:21:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier won't play Sunday against the Giants. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: He tweaked his ankle and had to leave Saturday's game early. With the Dodgers so far ahead in the NL West, they can afford to give Ethier (.272, 12 HR, 52 RBI) a few days to heal up.
Carl Crawford, LF9/15/2013 2:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford will get another day off Sunday due to back tightness, according to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com.
Insight: Crawford also missed games on Wednesday and Friday. He's hitting .280 with just 13 steals this season.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/15/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (shoulder) left Saturday's game after being hit by a pitch and is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Puig is also dealing with soreness in his groin area after making a diving catch. Neither issue is serious.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/14/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Hanley Ramirez's MRI showed that he has an irritated nerve in his back and he is expected to miss Saturday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Ramirez was known to have a hamstring injury but the back issue is new. The good news for Los Angeles is they hold a big lead in the division. The bad news for fantasy owners is the Dodgers have a 12.5 game lead and Ramirez can take his time returning.
Andre Ethier, RF9/14/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier left Friday night's game with a left ankle injury and is questionable for Saturday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Ethier aggravated an injury from early September. He has posted a respectable .280 average with seven homers and an .890 OPS since the All-Star break after batting .268 with five dingers and a .728 OPS before it.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/13/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Hanley Ramirez's MRI showed that he has an irritated nerve in his back. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Ramirez was known to have a hamstring injury but the back issue is new. The good news is that Los Angeles holds a 12 and a half game lead in the division, which means Ramirez will have plenty of time to rest up before the postseason.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/13/2013 8:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had an MRI on Friday. SOURCE: Orange County Register
Insight: Ramirez (.342, 18 HR, 53 RBI, 10 SB) re-injured his hamstring in Thursday night's series opener. The results of the MRI should be available later tonight.
Carl Crawford, LF9/13/2013 6:18:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford will have the night off Friday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Crawford (.282, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 13 SB) also rested on Wednesday. Clearly, manager Don Mattingly is trying to stack his lineup with righthanders Friday against Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/13/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez won't be in the lineup Friday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: It was an easy decision for manager Don Mattingly as Gonzo is just a .100 career hitter against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. Veteran Michael Young will get the start at first base.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/13/2013 6:11:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez will sit out Friday against the Giants. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: The injury-prone infielder tweaked his hamstring on Thursday and is day-to-day. Nick Punto will grab the start at shortstop.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/13/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a career .100 hitter (2-for-20) against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Another solid season from Gonzalez, who reached the 20 HR mark for the first time since 2011. He's should knock in 100 runs for the sixth time in his 10-year career, but won't likely add to those totals in this unfavorable matchup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/13/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Thursday's game against the Giants with tightness in his left hamstring.
Insight: A hamstring injury landed him on the DL earlier this season, so given their place in the playoffs is assured, Ramirez is likely to take some time off. This is obviously a very bad break for fantasy owners as Ramirez has put up excellent numbers when healthy (.342, 18 HR, 53 RBI, 57 runs, 1.024 OPS in 79 games).
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP9/12/2013 11:14:00 AM
Description: Pitching on 11 days rest, Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) allowed 10 hits and three earned runs with one strikeout over six innings Wednesday versus Arizona.
Insight: Ryu had his start pushed back twice due to a back issue. He's 13-6 with a 3.07 ERA in 173 innings this season, his first in the big leagues.
Andre Ethier, RF9/12/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier has often gotten the better of San Francisco starter Matt Cain.
Insight: Ethier is 29-for-65 (.446) with four doubles, a triple, a homer and five walks against the Giants hurler and should be started Thursday. He has posted a respectable .280 average with seven homers and an .893 OPS since the All-Star break after batting .268 with five dingers and a .727 OPS before it.
Matt Kemp, CF9/11/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle, hamstring) ran on a treadmill Wednesday for the first time since experiencing renewed tightness in his right hamstring last week. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: Kemp is on the disabled list with a sprained ankle and also has the hamstring issue to worry about. He missed more than three weeks with a right hamstring injury earlier this season. If he does return before the playoffs, it will only be for a few games.
Carl Crawford, LF9/11/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not Wednesday's lineup.
Insight: He's getting the night off. The former fantasy star has put up respectable numbers this season, hitting .283 with five homers, 56 runs and 13 steals.
Andre Ethier, RF9/11/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier is 1-for-11 with five strikeouts against Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin
Insight: This would be the game that Ethier would sit if Matt Kemp were available, but Ethier will likely play and struggle. He's batting just .220 against left-handers this season. Avoid.
Matt Kemp, CF9/10/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle, hamstring) has yet to do any running, but according to ESPN's Mark Saxon manager Don Mattingly expects Kemp to return this season.
Insight: Kemp is running out of time. The outfielder, who is on the DL with a sprained ankle, began feeling renewed tightness in his right hamstring last week. He missed more than three weeks with a right hamstring injury earlier this season.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/10/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a career .467 hitter (7-for-15) versus Arizona starter Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Another solid season from Gonzalez, who reached the 20 HR mark for the first time since 2011. He's should knock in 100 runs for the sixth time in his 10-year career.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/8/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has collected a hit in exactly half of his at-bats against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Gonzalez is 9-for-18 with two doubles and five homers against Bailey, Sunday's scheduled starter versus Los Angeles. The Dodgers first baseman should have a big game on "Sunday Night Baseball."
Yasiel Puig, RF9/7/2013 8:23:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (knee) homered in Saturday's game.
Insight: Puig returned to the lineup Friday after suffering a knee strain Monday. His home run Saturday was his 15th this season. The Dodgers have gone 57-26 (.687) since Puig made his debut.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/7/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (knee) returned to the starting lineup for Friday's game and got through the contest without incident.
Insight: Puig hurt his knee on a slide Monday and had been dealing with a mild right knee strain. Still with great season-long numbers, Puig has slipped a bit from his dynamic start when he joined the Dodgers. He's batting .274 over his last 23 games with a .768 OPS.
Chris Capuano, SP9/6/2013 9:39:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefthander Chris Capuano was pulled from his start Friday because of a strained groin. SOURCE: Orange County Register
Insight: He only lasted an inning and two thirds. Capuano (4-7, 4.34 ERA) is questionable to make his next start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Matt Kemp, CF9/6/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp will be shut down indefinitely according to Mike Axisa of CBS Sports.
Insight: Kemp felt renewed tightness in his hamstring during a rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. In five games for the Quakes, he went hitless in 18 at bats with five strikeouts. Kemp originally landed on the DL with a sprained ankle shortly after the All-Star break.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/6/2013 4:23:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (knee) is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game.
Insight: Puig hurt his knee on a slide Monday and has been dealing with a mild right knee strain. The team could afford to rest him with their position in the playoff hunt, so he's obviously full healthy. Get him back in your lineup.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/5/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (knee) was not in Wednesday's lineup, but did make an appearance as a pinch hitter.
Insight: Puig hurt his knee on a slide Monday and is dealing with a mild right knee strain, but it's obviously not too bad since he was used late in the game. The team can afford to rest him with their position in the playoff hunt, so he could still miss more time.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP9/4/2013 7:43:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu's start has been pushed back again due to stiffness in the middle of his back, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Ryu, who is 13-5 with a 3.02 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 167 innings as a rookie this season, initially had his start pushed from Wednesday to Friday and now he won't pitch until next week at some point.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/4/2013 5:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (knee) is not in Wednesday's lineup.
Insight: Puig hurt his knee on a slide Monday and is dealing with some stiffness. It's not serious but the team can afford to rest him.
Andre Ethier, RF9/4/2013 12:56:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier has been a fantasy behemoth lately (11-for-25 in his last eight games). Unfortunately, he faces a tough matchup Wednesday against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Insight: The numbers are pretty lopsided in this matchup. De La Rosa has had his way with Ethier (.158 AVG in 19 at bats for Ethier) and we expect that to continue on Wednesday.
Matt Kemp, CF9/3/2013 7:23:00 PM
Description: According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is unlikely to be activated this weekend against the Reds.
Insight: Kemp has not felt comfortable at the plate during his rehab assignment. He has played just 62 games and hit .263 with five home runs and a .700 OPS during this lost season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/3/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Ramirez also sat out Sunday, but the Dodgers say there is nothing wrong with him, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. Ramirez has hit .224 (11-for-49) over his last 13 games.
Edinson Volquez, SP9/2/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Edinson Volquez will start for the Dodgers Wednesday against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Insight: The team will push Hyun-Jin Ryu back to Friday to give him extra rest. Volquez has a career 8.39 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP in 34 1/3 innings at Coors Field (14.92 ERA there this season) and should be avoided in all leagues.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/2/2013 9:58:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (knee) will miss Tuesday's game, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
Insight: Puig hurt his knee on a slide Monday and is dealing with some stiffness. The move to sit him is likely precautionary.
Andre Ethier, RF9/2/2013 8:39:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier went 3-for-4 with a walk, a homer, three RBI and three runs scored Monday against the Rockies.
Insight: Ethier has been useful since the All-Star break, hitting .302 with six homers, 22 RBI an OPS close to .900 in 41 games.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot9/2/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was not at his best Monday at Colorado -- he gave up five earned runs on 11 hits in five innings -- but he still picked up his 14th win.
Insight: Go figure; Kershaw had a 0.82 ERA in his previous six starts but only went 3-2, and he allows five runs Monday and collected a win. That's baseball.
Yasiel Puig, RF9/2/2013 8:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig suffered a mild right knee strain Monday, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Puig hurt his knee while sliding Monday against Colorado. He's day-to-day.
Zack Greinke, SPHot9/1/2013 7:13:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles righthander Zack Greinke stayed hot by beating the Padres Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
Insight: San Diego's only run came across on an Alexi Amarista single in the third inning. That was one of two hits Greinke (14-3, 2.78 ERA) allowed in seven innings of work. He's now won six straight with a 1.24 ERA over that span.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/1/2013 1:48:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is out of the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Ramirez is getting the day off. After hitting .212 with a .621 OPS in his first nine games of August, Ramirez batted .289 with a .957 OPS in his final 10 and is hitting .340 with a 1.011 OPS and 15 HR this year.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot9/1/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had a 1.01 ERA in August but went 3-2 for the month.
Insight: Kershaw pitched slightly better than both Ricky Nolasco and Zack Greinke, but the latter two both went 5-0 in August. Combined, the trio was 13-2 with a 1.30 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and a 101/25 K/BB in 110 2/3 innings for the month.
Zack Greinke, SPHot9/1/2013 9:27:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke went 5-0 with a 1.23 ERA in August.
Insight: Greinke has been untouchable since early July, going 7-1 with a 1.49 ERA over 10 starts. He'll bring a 13-3 record and a 2.86 ERA into Sunday's start versus the Padres.
Ricky Nolasco, SPHot9/1/2013 9:24:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles starter Ricky Nolasco went 5-0 in August.
Insight: Nolasco had a 1.64 ERA for the month and is 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 10 starts since joining the Dodgers. His 3.26 ERA on the year is a career low.
Michael Young, 3B9/1/2013 8:47:00 AM
Description: The Dodgers acquired Michael Young from the Phillies late Saturday night.
Insight: Young will serve as a backup at the corners behind Juan Uribe and Adrian Gonzalez, though we could definitely see him overtaking Uribe at third base.
Chris Capuano, SP9/1/2013 8:43:00 AM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano had his best start since Aug. 3 Saturday against the Padres, firing seven innings and striking out seven while allowing one run on eight hits.
Insight: Capuano needs to keep pitching like this to hold off Edinson Volquez, who was picked up after being released by the Padres. Capuano had a 4.41 ERA in August and isn't an option for fantasy owners at this time.
Matt Kemp, CF8/31/2013 7:48:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is "still not comfortable" at bat, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
Insight: Kemp has made three trips to the disabled list and played just 11 games since May 29. When he returns from his latest ailment, a sprained ankle, he'll come back to a .263 average, five homers and a .700 OPS.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/30/2013 6:20:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig is in the starting lineup Friday after being pulled from Wednesday's game for a lack of focus on defense.
Insight: Puig has done plenty with the bat this season -- he's hitting .346 with 13 homers and 52 runs in 76 games -- but he has had some disciplinary issues. Manager Don Mattingly is likely hoping Wednesday's benching took care of that.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/30/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig was benched for disciplinary reasons during Wednesday's game against the Cubs, but we expect him to be back in the lineup on Friday.
Insight: Puig (.346, 13 HR, 30 RBI) has been testing manager Don Mattingly's patience for weeks. Sometimes young guys need to be reminded that they can't get by on talent alone, that effort is also required. We should see both from Puig on Friday.
Ricky Nolasco, SPHot8/28/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Ricky Nolasco was outstanding Wednesday in a win against the Cubs.
Insight: Nolasco (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 11 K's) hasn't given up a run in either of his last two outings. Overall, he's 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA in ten starts since joining the Dodgers at the start of July.
Edinson Volquez, SP8/28/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Former Reds and Padres starter Edinson Volquez has agreed to join the Dodgers. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: There were reports earlier in the day that L.A. had been zeroing in on Volquez so this doesn't come as much of a surprise. There's a chance Volquez could take over for Chris Capuano at the end of the rotation but his impact from a fantasy perspective should still be minimal.
Matt Kemp, CF8/28/2013 9:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp is headed to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday. SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Insight: Kemp seems to be almost 100 percent after missing more than a month with a sprained ankle. He's expected to play in at least three rehab games so the earliest we'd see him back in the Dodgers lineup would be Sunday against the Padres.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/28/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig was benched for disciplinary reasons during Wednesday's game against the Cubs. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Puig (.346, 13 HR, 30 RBI) has been testing manager Don Mattingly's patience for weeks and it appears he finally reached his breaking point on Wednesday. Puig was replaced by Skip Schumaker in the fifth inning because he didn't look ready on defense. Mattingly said in his press conference after the game that he made the move because he felt Schumaker gave the Dodgers "the best chance to win." The Dodgers' next game is Friday against the Padres.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/28/2013 2:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in Wednesday's starting lineup versus the Cubs
Insight: No injury that we know of, just a rest day. Gonzalez has been a consistent bat in the Dodgers lineup all season (.291, 17 HR, 81 RBI, .790 OPS), though he's no longer the home run hitter he was in San Diego.
Dioner Navarro, CHot8/28/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: Chicago catcher Dioner Navarro is a career .467 hitter (7-for-15) with a 1.267 OPS versus Dodgers right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Navarro is batting .348 over his last seven games and combined with his favorable matchup against Nolasco makes him a viable fantasy option on Wednesday.
Matt Kemp, CF8/27/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) ran the bases Tuesday for the first time since going on the DL and had no problems, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
Insight: Kemp sprained his ankle July 21st against Washington and hasn't been able to play since. He is nearing a rehab assignment and could be back within the next 10 days.
Matt Kemp, CF8/27/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is expected to run the bases on Tuesday. If all goes well he could begin a rehab assignment later this week and return by the first week in September.
Insight: Kemp sprained his ankle July 21st against Washington and hasn't been able to play since. batting .263 with five homers and 27 RBI in 62 games, Kemp has been a huge disappointment for fantasy owners even when he's been healthy enough to play which hasn't been often.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/25/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has never had much success against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Ramirez is only hitting .234 in August after batting .375 in June and .365 in July, and he's 1-for-13 (.077) lifetime against Peavy.
Andre Ethier, RF8/25/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is a pitiful 5-for-33 (.152) with 10 strikeouts against Boston starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: Most of those at-bats came when Peavy was an ace for the Padres. Ethier has had a decent month, hitting .290 with two homers, nine RBI and an .837 OPS in 21 games, but he shouldn't be started against Peavy. If Matt Kemp can ever return from the DL, Ethier will find himself without a starting job.
Carl Crawford, LF8/24/2013 3:12:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in Saturday's starting lineup. Yasiel Puig will lead off.
