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Los Angeles Dodgers Player Notes
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Scott Van Slyke, RF9/20/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke is in Saturday's starting lineup while Carl Crawford will sit.
Insight: Van Slyke is batting .287 with eight homers and a 1.006 OPS versus southpaws and will get a chance against left-hander Felix Doubront on Saturday.
Carl Crawford, LF9/20/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford will take a seat Saturday against the left-hander Felix Doubront.
Insight: Crawford has actually hit for a higher average against left-handers this season (.308 vs. 287 against righties), but Scott Van Slyke has a 1.006 OPS against left-handers. Overall, Crawford is batting .291 with seven home runs and 41 RBI and 51 runs scored in 320 at-bats this season, but as usual can't stay healthy.
A.J. Ellis, C9/19/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis hit two home runs in the Windy City on Friday.
Insight: The win was blowing out of Wrigley on Friday afternoon which seemed to help all the hitters. Ellis took Cubs relief pitcher Eric Jokisch deep in the first and again in the third. It was just Ellis' second and third homers of the season as he is batting .193/.328/.261.
Clayton Kershaw, SP9/19/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season on Friday.
Insight: Kershaw actually had one of his worst starts of the season but still captured the victory over the Cubs. He allowed three runs in five innings, gave up seven hits and three walks. He did strikeout nine. Despite the poor start by his standards, his ERA is still 1.80 with one start left in the regular season.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot9/19/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw might be tested by the weather this afternoon as much as the Chicago Cubs lineup.
Insight: The Dodgers' ace is 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings pitched this year, but the wind will be blowing out to left at around 13 mph Friday afternoon. Just something to consider.
Carl Crawford, LF9/19/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is hitless in eight at bats versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Crawford has been hot over the past two weeks, batting .452 covering the past 11 games, but this matchup isn't likely to help those numbers. Overall, Crawford is batting .291 with seven home runs and 41 RBI and 51 runs scored in 320 at-bats this season, but as usual can't stay healthy.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/18/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (elbow) returns to the lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Ramirez has missed the last two games with a strained right elbow. He will bat fifth and play his normaly shortstop on Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/17/2014 1:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (elbow) will miss a second straight start on Wednesday.
Insight: He was able to pinch-hit on Tuesday, and has a solid chance to be ready for the weekend series in Chicago. A strained right elbow is what is causing Ramirez to sit. Miguel Rojas draws the start today against Colorado, but check back in the coming days for more Hanley alerts.
A.J. Ellis, C9/17/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Tim Federowicz is starting in his place. Ellis has had a rough season at the plate (.190 BA with 1 HR and 18 RBI), but he continues to handle the pitching staff extremely well.
Dee Gordon, 2B9/17/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon (rest) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's afternoon game against the Rockies.
Insight: It is just a routine day off for Gordon. He is hitting .290 with a ridiculous 62 stolen bases in 2014. Darwin Barney gets the start at second base today.
Matt Kemp, OFHot9/17/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has finally gotten back to his MVP form.
Insight: He is hitting .322 with six homeruns and 20 RBI over the past 28 days, and has a great matchup Tuesday night against Jorge De La Rosa (15-for-36 with 3 HR and 12 RBI). If owners have been living under a rock over the past month, make sure Kemp is in your lineup.
Dee Gordon, 2B9/16/2014 12:06:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon went 2-for-5 and scored on Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Gordon scored on Yasiel Puig's double in the ninth, but it was an irrelevant run as the Rockies won, 10-4. Gordon is batting .290 with 87 runs and 62 steals this season.
Clayton Kershaw, SP9/14/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won his 19th game this season and retakes the lead for victories in the majors.
Insight: More importantly, the Dodgers won the series with the Giants and remain atop of the National League West. Kershaw allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out nine and walked one. Kershaw has pitched at least eight innings in his last seven starts. The Dodger ace is 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings pitched this year. Kershaw is 14-3 with a 1.86 ERA and 0.839 OPS for the season, but just 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 0.92 OPS in his last three starts.
Matt Kemp, OFHot9/14/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs in the blowout victory over the Giants, 17-0, on Saturday.
Insight: Kemp doubled home Yasiel Puig in the first and then doubled in Adrian Gonzalez and Puig in the second. Kemp drove in another run on an infield single in the third. The outfielder is hitting .284 with 19 home runs and 72 RBI in 490 at-bats this year.
Zack Greinke, SP9/14/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke pitched six shutout innings to win his 15th game of the year on Saturday.
Insight: Not that he needed to pitched a shutout. The Dodgers scored 17 runs on Saturday to defeat the Giants, 17-0. Greinke allowed four hits, struck out five and walked none. He is 15-8 with a 2.64 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 184 and 1/3 innings this season.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP9/13/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu left Friday's start against the Giants due irritation in his left shoulder.
