MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - INSIDE PITCH
Puig Fever might be abating.
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig was treated as a villain in Arizona, where Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero roundly criticized the 22-year-old to reporters and Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy accused Puig of playing with "arrogance."
On top of that, Puig finished a surprising second to Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in the "Final Vote" online contest to determine the last player added to the NL All-Star team. Puig was deemed the front-runner when the voting began because of the national publicity he was garnering for a red-hot arrival on the big-league scene.
"It's not what I expected for the team and for the city, but I've just got to keep on playing," Puig said through a translator. "I'm very happy. I don't have my head down at all. I want to congratulate Freddie for winning."
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly joked that he softened the blow for Puig by telling him he was starting in center field against the Rockies on Thursday night, the rookie's first start in center field since being promoted from Double-A on June 3. Regardless, Mattingly said he didn't expect the All-Star result to affect Puig's play.
"I think he'd love to be at the All-Star Game," Mattingly said. "I think he's the kind of kid who'd love to go show off. But the All-Star thing is not going to take his joy away."
Puig went 2-for-4 Thursday, then left the game when he aggravated a bruised left hip. Puig injured the hip when he ran into the outfield wall making a catch in Colorado last week. He will be re-evaluated Friday.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won five
PAST 10 GAMES: 8-2
NEXT: Rockies (Juan Nicasio, 4-4, 5.31) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 8-5, 1.89)
--LHP Chris Capuano made arguably his best start of the season Thursday in the Dodgers' 6-1 win over Colorado. Capuano allowed no runs on six hits with no walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out a season-high eight. He bounced back from back-to-back shellackings. The uneven Capuano went five-plus innings and allowed one run or none for the fifth time this year, though he boasts a 4.63 ERA for the year.
--LHP Clayton Kershaw will look to increase his winning streak to four games as he takes the mound at Dodger Stadium on Friday against Colorado. Kershaw is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA since June 26, including an 8-0 shutout of the Rockies at Coors Field on July 2. In 20 career starts against Colorado, he is 8-4 with a 3.54 ERA.
--C A.J. Ellis got the night off after a 14-inning game against Arizona on Wednesday. Ellis is riding a nine-game hitting streak and batting .421 since July 2. He played a major role for the Dodgers on Wednesday, hitting a ninth-inning RBI single and a 14th-inning home run.
--OF Yasiel Puig has done just about everything in his short time in the majors for the Dodgers, but he had yet another first Thursday night, starting in center field for the first time. Old hat, though: Puig added two more hits, upping his average to .397 after a 2-for-4 night.
--2B Mark Ellis was one of several Dodgers with multiple hits against Colorado on Thursday night, but he provided much of the production. Ellis went 3-for-4 with two two-RBI singles, giving him 26 RBIs on the year.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We've got bats healthy and our lineup is real deep. We keep putting guys on base -- you saw today, I don't think we had a lot of hits with runners on base, but eventually you break through." -- 1B Adrian Gonzalez, after the Dodgers' 6-1 win over the Rockies on Thursday.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - ROSTER REPORT
--OF Yasiel Puig (bruised left hip) left the July 11 game. He will be re-evaluated July 12.
--CF Matt Kemp (left shoulder AC joint inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6. He received positive news after an MRI in Los Angeles on July 9. Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp is unlikely to need a rehab assignment and should return from the disabled list when eligible July 21.
--LHP Ted Lilly (neck strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 5. He received an epidural injection in mid-June. He was hit in the leg by a line drive during his first rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on June 30, but he started for Rancho Cucamonga again July 6. The Dodgers will try to set up a simulated game for Lilly, perhaps as early as July 10, manager Don Mattingly said.
--RHP Stephen Fife (right shoulder bursitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7. He will miss one start before the All-Star break but is expected to be ready to return to the starting rotation during the second series after the All-Star break.
--RHP Josh Beckett (strained left groin, numbness in right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 14 due to the groin injury. He began a light throwing program as of May 21, but he was shut down May 27 due to tingling in the fingers on his right hand. He resumed throwing in late June, then was shut down again. He was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, and he underwent season-ending surgery to remove a rib July 10.
--RHP Shawn Tolleson (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 13. He had surgery April 25 to treat a herniated disk. He began a throwing program in early July, and he is expected to be sidelined until at least late July.
--LHP Scott Elbert (arthroscopic left elbow surgeries in September 2012 and January 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 31. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on May 10, then moved to Double-A Chattanooga on May 17. He was shut down in early June due to renewed elbow pain, and he underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery June 7.
--RHP Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery in April 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 16, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 10. He's out for the season.
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Zack Greinke
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
RHP Ricky Nolasco
RHP Kenley Jansen (closer)
RHP Brandon League
RHP Ronald Belisario
LHP J.P. Howell
RHP Chris Withrow
LHP Paco Rodriguez
RHP Jose Dominguez
LHP Chris Capuano
1B Adrian Gonzalez
2B Mark Ellis
SS Hanley Ramirez
3B Jerry Hairston Jr.
INF Nick Punto
INF Juan Uribe
LF Carl Crawford
CF Andre Ethier
RF Yasiel Puig
OF Skip Schumaker
OF Scott Van Slyke