Insight: Crawford hasn't produced star numbers, but he's on a six-game hitting streak and batting a respectable .293 with five homers, 23 RBI, 13 SB and 51 runs in 89 games.
Carl Crawford, LF8/23/2013 1:23:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is 21-for-45 (.467) against Boston starter John Lackey.
Insight: Crawford hasn't produced star numbers, but he's batting a respectable .291 with five homers, 21 RBI and 50 runs. He's worth starting on Friday.
Brian Wilson, RP8/22/2013 6:53:00 PM
Description: Brian Wilson threw a scoreless inning Thursday in his Dodgers debut.
Insight: Donning the rarely seen number double-zero, Wilson fanned two and gave up one hit in his lone inning of work. His fastball topped out at 94, which is pretty respectable for a guy coming off Tommy John surgery. As long as Wilson can stay healthy, he should have a bright future as LA's setup man.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot8/22/2013 3:34:00 PM
Description: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw easily disposed of the Marlins on Thursday.
Insight: Kershaw tossed 103 pitches (66 strikes) and allowed five hits over eight scoreless innings. He has thrown eight innings in three straight starts and won each of them. With a 13-7 record, 1.72 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP, Kershaw is a realistic NL MVP candidate. Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew McCutchen are seemingly his top competition on the offensive side.
Yasiel Puig, RFCold8/22/2013 12:18:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig received an IV for dehydration Wednesday, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Puig was limping during Wednesday's game due to calf cramps, but he's in the lineup Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/22/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is getting a day off Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.
Insight: Ramirez has slumped a bit in August, hitting .238 with nine strikeouts in 11 games. He should be back in the lineup Friday.
Zack Greinke, SPHot8/21/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke gave up a first inning solo homer to Giancarlo Stanton but didn't allow another run over eight innings of work Wednesday against Miami.
Insight: With a 4-0 record in four August starts, Greinke suddenly has 12 wins, just two off the NL lead and tied with Clayton Kershaw for most on the Dodgers. The right-hander has posted a 0.96 ERA in that span and has a 2.91 ERA on the year in 133 innings.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/21/2013 5:43:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.
Insight: Puig was not in the lineup Tuesday due to his recent struggles at the plate and also was fined for showing up late to the ballpark, but he pinch-hit and blasted a go-ahead two-run homer.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/20/2013 8:48:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was fined for arriving late to Marlins Park Tuesday afternoon, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.
Insight: Puig was not in the lineup Tuesday, but manager Don Mattingly said the outfielder's cold bat, not his late arrival, was the reason behind it. Puig is 5-for-30 (.167) over his last seven games.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/20/2013 4:22:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is not the lineup for Tuesday's game against Miami.
Insight: Puig (.351, 11 HR, 27 RBI, 7 SB) is just 3-for-23 over the past five games and can use a day off.
Matt Kemp, CF8/19/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is unlikely to return before the end of the month. SOURCE: Dodgers.com
Insight: Kemp sprained his ankle July 21st against Washington and hasn't been able to play since. His return date continues to be a moving target.
Brian Wilson, RP8/19/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Wilson hasn't pitched in the majors since April of 2012. Wilson pitched well in his rehab games and he should be a nice addition to the Dodgers' pen. Just don't expect him to get many save opportunities.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/19/2013 3:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez missed Sunday's game because of a stiff neck, but is in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Miami.
Insight: It's an injury that Gonzalez could have played through, but manager Don Mattingly thought it would be a good idea to let him rest on Sunday. Gonzalez has been a consistent bat in the Dodgers lineup all season (.295, 16 HR, 76 RBI, .797 OPS), though he's no longer the home run hitter he was in San Diego.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/19/2013 11:48:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez missed Sunday's game because of a stiff neck, but is listed as probable for Monday's game against Miami.
Insight: It's an injury that Gonzalez could probably play through, but manager Don Mattingly thought it would be a good idea to let him rest on Sunday. Gonzalez has been a consistent bat in the Dodgers lineup all season (.295, 16 HR, 76 RBI, .797 OPS), though he's no longer the home run hitter he was in San Diego.
Ricky Nolasco, SP8/18/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco is 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in eight starts since joining the team.
Insight: Nolasco gave up two runs over six innings Sunday against the Phillies but took a no decision to snap a three-game winning streak.
Andre Ethier, RF8/18/2013 4:44:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Ethier returned to the lineup Saturday after not starting since Aug. 12 due to calf tightness. He has two homers in his last 10 at-bats.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/18/2013 1:18:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is missing Sunday's game because of a stiff neck. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: It's an injury that Gonzalez can play through but Don Mattingly thought it would be a good idea to let him rest on Sunday. Gonzalez should be back for the series opener Monday against Miami.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/18/2013 11:27:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gonzalez went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Phillies. Jerry Hairston Jr. is getting the start at first base.
Carl Crawford, LF8/18/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is out for Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Insight: It's a scheduled day of rest for the veteran. Scott Van Slyke will make a rare start in left field in the series finale.
Juan Uribe, 3BHot8/17/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe put the game out of reach with a three-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: All he needed was a triple for the cycle. Uribe is having a great series so far. In seven at bats, he's crushed five hits including three for extra bases.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot8/17/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw proved once again why he's the best pitcher on Planet Earth Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: Saturday's outing was another masterpiece as Kershaw (12-7, 1.80 ERA) limited Philadelphia to just three hits in eight shutout innings. Time to make room in that trophy case for another Cy Young Award, Clayton. He's looking to become the first pitcher since Greg Maddux to lead the league in ERA three years in a row.
Brian Wilson, RP8/17/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers are expected to activate reliever Brian Wilson from the disabled list on Sunday. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: Wilson didn't allow a run during his brief rehab assignment (4 1/3 scoreless innings). It doesn't look like he's going to close for the Dodgers, which limits his fantasy value. Wilson owns a 3.21 ERA in 315 big league appearances, all of which have come as a member of the Giants.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot8/16/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez came into Friday's game 7-for-13 (.538) against Phillies ace left-hander Cliff Lee, and he went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, which came off Lee in the fourth inning.
Insight: Ramirez hasn't missed a beat despite missing time due to a jammed shoulder. He returned to the lineup Wednesday after not starting for more than a week and is 4-for-9 with two extra-base hits.
Zack Greinke, SPHot8/16/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke shut out the Phillies on three hits over 7 1/3 innings Friday night to improve to 11-3.
Insight: Not a good showing for Philadelphia in its first game under new manager Ryne Sandberg. Greinke had a 4.30 ERA after his start on July 3, but he is 5-1 with a 1.45 ERA over his last eight turns.
Andre Ethier, RF8/16/2013 4:44:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier (calf) is still out of the starting lineup.
Insight: Ethier hasn't started since Aug. 12 due to calf tightness, but he hit a pinch-hit homer Wednesday against the Mets. We suspect his absence Friday has more to do with Cliff Lee being on the mound than his injury. Ethier is 0-for-8 with four K against Lee and is batting .224 with a .587 OPS versus lefties this season.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot8/16/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Throw out the left-left splits when Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez faces left-hander Cliff Lee as he's 10-for-18 (.556) in their matchups.
Insight: Gonzalez can't hit 30 homers anymore, but with a .298 average and 76 RBI he's still a solid fantasy option and has a favorable matchup on Friday in Philadelphia.
Andre Ethier, RF8/16/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is hitless in eight at-bats against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee with four strikeouts.
Insight: Ethier, who is dealing with calf tightness stemming from a hit by pitch in Chicago earlier this month would normally sit if the Dodgers outfield was at full strength. He'll be the odd-man out if Matt Kemp ever returns.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot8/16/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 7-for-13 (.538) against Phillies ace left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Ramirez missed time recently due to a jammed right shoulder. The shortstop has dealt with several long-term injuries this season and only has played 56 games, but he's hitting .360 with 11 homers, 37 RBI, 38 runs scored and a 1.049 OPS.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/14/2013 6:56:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is back in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Ramirez hasn't started since Aug. 4 due to a jammed right shoulder. The shortstop has dealt with several long-term injuries this season and only has played 55 games, but he's hitting .359 with 11 homers and a 1.050 OPS.
Andre Ethier, RF8/14/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier (calf) is not in the lineup Wednesday for the second straight game. He's expected to return Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ethier is dealing with calf tightness stemming from a hit by pitch in Chicago earlier this month. We keep expecting more from Ethier, but he doesn't give it to us - .267, 7 HR, 41 RBI, .743 OPS. He'll be the odd-man out if Matt Kemp ever returns.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/14/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Ramirez hasn't started since Aug. 4 due to a jammed right shoulder. He was available off the bench Tuesday, but did not get into the game.
Matt Kemp, CF8/14/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is still limping, according to a team report. He has no trouble hitting or throwing, but if you can't run, you can't play in the outfield.
Insight: Kemp isn't healing as quickly as the team had hoped from his sprained left ankle and could be out until September.
Andre Ethier, RF8/14/2013 10:56:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was scratched from the lineup Tuesday due to left calf tightness and is questionable for Wednesday's game against the New York Mets.
Insight: The injury stems from a hit by pitch in Chicago earlier this month. We keep expecting more from Ethier, but he doesn't give it to us - .267, 7 HR, 41 RBI, .743 OPS. He'll be the odd-man out if Matt Kemp ever returns.
Andre Ethier, RF8/13/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers scratched outfielder Andre Ethier from the lineup Tuesday due to left calf tightness, according to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register.
Insight: The injury stems from a hit by pitch in Chicago earlier this month. Ethier will have an exam on his calf Tuesday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/13/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Ramirez hasn't started since Aug. 4 due to a jammed right shoulder. He's available off the bench Tuesday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/12/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez remains out with an injured shoulder.
Insight: He's missed seven of the Dodgers' last eight contests. Nick Punto will again get the start at shortstop.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/12/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez ledt Sunday's game in the eighth inning after feeling dizzy, but was checked out and it appears to be nothing to worry about.
Insight: Gonzalez is no longer the power hitter he was during his years with San Diego, but with a .293 average and 74 RBI he's still a solid fantasy option.
Brian Wilson, RP8/12/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson pitched at Triple-A Albuquerque Sunday and could be called up by the end of the week, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Wilson, who signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles just prior to the trade deadline, would be a setup man for Kenley Jansen and excellent insurance in case the closer gets injured.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/12/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) could play as soon as Monday night against the Mets, according to a MLB.com report.
Insight: Ramirez isn't 100 percent and while he would like to play the team would prefer that he was completely healthy so that there would not be any chance of a re-aggravation of the injury. Fantasy owners would like to see his .359 batting average (1.050 OPS) back in the lineup ASAP.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/10/2013 8:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit his 16th homer of the season in the first inning Saturday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Gonzalez is no longer the power hitter he was during his years with San Diego, but with a .294 average and 72 RBI he's still a solid fantasy option.
Zack Greinke, SPHot8/10/2013 8:12:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke has been quality in six of his last seven starts. He has lowered his ERA from 4.30 to 3.21 in that span.
Insight: Greinke struck out seven and gave up six hits over 6 1/3 scoreless frames in a win over the Rays Saturday, his 10th victory of the season. The right-hander has lost just 14 games combined over the last three seasons while winning 41.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/10/2013 2:18:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ramirez did take batting practice. Though the Dodgers haven't ruled out the possibility of using him as a pinch-hitter later in the game, It appears Ramirez will miss his sixth consecutive game with a jammed shoulder.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/9/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez isn't in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Though the Dodgers haven't ruled out the possibility of using him as a pinch-hitter later in the game. Ramirez has missed LA's last four games with a jammed shoulder.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/9/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is doubtful for Friday's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: He hasn't played since Aug. 4 due to a jammed right shoulder while diving for a foul popup. Over the years, he's proven to be fragile which explains why the team is being very careful with their star hitter (.361, 11 HR, 37 RBI in 54 games).
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/8/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) hit off a tee Wednesday afternoon and did some light swinging during that night's game, according to MLB.com.
Insight: The Dodgers planned to have Ramirez do the same thing Thursday night during their game against the Cardinals. He hasn't played since Aug. 4 due to a jammed right shoulder.
Matt Kemp, CF8/8/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) played catch and ran in place Wednesday and Thursday, according to MLB.com.
Insight: "Throwing and hitting is not going to be the problem," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's going to be the running and cutting and stopping, when you start getting on uneven ground, you know, hit a base, things like that." Kemp isn't healing as quickly as the team had hoped from his sprained left ankle and could be out until September.
Carl Crawford, LFHot8/8/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford contributed four hits Wednesday in a big win over St. Louis.
Insight: He went 7-for-12 in the series with two doubles, three runs scored and a stolen base. Crawford's .293 average this season is his highest since 2010.
Dioner Navarro, C8/7/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Chicago catcher Dioner Navarro had to be carted off the field Wednesday after a collision with Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. Fortunately, he was able to escape without any major injuries. SOURCE: Carrie Muskat, MLB.com
Insight: X-rays on his ankle came back negative so it looks like it's just a bruise. Welington Castillo has come on take Navarro's place behind the plate.
Brian Wilson, RP8/7/2013 7:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson has been sent to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga to begin a rehab assignment. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: He's eligible to come off the disabled list next Tuesday though he could need more time. Wilson signed a one-year pact with Los Angeles just prior to the trade deadline.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/7/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez did not play Monday or Tuesday, but his shoulder is improving and the team has not sent him for an MRI.
Insight: The fact that the Dodgers didn't send the oft-injured shortstop for an MRI is very good news and he's listed as day-to-day. Ramirez has played great when on the field, batting .361 with 11 HR and 37 RBI in 54 games.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/5/2013 7:02:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez will not compete in Monday's game against the Cardinals. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Ramirez injured his shoulder while making a play in foul territory Sunday against the Cubs. Apparently he's feeling much better and will no longer require an MRI. He could be back as soon as tomorrow night.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/5/2013 4:42:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.
Insight: Puig (.376, 11 HR, 25 RBI, 7 SB) missed Sunday's game because of a thumb injury. His all-out style of play is fun to watch but it will lead to injuries from time to time.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/5/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been diagnosed with a jammed shoulder, but even if he plays, which is doubtful, fantasy owners should sit him on Monday.
Insight: Ramirez is just 5-for-24 without an extra base hit (.505 OPS) versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. Ramirez will have an MRI on Monday which should clear things up.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/4/2013 8:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been diagnosed with a jammed shoulder. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: That's a pretty vague description though Ramirez's MRI on Monday should clear things up a bit. Nick Punto stands to see most of the playing time at shortstop while Ramirez is out.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/4/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Sunday's game versus the Cubs after injuring his shoulder in the seventh inning. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Ramirez hurt himself making a play in foul territory. He went 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/4/2013 3:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig is expected to return Monday against the Cardinals. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Puig (.376, 11 HR, 25 RBI, 7 SB) missed Sunday's game because of a thumb injury. His all-out style of play is fun to watch but it can lead to injuries from time to time.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/4/2013 1:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig made a leaping catch at the wall in Saturday's game, but injured his left thumb and is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Puig has become a huge part of the Dodgers' offense and their turnaround this season, so it figures the team will be conservative about any injury. The outfielder is batting .375 with 11 HR, 25 RBI, 40 runs in 52 games.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/3/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig made a leaping catch at the wall in Saturday's game, but injured his left thumb and is questionable for Sunday.
Insight: Puig has become a huge part of the Dodgers' offense and their turnaround this season, so it figures the team will be conservative about any injury. The outfielder is batting .375 with 11 HR, 25 RBI, 40 runs in 52 games.
Chris Capuano, SPHot8/3/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano posted his second consecutive solid outing, yielding just six hits and zero runs over 6 1/3 IP.