Insight: Ryu was clearly not himself, giving up four runs on five hits in one inning. Meanwhile, the Giants have moved one game within the first-place Dodgers.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B9/12/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-29 (.138 with six strikeouts versus Gaints left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Gonzalez cracked the 100-RBI mark again this season and his 23 homers is his best total since 2011. This matchup, however, should probably be avoided.
Carl Crawford, LFHot9/11/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 4-for-4, including three doubles on Wednesday and finished the series against the Padres, 9-for-12.
Insight: Crawford has been hot and cold from series to series. Before his 9-for-12 with four doubles, homer and five RBI series against San Diego, Crawford was 0-for-5 in three games against Arizona. Last weekend, however, he went 6-for-12 in a series against Washington. Crawford is batting .289 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 309 at-bats this season.
Dee Gordon, 2B9/10/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gordon isn't injured so we assume its a routine day off. He leads the majors with 59 steals and 12 triples to go along with a .288 batting average and 81 runs.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/10/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a career 3-for-21 (.143) against padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Ramirez has hit better of late, batting .368 over his last five games, but we don't like this matchup. This isn't the same hitter who dominated last season. He's batting just .267 with 13 HR and 65 RBI. Good, but not great.
Yasiel Puig, CFCold9/9/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 1-for-11 versus Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Puig hasn't been hitting up to previous standards, batting just .203 over the past month with an ugly .552 OPS. If he keeps this up, he'll be just one of the many outfielders Don Mattingly has to decide to start each day and not a fantasy stud.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot9/8/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez nailed two three-run bombs in the Dodgers' 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Insight: Gonzalez came up with two runners on in the sixth and seventh and hit home runs in each at-bat. The big afternoon put Gonzalez at 22 home runs and at 100 RBI on the season. It is the fifth straight year Gonzalez has reached 100 RBI. He is hitting .279/.338/.474 this season.
Juan Uribe, 3B9/7/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is a career 2-for-15 (.133) hitter against Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Uribe is hitting .294 so far in September with one home run and four RBI but this is a matchup to stay away from. Uribe is hitting .294 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 326 at-bats this year.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot9/7/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a career .440 hitter (11-for-25) with a pair of homers versus Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Gonzalez is hitting .278 with only 20 home runs and 94 RBI. He should be a lock for his fifth consecutive 100-RBI season.
Kenley Jansen, RP9/7/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen saved his 41st game of the season on Saturday, nailing down a 5-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Insight: His 41 saves ranks him fifth in the majors. Jansen's ERA is a tad high for a closer at 3.09, but he has a 1.17 WHIP and 90 strikeouts versus 16 walks this year.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP9/7/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched six and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out nine and walking none in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Insight: Ryu had a two-run lead going into the top of the seventh but gave up three hits to cough up the lead. The Dodgers came back to win with three runs in the eighth. Besides losing his lead, Ryu pitched very well and lowered his season ERA to 3.27. He is 13-6 with 138 strikeouts and only 28 walks in 151 innings this year.
Joc Pederson, OF9/6/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is making his third start this week on Saturday.
Insight: The regular Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig is dealing with stomach issues and is out of the lineup on Saturday. Pederson has played in place of Puig twice and Kemp once this week. The Dodger outfield is crowded, but Pederson could see some major time down the stretch. He hit .303 with 33 home runs and 78 RBI at Triple-A this year.
Yasiel Puig, CFCold9/6/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is out of the starting lineup against on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Joc Pederson is starting in center field over Puig. All indications point to Pederson beginning to get regular time in the outfield, so Puig's value is going to take a hit the rest of the month.
Josh Beckett, SP9/5/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett (hip) admitted Friday that he will not return before the end of the 2014 season.
Insight: Beckett (6-6, 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) has been really slow to recover from the right hip impingement and is likely to undergo surgery. Beckett could even retire. The pitcher has not brought up retirement, but he also has not said he will be definitely be back in 2015.
Hanley Ramirez, SS9/3/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a career 10-for-22 (.455) against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Ramirez can't find his swing of late, going 0-for-16 over his last four games. This isn't the same hitter who dominated last season. He's batting just .264 with 13 HR and 60 RBI. Good, but not great.
Matt Kemp, OFHot9/3/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is a career .429 hitter (6-for-14) with two home runs versus Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Kemp isn't the guy we remember from 2011, but he's produced much better than last season, batting .281 with 17 HR and 66 RBI. Kemp is batting .333 over the past two weeks (11 games) with a .999 OPS.
