MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - INSIDE PITCH
There has been speculation about what the Dodgers will do with four healthy outfielders when Matt Kemp returns. Now it looks as if Kemp might be the only healthy one of the group.
Kemp could return to action as early as Monday in Arizona now that Carl Crawford (back stiffness), Yasiel Puig (sore hip) and Andre Ethier (sore left ankle) are all nursing nagging injuries.
"We'll see him in Arizona. We'll see where he's at and if he's ready to roll we'll do something," manager Don Mattingly said of Kemp before the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Giants on Sunday. "Obviously, the position we're in at the moment, we feel we can be cautious with guys who need a day and give it to them sooner rather than later.
"Andre's kind of banged up a little bit. It's an opportunity to play (Kemp) without having to juggle things."
Kemp has not played since severely spraining his left ankle on July 21. He went hitless in 19 plate appearances for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment. The rehab stint ended when the minor league season did, and Kemp has spent the past two weeks working out at the Dodgers' training complex in Arizona, hitting in simulated-game situations with a group of minor-leaguers also working out there.
Kemp's rehab was set back last week when he injured his left hamstring. He began running the bases during workouts over the weekend and could be ready to rejoin the Dodgers in time to use the final 13 games of the regular season to get ready for a potential playoff role.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost three
PAST 10 GAMES: 3-7
NEXT: Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 13-6, 3.07) at Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill, 6-10, 4.22)
--SS Hanley Ramirez was diagnosed with an irritated sciatic nerve in his back following an MRI exam Friday. He received a cortisone injection and will not play for a few days.
--OF Yasiel Puig was not in the lineup Sunday due to a sore left hip, though he grounded out as a pinch hitter to end the game. Puig aggravated the hip problem on a diving catch Saturday. He is day-to-day.
--OF Andre Ethier left Friday's game with a sore left ankle, and he didn't play Saturday and Sunday. An MRI and X-rays revealed no structural damage, but Ethier was using a walking boot over the weekend and will not be available to play for at least a couple of days.
--LHP Chris Capuano tried throwing a bullpen session Friday but felt renewed discomfort in his injured left groin muscle. He will not pitch for an undetermined length of time while letting the muscle heal.
--OF Carl Crawford, who left Saturday's game early due to back stiffness, did not play Sunday and is listed as day-to-day. Crawford went 1-for-16 during the Dodgers' homestand.
--RHP Jose Dominguez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, clearing a spot on the Dodgers' 40-man roster for CF Nick Buss. He has been out since July 23 due to a strained left quadriceps.
--LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will look to get back into the win column as he takes the mound against Arizona on Monday. Ryu allowed three runs on 10 hits in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Diamondbacks. In five career games (four starts) against the Diamondbacks, Ryu is 1-1 with a 5.48 ERA.
--1B Adrian Gonzalez was a one-man wrecking crew against San Francisco on Sunday despite the loss. Gonzalez hit a three-run double to up his RBI total to 95 on the season. He had just two hits in the four-game series but drove in five runs.
--RHP Edinson Volquez was fantastic for much of the game against the Giants on Sunday. However, he struggled against San Francisco RF Hunter Pence. Volquez allowed two home runs to Pence and finished with three runs allowed on five hits in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision in what manager Don Mattingly considered his best performance in four starts since joining the Dodgers.
--SS Dee Gordon continued to inject some speed into the lineup as he went 2-for-4 in his first start since Aug. 11. Gordon also stole his third base since his recall on Sept. 1 (his ninth steal overall).
--OF Matt Kemp, who has been sidelined since July 21 with a sprained ankle, could make his return this week, as he is expected to join the team in Arizona. Kemp has been running more of late, and the Dodgers hope he can return healthy for the postseason.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Really pretty good. Two pitches and they were up. We didn't question the pitches, just execution. That's one guy you don't leave the ball up to at all. But he was really good -- it was probably his best outing with us in terms of his composure and tempo. He just didn't execute a couple pitches." -- Manager Don Mattingly, on Sunday's outing by RHP Edinson Volquez, who gave up two homers to Giants RF Hunter Pence in the Dodgers' 4-3 loss.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - ROSTER REPORT
--OF Yasiel Puig (sore left hip) appeared only as a pinch hitter Sept. 15. He is day-to-day.
--SS Hanley Ramirez (left hamstring tightness, irritated back nerve) left the Sept. 12 game, and he didn't play Sept. 13-15. An MRI exam Sept. 13 revealed an the back issue. Ramirez received a cortisone shot in the back. He's unlikely to return before Sept. 18.
--LHP Chris Capuano (left groin strain) left the Sept. 6 game in the second inning and hasn't pitched in a game since. He felt renewed discomfort in a Sept. 13 bullpen session. He is out indefinitely.
--CF Matt Kemp (left ankle sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 22. Kemp had just come off the DL on July 21 after missing a little more than two weeks with inflammation in the AC joint of his surgically repaired left shoulder. He started a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Aug. 29. He was slowed in early September by right hamstring tightness, but he was continuing his rehab assignment by hitting in simulated games at the Dodgers' training complex in Arizona. He could be activated as soon as Sept. 16.
--RHP Jose Dominguez (strained left quad) went on the 15-day disabled list July 23.
--RHP Josh Beckett (thoracic outlet syndrome) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 14 due to a groin injury, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 1. 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, but was shut down again. He was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and he underwent season-ending surgery to remove a rib July 10. He was cleared to resume throwing in late August, but he will not pitch again this season. His goal is to be ready by spring training.
--RHP Shawn Tolleson (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 13, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 11. He had surgery April 25 to treat a herniated disk. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on Aug. 11. He made his final rehab appearance for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Aug. 14, as he was shut down due to a left hip injury.
--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, but he throwing at the Dodgers' training complex in Arizona in mid-September.
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Zack Greinke
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
RHP Ricky Nolasco
LHP Chris Capuano
RHP Kenley Jansen (closer)
RHP Brandon League
RHP Ronald Belisario
LHP J.P. Howell
RHP Edinson Volquez
LHP Paco Rodriguez
RHP Carlos Marmol
RHP Brian Wilson
RHP Stephen Fife
RHP Peter Moylan
RHP Chris Withrow
LHP Onelki Garcia
1B Adrian Gonzalez
2B Mark Ellis
SS Hanley Ramirez
3B Juan Uribe
INF Nick Punto
INF Jerry Hairston Jr.
INF Dee Gordon
INF Michael Young
LF Carl Crawford
CF Andre Ethier
RF Yasiel Puig
OF Skip Schumaker
OF Scott Van Slyke
OF Nick Buss
OF Alex Castellanos