Insight: Capuano was coming off 6 2/3 innings of shut out baseball and is finally starting to yield quality results. The long-term problem is inconsistency - in his last eight outings he's given up zero runs five times, but yielded five earned runs the other three times.
Carl Crawford, LF8/3/2013 7:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford did most of the heavy lifting on Saturday afternoon, knocking out three hits and driving in two..
Insight: It was his first RBI since July 22. He's put together solid, though unspectacular, numbers batting .284 with five homers, 18 RBI and 40 runs scored in 71 games.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/3/2013 3:08:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus the Cubs.
Insight: No injury, simply a planned day of rest for the 10-tear veteran. Gonzalez has provided a quiet, steady presence in the Dodgers lineup, hitting .301 with 15 homers, 66 RBI and an .820 OPS.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot8/3/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 8-for-15 (.533) against Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija with a 1.200 OPS.
Insight: Ramirez has returned to the productive hitter we remember from 2007-2010. He's batting .370 with 11 HR, 37 RBI and a 1.081 OPS in the 52 games he's played this season. Enjoy this matchup.
Carl Crawford, LF8/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in Friday's starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Crawford is just 1-for-13 since missing a few days due to illness. He's played reasonably well when on the field, but has played just 70 games this season (.278, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 40 runs, 10 SB).
Andre Ethier, RF8/1/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: With a lefty on the mound, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier will sit out Thursday against the Cubs, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ethier is 3-for-21 (.143) over his last six games and hitting .267 with seven homers on the year.
Clayton Kershaw, SP8/1/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw tossed a gem Wednesday against the Yankees (8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 5 K's).
Insight: And in typical Dodger fashion, he got zero run support. Unbelievable. Los Angeles has scored two runs or fewer in three out of Kershaw's last four starts. Even with the lack of run support, he's still 10-6 with a 1.87 ERA and 161 strikeouts. At this point, it would be a shock if anyone other than Kershaw won the National League Cy Young award.
Matt Kemp, CF7/31/2013 9:40:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp isn't recovering from his sprained ankle as quickly as the team had hoped. He might be out until September. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: Kemp is eligible to return on August 6th but that's not going to happen. It's been a trying season for the two-time All-Star. He's already been on the disabled list three times and it's not even August.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B7/31/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has a 1.153 OPS against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. He's 12-for-35 (.343) with four doubles, three homers and six walks against the right-hander.
Insight: Kuroda and Gonzalez have been opponents in the NL West and AL East. While Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez draw all the headlines, Gonzalez has provided a quiet, steady presence in the Dodgers lineup, hitting .299 with 15 homers, 65 RBI and an .821 OPS.
Brian Wilson, RP7/30/2013 3:58:00 PM
Description: According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers have signed rehabbing reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract. He has been placed on the 15-day DL.
Insight: The 31-year-old hasn't pitched in the big leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. The team hasn't indicated if he'll take the closer role from Kenley Jansen, but it's doubtful he'll be thrown into the fire right away when he returns in two weeks.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot7/30/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 6-for-10 against veteran yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Ramirez has returned to the productive hitter we remember from 2007-2010. He's batting .380 with 11 Hr, 34 RBI and a 1.115 OPS in the 49 games he's played this season.
Carl Crawford, LF7/30/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (illness) is expected to return Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: Crawford was in the hospital with a fever over the weekend and was prescribed antibiotics. The team hopes that with the off day Monday, Crawford will be feeling better Tuesday. he's batting .289 with 40 runs scored and 10 steals in 67 games and a .768 OPS.
Carl Crawford, LF7/29/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (illness) is expected to return Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: Crawford was in the hospital with a fever over the weekend and was prescribed antibiotics. The team hopes that with the off day Monday, Crawford will be feeling better Tuesday.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/28/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig hit a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning Sunday.
Insight: Puigmania strikes again. After a brief slump, the outfielder has heated up again recently and is hitting .372 with 10 HR in 48 games.
Carl Crawford, LF7/28/2013 1:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is out again Sunday versus Cincinnati.
Insight: Crawford was in the hospital with a fever yesterday so it would have been a surprise to see him in the lineup today. Jerry Hairston Jr. is getting the start in left field. The Dodgers have an off day tomorrow so maybe Crawford will be ready to play again Tuesday versus the Yankees.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP7/28/2013 9:41:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu kept the Reds in check Saturday to earn his ninth victory of the season.
Insight: Ryu surrendered just two hits and one run in seven innings. His 3.14 ERA is 18th-best in the National League.
Carl Crawford, LF7/27/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford was taken to the hospital Saturday because of a high fever. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Obviously, he won't be able to play tonight against the Reds. We wouldn't expect him to be available on Sunday either.
Matt Kemp, CF7/27/2013 3:41:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is expected to return when first eligible, according to MLB.com.
Insight: That means Kemp is looking to return from his sprained left ankle, which he suffered in his first game back from the DL after missing two weeks due to a shoulder injury, on Aug. 6 against the Cardinals. However, Kemp is still dealing with a noticeable limp and hasn't resumed baseball activities.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B7/27/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Reds starter Bronson Arroyo has held Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in check; Gonzalez is a .138 hitter against the right-hander.
Insight: Gonzalez is hitting .315 with an .884 OPS in July, but Arroyo also comes in having gone 3-1 with a 1.61 OPS in his last four starts and has held Gonzalez to four hits in 29 at-bats.
Andre Ethier, RF7/26/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Perhaps Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier should take some lessons from Adrian Gonzalez on how to hit Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: While Gonzalez is 8-for-15 (.533) with five homers against Bailey, Ethier has gone 0-for-12 with 4 K against the right-hander. Avoid this matchup Friday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B7/26/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has slugged five homers in just 15 at-bats against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Gonzalez is 8-for-15 (.533) against Bailey and is as close to a sure thing Friday as there is in fantasy baseball.
Matt Kemp, CF7/24/2013 6:30:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have placed center fielder Matt Kemp back on the disabled list. He's dealing with a sprained left ankle.
Insight: That was fast. After missing two weeks with an injured shoulder, Kemp's return lasted just one game. Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig should both see time in center field while he's out.
Andre Ethier, RF7/23/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Since the All-Star break, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has looked like a man who wants to keep his starting job.
Insight: Ethier has hit two homers, driven in six runs, walked four times and scored six runs in five games since the break. He'll remain in the starting lineup as long as Matt Kemp (ankle) remains on the sidelines.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B7/23/2013 10:47:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is batting .316 with five home runs, 14 RBI and 16 runs in July.
Insight: He went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, three runs and a walk Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/23/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig went 1-for-14 with seven K in his first three starts of the second half, but he was 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk and a steal Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Puig hasn't homered since July 2 and has predictably cooled off, but he's still hitting .369 and now has 30 runs and six steals in 43 games.
Chris Capuano, SP7/23/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano gave up five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Capuano was solid last year, posting a 3.72 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 198 1/3 innings, but after Tuesday's outing his ERA this year is 5.03 and his WHIP is 1.44. He's too up-and-down to own in any leagues.
Matt Kemp, CF7/23/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is still limping, but manager Don Mattingly said no decision will be made until tomorrow regarding the DL. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com.
Insight: Kemp sprained his left ankle in his first game back from the disabled list last week. If he's placed on the DL again, it will be his third stint this season; the first was for a hamstring injury and the second for his shoulder.
A.J. Ellis, CHot7/22/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles catcher A.J. Ellis smashed four hits Monday in a 14-5 victory over Toronto.
Insight: One of the hits was a two-run homer, his fifth of the season. Elllis now has 12 RBI in his last ten games. Ellis only had 20 RBI in his first 57 games of the season.
Matt Kemp, CF7/22/2013 6:34:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp won't compete in the team's series against Toronto this week. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He's headed for X-rays on his left ankle. A return to the disabled list could be in Kemp's not so distant future, which is disappointing since he just came off the DL Sunday against Washington.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/22/2013 4:23:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig was given Sunday off, but is back in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Puig is just one for his last 14, including five strikeouts, and his average has fallen from .397 to .369. The Washington pitching staff of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann can be tough on any hitter. Let's see if he can rebound from his first big slump since coming to the Dodgers.
Matt Kemp, CF7/22/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp left Sunday's game with a left ankle injury and is not in Monday's starting lineup against Toronto.
Insight: Kemp was playing in his first game since July 5 due to irritation in his left shoulder. He went 3-for-4 with a homer Sunday and has hit a longball in three of his last four games. Kemp told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the ankle injury "wasn't that serious." He should only miss a game or two.
Matt Kemp, CF7/22/2013 2:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp left Sunday's game with a left ankle injury and is doubtful for Monday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Kemp was playing in his first game since July 5 due to irritation in his left shoulder. He went 3-for-4 with a homer Sunday and has hit a longball in three of his last four games. Kemp told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the ankle injury "wasn't that serious." He should only miss a game or two.
Matt Kemp, CF7/22/2013 12:44:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp left Sunday's game with a left ankle injury and is doubtful for Monday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Kemp was playing in his first game since July 5 due to irritation in his left shoulder. He went 3-for-4 with a homer Sunday and has hit a longball in three of his last four games, but another DL stint would make fantasy owners cry. Manager Don Mattingly didn't think he would require another trip to the DL, but we await further word.
Andre Ethier, RF7/22/2013 9:54:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) versus Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson.
Insight: Ethier could still get regular at-bats in the series in Toronto as a DH or as a replacement for Matt Kemp if the latter's ankle injury keeps him off the diamond. He's hitting .263 with six home runs and 31 RBI this season.
Clayton Kershaw, SP7/21/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw gave up two solo homers to Jayson Werth Sunday, but otherwise didn't allow a baserunner over seven innings.
Insight: Kershaw struck out nine and improved to 9-6 with the win. Prior to Sunday's game, Kershaw had allowed just four homers over his previous 116 2/3 innings.
Carl Crawford, LFCold7/21/2013 6:07:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, one RBI, one run and a steal Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Crawford was 3-for-32 (.094) with eight strikeouts in 10 games since returning from a hamstring injury. He has been dealing with a back injury.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot7/21/2013 6:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Sunday at Washington.
Insight: Ramirez has gone 47-for-109 (.431) with nine doubles, two triples, nine homers, 28 RBI and a 10/11 K/BB over his last 29 games.
Matt Kemp, CF7/21/2013 4:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp left Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but manager Don Mattingly doesn't anticipate he'll have to go on the disabled list.
Insight: Kemp was playing in his first game since July 5 due to irritation in his left shoulder. He went 3-for-4 with a homer Sunday and has hit a longball in three of his last four games, but another DL stint would make fantasy owners sick.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/21/2013 12:23:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez owns Nats righthander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Ramirez is 8-for-18 (.444 AVG) in his career against the Washington ace. It might seem premature because he's only played 42 games but Ramirez (.390, 9 HR, 28 RBI) certainly deserves to be in the National League MVP discussion.
Yasiel Puig, RFCold7/21/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig will get the day off Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Puig is just one for his last 14. Andre Ethier will get the start in right field. There's a decent chance we'll see Puig come in as a pinch hitter later in the game.
Matt Kemp, CF7/21/2013 11:50:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: Kemp missed just over two weeks with a shoulder injury. He's batting sixth Sunday against the Nationals.
Carl Crawford, LF7/21/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford came in as a pinch-hitter Saturday against Washington.
Insight: Crawford didn't start because of a back issue. He should be a go for Sunday's series finale at Nationals Park.
Zack Greinke, SPHot7/21/2013 9:43:00 AM
Description: Zack Greinke's scoreless streak came to an end Saturday against the Nationals.
Insight: Washington finally got to Greinke in the sixth, halting his scoreless streak at 21 innings. Greinke exited the game an inning later with the score tied at one. He's unbeaten in his last six starts (5-0, 2.36 ERA over that stretch).
Scott Van Slyke, RF7/20/2013 3:52:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke will get the start in left field with Carl Crawford sidelined.
Insight: Van Slyke may only be a starter for one game as Matt Kemp is expected back on Sunday. He is batting .247 with six homers and an .838 OPS in 85 at-bats this season.
Carl Crawford, LFCold7/20/2013 3:47:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford won't be in the lineup Saturday night against Washington.
Insight: No reason was given for his absence though it's safe to assume that it's injury-related. Crawford, who has been battling back issues off and on for the past couple of weeks, is just two for his last 30.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/20/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will face a tough assignment in Washington starter Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Ramirez, who is batting .382 with a stunning 1.141 OPS in 40 games this season, is hitless in six tries versus Gonzalez with four strikeouts.
Ricky Nolasco, SP7/19/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Through three starts as a Dodger, Ricky Nolasco is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
Insight: Nolasco has given up 20 hits and walked five in 17 1/3 innings with Los Angeles, but 15 of the hits were singles. He's 6-9 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP on the year.
Andre Ethier, RF7/19/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier went 1-for-3 Friday against Washington, and his one hit was a tiebreaking solo homer in the top of the ninth off Rafael Soriano.
Insight: Ethier needs to pick up his performance if he wants to avoid becoming a high-priced bench player once Matt Kemp returns from the DL in a few days. He's hitting .269 with six home runs and 29 RBI this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot7/19/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez started off the second half like he ended the first with a two-run homer Friday against the Nationals.
Insight: Ramirez has hit 420 with eight doubles, two triples, eight homers, 24 RBI and a 9/11 K/BB over his last 27 games.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hip) is in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Puig missed a few games prior to the All-Star break with soreness in his hip, but he's fine after a few days off. With Carl Crawford returning Friday and Matt Kemp due back Sunday, the Dodgers finally will have all four outfielders healthy at the same time for the first time since Puig made his debut. Manager Don Mattingly has some tough decisions ahead of him.
Matt Kemp, CF7/19/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp (shoulder) said he expects to return Sunday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Kemp hit before the All-Star break and again Friday and reported no problems his left shoulder, which is the same shoulder he injured last season and had surgery on in the offseason. Kemp has just four homers this season, but hit one on consecutive days July 3-4 before leaving July 5 with irritation in his left AC joint.
Carl Crawford, LF7/19/2013 3:53:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (back) who missed three straight games to end the first half is leading off for Los Angeles in Friday night's second-half opener.
Insight: Crawford is batting .273 with five homers, 13 RBI, 36 runs scored and nine steals. OK numbers, but nothing like what we have wanted to see out of a player with his talent.
Andre Ethier, RF7/19/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has only faced Washington flamethrower Stephen Strasburg five times, but is hitless with four strikeouts.
Insight: Ethier and his fantasy owners continue to watch as the outfielder's once promising career fades into the background. In 2009 he hit 31 HR and knocked in 106 runs. He hasn't cracked 30 homers or 100 RBI since. Avoid this matchup.
Ted Lilly, SP7/18/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles Dodgers starter Ted Lilly (sprained neck) is expected to end up in the bullpen when he returns from the disabled list.
Insight: Injuries have limited Lilly to just 13 starts in the last two seasons and as a bullpen guy he'll have no fantasy value.
Matt Kemp, CF7/18/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp (shoulder) is expected to go out in a rehab assignment shortly and to return from the disabled list when he's first eligible on July 21.
Insight: Kemp's MRI revealed irritation in the AC joint of his left shoulder. It's the same shoulder he injured last season and had surgery on in the offseason. Even if he returns on time we have yet to see any ability to hit for power (.666 OPS).
Mark Ellis, 2B7/18/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis (bruised left knee/shin) is probable for Friday's game against Washington.
Insight: He's done very little that could be called fantasy worthy this season, batting .255 with four homers, 26 RBI and a .640 OPS.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/14/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig came in as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning Sunday against Colorado.
Insight: He stayed in the game and finished 1-for-3. Puig missed most of the series with a bruised hip. We'd expect Puig to be back in the starting lineup when the Dodgers return from the All-Star break Friday against the Nationals.
Carl Crawford, LF7/14/2013 2:34:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (back) will miss his third straight game Sunday.