Matt Kemp, OF8/31/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run against the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: Kemp has been getting consistent at-bats since the All-Star break, but hasn't been doing as much with them lately. After a great July, Kemp cooled off in August, hitting .248, but he did have five home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI in the month as well.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/31/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez recorded four hits on Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Gonzalez had a hit in every game of the weekend series against the Padres, but was just 2-for-10 in the first two games combined. Gonzalez is hitting .279 with only 19 home runs, but he does have 35 doubles and close to the top of the league with 91 RBI.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP8/31/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on four hits against the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: It's a great sign considering the Dodgers just activated him from the disabled list Sunday afternoon. Ryu had not pitched since August 13 because of a straind glute. He is 14-6 with a 3.18 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 144 and 1/3 innings this year.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP8/31/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) has been activated and return to Dodgers starting rotation on Sunday.
Insight: Ryu has been out since Aug. 13 due to a strained glute but made it through a simulated game on Wednesday without issue. He has a 13-6 record, 3.28 ERA, 1.19 WHIP in 137 1/3 innings this year.
Juan Uribe, 3B8/31/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and should be back in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Justin Turner has been playing third in Uribe's absence and will be relegated back to a backup role. Uribe is batting .293 with six homers and 35 RBI in 81 games.
Zack Greinke, SP8/31/2014 8:58:00 AM
Description: Another solid outing from Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke who went eight innings yielding just four hits and one earned run.
Insight: Greinke earned a no-decision because the Dodgers' bats were equally inept against Padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Yasiel Puig, CFCold8/30/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers lineup Saturday.
Insight: Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly gave Puig Friday off to try and give him a breather. Puig is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. Andre Ethier played center field on Friday and returns to the bench on Saturday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/30/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman is a career .212 hitter (7-for-33) with home run and four RBI against Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Gonzalez returned to action on Friday, going 1-for-6 in the extra-inning loss. The first baseman was hitting .667 in his three games prior to sitting out Wednesday's game due to a stiff back.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/30/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Despite his career struggles against Padres starter Andrew Cashner, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 on Friday night.
Insight: Ramirez came into the game 1-for-14 versus Cashner. The shortstop tied the game with a third-inning RBI double off the Padre starter and then tied the game at two with a solo home run off reliever Dale Thayer in the eighth. Ramirez came into the game just 1-for-12 since returning from the disabled list, so perhaps he has broken out of his funk.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP8/29/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) plans to rejoin the Dodgers starting rotation on Sunday.
Insight: Ryu has been out since Aug. 13 due to a strained glute but made it through a simulated game on Wednesday without issue. He has a 13-6 record, 3.28 ERA, 1.19 WHIP in 137 1/3 innings this year.
Juan Uribe, 3B8/29/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) ran the bases without any pain on Friday, and is still expected to return the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Running the bases was the last hurdle Uribe had to overcome before returning. The third baseman has been taking batting practice all week with no issues. Justin Turner has been playing third in Uribe's absence and will be relegated back to a backup role.
Yasiel Puig, CFCold8/29/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers lineup Friday night.
Insight: Puig has been slumping and does not have good career numbers against Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner. Andre Ethier will play center field on Friday, and Puig will return on Friday.
Yasiel Puig, CFCold8/29/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 1-for-11 with four strikeouts against Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Puig is hitting .301/.388/.495 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI and 71 runs this year. He's hitless in his last three games (0-for-14) and this unfavorable matchup doesn't figure to help those numbers.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/29/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is just 1-for-14 (.071) versus Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Ramirez (.270, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 12 SB) is well off last year's pace, but still provides solid shortstop production. Probably not Friday, however.
Scott Van Slyke, RF8/28/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday's game after turning his right ankle chasing down a ball in right center.
Insight: X-rays were negative. Van Slyke was a great fantasy option Wednesday and went 1-for-2 with a solo homer before leaving, but doesn't see much regular time. He should miss the next few days.
Scott Van Slyke, RF8/27/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday's game in the bottom of the fourth inning with an apparent ankle injury. He twisted his ankle while chasing a ball in left center field but walked off under his own power.
Insight: With a career .438 average, four home runs and five RBI versus Arizona starting pitcher Wade Miley and a 1.042 OPS against southpaws this season, Van Slyke was a great fantasy option Wednesday. He went 1-for-2 with a solo homer before leaving.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot8/27/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in the lineup Wednesday at Arizona. Justin Turner is starting at first base and Miguel Rojas is at third. UPDATE: Gonzalez is dealing with back stiffness, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .325 with 19 RBI and a .892 OPS in August, but he's hitting just .185 with a .512 OPS against lefties this season and is 4-for-18 (.222) against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley.
Carl Crawford, LFHot8/27/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the lineup Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: Crawford is batting .338 with 14 runs and seven steals in August, but he'll get a day off with lefty Wade Miley on the mound. Scott Van Slyke, who has eight doubles, seven homers and 17 walks in 102 plate appearances against lefties this season, is starting in left field.