Insight: Crawford was scratched from Friday's lineup due to back stiffness. His MRI didn't reveal anything significant, so he'll likely be ready for the start of the second half.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/14/2013 2:31:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is out of the lineup again Sunday due to a hip injury.
Insight: Puig injured his left hip while making a leaping catch into the wall on July 3 at Colorado, left games on Thursday and Friday with discomfort and sat out Saturday's game.
Andre Ethier, RF7/14/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has a second straight good matchup Sunday against the Rockies.
Insight: He has gone 9-for-22 (.409) with a homer and eight walks against Jhoulys Chacin. However, the outfielder also had strong numbers against Tyler Chatwood and he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against him Saturday.
Zack Greinke, SPHot7/13/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke led Los Angeles to a 1-0 win with a complete-game two-hitter Saturday against Colorado.
Insight: Greinke's off nights are more frequent than fantasy owners would like, but he's very capable of carrying a fantasy pitching staff for a month or more. Over his last two starts, Greinke (8-2, 3.49 ERA) has allowed just four hits and no runs in 16 innings.
Carl Crawford, LF7/13/2013 5:35:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said left fielder Carl Crawford's MRI didn't reveal anything "really significant" in his back, but Crawford isn't in Saturday's lineup for the second straight game, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
Insight: Crawford was scratched from Friday's lineup due to back stiffness and hasn't started a game since July 9. He's day-to-day.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/13/2013 5:31:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the starting lineup Saturday due to a hip injury.
Insight: Puig injured his left hip while making a leaping catch into the wall on July 3 at Colorado and has left each of the last two games with discomfort.
Andre Ethier, RF7/13/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is 7-for-15 (.467) with a 1.137 OPS versus Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood.
Insight: Ethier was hot in the last series against Arizona (7-for-15), but hasn't done much in the first two games of the series with the Rockies. With Yasiel Puig banged up and Matt Kemp out, Ethier continues to see playing time and Saturday is a matchup fantasy owners can use to their advantage.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/13/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig (hip) managed to get through two at-bats before being removed from Friday night's game.
Insight: Puig (.392, 8 HR, 19 RBI, 27 RBI, 5 SB) left Thursday night's game after aggravating the hip injury too. All the fuss about him not being selected to the All-Star game should be quieted now as the injury might have forced him to the sidelines anyway.
Carl Crawford, LF7/12/2013 7:31:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford won't be available for Friday's game against the Rockies. He's battling a stiff back. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: What else is new? Injuries have played a major role in Crawford's past few seasons and this year has been no exception. For now, consider him day-to-day.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/12/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig will play Friday versus Colorado.
Insight: Puig (.397, 8 HR, 19 RBI) left Thursday night's game after aggravating a hip injury. It looks like he's alright. The phenom is probably looking to take out some frustration after not getting invited to next week's All-Star Game in New York City. That's bad news for the Rockies.
Carl Crawford, LFCold7/11/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the lineup Thursday against the D-Backs.
Insight: This will be the second straight game he hasn't started, but he actually got four at-bats Wednesday after entering in the sixth inning (the game went 14 innings). Unfortunately, he went 0-for-4 and is 1-for-24 since returning from the DL.
Carl Crawford, LFCold7/10/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the lineup Wednesday against the D-Backs.
Insight: He's just getting a night off. The outfielder is just 1-for-20 with seven K since returning from the DL.
Matt Kemp, CF7/9/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: Dylan Hernandez from the L.A. Times reports that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expects Matt Kemp (shoulder) to return from the disabled list when he's first eligible on July 21.
Insight: Kemp's MRI revealed irritation in the AC joint of his left shoulder. It's the same shoulder he injured last season and had surgery on in the offseason.
Juan Uribe, 3B7/9/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is hitless in 11 tries versus Arizona starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Uribe is playing well, batting .320 (8-for-25) with 12 RBI over his last six games, but this is a matchup to avoid.
Matt Kemp, CF7/8/2013 7:28:00 PM
Description: Dylan Hernandez from the L.A. Times reports that Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp will be placed on the disabled list.
Insight: He's been battling a shoulder injury for the past couple of days. Yasiel Puig is playing so well right now, Dodgers fans might not even notice Kemp (.254, 4 HR, 24 RBI) is gone.
Clayton Kershaw, SP7/7/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw added to his case for NL All-Star starter with eight innings of one-run ball Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: Kershaw (1.89 ERA) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out three to improve to 8-5. The lefty has won three straight starts and recorded a 1.08 ERA and a 0.52 WHIP in that span. There are several strong choices to start the All-Star game for the NL, including Kershaw, Matt Harvey, Adam Wainwright, Patrick Corbin and Jordan Zimmermann.
Ricky Nolasco, SP7/7/2013 4:11:00 PM
Description: Ricky Nolasco will make his debut with the Dodgers Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Los Angeles acquired Nolasco (5-8, 3.85 ERA) from Miami Saturday. The right-hander should see better run support with the Dodgers than with the lowly Marlins.
Matt Kemp, CF7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (shoulder) is expected to return to the lineup Monday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Kemp is dealing with AC joint irritation in his left shoulder, which is the same one he had surgery on in the offseason. This injury has come at a terrible time for the outfielder, as he homered in two straight games this week after hitting just two homers the entire season to that point.
Carl Crawford, LF7/7/2013 1:12:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford could be in for a big afternoon Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: He's 5-for-12 lifetime with a homer and two RBI against righthander Chad Gaudin. Crawford (.289, 5 HR, 13 RBI) came off the disabled list earlier in the week.
Ricky Nolasco, SP7/6/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Fox's Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have traded starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers for minor league pitchers Steven Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez.
Insight: Nolasco (5-8, 3.85 ERA) should get better run support in Los Angeles, which could lead to more victories. He's 0-1 with an 8.18 ERA in two career starts at Dodger Stadium.
Matt Kemp, CF7/6/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp won't be in action Saturday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: The injury-prone outfielder hurt his right shoulder in Friday night's contest and was given a cortisone shot in that same shoulder on Saturday. A consensus top-ten fantasy pick in this year's draft, you could make the argument that Kemp (.254, 4 HR, 24 RBI in 61 games) has been the most disappointing player in fantasy this season.
Matt Kemp, CF7/6/2013 11:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp injured his shoulder on a swing in the second inning Friday against the Giants. It appears to be an AC joint irritation that will keep him sidelined for a couple of days. Latest update - Kemp received a cortisone injection.
Insight: Fortunately for the Dodgers, Carl Crawford was activated on Friday and they can put him in the outfield with Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig. Unfortunately for Kemp's fantasy owners, he was just starting to show some of his old power with home runs on consecutive days.
Andre Ethier, RFCold7/6/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier will be forced to play on Saturday after the injury to Matt Kemp, but fantasy owners should avoid putting him in their starting lineups.
Insight: Ethier is just 2-for-19 (.105) with six strikeouts in his matchups with Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner. He'll remain in the Dodgers lineup only until Kemp returns at which point LA figures to go with Carl Crawford, Kemp and Yasiel Puig on a regular basis and Ethier will be the odd man out.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/6/2013 11:33:00 AM
Description: Smoking hot Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will be tested on Saturday as he's just 2-for-14 (.143) against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Ramirez is batting .431 with six home runs and a 1.224 OPS over the past 21 games. He's looking like the fantasy stud we remember from 2007-10.
Matt Kemp, CF7/6/2013 9:13:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp injured his shoulder on a swing in the second inning. It appears to be an AC joint irritation that will keep him sidelined for a couple of days.
Insight: Fortunately for the Dodgers, Carl Crawford was activated on Friday and they can put him in the outfield with Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig. Unfortunately for Kemp's fantasy owners, he was just starting to show some of his old power with home runs on consecutive days.
Carl Crawford, LF7/5/2013 7:08:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, but is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: The Dodgers will start Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier who has a favorable matchup tonight, however expect Crawford to start over Ethier most of the time.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B7/5/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 20-for-63 (.317) with four home runs and 13 RBI against Giants right-hander Matt Cain.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .296 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI this season and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.
Andre Ethier, RF7/5/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier has gone 28-for-63 (.444) against Giants ace Matt Cain with a 1.043 OPS.
Insight: Ethier's struggles this season -- he's hitting .255 with five homers and a .712 OPS -- combined with the ascendance of phenom Yasiel Puig will make Ethier expendable once Carl Crawford returns from the DL. However, while Crawford is out Ethier is still a starter, and Friday is a very favorable matchup.
Carl Crawford, LF7/4/2013 6:35:00 PM
Description: According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford will rejoin the team in San Francisco Friday.
Insight: The team hasn't announced if he'll be activated yet, but he already has played four rehab games and his hamstring has held up. When he comes back, the Dodgers will have a logjam in the outfield, and Andre Ethier might be the odd man out.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot7/4/2013 6:05:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hip, thigh) is in the lineup Thursday against the Rockies.
Insight: Puig suffered a bruised hip and thigh when he slammed into the wall making a leaping catch Wednesday night. A fastball to the face didn't keep him out of the lineup, so why should this?
Matt Kemp, CF7/4/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp homered Wednesday, but he has never had much success against Thursday's starter Jhoulys Chacin of the Rockies.
Insight: Kemp has faced Chacin 28 times and come away with five hits (.179) and nine K. If you have other options in the outfield Thursday, put Kemp on the bench.
Andre Ethier, RF7/4/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier has gone 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles, one homer and eight walks against Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Ethier's struggles this season -- he's hitting .255 with five homers and a .712 OPS -- combined with the ascendance of phenom Yasiel Puig have made Ethier expendable once Carl Crawford returns from the DL. However, while Crawford is out Ethier is still a starter, and Thursday is a favorable matchup.
A.J. Ellis, C7/4/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis owns a .500 career average against Rockies hurler Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Ellis has gone 6-for-12 with one double and one homer versus the Colorado starter. If you're one of the few people who own him, make sure you start him Thursday.
Zack Greinke, SP7/4/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke has won three straight starts despite allowing 22 hits and 10 earned runs and issuing nine walks over 20 innings in that span.
Insight: Greinke has been particularly bad over his last two starts, going 12 innings and allowing 18 hits and nine earned runs with eight walks. He walked seven batters in five innings Wednesday but the Dodgers scored 10 runs for him.
Matt Kemp, CF7/4/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp hit just his third home run of the season Wednesday at Colorado.
Insight: Coors Field is where Kemp suffered the shoulder injury last August that has sapped his power. He has just a .647 OPS in 59 games this year.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot7/4/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is impossibly hot right now.
Insight: Ramirez went 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs Wednesday at Colorado and is hitting .500 (27-for-54) with five doubles, six homers and 16 RBI over his last 15 games.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot7/4/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig has been diagnosed with a bruised left hip and thigh.
Insight: Puig made a leaping catch and met the right field wall back-first Wednesday night at Colorado, but his left leg swung out and slammed awkwardly into a padded part of the wall. He initially stayed in the game but was pulled out shortly after. It looks like he has avoided a serious injury, as X-rays came back negative.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot7/3/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left Wednesday's game after crashing into the right field wall making a catch.
Insight: Puig made a leaping catch and met the wall back-first, but his left leg swung out and slammed awkwardly into a padded part of the wall. He initially stayed in the game but was pulled out shortly after.
Carlos Marmol, RP7/2/2013 3:03:00 PM
Description: Relief pitcher Carlos Marmol has been traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Dodgers.
Insight: Marmol, who was designated for assignment about a week ago, shouldn't pose much of a threat to closer Kenley Jansen. Even if Jansen gets hurt, manager Don Mattingly would have to bypass Brandon League to use Marmol (2-4, 5.86 ERA) in the ninth inning.
Matt Kemp, CFCold7/2/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is just 1-for-11 (.091) with four strikeouts against Colorado starter Roy Oswalt.
Insight: Since returning from a strained hamstring last Tuesday, Kemp is batting a respectable .278, but he's still showing no power stroke at all. He has one home run since April 25 and just six extra-base hits in his last 133 at-bats. That's not what you expected from him and this unfavorable matchup isn't likely to help matters.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot7/1/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is batting .436 with 13 extra-base hits and a 1.180 OPS in his first 101 at-bats in the majors.
Insight: Puig made his debut on June 3, and he finished the month as the No. 2 player in fantasy. Along with his high average, he hit seven homers, drove in 16 runs, scored 19 runs and stole four bases.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/30/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: Yasiel Puig's impossibly hot start continued Sunday against Philadelphia.
Insight: The Dodgers rookie finished the afternoon with four hits and two stolen bases. All he needed for the cycle was a home run. Puig's heroics over the last month have singlehandedly kept the Dodgers alive in the NL West.
Stephen Fife, SP6/30/2013 9:33:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles righthander Stephen Fife dominated the Phillies for his third win Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
Insight: He surrendered just four hits over seven shutout frames. Fife is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA since getting called up from Triple-A earlier this month.
Josh Beckett, SP6/30/2013 9:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett (arm) will miss the rest of the season following surgery to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck area, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
Insight: Beckett was initially placed on the DL with a groin injury, but he began feeling tingling in his fingers due to a nerve irritation. He played catch Wednesday for the first time since being diagnosed with the nerve issue, but felt more tingling after a light throwing session Friday.
Matt Kemp, CFCold6/29/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is just 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Kemp just returned from a strained hamstring Tuesday. He's still struggling to provide any power, having hit just one home run since April 25. Avoid this matchup.
Andre Ethier, RF6/29/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier is hitless in eight at-bats against Phillies starter Cliff Lee with four strikeouts.
Insight: Ethier is producing well below expectations and this matchup isn't likely to help.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6/29/2013 10:19:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 9-for-16 (.563) against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .296 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI this season, but is struggling of late batting .240 over the past four week. Perhaps this matchup will get him started again.
Scott Van Slyke, RF6/28/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder and occasional first baseman Scott Van Slyke has returned from the disabled list.
Insight: He missed about two weeks with a shoulder ailment. With Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the outfield and Adrian Gonzalez at first base, there won't be a whole lot of opportunities for Van Slyke (.221, 6 HR, 11 RBI) to contribute. Fantasy owners can ignore him for now.
Luis Cruz, 3BCold6/28/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: Struggling Dodgers infielder Luis Cruz has been designated for assignment.
Insight: You can't hit .127 and keep your job in the major leagues. Obviously, Cruz offers no fantasy value.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot6/28/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 10-for-23 (.435) against Phillies starter John Lannan.
Insight: Ramirez who missed most of the first two months of the season first with a torn thumb ligament and then with a strained hamstring is swinging a hot bat (.436 over the past two weeks) and this favorable matchup makes him a must start value.
Kenley Jansen, RP6/27/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has saved three games in the last four days.
Insight: Brandon League earned a save in extra innings after Jansen blew one on June 15, but Jansen hasn't allowed a run in four appearances since then. He has a 58/6 K/BB and a 2.31 ERA in 39 innings this season.
Clayton Kershaw, SP6/27/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is just 6-5 despite holding a 2.08 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.
Insight: Kershaw is arguably the best pitcher in baseball right now, but his record is being hurt by poor run support. His win Wednesday against the Giants was his first since May 20.
Matt Kemp, CF6/26/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) is sitting out Wednesday.
Insight: Kemp just returned from a strained hamstring Tuesday, and the team doesn't want to play him back-to-back days yet.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/26/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a double Wednesday against the visiting Giants.
Insight: Puig has 37 hits (11 extra-base hits, seven homers) in his first 85 major league at-bats. It's going to be interesting to see what the Dodgers are going to do when Carl Crawford returns from his hamstring strain.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold6/26/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is just 8-for-44 (.182) with 16 strikeouts against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .296 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI this season, but is struggling of late batting .167 over the past week. Monday is an unfavorable matchup.
Carl Crawford, LF6/25/2013 8:34:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he expects left fielder Carl Crawford (hamstring) to return prior to the All-Star break, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Crawford has a severe strain and hasn't started running yet, so he'll have to make significant progress in the next week if he's going to return during the team's road trip July 2-10 as Mattingly suggested Tuesday.
Matt Kemp, CF6/25/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) is active and back in the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Insight: He's batting fifth in his first game since May 29. The outfielder was hitting .251 with two homers and seven steals prior to straining his right hamstring.
Carl Crawford, LF6/25/2013 5:09:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (hamstring) hasn't even resumed running yet, according to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com.
Insight: Crawford has a significant strain and will be without a timetable until he starts running. It's likely we won't see him until after the All-Star break. That means the Dodgers won't have to worry about a log jam in the outfield for another 3-4 weeks.
Matt Kemp, CF6/24/2013 8:30:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers are hoping Matt Kemp will be able to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Giants. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange Country Register
Insight: Kemp is set to finish a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday night. He hasn't played in a major league game since straining his hamstring at the end of last month.
Andre Ethier, RF6/24/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier is part of the heart of the order which has had little success against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez are a combined 5-for-41(.122) against the lefty with Ethier being 2-for-16, so even if he manages a hit or two there may be no one on base to knock in.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6/24/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is just 2-for-14 (.143) against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .298 with nine home runs and 46 RBI and should end up with numbers that are pretty similar to last season. Monday, however is an unfavorable matchup.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6/24/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is just 2-for-14 (.143) against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .298 with nine home runs and 46 RBI and should end up with numbers that are pretty similar to last season. Monday, however is an unfavorable matchup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/24/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Ramirez is finally healthy (knock on wood) and hot (10-for-18 last four games) after sitting out most of the season, first with a torn thumb ligament and then with a strained hamstring. Just beware of an unfavorable matchup.
Chris Capuano, SP6/23/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano only lasted five innings and 74 pitches Sunday, but they were effective. He limited the Padres to four hits and didn't walk a batter or allow a run.
Insight: Capuano was pitching on short rest after starting one game of a doubleheader against the Yankees Wednesday. The lefty has allowed just seven hits with a 0.00 ERA and a 9/0 K/BB in 11 innings since returning from the DL. Feel free to use him for his next start at home against the Phillies.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot6/23/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 11-for-22 with two doubles, three homers, seven RBI and six runs over his last six games.
Insight: Ramirez is finally healthy (knock on wood) after sitting out most of the season, first with a torn thumb ligament and then with a strained hamstring.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6/23/2013 9:56:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .301 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI and should end up with numbers that are pretty similar to last season.
Zack Greinke, SP6/22/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Zack Greinke was a machine Saturday against the Padres.
Insight: We all remember what happened the last time Greinke pitched against San Diego. Carlos Quentin charged the mound on him and Greinke broke his collar bone. This time around, Greinke was out for revenge and he got it. In eight innings, the Dodgers ace surrendered one run on four hits with eight strikeouts. The 111-pitch effort was Greinke's second-longest outing of the season. His nemesis Quentin was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the game.
Chris Capuano, SP6/22/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefthander Chris Capuano will pitch on short rest Sunday versus the Padres. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: Capuano notched his second win of the year Wednesday against the Yankees. He's 0-1 against San Diego this season with a 9.64 ERA in three appearances.
Chris Capuano, SP6/21/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano is an option to pitch Sunday on short rest, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
Insight: Capuano returned from the DL and threw six scoreless innings of three-hit ball Wednesday against the Yankees, but he only threw 84 pitches. Due to Wednesday's doubleheader, the Dodgers will either have to go with someone on short rest or call up someone for a spot start.
Andre Ethier, RF6/21/2013 8:51:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier is not in the starting lineup Friday due to minor knee soreness, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: The Dodgers are also facing Padres lefty Clayton Richard; Ethier is hitting .231 with a .598 OPS against lefties this season. He said he'll play Saturday.
Matt Kemp, CF6/21/2013 8:18:00 PM
Description: According to the Dodgers' Twitter, center fielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque Saturday.
Insight: Kemp, who has been on the DL since May 30 due to a strained right hamstring, was able to run the bases Friday without issue. That was the last hurdle he had to clear before heading out on a rehab assignment.
Matt Kemp, CF6/21/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) is running the bases prior to Friday's game.
Insight: It's the final hurdle Kemp needs to clear before starting a rehab assignment. The outfielder has been on the DL since May 30 due to a strained right hamstring.
Matt Kemp, CF6/21/2013 4:13:00 PM
Description: According to MLB.com, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) is nearing a rehab assignment.
Insight: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is hopeful Kemp will be ready for a rehab assignment early next week, though nothing is confirmed yet. Kemp still needs to run the bases before being cleared to play rehab games.
Hanley Ramirez, SSHot6/21/2013 2:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a career 9-for-12 against Padres starter Clayton Richard.
Insight: Hanley is on fire, with eight hits in the last two days. He's batting .372 with a .996 OPS and is a must start in this favorable matchup.
Andre Ethier, RF6/20/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier apparently doesn't see the ball well out of Jason Marquis' hand as he's just 3-for-31 (.097) in their matchups.
Insight: Ethier is finally starting to hit the ball, batting .351 over his last 10 games, but this matchup doesn't bode well for the Dodgers' outfielder.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/19/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig launched his fifth homer Wednesday in a win over the Yankees.
Insight: He's batting .478 during his current six-game hitting streak. Puig has been arguably the hottest hitter in baseball since his call-up in early June.
Chris Capuano, SP6/19/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano dominated Wednesday in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: Making his first start since May 29th, Capuano allowed three hits over six shutout innings. Don Mattingly played it safe and took Capuano (2-4, 4.62 ERA) out after only 84 pitches. He should be back around 100 pitches in his next start Tuesday against the Giants.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/19/2013 8:25:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez went ballistic in the first game of a double header Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: He finished the afternoon with four hits including a mammoth two-run homer in the eighth inning. Ramirez's average is up to .351 for the season.
Chris Capuano, SP6/19/2013 7:23:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Chris Capuano has been activated from the DL.
Insight: He'll start Game 2 of the doubleheader Wednesday against the Yankees. He's never beaten the Yankees in two career starts (0-2, 10.61 ERA).
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/19/2013 10:27:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has had poor results against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Ramirez is 4-for-18 with five strikeouts versus the right-hander. He has just 31 at-bats this season due to a torn thumb ligament and multiple hamstring strains, and is batting .258 with one home run.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6/19/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 11-for-32 with four doubles, three homers, seven RBI and six walks in his career against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, and 5-for-14 (.357) against Phil Hughes.
Insight: Tuesday's game was rained out, so the Dodgers and Yankees will play a doubleheader Wednesday. Neither Yankees pitcher has struck out Gonzalez in 46 combined at-bats.
Matt Kemp, CF6/18/2013 2:25:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said Matt Kemp is "running at 75 percent without pain."
Insight: Colletti added that Kemp is trying to push himself further than that. There's no timetable for him to begin a rehab assignment.
Clayton Kershaw, SP6/17/2013 6:07:00 PM
Description: Clayton Kershaw is not a happy camper. The Los Angeles ace is mad that information got leaked out about his contract talks with the Dodgers. SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Insight: Oops. Multiple reports have surfaced that the Dodgers and Kershaw are discussing a seven-year, $180 million contract extension. Kershaw would prefer not to address the negotiations publicly. "I don't love the fact that I have to talk about it. We kind of had an agreement that we weren't going to talk about it." The Dodgers will probably be a little more tight-lipped about their negotations in the future but we're confident the two sides will eventually work out a deal.
Juan Uribe, 3B6/17/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe missed Sunday's game against Pittsburgh due to tightness in his back and may need a day or two before he can start.
Insight: Uribe is playing well in a backup role this season batting .274 with an .778 OPS, but has limited upside.
Clayton Kershaw, SP6/16/2013 3:38:00 PM
Description: According to Sports Illustrated, the Dodgers and starter Clayton Kershaw are discussing a seven-year, $180 million contract extension.
Insight: That seems to be the going rate for top tier pitchers nowadays. Justin Verlander signed for that exact amount this offseason while Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was given a similar deal in February (seven years, $175 million). Kershaw is 5-4 this year with a 1.84 ERA in 15 starts.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/16/2013 2:24:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig "probably" will remain in the major leagues when Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp return from the DL, manager Don Mattingly said, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: If Mattingly didn't say that, Dodgers fans and fantasy owners might riot. Puig is hitting .455 with four homers and 10 RBI in his first 44 major league at-bats.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/16/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is getting Sunday's game off.
Insight: Ramirez is 1-for-9 since returning to the lineup following an aggravation of his hamstring injury. We expect him to get regular days off to avoid suffering another injury, as his hamstring likely still isn't 100 percent.
Clayton Kershaw, SP6/15/2013 8:39:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw allowed three hits and one run while striking out eight over seven innings Saturday against the Pirates and left with a 3-1 lead, but his bullpen gave up two runs.
Insight: Kershaw has had to settle for a lot of no decisions this season despite carrying a 1.84 ERA. He's just 5-4 in 15 starts.
Kenley Jansen, RP6/15/2013 8:37:00 PM
Description: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allowed a game-tying solo homer to Pittsburgh's Travis Snider in the ninth inning Saturday.
Insight: Brandon League later picked up the save in the 11th inning, allowing two hits in the process. Jansen was handed the closer role last week and hopefully will have as long of a leash as League did initially.
Matt Kemp, CF6/14/2013 8:13:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp won't be available until June 24th at the earliest. SOURCE: David Vassegh, Fox Sports Los Angeles AM 570
Insight: He's still working his way back from a hamstring injury. Kemp's absence has actually been a bit of a blessing in disguise. If Kemp were healthy, Yasiel Puig might still be in Double-A. Instead, he's been one of the Dodgers' most consistent hitters over the past few weeks.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: He'll be the cleanup hitter. Ramirez has played just 10 games this season due to multiple injuries. He's batting .333 in 21 at-bats.
Skip Schumaker, 2B6/14/2013 1:40:00 PM
Description: Dodgers utility man Skip Schumaker has been suspended for two games for his actions during Tuesday night's brawl with Arizona.
Insight: Schumaker hasn't performed at a high enough level for this to effect any fantasy lineups. He's batting .268 with zero homers, 12 RBI and 15 runs scored in 56 games.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/14/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) is probable for Friday's against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Ramirez has played just 10 games this season due to multiple injuries. He's batting .333 in 21 at-bats.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/12/2013 8:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been scratched from the lineup due to "shoulder discomfort," according to Adrian Garro of BaySportsNet.com.
Insight: Puig only took one round of batting practice before retreating to the locker room with the trainer. The shoulder injury is likely related to the brawl Puig took part in with the Diamondbacks last night.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/12/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) is running the bases before Wednesday's game, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Ramirez has missed the past several games because of a left hamstring strain. Getting past running the bases is Ramirez' last test before returning to the lineup.
Chris Capuano, SP6/12/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano (lat) is expected to return from the DL June 19 against the Yankees, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Capuano, who is 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in 33 innings, hasn't pitched since May 29. This is his second DL stint of the season. He'll start a minor league rehab assignment Friday.
Matt Kemp, CF6/11/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) hasn't run in the last two days so he's not ready to start his rehab assignment yet, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Once Kemp starts running, we should have a more definitive timetable for his return.
Chris Capuano, SP6/11/2013 7:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefthander Chris Capuano (lat) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque Friday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Capuano, who is 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in 33 innings, hasn't pitched since May 29. This is his second DL stint of the season.
Kenley Jansen, RP6/11/2013 7:38:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has named Kenley Jansen closer, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Mattingly has finally come to his senses and removed Brandon League from the role after League allowed four runs on four hits in a blown save Monday against Arizona. Jansen, who has a 2.53 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, should be owned in all leagues.
A.J. Ellis, C6/11/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday, according to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLa.com.
Insight: Ellis (.262, 2 HR, 12 RBI) is expected to be activated Friday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/11/2013 12:18:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is expected to miss Tuesday's game against Arizona due to his strained left hamstring.
Insight: Ramirez has missed the past several games because of a hamstring issue but might be ready by the weekend. No guarantees, however, Ramirez has only logged 20 at bats in nine games this season.
A.J. Ellis, C6/10/2013 9:40:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers are hoping to activate catcher A.J. Ellis from the disabled list on Friday.
Insight: Bill Shaikin from the L.A. Times believes that Ellis (.262, 2 HR, 12 RBI) could begin a rehab assignment as early as Tuesday. He's missed the past two weeks with a strained oblique.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/10/2013 7:43:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't play Monday against the Diamondbacks but he's hoping to be back in a few days. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: Ramirez has missed the past several games because of a hamstring issue but he's confident he'll avoid the DL. Ramirez has only logged 20 at bats in nine games this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/10/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is doubtful for Monday's game against Arizona while still dealing with a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Ramirez (.350, 1 HR, 3 RBI) had an MRI on his injured hamstring Sunday and we await word of the diagnosis. He's spent most of the season on the disabled list and he could be headed back there once again.
Andre Ethier, RFCold6/10/2013 11:41:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier is questionable for Monday's game against Arizona with a sore right foot.
Insight: It's becoming harder and harder to justify owning Ethier in fantasy. His .229 batting average this season is easily the lowest of his career and with just two hits in his last 18 at-bats we aren't seeing the light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon.
Mark Ellis, 2B6/10/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis is 8-for-18 (.444) with three home runs against Arizona starter Wade Miley.
Insight: Ellis broke up a seven-game hitless string with a base hit on Sunday. He's done very little that could be called fantasy worthy this season, but this is a favorable matchup.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/9/2013 8:13:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 with a double Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: He ends his first week in the big leagues with a .464 average (13-for-28), two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI.
Matt Kemp, CF6/9/2013 3:56:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp suffered a setback while running on Sunday. He's been out with a strained hamstring. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB Nation
Insight: Kemp is eligible to return from the DL on Friday but he probably won't be able to. Andre Ethier will continue to play center field with rookie sensation Yasiel Puig getting most of the reps in right.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/9/2013 3:44:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is out again Sunday versus Atlanta.
Insight: Ramirez (.350, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will have an MRI on his injured hamstring. He's spent most of the season on the disabled list and he could be headed back there.
Matt Magill, SP6/9/2013 1:07:00 PM
Description: Righthander Matt Magill has been called up to start Sunday's series finale against the Braves.
Insight: Magill's last start in the majors was a total disaster. In six innings, he gave up seven runs (six earned), four homers and nine walks. He's stepping in for Ted Lilly, who was just placed on the DL with a sprained neck.
Ted Lilly, SP6/9/2013 1:01:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Ted Lilly has been placed on the disabled list with a sprained neck.
Insight: Injuries have limited Lilly to just 13 starts in the last two seasons. Lilly hasn't recorded a win since May of 2012.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/8/2013 6:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't start Saturday against the Braves.
Insight: Ramirez (.316, 1 HR, 2 RBI) is out with an injured hamstring. He pinch hit Friday and he might do the same tonight.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/8/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez pinch hit on Friday night and is expected to be in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ramirez has spent more time on the DL than off it. He's played just eight games this season, batting .316 with a home run and two RBI.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/8/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Dodgers 22-year-old outfielder Yasiel Puig is still hot, hitting his fourth home run in five games.
Insight: He's now 8-for-19 with a double, four home runs and a 1.555 OPS. He's big, fast, can hit for power and has a strong arm. The Padres showed he had earned their respect already as they intentionally walked him with two outs and a runner on third base in the bottom of the eighth of a tie game.