Matt Kemp, OF 8/27/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer and went 2-for-4 with a walk Tuesday at Arizona.
Insight: Kemp has batted .295 with eight homers, 26 RBI, three steals and a .915 OPS in 129 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .269 with eight homers, 35 RBI, three steals and a .760 OPS before the break.
Scott Van Slyke, RF8/27/2014 1:06:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke is a career .438 hitter with four home runs and five RBI versus Arizona starting pitcher Wade Miley.
Insight: Van Slyke has hits in his last five appearances, going 6-for-12, during that stretch. In 170 at-bats this season, Van Slyke is hitting .265 with nine home runs, 11 doubles and 20 RBI.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot8/27/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a lifetime .222 hitter (4-for-18) against Arizona starter Wade Miley.
Insight: Gonzalez continued his hot August with a single, RBI and two runs on Tuesday. This month, he is batting .325 with 19 RBI and a .892 OPS. He is also 6-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in the last three games. With those numbers, it might be hard to sit him, but be aware of his lack of success against Miley.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP8/26/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) could rejoin the rotation Sunday against the Padres, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ryu has been out since Aug. 13 due to a strained glute. He'll throw a simulated game Wednesday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot8/26/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a lifetime .458 hitter against Arizona starter Trevor Cahill, including a pair of long balls and seven RBI.
Insight: Gonzalez is putting together his best month since April, batting .325 with an .897 OPS. For the season he's hitting .275 with 18 homers, 89 RBI and a .795 OPS. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot8/24/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has gone 43-for-125 (.344) with 14 doubles, four homers and 29 RBI since the All-Star break.
Insight: Gonzalez, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles Sunday against the Mets, is now hitting .275 with 18 homers, 89 RBI and a .795 OPS on the year. He was batting .250 with a .741 OPS at the break.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/24/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been activated from the disabled list (oblique strain) and is back in the starting lineup, batting fifth.
Insight: This was the first day Ramirez (.277, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 12 SB) was eligible to be activated.The talented shortstop has missed games with shoulder, calf and wrist injuries this season, but this was his first trip to the DL.
Yasiel Puig, CF8/24/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets, but has returned for Sunday's contest.
Insight: Puig is hitting .307/.389/.504 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI and 70 runs this year. He'll bat second.
A.J. Ellis, C8/23/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Ellis had a double on Friday, but it was his first base-hit since August 16. The catcher is mostly used for his defense as he is hitting .182 with one home run and 14 RBI in 203 at-bats this year.
Yasiel Puig, CF8/23/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: It is just a normal rest day for Puig. He is hitting .307/.389/.504 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI this year.
Dee Gordon, 2B 8/23/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon broke out of a 2-for-18 mini-slump with three hits Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Gordon has put his speed to great use this season. He leads baseball with 57 steals, 11 triples and 50 infield hits. No other player has more than 33 infield hits.
Dan Haren, SP8/23/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Dan Haren fired seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Mets to win his 11th game of the year. He didn't walk a batter, struck out six and allowed three hits.
Insight: Haren has gone 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA over his last four starts after going 0-5 with a 10.03 ERA in his previous five.
Carl Crawford, LFHot8/22/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Crawford has batted .338 with six steals and 11 runs in August, but the team will give him a day off with left-hander Jon Niese on the hill for New York. Lefty masher Scott Van Slyke is in the lineup in Crawford's place.
Clayton Kershaw, SP8/21/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Although Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw leads the league in win percentage, ERA and WHIP he's not been pitching up to his season-long standards.
Insight: Kershaw is 14-3 with a 1.86 ERA and 0.839 OPS for the season, but just 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 0.92 OPS in his last three starts.
Zack Greinke, SP8/20/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke's next start has been pushed back to Saturday due to his elbow soreness, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Greinke was supposed to start Thursday against the Padres, but Clayton Kershaw will start instead. Greinke will get the Mets Saturday if he's able to take the mound.
Dee Gordon, 2BCold8/20/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Padres after going 0-for-12 in his last three games.
Insight: Darwin Barney, who is 6-for-12 (.500) with four doubles, a homer and two walks against Eric Stults, is starting and leading off.
Zack Greinke, SP8/20/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke is questionable for Thursday's start due to elbow soreness, according ot Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after Tuesday's game that Greinke is a "possibility" to start Thursday. He downplayed the soreness earlier in the day, calling it standard for a long season.
Carl Crawford, LFHot8/20/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 3-for-3 with a homer, three RBI, a walk, three runs and a stolen base Tuesday against San Diego.