Matt Kemp, CF6/7/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly still expects center fielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) to return from the DL when he is eligible on June 14, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Kemp suffered a right hamstring strain on May 29. The outfielder, who is hitting just .251 with two homers this season, came back too soon from a left hamstring strain last year and ended up aggravating the injury, so the team will have to be certain he is 100 percent healthy. He'll need at least one rehab game before returning, Mattingly said.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/7/2013 7:05:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will miss a second straight game Friday due to tightness in his left hamstring, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Ramirez just spent a month on the DL with a left hamstring strain, so obviously this is bad news. Ramirez has played just seven games (five starts) this year due to the hamstring injury and a torn thumb ligament.
Mark Ellis, 2B6/7/2013 6:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis missed two straight games with a sore groin but is back in the lineup Friday, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Ellis is hitting .268 with two homers and a .666 OPS in 37 games this season.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP6/6/2013 8:53:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (foot) threw light bullpen sessions on Monday and Wednesday and is "100 percent" for Friday's start, manager Don Mattingly said. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: Ryu missed his last start due to a sore foot. He threw a two-hit shutout his last time on the hill and has won three straight decisions.
Ted Lilly, SP6/6/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Ted Lilly could miss his next start Sunday due to a neck injury, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Lilly didn't throw his scheduled bullpen session Thursday, but was able to play catch and run.
Carl Crawford, LF6/6/2013 8:17:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford's hamstring strain is "fairly significant" and the outfielder is expected to miss more than 15 days, manager Don Mattingly said, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: With both Crawford and Matt Kemp on the DL with hamstring strains, phenom Yasiel Puig will hold onto a starting job for at least another three weeks.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/6/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not starting Thursday's game, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
Insight: Ramirez is 1-for-7 with a double since returning from the DL. The infielder has played just six games this season due to a torn thumb ligament and a strained hamstring. The team will likely try to take it easy with Ramirez over the next week so he doesn't aggravate his hamstring injury.
Skip Schumaker, 2B6/6/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Dodgers utility man Skip Schumaker has been brutal against Atlanta righthander Tim Hudson.
Insight: He carries a pathetic .133 average in 15 encounters with Hudson. Injuries have opened up more playing time for Schumaker (.261, 0 HR, 10 RBI) but he's still not a player you'd want to own in fantasy.
Andre Ethier, RFCold6/6/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier might be in for a rough evening Thursday versus Tim Hudson. In 20 at bats, Ethier has managed just three hits against the Braves righthander.
Insight: It's becoming harder and harder to justify owning Ethier in fantasy. His .230 batting average this season is easily the lowest of his career.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6/6/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has dominated Tim Hudson in the past.
Insight: Gonzalez owns a .471 average in 17 at bats against the Braves righthander. He's having a monster season for the Dodgers and will probably be selected for his fifth All-Star game when the rosters are assembled next month.
Josh Beckett, SP6/5/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers righthander Josh Beckett isn't ruling out season-ending surgery. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: That's the second report we've heard in the last 24 hours that Beckett's season could be in jeopardy. Usually, where there's smoke there's fire. We wouldn't expect to see Beckett on a baseball diamond anytime soon.
Josh Beckett, SP6/5/2013 8:17:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly hinted that starter Josh Beckett might not return before the end of the season. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Beckett (0-5, 5.19 ERA) was diagnosed with a nerve issue in his right arm after he felt tingling during a recent bullpen session. He won't throw for at least the next four weeks.
Andre Ethier, RFCold6/5/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is batting .103 (3-for-29) against Padres starter Jason Marquis.
Insight: Ethier shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups with his .234 batting average and .679 OPS including 2-for-22 this week.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/5/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Dodgers 22-year-old outfielder Yasiel Puig is proving to be the real deal, hitting two home runs in Game 2 of the "Puig Era."
Insight: He's now 5-for-8 with a double, two home runs and a 2.215 OPS. He's big, fast, can hit for power and has a strong arm. Some have compared him to Bo Jackson, but until he can run through an eight-man defensive line we will reserve our comparisions until after we have seem more of him.
Josh Beckett, SP6/4/2013 7:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Josh Beckett (groin, hand) will not need surgery on his pitching hand, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. He's dealing with a nerve issue.
Insight: Beckett felt tingling in his fingers and was shut down from his throwing program on May 27. When asked when Beckett might return, manager Don Mattingly said, "I don't feel like it's around the corner." Beckett initially was placed on the DL in mid-May with a groin injury.
Chris Capuano, SP6/4/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefthander Chris Capuano (lat) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Insight: Capuano was scratched from Monday's start due to what was thought to be a triceps injury, but it is his left lat muscle that is hurt. Stephen Fife, who started Monday and allowed one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Padres, is likely to take Capuano's rotation spot but is only a matchup play.
Joc Pederson, OF6/4/2013 2:47:00 PM
Description: Dodgers minor league outfield prospect Joc Pederson is tearing up the Southern League, batting .389 with eight homers, 22 RBI, 18 steals and an .884 OPS.
Insight: The Dodgers had more than outfielder Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke in their minor league system worthy of attention. Of course, with Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier it will be hard to find playing time for all their talented youngsters.
Luis Cruz, SSCold6/4/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz could end up on the bench on Tuesday with backup Juan Uribe having a much better matchup against Padres starter Clayton Richard.
Insight: Cruz is just 1-for-7 versus Richard while Uribe is a career .393 hitter with three homers in their matchups. Cruz is batting just .120 this season in 92 at-bats and has yet to prove he has any fantasy value.
Juan Uribe, 3B6/4/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is a career .393 hitter (11-for-28) with three home runs against Padres starter Clayton Richard.
Insight: Uribe is playing well in a backup role this season batting .283 with an .787 OPS, but could get the start at third base over Luis Cruz (1-for-7 versus Richard) on Tuesday because of the more favorable matchup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/4/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday against the Padres and pitcher Clayton Richard - a perfect spot for his return to the lineup.
Insight: Ramirez owns a stunning 9-for-10 mark (.900, 1.909 OPS) against Richard. He missed about a month with a strained left hamstring.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot6/4/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a career .800 hitter (8-for-10) against Padres left-hander Clayton Richard.
Insight: Gonzalez is 26-for-71 (.366) against lefties this season and is batting .349 over the past two weeks. He should be active in all lineups every day while hitting like this.
Carl Crawford, LF6/3/2013 8:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He's out with a strained left hamstring. Crawford is having a resurgent year, hitting .301 with five homers, 32 runs and nine steals, but he'll miss at least a couple of weeks.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/3/2013 8:13:00 PM
Description: According to Eric Stephen from SB Nation, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is expected to be activated from the disabled Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: Ramirez missed about a month with a strained left hamstring. Nick Punto (.303, 1 HR, 10 RBI) and Luiz Cruz (.112, 1 HR, 5 RBI) split time at shortstop while Ramirez was out.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP6/3/2013 7:57:00 PM
Description: Hyun-Jin Ryu's bullpen session went well on Monday. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB Nation
Insight: The Dodgers lefthander missed his last start because of a sore foot. He should be fine to start Friday against the Braves.
Yasiel Puig, RF6/3/2013 7:32:00 PM
Description: Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig will hit leadoff Monday in his major league debut.
Insight: He's expected to be the team's everyday right fielder until Matt Kemp comes off the disabled list. Puig was hitting .313 for Double-A Chattanooga at the time of his call-up.
Stephen Fife, SP6/3/2013 7:22:00 PM
Description: Dodgers righthander Stephen Fife has been called on to make a spot start Monday against San Diego.
Insight: Fife has spent most of the season in Triple-A but he did make a start in April against Baltimore. It's possible that he could take over for Chris Capuano in the starting rotation if his triceps injury sends him to the disabled list.
Chris Capuano, SP6/3/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefthander Chris Capuano won't start Monday against San Diego. He's out with a strained triceps. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: That opens up the door for Stephen Fife to make his second start of the year. It's unknown if Capuano (1-4, 5.45 ERA) will require a stint on the disabled list.
Carl Crawford, LF6/3/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is questionable for Monday's game against San Diego after a hamstring cramp forced him out of Saturday's contest.
Insight: Crawford's injury added to Matt Kemp's could lead to super prospect Yasiel Puig getting everyday playing time. Puig was batting .313 at Chattanooga with eight homers and 37 RBI in 40 games.
Chris Capuano, SP6/2/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles lefty Chris Capuano is expected to miss Monday's start against San Diego. SOURCE: Dodgers on Twitter
Insight: He's battling a strained triceps. Stephen Fife would be called on to make his second start of the year if Capuano is scratched.
Yasiel Puig, LF6/2/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times expects the Dodgers to call up prospect Yasiel Puig. "Let's just put it this way: It would be an upset if Puig isn't playing for #Dodgers tomorrow," Shaikin tweeted.
Insight: Matt Kemp is on the DL with a strained hamstring and Carl Crawford could be joining him after hurting his hamstring Saturday night. Plus, Andre Ethier is hitting in the .240s. Puig needs to be added in all leagues.
A.J. Ellis, C6/2/2013 3:12:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (oblique) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: The move was made retroactive to May 30. The catcher's left oblique strain did not improve enough over the last few days for him to avoid a DL stint. Ramon Hernandez will start most of the games for the next two weeks.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/2/2013 3:10:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) is taking Sunday off and will play a rehab game Monday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: That means he won't be activated sooner than Tuesday. Ramirez was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on May 4. He suffered the injury just four games after returning from the torn thumb ligament that cost him most of April.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SPHot6/2/2013 12:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu has been scratched from Sunday's start due to a sore foot, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: The 26-year-old South Korean tossed his best start of the season Tuesday against the Angels, allowing just two hits, walking none and striking out seven in his first career shutout, but he was hit in the foot by a comebacker during the game. His X-rays came back negative, but he's feeling too sore to start Sunday. Matthew Magill has been called up to make a spot start.
Andre Ethier, RF6/2/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is batting .159 (7-for-44) over his last 14 games and Sunday's matchup won't help him snap out of his funk.
Insight: Ethier will face Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who has limited Ethier to two hits and struck him out six times in 16 at-bats (.125). Ethier is only hitting .240 with four homers this season and can be dropped in most leagues. There are better options on the free agent wire.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot6/2/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has hit .367 (11-for-30) with three homers against Jorge De La Rosa, who will start Sunday for the Rockies.
Insight: Gonzalez is 24-for-66 (.364) against lefties this season, though all seven of his homers have come against right-handers. He should be active in all lineups every day, and especially Sunday against De La Rosa.
Zack Greinke, SPCold6/1/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke has allowed 28 hits and 13 earned runs over his last three starts (13 1/3 IP).
Insight: Greinke made a remarkably quick recovery from the broken collarbone he suffered on April 11 and allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings in his first start back, but his next three have been disastrous. He gave up four runs on nine hits and walked three over 5 1/3 Saturday against Colorado.
Carl Crawford, LF6/1/2013 5:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford pulled up at second base and grabbed the back of his left leg after legging out a double during Saturday's game.
Insight: Crawford had to leave the game. With Matt Kemp already on the DL with a hamstring strain, Crawford's injury could lead to the promotion of super prospect Yasiel Puig.
Matt Kemp, CF6/1/2013 4:53:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) isn't expected to spend more than the minimum amount of time on the DL, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Kemp suffered a right hamstring strain on May 29. The outfielder, who is hitting just .251 with two homers this season, came back too soon from a left hamstring strain last year and ended up aggravating the injury.
Juan Uribe, 3B6/1/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe had a good game on Friday night, but don't expect to see him in the lineup against Jhoulys Chacin as he's hitless in 15 at-bats with six strikeouts.
Insight: Uribe is playing well in a backup role this season batting .287 with an .808 OPS, but this matchup should be avoided.
Andre Ethier, RF6/1/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Andre Ethier is a career .438 hitter (6-for-17) versus Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin with eight walks and an on-base percentage of .625.
Insight: The Dodgers are going to need Ethier to step up now that Matt Kemp is on the DL. This favorable matchup is a good place to start.
Carl Crawford, LF5/31/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford has had almost no success against Colorado starter Jon Garland. He's 1-for-18 (.056) all-time.
Insight: Crawford was just 1-for-12 in the latest series with Anaheim and this matchup must be avoided. For the season, Crawford is playing a little better than expected, batting .294 with five homers, 30 runs scored and an .800 OPS.
A.J. Ellis, C5/30/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is dealing with a side injury that could eventually land him on the disabled list. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: It sounds like an oblique injury. If and when the Dodgers do decide to DL Ellis, Ramon Hernandez will serve as the starting catcher.
Matt Kemp, CF5/30/2013 8:13:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp has officially been placed on the 15-day DL. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: For now, the Dodgers are calling his injury a right hamstring strain. Kemp is having a tough year, batting just .251 with two homers in 191 at bats.
Andre Ethier, RF5/30/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Andre Ethier will start in center field Thursday against the Angels. It's only the second time Ethier has played there in over 1,000 big league appearances.
Insight: We could see Ethier (.253, 4 HR, 15 RBI) get a few more looks in center now that Matt Kemp is on the DL. Skip Schumaker (.231, 0 HR, 7 RBI) and Scott Van Slyke (.290, 4 HR, 9 RBI) also figure to see more playing time in Kemp's absence.
Matt Kemp, CFCold5/30/2013 2:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp left Wednesday's game with a strained right hamstring and is scheduled to have an MRI. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: The team is likely going to play it safe after Kemp suffered a left hamstring strain last year, returned too early and ended up missing several months. The outfielder has been a major disappointment this season.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot5/30/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is batting .579 with three homers and eight RBI over his last five games and will take on Angels starter Jason Vargas Thursday. Gonzalez is 5-for-14 (.357) against Vargas.
Insight: The lefty-swinging Gonzalez isn't someone you have to worry about platooning; he is batting .387 in 62 at-bats against left-handers this season. Overall, he's hitting .333 with seven blasts and 38 RBI. He's no longer a 40-homer threat, but he's still a valuable run producer.
Dioner Navarro, C5/29/2013 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cubs backstop Dioner Navarro went 3-for-3 with three homers and six RBI Wednesday afternoon against the White Sox.
Insight: Navarro came in hitting .200 with three homers in 55 at-bats this season and 44 career homers in 2,066 at-bats. While Wednesday's game could help him get more playing time ahead of Welington Castillo, fantasy owners for the most part can ignore this random power display.
Matt Kemp, CFCold5/29/2013 7:38:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp left Tuesday's game after being hit in the elbow by a pitch, but he's in the starting lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Kemp is hitting just .255 with a measly two homers and 17 RBI and has been one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy baseball this season.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SPHot5/29/2013 4:29:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu has a 6-2 record, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over his first 11 major league starts.
Insight: The 26-year-old South Korean tossed his best start of the season Tuesday against the Angels, allowing just two hits, walking none and striking out seven in his first career shutout.
Nick Punto, 3B5/29/2013 1:08:00 PM
Description: Dodgers infielders Nick Punto is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels with a bruised back.
Insight: Punto isn't usually the first guy you think of when talking fantasy, but he's batting .327 with an .817 OPS and eligible at multiple infield positions.
Matt Kemp, CFCold5/29/2013 12:08:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Angels after getting hit on the right elbow Tuesday night.
Insight: Kemp is hitting just .255 with a measly two homers and 17 RBI. Add the injury to his power shortage and being dropped in the lineup and he's not a very good fantasy option right now.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/28/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) could return as soon as Monday if his minor league rehab assignment goes well, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Ramirez is tentatively scheduled to begin his assignment Thursday.
Insight: Ramirez was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on May 4. He suffered the injury just four games after returning from the torn thumb ligament that cost him most of April.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/28/2013 9:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) could start a rehab assignment Thursday or Friday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ramirez was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on May 4. He suffered the injury just four games after returning from the torn thumb ligament that cost him most of April. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez will need 4-5 rehab games, so he could be back by next week.
Matt Kemp, CFCold5/28/2013 6:56:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has been dropped to fifth in the order Tuesday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Kemp is hitting just .253 with a measly two homers and 17 RBI and also has just a 3-for-18 history against Angels starter Joe Blanton. He hasn't hit lower than cleanup since 2010.
Matt Kemp, CFCold5/28/2013 10:17:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is 3-for-18 (.167) against Angels right-hander Joe Blanton.
Insight: Kemp's average is a mediocre .253 and with two home runs and a .637 OPS he is not producing as fantasy owners had hoped when they drafted him in March. Until he proves that he has regained his power, he's not going to have much fantasy value.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot5/28/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 7-for-19 with a pair of home runs and a 1.084 career OPS versus Angels starter Joe Blanton.
Insight: Gonzalez added four more hits on Monday giving him nine in his last 11at-bats to boost his batting average to .337 with an .910 OPS. He's a must start.
Josh Beckett, SP5/27/2013 7:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers righthander Josh Beckett will go for an MRI on Tuesday after feeling tingling in his fingers during a bullpen session. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Beckett is currently on the disabled list with a strained groin. Obviously this setback will add time to his recovery.
Andre Ethier, RFCold5/27/2013 7:52:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier won't be participating in Monday night's game against the Angels.
Insight: Ethier (.253, 4 HR, 13 RBI) has just two hits in his last 13 at bats. Scott Van Slyke (.261, 3 HR, 6 RBI) will get the start in right field.
Carl Crawford, LF5/27/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford won't be in the lineup Monday against the Angels.
Insight: Crawford collected three hits yesterday and he's now hitting .308 for the season. That's Crawford's highest average since 2007 when he hit .315 for the Rays. The move to Los Angeles seems to have resurrected his career.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot5/27/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-10 against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Gonzalez posted two more hits on Sunday, including a home run, to boost his batting average to .321 with an .872 OPS. Start him.
Mark Ellis, 2B5/27/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis is just 2-for-17 (.118) against Angels lefty C.J. Wilson.
Insight: When he's on the field, Ellis has been producing (.296, 12 RBI, 12 runs in 27 games), but this matchup doesn't bode well.
Clayton Kershaw, SP5/26/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw gave up four earned runs to St. Louis on Sunday.
Insight: The Cy Young Award winner had gone 22 starts yielding three runs or less before Sunday's outing snapped the string.
Matt Kemp, CF5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Insight: No new injury, just a day of rest. Kemp's average is up to .261, but two home runs and a .658 OPS is not what fantasy owners had in mind when they drafted him in March. Until he proves that he has regained his power, he's not going to be worth what you paid for him.
Jerry Hairston, SS5/26/2013 1:27:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have activated utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. from the disabled list.
Insight: Hairston (.255, 1 HR, 5 RBI) missed three weeks because of a strained groin. His versatility is appealing but he shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5/26/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez launched three hits Saturday in a win against St. Louis.
Insight: Two of Gonzalez's three hits went for extra bases. He's only on pace for 17 homers this season but his .316 batting average in 44 games doesn't give fantasy owners much to complain about.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/24/2013 7:54:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez says he feels ready to return from his hamstring injury already but the Dodgers won't let him, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Ramirez was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on May 4. He suffered the injury just four games after returning from the torn thumb ligament that cost him most of April. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez will need 4-5 rehab games. He was given a 4-6 week timetable on May 4.
Andre Ethier, RF5/24/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is back in the starting lineup Friday after sitting out Wednesday, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
Insight: Manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that he was searching for his "most competitive lineup," and Ethier wasn't a part of it. The outfielder is hitting .264 with four homers this season.
Carl Crawford, LF5/22/2013 9:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford had his first multi-hit game since May 13 Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: It's looking like we should just ignore the "Boston phase" of Crawford's career, as he has looked like a completely different player this season. He's hitting .302 with five homers, 13 RBI, 28 runs, nine steals and a 22/13 K/BB in 43 games.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP5/22/2013 8:52:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed 7 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits against the Brewers Wednesday.
Insight: The 26-year-old South Korean is 5-2 with a 3.30 ERA and a 8.62 K/9 in 62 2/3 innings this season. The left-hander's FIP is 3.42.
Dee Gordon, SSCold5/22/2013 1:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee
Insight: Gordon is batting just .167 in 16 games this season with an ugly .533 OPS. If not for five steals, he'd be a drain in all categories for fantasy owners.
Andre Ethier, RF5/22/2013 1:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee
Insight: Ethier has played 43 of the Dodgers 44 games this season and could use a day of rest. he's batting just .264 with four homers and 15 RBI.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/21/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was placed on the 15-day disbled list with a left hamstring strain two weeks ago, ran in the outfield before Tuesday's game, according to Dodgers.mlb.com.
Insight: Ramirez was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on May 4. He suffered the injury just four games after returning from the torn thumb ligament that cost him most of April. He was given a 4-6 week timetable on May 4.
Brandon League, RP5/21/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was unwilling to name a permanent closer Tuesday. When asked who his closer is, Mattingly said, "I don't know. We'll see." SOURCE: MLB.com.
Insight: Mattingly wants League to be the closer, which frees up Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles' best reliever, to be used as needed in the seventh or eighth. However, League has a 5.51 ERA and blew his second save of the season Sunday. Jansen also has struggled as of late, allowing two runs in each of his last two appearances.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/21/2013 3:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was placed on the 15-day disbled list with a left hamstring strain two weeks ago, was taking ground balls and hitting recently.
Insight: Ramirez made just three starts after returning to action from a torn thumb ligament. despite the activity, the team will likely stick to the 4-6 week schedule.
Ted Lilly, SP5/20/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles lefthander Ted Lilly has been activated from the DL.
Insight: He missed three weeks with an injured rib cage. Lilly is expected to take over for Josh Beckett (strained groin) in the starting rotation. Tonight, however, he'll be available as a long relief man out of the pen.
Scott Van Slyke, RF5/20/2013 12:12:00 PM
Description: Dodgers OF/1B Scott Van Slyke left Sunday's game with a leg injury and is questionable for Monday's game against Milwaukee.
Insight: Van Slyke is batting .267 with three home runs since being called up a week ago. He's been a solid .300 hitter in the minors (.397 at Albuquerque this season) and with the Dodgers looking for an offensive spark he's gotten a chance to show his talents this week.
Mark Ellis, 2B5/19/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis (quad) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Ellis was hitting .342 with two homers, 11 RBI, 10 runs and a steal when he went on the DL on April 27 with a strained right quad. He's in the starting lineup Sunday against the Braves.
Chris Capuano, SP5/18/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Chris Capuano allowed five hits and one run over 7 1/3 innings Saturday against the Braves, but Kenley Jansen served up two homers to blow a 1-0 lead.
Insight: Capuano has surrendered 10 hits and two earned runs and walked just one over his last 13 2/3 innings. He was a solid fantasy starter last year and isn't a bad option going forward.
Andre Ethier, RF5/17/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is expected to get Friday off. Manager Don Mattingly said it's just a rest day for the outfielder, according to an LA Times report.
Insight: Ethier has played 38 of the Dodgers 39 games this season, but is 8-for-16 over his last five games and probably would like to stay in the lineup while he's hitting so well.
Brandon League, RP5/16/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Dodgers closer Brandon League tossed a scoreless inning to pick up his ninth save of the season Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: League is teetering on the edge of losing his job to Kenley Jansen, but manager Don Mattingly went to Jansen to get the final out of the seventh inning and to pitch the eighth Wednesday night. Instead of moving Jansen to the ninth, Mattingly might want to save his better reliever for the high-leverage situations and leave League where he is. After all, League is 9-for-10 on save chances despite carrying a 5.87 ERA.
Zack Greinke, SP5/16/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke threw 83 pitches over 5 1/3 innings and allowed five hits and one run to beat the Nationals in his return to action Wednesday night.
Insight: Greinke made a remarkably quick recovery from the broken collarbone he suffered on April 11. He shouldn't have a problem living up to expectations going forward.
Kenley Jansen, RP5/15/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen grabbed the save Tuesday against the Nationals, but manager Don Mattingly wouldn't go as far as naming him the closer after the game, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Brandon League has blown just one save in nine chances but has allowed 10 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings this season. "In that game, I had to go with the guy who's throwing the ball best; as much as anything (Jansen has) been throwing the ball better than anybody," said Mattingly. Jansen is the reliever you want to own in the Dodgers bullpen, as it is only a matter of time before Mattingly makes him the guy in the ninth inning.
Josh Beckett, SPCold5/15/2013 8:46:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Josh Beckett has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
Insight: Beckett has allowed three runs or more in seven of eight starts this season and is 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He can safely be cut in mixed leagues. Ted Lilly (rib cage) is nearing a return and likely will take Beckett's place in the rotation; Matthew Magill will start until Lilly is ready.
Ted Lilly, SP5/14/2013 8:51:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Ted Lilly (rib cage) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga Wednesday, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: The Dodgers started the season with eight starters, but traded Aaron Harang and then watched as Zack Greinke (collarbone), Chris Capuano (calf) and Lilly went down with injuries. Josh Beckett (groin) left Monday's start and could be replaced by Lilly if he needs a DL stint.
Mark Ellis, 2B5/14/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis (quad) will start his minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Chattanooga Friday, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Ellis was hitting .342 with two homers, 11 RBI, 10 runs and a steal when he went on the DL on April 27 with a strained right quad.
Zack Greinke, SP5/14/2013 8:41:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke will return from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Nationals, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Greinke made a remarkably quick recovery from the broken collarbone he suffered on April 11 and missed less than five weeks.
Josh Beckett, SPCold5/14/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles righthander Josh Beckett left Monday's start with a slightly strained right groin.
Insight: Beckett has allowed three runs or more in seven of eight starts this season and his 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP to say nothing of his 0-5 record should convince fantasy owners that he's not worthy of a spot on your fantasy roster.
Andre Ethier, RF5/14/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is 20-for-47 (.426) with a pair of homers and a 1.109 OPS against Washington right-hander Dan Haren.
Insight: Like most of the Dodgers not named Adrian Gonzalez, Ethier is struggling at the plate batting .254 with a .715 OPS. Facing Haren might get him going, at least for a day.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot5/13/2013 6:49:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is back in the lineup after missing Sunday's game with a strained neck.
Insight: Gonzalez has a chance to add to his nine-game hitting streak Monday against Washington. He's hit .367 during the streak.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5/12/2013 2:54:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (neck) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Miami.
Insight: Gonzalez left Wednesday's game after aggravating his neck strain and has been in and out of the lineup. When in uniform, he's hit well, batting .345 with four homers, 26 RBI and a .914 OPS. The Dodgers have Monday off, so hopefully the two days of rest will allow him to play again on a regular basis.
Zack Greinke, SP5/11/2013 9:14:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke felt good after his latest rehab outing. SOURCE: Molly Knight, ESPN
Insight: He's expected to come off the disabled list Wednesday against Washington. Greinke broke his collarbone in a fight with Carlos Quentin about a month ago.
Mark Ellis, 2B5/10/2013 8:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis (quad) is eligible to come off the DL Sunday but manager Don Mattingly said the team has not discussed a rehab assignment yet, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Mattingly indicated that Ellis will need a rehab assignment before returning, which means he won't be rejoining the Dodgers Sunday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5/10/2013 6:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (neck) is in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Gonzalez left Wednesday's game after aggravating his neck strain, but he was able to rest Thursday with the Dodgers on an off day.
Carl Crawford, LF5/10/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (hamstring) is back in the lineup Friday after sitting out Wednesday.
Insight: Crawford has been dealing with a hamstring strain, and manager Don Mattingly said it the hamstring was "a little bit tight" Wednesday. The Dodgers had Thursday off, so Crawford had plenty of time to rest up for Friday.
Zack Greinke, SP5/9/2013 8:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers righthander Zack Greinke (collarbone) will make his first rehab start Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. UPDATE: Greinke will only need one rehab start and will be on track to rejoin the rotation on May 15 against the Nationals.
Insight: Greinke suffered a broken collarbone on April 11 in a brawl with Carlos Quentin of the Padres and was expected to miss two months, but he is way ahead of schedule. He resumed throwing soon after his April 13 operation, so he didn't lose much arm strength. The right-hander already has thrown three bullpen sessions, touching 90 mph with his fastball and reaching 60 pitches in his most-recent session. He'll throw about 75 pitches Friday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5/9/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez appeared to re-injure his neck Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: He dove for a ball at first base and had to come out in the fourth inning. Even with the off day on Thursday, Gonzalez is questionable at best for Friday's contest against the Marlins.
Brandon League, RP5/8/2013 8:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says he has thought about mixing up his closer role, but he doesn't want to mess up his bullpen right now with the team already struggling. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: League is 8-for-9 on save chances, but he has allowed runs in seven of his last 10 appearances and picked up a loss in each of his last two appearances. He owns a 5.40 ERA and a 7/4 K/BB in 13 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, last year's closer Kenley Jansen has a 2.12 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 17 innings.
Carl Crawford, LF5/8/2013 8:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (hamstring) is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Crawford has been dealing with a hamstring strain, and manager Don Mattingly said it the hamstring was "a little bit tight" Wednesday. The Dodgers have an off day Thursday.
Scott Van Slyke, RF5/8/2013 3:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers minor league 1B/OF Scott Van Slyke continues to pound Pacific Coast League pitching, batting .400 with nine home runs, 28 RBI and a 1.249 OPS through 32 games.
Insight: Van Slyke batted .348 in 2011 and .327 last season at Albuquerque before struggling in a short stint with the Dodgers where he hit .167 in 54 at-bats. Considering the Dodgers are 28th of 30 teams in runs per game (3.41) and 27th in home runs (23) eventually they are going to have to find a spot for him.
Dee Gordon, SSHot5/8/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: The Dodgers have recalled shortstop Dee Gordon to replace the injured Hanley Ramirez, who was placed on the DL Saturday with a left hamstring strain and he's off to a solid start.
Insight: Gordon was batting .314 with 14 steals at Triple-A Albuquerque this season and is batting .300 with three stolen bases in his first three games with the Dodgers. He has way more speed than Ramirez, but none of the power.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/8/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was placed on the 15-day disbled list with a left hamstring strain, has been given a 4-6 week recovery time, according to Eric Stephens of truebluela.com
Insight: Ramirez made just three starts after returning to action from a torn thumb ligament. Dee Gordon was recalled after the injury and is batting .300 with three stolen bases in his first three games. He has more speed than Ramirez, but none of the power.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5/6/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will play through a strained neck Monday against Arizona.
Insight: We'll have to see if the neck stiffness affects his swing. Gonzo plated two runners on a pinch-hit single Sunday against the Giants.
Mark Ellis, 2B5/6/2013 8:57:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles placed second baseman Mark Ellis on the DL.
Insight: Ellis was diagnosed with a strained right quad. The move is retroactive to April 27th so Ellis will be eligible to return on May 12th.
Matt Kemp, CF5/5/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is just 10-for-49 (.204) with one homer and 14 strikeouts against Matt Cain of the Giants.
Insight: Kemp's average is slowly climbing due to a 19-for-56 (.339) stretch, but he's still stuck on one home run and has been shut down by Cain in his career.
Andre Ethier, RF5/5/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is 27-for-60 (.450) with three doubles, a triple, a homer and five walks against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Insight: Ethier is batting .250 with three homers in 100 at-bats this season, but a matchup with the struggling Cain could be just what he needs to get going.
Zack Greinke, SP5/4/2013 9:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers righthander Zack Greinke (collarbone) is about three weeks ahead of schedule and the team is hopeful he can return in 2-3 weeks, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Greinke suffered a broken collarbone on April 11 in a brawl with Carlos Quentin of the Padres and was expected to miss two months, but the Dodgers were encouraged after his bullpen session Saturday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold5/4/2013 8:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (stiff neck) was a late scratch Saturday, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Gonzalez also missed Friday's game. He was initially in Saturday's lineup, but felt neck stiffness during batting practice.