Insight: Crawford has stolen a base in five of his last six games and is hitting .344 in August. He's 5-for-10 (.500) with a triple and a homer against Padres starter Eric Stults, so get him in your lineup Wednesday.
Zack Greinke, SP8/19/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: According to Eric Stephen of SB Nation's truebluela.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Zack Greinke has been dealing with elbow soreness.
Insight: Mattingly said it's standard soreness and nothing that will keep him from the mound. Greinke hasn't won since July 25, but he's been pitching well (2.79 ERA since All-Star break).
Andre Ethier, OF8/19/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier is hitting a career .324 against San Diego starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Ehtier has had to battle to get playing time this season, but it would be wise for Don Mattingly to play Ethier tonight.
Dee Gordon, 2BHot8/16/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has gone 7-for-13 with five steals and six runs in his last three games.
Insight: Gordon leads the majors with 56 steals and is hitting .293 with 69 runs. He's surprisingly been very consistent, hitting at least .286 in four of the five months this season, hitting above .289 against both lefties and righties and above .287 both home and away.
Juan Uribe, 3B8/16/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe expects to go on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Justin Turner is starting at third base Saturday night. Los Angeles has lost Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Maholm, Chris Perez and Uribe to the DL in August alone.
Yasiel Puig, CF8/16/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig has gone 6-for-8 with a double and three RBI the past two games.
Insight: Puig has only hit two homers and driven in 20 runs in his last 65 games, but he's put up 20 doubles, six triples, 38 runs and a .292 average in that span.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP8/15/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right gluteus muscle.
Insight: Ryu left his last start with the injury. The Dodgers' rotation has taken a hit this month with both Ryu and Josh Beckett going on the disabled list. The team acquired Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez to plug the holes and both will be in the rotation for at least two more weeks.
Dee Gordon, 2B8/14/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon went into the game hitless versus Braves starter Aaron Harang, but still produced big fantasy numbers.
Insight: Gordon banged out three hits, walked once, scored four times and raised his league-leading stolen base total to 54 with two more steals. It was his first multi-hit game since Aug. 5.
Roberto Hernandez, SPHot8/14/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Roberto Hernandez has gone 4-0 in his last six starts after getting the win Thursday afternoon versus Atlanta.
Insight: Hernandez went six innings yielding just one run on three hits. He even struck out five batters. He's not going to help your strikeout total much, but the former Fausto Carmona should continue to be a boon to three pitching categories - wins, ERA, WHIP.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP8/14/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu left Wednesday's start with right gluteus muscle strain, reports Mark Saxon.
Insight: Ryu pointed to his hamstring when the Dodgers' trainer came out to check on him. A trip to the disabled list is likely.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/14/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, on the disabled list with an oblique strain, played catch Wednesday.
Insight: Ramirez (.277, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 12 SB) is eligible to return on Aug. 24, but the real test will be when he tries to swing the bat at game speed. The talented shortstop has missed games with shoulder, calf and wrist injuries this season, but this is his first trip to the DL.
Roberto Hernandez, SPHot8/14/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Roberto Hernandez has gone 3-0 in his last five starts with an ERA of 2.08 and a 0.750 WHIP.
Insight: He's not going to help your strikeout total, but the former Fausto Carmona should help you in three pitching categories - wins, ERA, WHIP.
Dee Gordon, 2B8/14/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is hitless in seven at-bats versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Gordon leads the league with 52 steals and is batting .287 with 63 runs scored, but has struggled over the past two weeks and should be avoided Thursday afternoon.
Juan Uribe, 3B8/14/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: When not injured, Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe has been reasonably productive with the bat, but we don't like him in Thursday's unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Uribe is just 2-for-16 against Braves starter Aaron Harang. Overall he's batting .296 with 35 RBI and 23 runs scored in 79 games.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot8/14/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a career .400 hitter with three home runs and a 1.405 OPS versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Gonzalez is just 3-for-11in the first three games of this four-game series after going off against Milwaukee in the preceeding series (7-for-10, three doubles, two homers). We like A-Gone to continue his climb to his career .292 batting average.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP8/13/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu left Wednesday's start with a right leg injury, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Ryu pointed to his hamstring when the Dodgers' trainer came out to check on him. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.
Juan Uribe, 3B8/13/2014 12:29:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is hitless in 13 career at-bats (5 Ks) against Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Uribe's career looked to be coming to an end when he hit .199 with a .552 OPS over 474 plate appearances in 2011-12, but he hit .278 with 12 homers and 50 RBI in 2013 and has batted .297 with six homers, 35 RBI and a .744 OPS this season. Fantasy owners looking for a cheap third base option Wednesday should look elsewhere, however.
Carl Crawford, LF8/13/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford has gone 13-for-30 (.433) in his last nine games, and he's had success against Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Crawford is 10-for-32 (.313) with two doubles, two triples and five steals against the Atlanta right-hander. He's a decent option Wednesday.