Dee Gordon, SS5/4/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have recalled shortstop Dee Gordon to replace the injured Hanley Ramirez, who was placed on the DL Saturday with a left hamstring strain.
Insight: Ramirez suffered the injury Friday in just his third start back from thumb surgery. Manager Don Mattingly compared the injury to the one that knocked out Matt Kemp for 51 games last season. Gordon is batting .314 with a 17/14 K/BB and 14 steals at Triple-A Albuquerque this season and will start and bat eighth Saturday, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/4/2013 6:49:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been placed on the 15-day disbled list with a left hamstring strain.
Insight: Ramirez made just three starts after returning to action from a torn thumb ligament, but he's out again. Dee Gordon has been recalled and is starting Saturday's game.
Carl Crawford, LF5/4/2013 6:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (hamstring) is leading off Saturday in his first start since Monday, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.
Insight: Crawford (.315, 4 HR, 6 RBI) has been dealing with a hamstring strain. We're assuming he's fully healthy, since we wouldn't expect the Dodgers to rush him following Hanley Ramirez' serious hamstring injury Friday night and Matt Kemp's hamstring injury last season.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold5/4/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (neck) is tentatively starting Saturday's game.
Insight: According to BIll Shaikin of the LA Times, Gonzalez said he could be scratched if he doesn't feel right during batting practice. He missed Friday's game with neck and upper-back stiffness.
Dee Gordon, SS5/4/2013 4:29:00 PM
Description: With Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez likely headed to the DL with a serious left hamstring injury, the team is considering calling up Dee Gordon. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Ramirez suffered the injury Friday in just his third start back from thumb surgery. Manager Don Mattingly compared the injury to the one that knocked out Matt Kemp for 51 games last season. Gordon is batting .314 with a 17/14 K/BB and 14 steals at Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/4/2013 11:26:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Ramirez returned from a torn thumb ligament on April 29 and fantasy owners have to be pleased with the early results (5-for-11 in his first four games). But another injury could test their patience.
Carl Crawford, LF5/4/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford won't be in the lineup Saturday at San Francisco, but could be available for pinch hit duty if needed. He's still dealing with a strained hamstring.
Insight: Crawford (.315, 4 HR, 6 RBI) and the disabled list could be on a collision course if he doesn't improve soon.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold5/3/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: Adrian Gonzalez won't suit up for Friday night's game against the Giants. The Dodgers first baseman is out with a sore neck.
Insight: He's just three for his last 17. Jerry Hairston Jr. was originally slated to start in the outfield but now he'll take Gonzalez's spot at first base with Skip Shumaker occupying left field.
Clayton Kershaw, SP5/3/2013 9:03:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw has returned from his bereavement leave and will make the start Friday against San Francisco.
Insight: The Dodgers placed Ted Lilly on the DL in the corresponding roster move. Kershaw tossed a complete game shutout versus the Giants in his first start of the season.
Ted Lilly, SP5/3/2013 9:00:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have moved lefthander Ted Lilly to the disabled list.
Insight: Lilly has been bothered by a rib cage injury. He had a cortisone shot on Tuesday but was still in no condition to make his scheduled start Saturday against the Giants. Matt Magill (0-0, 2.70 ERA) will take Lilly's place in the starting rotation.
Carl Crawford, LF5/3/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford won't be in the lineup Friday at San Francisco. He's still dealing with a strained hamstring.
Insight: Crawford could be headed to the DL. Jerry Hairston Jr. will start in left Friday against the Giants.
Mark Ellis, 2B5/3/2013 7:40:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers still haven't placed second baseman Mark Ellis on the disabled list despite his lingering quad injury.
Insight: Los Angeles was expected to DL him as soon as Clayton Kershaw returned from bereavement leave but now the team has decided to hold off. Ellis isn't in the lineup for Friday's game against San Francisco though he could be available off the bench.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/3/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has jumped right into action with five hits in his first nine at-bats, including two doubles and a homer. However, Giants starter Barry Zito usually has been able to quiet his bat.
Insight: Ramirez returned from a torn thumb ligament on April 29 and fantasy owners have to be pleased with the early results. But Zito has held the shortstop to a .148 average (4-for-27) with six K in their career meetings.
Andre Ethier, RF5/3/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is only 8-for-43 (.186) with zero homers and 10 strikeouts against Giants starter Barry Zito.
Insight: Ethier is only hitting .237 this season and faces a poor matchup Friday night. He's a .238 hitter in his career against lefties and is even worse against Zito.
Matt Kemp, CF5/3/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has raised his average to .260, and he has feasted on Giants starter Barry Zito in his career. Kemp is 24-for-55 (.436) with three homers, nine RBI and eight walks against Zito.
Insight: Kemp only has one homer this season, but he is hitting .356 (16-for-45) over his last 12 games. The talented outfielder should find his power stroke eventually, maybe even as soon as Friday against Zito.
Josh Beckett, SPCold5/2/2013 10:56:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles righthander Josh Beckett is winless in six starts this season.
Insight: His ERA spiked to 5.24 after another rough outing Wednesday against the Rockies (4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB). Beckett's last win came on September 30th of last season. Ironically, that game was also against Colorado.
Ted Lilly, SP5/2/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles lefthander Ted Lilly is expected to make his scheduled start Saturday in San Francisco. Lilly received a cortisone injection for his sore rib cage earlier in the week. SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: Lilly looked sharp in his first outing April 24th against the Mets (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 7 K's) before struggling Monday versus the Rockies (3 IP, 8 H, 5 R). He hasn't been a reliable fantasy option since 2011 (3.97 ERA in 33 starts).
Mark Ellis, 2B5/2/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis will probably be placed on the disabled list later this week. SOURCE: ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: He's been battling a quad strain for almost a week. Utility man Nick Punto should see most of the playing time at second base while Ellis is out.
Carl Crawford, LF5/1/2013 7:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford won't be available Wednesday against Colorado. He's battling a tight hamstring.
Insight: Crawford is off to a decent start with four homers and a .308 average through 25 games. Utility man Skip Shumaker will make another appearance in left tonight versus the Rockies.
Andre Ethier, RF5/1/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is a career .636 hitter versus Colorado starter Juan Nicasio with seven hits in 11 at-bats.
Insight: Ethier is batting just .244, despite hitting safely in six of the last seven games. This matchup should help all his fantasy totals.
Ted Lilly, SP4/30/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Ted Lilly is having an MRI on his back/neck, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Lilly reportedly experienced tightness in his back during Monday's start, which was his second since returning from shoulder surgery.
Carl Crawford, LF4/30/2013 8:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford was scratched from Tuesday's lineup for precautionary reasons due to tightness in his right hamstring, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
Insight: The Dodgers are getting Hanley Ramirez back tonight, but they're missing the top-two hitters in their lineup in Crawford and Mark Ellis. Jerry Hairston is starting in left field and batting leadoff, and Nick Punto is at second and batting second.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/30/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (thumb) is starting at shortstop and batting fifth Tuesday against the Rockies. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Ramirez tore a ligament in his thumb during the World Baseball Classic and was expected to be sidelined until mid-May. However, he recovered quicker than expected and was activated from the DL Monday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/30/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (thumb) was activated from the DL Monday, but did not start. Tuesday could be his first start of the season.
Insight: Ramirez pinch-hit on Monday, striking out. He tore a ligament in his thumb during the World Baseball Classic and was expected to be sidelined until mid-May, but he recovered quicker than expected.
Mark Ellis, 2B4/30/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Mark Ellis is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Colorado with a strained right quad.
Insight: Ellis was playing very well, batting .342 with 2 HR, 10 runs scored and 11 RBI. He did take batting practice on Sunday so he might not be too far away from returning.
Andre Ethier, RFCold4/30/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier is a career .077 hitter versus Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa with six strikeouts in 13 at-bats.
Insight: Ethier is batting just .241, but does have three homers. The problem, however, is 20 strikeouts in 87 at-bats. Add that to his poor matchup with De La Rosa anf Ethier should find a seat on your bench.
Matt Kemp, CF4/30/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp likes facing Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. He's a career .435 hitter with three home runs and a 1.397 OPS in 23 at-bats.
Insight: Kemp is struggling to find his power stroke (.654 OPS) and it may be because his shoulder is still not 100 percent, so even this favorable matchup may not be enough to get him going.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot4/29/2013 9:20:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have placed ace Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com.
Insight: Kershaw is dealing with an undisclosed issue but is expected to make his next start. He is 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/29/2013 9:17:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (thumb) has been activated from the DL and is available for Monday's game.
Insight: Ramirez isn't starting but could pinch-hit. He tore a ligament in his thumb during the World Baseball Classic and was expected to be sidelined until mid-May, but he recovered quickly.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/29/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (thumb) is not in Monday's starting lineup but we could see him back in action this week.
Insight: He tore a ligament in his thumb during the World Baseball Classic, but his rehab is well ahead of schedule. He went 2-for-3 in a minor league game Sunday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/29/2013 2:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 and played six innings on Sunday and could be activated for Monday's game with Colorado.
Insight: He tore a ligament in his thumb during the World Baseball Classic. He'll be back at shortstop this season and should be a solid value.
Carl Crawford, LF4/28/2013 9:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford came in with a .077 average in 13 career at-bats against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, but he took the right-hander deep twice.
Insight: Crawford is finally starting to look like the fantasy player we all remember from his Tampa Bay days. He has a .307 average, four home runs, 20 runs scored and four steals.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot4/28/2013 9:00:00 PM
Description: The Brewers could only muster four hits while striking out 12 times in eight innings Sunday against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Kershaw won his first two starts of the year with 16 scoreless frames but he walked 11 batters in 17 2/3 innings over his last three turns and went 0-2. Overall, Kershaw is 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.
Mark Ellis, 2B4/28/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Mark Ellis, who left Friday night's game with a strained right quad, missed Saturday's game and is expected to miss Sunday's game against Milwaukee.
Insight: Ellis was playing very well, batting .342 with 2 HR, 10 runs scored and 11 RBI. The Dodgers have plenty of guys who can fill in at second base, Nick Punto, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Juan Uribe, and Skip Schumaker, but none who will put up those type numbers.
Carl Crawford, LF4/28/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is just 1-for-13 (.077) versus Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Insight: With a .298 batting average, four steals and a .838 OPS, Crawford is finally looking like the guy fantasy owners remember when he was with Tampa Bay. However, Sunday's matchup is unfavorable and you should sit Crawford for the day.
Dioner Navarro, C4/28/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: If Cubs manager Dale Sveum is paying attention to the numbers, he'll give catcher Dioner Navarro a chance to start against Miami hurler Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Although batting just .154 this season, Navarro is a career .700 hitter (7-for-10) against the Marlins right-hander.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4/27/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com is reporting that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been taken to the hospital where he will be treated for a small skin infection on his right leg.
Insight: Gurnick said that Gonzalez is expected to return to the ballpark and that he could be available off the bench. That's probably wishful thinking but at least it's not something more serious.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4/27/2013 8:32:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been scratched from Saturday night's starting lineup. SOURCE: David Vassegh, Fox Sports Los Angeles
Insight: We're still waiting to hear why Gonzalez (.363, 2 HR, 17 RBI) was removed from the lineup. Most late scratches are injury-related. We'll let you know as soon as we know more.
Mark Ellis, 2B4/27/2013 9:20:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Mark Ellis left Friday night's game with a strained right quad and is likely to miss some time.
Insight: Ellis was playing very well, batting .342 with 2 HR, 10 runs scored and 11 RBI. The Dodgers have plenty of guys who can fill in at second base, Nick Punto, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Juan Uribe, and Skip Schumaker, but none who will put up those type numbers.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/26/2013 7:36:00 PM
Description: Eric Stephens from SB Nation reports that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will begin a rehab assignment Saturday in Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Insight: He tore a ligament in his thumb during the World Baseball Classic. Ramirez could be back in time for the start of next week's series against San Francisco.
Zack Greinke, SP4/25/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers righthander Zack Greinke is expected to resume throwing sometime next week. SOURCE: Will Carroll, Bleacher Report
Insight: Greinke had surgery to repair a broken clavicle a little over a week ago. His eight-week recovery timetable hasn't changed.
Brandon League, RP4/25/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers closer Brandon League blew his first save of the season Wednesday night and allowed a solo homer to Ike Davis to lead off the ninth inning Thursday afternoon, but he recorded three straight outs to close out a 3-2 win.
Insight: League has six saves, a 4.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP with just three strikeouts in nine innings. His hold on the closer role is tenuous with Kenley Jansen looming, but he'll keep it for now.
Chad Billingsley, SP4/25/2013 3:26:00 PM
Description: L.A. starter Chad Billingsley had successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Hernandez added that Billingsley will begin physical therapy in about a week. He'll miss the rest of this season and it's possible Billingsley could also miss a good chunk of the 2014 campaign.
Chris Capuano, SP4/25/2013 2:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Chris Capuano (calf strain) is on track to be activated May 3, the first day he is eligible to come off the DL. SOURCE: LATimes.com
Insight: Capuano threw a bullpen session Wednesday. The lefty was chosen to fill in for the injured Zack Greinke, who is out with a broken collarbone, but he suffered a left calf strain in his first start of the season. Chad Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery this week, so Capuano and Ted Lilly are both expected to remain in the rotation when Capuano returns. Stephen Fife will be the odd man out.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/24/2013 5:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (thumb) is hoping to go on a minor league rehab assignment next week. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, LA Times
Insight: Ramirez was given an eight-week timetable after having thumb surgery on March 22, but he is way ahead of schedule. The shortstop expects to play three games in the minors before returning to the big leagues.
Ted Lilly, SP4/24/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have activated left-hander Ted Lilly from the 15-day disabled list. He'll make his first start of the season Wednesday.
Insight: The Dodgers began the season with eight starters, but Lilly is needed after injuries to Zack Greinke, Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano and a trade of Aaron Harang. NL-only owners should add him immediately but mixed leaguers can wait.
Chad Billingsley, SP4/23/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley needs Tommy John surgery, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Insight: Billingsley suffered a partially torn UCL last season but opted to go with rehab instead of surgery, so we knew his elbow could go at any time. Suddenly, the decision to trade Aaron Harang doesn't look so great for the Dodgers, with Zack Greinke, Chris Capuano and Chad Billingsley being placed on the DL since the deal. Stephen Fife and Ted Lilly will remain in the rotation for now.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot4/21/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has spent most of his career in the NL West, but he does have five hits in 11 at-bats against Orioles starter Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Gonzalez faced Arrieta during his 1 1/2 years with the Boston Red Sox. The first baseman is hitting .377 with 13 RBIs and a 7/8 K/BB, but he has just two homers. Fantasy owners should come to terms with the reality that Gonzalez is now a high-average 20-home-run hitter.
Chad Billingsley, SP4/21/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: A sore elbow has landed Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley on the disabled list.
Insight: Billingsley suffered a partially torn UCL last season but opted to go with rehab instead of Tommy John surgery, so we knew his elbow could go at any time. Don't be surprised if he needs TJ surgery at some point this season. Suddenly, the decision to trade Aaron Harang doesn't look so great for the Dodgers, with Zack Greinke, Chris Capuano and Chad Billingsley being placed on the DL since the deal. Stephen Fife will join the rotation.
Andre Ethier, RF4/21/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier went 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs in Game 1 of a doubleheader versus the Orioles Saturday but 0-for-4 in the nightcap.
Insight: Ethier has settled in as a hitter who is going to bat .285 with 20 homers and 85 RBIs; nothing more, nothing less.
Yasiel Puig, LF4/20/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfield prospect Yasiel Puig has been placed on the 7-day minor league DL with a sprained left thumb.
Insight: The 22-year-old Cuban is hitting .333 with a .625 slugging percentage in 13 games at Double-A this season after a torrid spring. However, his path to the majors is still blocked, and the injury will further delay his promotion.

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