Dan Haren, SP 8/12/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Dan Haren has allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out 11 in 13 1/3 innings his last two starts.
Insight: Haren had a 3.57 ERA at the end of June, but he allowed 26 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings from July 5 to Aug. 1. He's bounced back his last two starts, picking up wins in both, but he still has a 4.50 ERA on the season.
Dee Gordon, 2B8/12/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is not in Tuesay's starting lineup versus Mike Minor and the Braves.
Insight: Gordon leads the league with 51 steals and is batting .286 with 63 runs scored. Darwin Barney gets the start.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot8/12/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is on fire, batting .478 over the past seven days and .357 for the last month.
Insight: Gonzalez has put together five consecutive multi-hit games including two home runs and five extra-base hits. On top of that he's 3-for-5 with a home run versus Braves starter Mike Minor. Update: Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup. Scott Van Slyke will be at first.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot8/12/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is on fire, batting .478 over the past seven days and .357 for the last month.
Insight: Gonzalez has put together five consecutive multi-hit games including two home runs and five extra-base hits. On top of that he's 3-for-5 with a home run versus Braves starter Mike Minor. He's a must start.
Kevin Correia, SP8/11/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Kevin Correia won his first start with the Dodgers by holding the Braves to one run on four hits in six innings Monday night.
Insight: Correia had a 4.94 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP and 61 Ks in 129 1/3 innings with the Twins. He pitched in the NL from 2003-12 and went 60-65 with a 4.54 ERA, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect any miracles from his move back to the Senior Circuit.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot8/10/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had his fourth straight multi-hit game Sunday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Gonzalez has gone 9-for-14 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI in that span. The first baseman hit just three home runs in a 67-game span from May 22 to Aug. 7, but he continued to drive in runs during that time and is up to 79 RBI, tied for first in the NL, following Sunday's game.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot8/10/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw held the Brewers to one run on six hits in eight innings Sunday to improve to 14-2 on the season.
Insight: In other news, the sky is blue. Kershaw now has a 1.78 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and a 163/19 K/BB in 136 1/3 innings this season.
Kevin Correia, SP 8/10/2014 12:59:00 PM
Description: The Twins have traded Kevin Correia to the Dodgers for a player to be named later.
Insight: Correia could start Monday against the Braves. The right-hander has a 4.94 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP and 61 Ks in 129 1/3 innings this season, so he's a terrible fantasy option in all formats.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/10/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list with an oblique strain, but manager Don Mattingly thinks he'll be back when he's first eligible.
Insight: Ramirez is eligible to return on Aug. 24. The talented shortstop has missed games with shoulder, calf and wrist injuries this season, but this is his first trip to the DL.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/9/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Friday's game with soreness in his right side and is not in Saturday's starting lineup. Results of an MRI are not yet available.
Insight: He's considered day-to-day, but knowing his injury history he'll probably be sidelined for a couple of days.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/9/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Friday's game with soreness in his right side and will have an MRI Saturday.
Insight: He's considered day-to-day, but knowing his injury history he'll probably be sidelined for a couple of days.
Hanley Ramirez, SS8/8/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Friday's game with soreness in his right side.
Insight: He was removed as a precaution, according to the Dodgers on Twitter. He's day-to-day.
Josh Beckett, SP8/7/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett went for an MRI on his hip and is expected to be placed on the disabled list, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Beckett (6-6, 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) could be done for the season. Newly acquired Roberto Hernandez will make the start on Friday.
Dee Gordon, 2B8/3/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus Edwin Jackson and the Cubs.
Insight: Gordon leads the league with 51 steals and is batting .295 with 61 runs scored. Justin Turner will get the start and with his .304 batting average and .792 OPS has fantasy value.
Yasiel Puig, RF8/3/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was not in Saturday's starting lineup due to a sore left hamstring, but did pinch hit.
Insight: Puig (.321, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 62 R, .956 OPS) is probable for Sunday's game. He's 14-for-30 over his last eight games (.467).
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B8/2/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, injured on a slide at home Friday night, is not in Saturday's starting lineup
Insight: Gonzalez had just two homers in July, but he still has 15 homers, 71 RBI, 53 runs and a .776 OPS on the year. Justin Turner should get the start at first base.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot8/2/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is not in Saturday's starting lineup due to a sore left hamstring.
Insight: Puig (.319, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 62 R, .956 OPS) left Friday's game early so this isn't unexpected. He's 13-for-29 over his last seven games (.448).
Paul Maholm, SP8/2/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Paul Maholm will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Maholm offered nothing to fantasy owners with a 1-5 record, 4.84 ERA and 1.56 WHIP.
Joc Pederson, OF8/2/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: It's no wonder Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson was wanted by other teams at the trade deadline as he's batting .311 with 23 HR, 56 RBI, 25 SB and a 1.013 OPS over 95 games.
Insight: The 22-year-old's problem is the crowded Dodgers outfield in front of him and until that situation changes he'll be stuck in the minors, but expect something to happen before next spring.
Matt Kemp, OFHot8/1/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp has gone 17-for-37 (.459) with a double, a triple, three homers and 11 RBI over his last 10 games.
Insight: Kemp has raised his average 21 points and his OPS 64 points in that span. He's now hitting .286 with 11 homers, 46 RBI, 42 runs and an .816 OPS in 385 plate appearances.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot8/1/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig has gone 12-for-26 (.462) with three doubles, four triples and a homer in his last six games.
Insight: Puig (.319, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 61 R, .958 OPS) has hit just two homers and driven in 16 runs in his last 51 games, but he's continued to pick up extra-base hits, score runs, and hit for a high average in that span.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot8/1/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw threw his second straight complete game Thursday against Atlanta and is now 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.
Insight: Kershaw is the frontrunner to win his third NL Cy Young Award. In his last eight starts, Kershaw has gone 7-0 with a 0.68 ERA, a 0.62 WHIP and a 79/7 K/BB in 66 innings.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is 10-for-26 (.385) with five home runs versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Though not having a monster season like a year ago, Ramirez is still a top fantasy shortstop batting .281 with 11 HR, 52 RBI, 48 runs, 12 steals and an .842 OPS.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/27/2014 12:31:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has gone 4-for-9 with a double and two RBI since he returned from a hand injury, but he's 1-for-17 (.059) with five strikeouts in his career against Giants starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: San Francisco acquired Peavy from the Red Sox on Saturday. Ramirez is hitting .278 with 11 homers, 12 steals, 51 RBI and an .840 OPS this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/26/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Ramirez hasn't been able to produce as he did in 2013, but he's still a .275 hitting shortstop with 11 HR and 50 RBI. Avoid him Saturday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/25/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hand) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Ramirez was hit in the left wrist by a 99 mph fastball from Trevor Rosenthal Sunday and sat out the last three games.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/25/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is back in the starting lineup Friday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch and was out of the starting lineup the last four games, though he did walk as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday.
Dee Gordon, 2B7/25/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is just 1-for-16 against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Gordon leads the league with 45 steals and is batting .294 with 54 runs scored, but this matchup should probably be avoided.
Dan Haren, SPCold7/23/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Dan Haren's miserable July continued Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Haren gave up five runs in five innings. He's allowed 20 runs on 28 hits (5 HR) in 19 innings this month and now has a 4.49 ERA. He entered the month with a 3.57 ERA.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/23/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) walked in a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative, but he hasn't been in the starting lineup in four straight games.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/23/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hand) is out Wednesday.
Insight: Ramirez was hit in the left wrist by a 99 mph fastball from Trevor Rosenthal Sunday and will miss his third straight game.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/23/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is out of the lineup again Wednesday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative, but he'll miss his fourth straight game Wednesday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B7/22/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gonzalez hadn't homered since July 1 and has hit just three in his last 53 games, but he still has 15 homers, 65 RBI, 49 runs and a .763 OPS on the year.
Josh Beckett, SP7/22/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett allowed three homers and four runs in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) was making his first start since July 6. He's attempting to pitch through a torn labrum and two cysts in his left hip.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/22/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hand) is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: X-rays were negative, but Ramirez is still feeling the pain of a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/22/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is once again not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. Both he and Hanley Ramirez will sit this one out, taking a huge piece of the Los Angeles offense with them. Puig is batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals.
Josh Beckett, SP7/22/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday's scheduled start against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered a left hip impingement while running the bases on July 6.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/22/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a second X-ray on his left hand and passed the test.
Insight: We'd like to see him back on the field Tuesday, but the oft-injured shortstop might miss a little more time.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/22/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) had a second x-ray on his hand and it too came back negative.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. He's batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals. The Dodgers need him back, with Hanley Ramirez also sidelined, and we expect him back on the field soon, possibly Tuesday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP7/21/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu improved to 11-5 with a victory over the Pirates Monday.
Insight: Ryu allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out five over seven innings. He's given up seven hits and two runs over 13 innings in two starts since he was bombed for seven runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 on July 8 at Detroit.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B7/21/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and one RBI Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gonzalez is still driving in runs, but he's homered twice in his last 52 games and is batting .256 with a .754 OPS on the year.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/21/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in Monday's starting lineup. He was hit twice in Sunday night's game, the last time by a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball, and was forced from the game.
Insight: He also collided with Matt Holliday in the field Saturday night. Ramirez's X-rays showed no breaks, but knowing his past injury history he'll likely miss a few days.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/21/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) was not in the lineup Sunday and will also miss Monday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative and he's day-to-day.
Dee Gordon, 2B7/21/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is just 1-for-10 with five strikeouts against Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Gordon leads the league with 44 steals and is batting .296 with 53 runs scored, but this matchup should probably be avoided.
Josh Beckett, SP7/21/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday's scheduled start against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered a left hip impingement while running the bases on July 6.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/21/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) was not in the lineup Sunday and is doubtful for Monday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative and he's day-to-day.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/21/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was hit twice in Sunday night's game the last time by a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball and was forced from the game.
Insight: He also collided with Matt Holliday in the field Saturday night. Ramirez's X-rays showed no breaks, but he'll likely have another one done and could miss a day.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/20/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. His X-rays came back negative and he's day-to-day.
Yasiel Puig, RF7/19/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig had to leave Saturday's game after being hit with a pitch on his left hand.
Insight: Puig was 0-for 1 before being lifted from the game. He's batting .308 with 12 HR and 52 RBI this season.
Matt Kemp, OF7/19/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Kemp (.266, 8 HR, 35 RBI) has stayed healthy this season, but he hasn't regained his 30-30 form and has been part of some trade rumors. Kemp is just 1-for-6 against today's scheduled starter for St. Louis Joe Kelly.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B7/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-7 with a couple of extra-base hits against youngster Joe Kelly.
Insight: Gonzalez is still knocking in runs, but his .251 batting average is 40 points below his career average. Hopefully the four-day break did him good.
Josh Beckett, SP7/18/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the team is optimistic Josh Beckett could be ready to start Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered a left hip impingement while running the bases on July 6.
Joc Pederson, OFHot7/15/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson (separated right shoulder) didn't miss a beat despite the time sidelined by the injury.
Insight: Pederson is 7-for-17 since his return to raise his season totals to .324, 17 HR, 43 RBI, 1.017 OPS. The 22-year-old's problem is the crowded Dodgers outfield in front of him and until that situation changes he'll be stuck in the minors or trade material.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP7/13/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings his last time out at Detroit, but he got some relief in the form of the San Diego Padres Sunday.
Insight: Ryu (10-5, 3.44 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) limited the league's worst offense to two hits over six scoreless innings and struck out a season-high 10 batters.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/11/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is not expected to start again until after the All-Star break, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Ramirez has been dealing with right shoulder soreness on and off all season and he had a flare-up on Thursday.
Joc Pederson, OF7/9/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson has returned to the lineup for Triple-A Albuquerque, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Pederson has been out since June 24 with a separated right shoulder. He has hit .319 with 17 homers, 20 steals and a 1.005 OPS for Albuquerque this season.
Matt Kemp, OF7/9/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp has gone hitless in 18 career at-bats against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Kemp (.275, 8 HR, 34 RBI) has stayed healthy this season, but he hasn't regained his 30-30 form. He's followed up a 0-for-16 stretch with seven hits in his last nine at-bats, but he shouldn't be used Wednesday against Scherzer.
Josh Beckett, SP7/8/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered the injury while running the bases during his last start. The All-Star break may allow Beckett to miss only one start before returning on July 22 at Pittsburgh.
Josh Beckett, SP7/6/2014 8:50:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett left after five innings after injuring his hip while running the bases.
Insight: Pitchers simply shouldn't run bases, only bad things can happen. Seriously, it doesn't appear that it will change his next start, but we will keep on top of it. He had thrown five shut out innings and did get the win.
Dee Gordon, 2B7/5/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Yasiel Puig will leadoff for the Dodgers with Miguel Rojas getting the start at 2B. Gordon leads the league with 41 steals, though he has been caught nine times.
Scott Van Slyke, RF7/5/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke is hitless in 12 at-bats against Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Insight: Van Slyke is hitting the ball well this season (.268, 8 HR, 15 RBI in 112 at-bats, but this matchup should be avoided.
Matt Kemp, OF7/5/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp sat Friday night, but should be back in the lineup on Saturday due to an extremely favorable matchup.
Insight: Kemp is 15-for-33 (.455) with three homers and 12 RBI against Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
Matt Kemp, OF7/4/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: It appears to be a routine day of rest for the outfielder. Kemp had a solid June, batting .317 with a .900 OPS, but is hitless in the first three games in July.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/3/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) is back in the lineup Thursday at Colorado.
Insight: Ramirez missed four straight games from June 24-27 with a shoulder injury and then strained his left calf on June 28 after returning to the starting lineup, but he won't need additional time off.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP7/2/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was in line for his 10th win of the season Wednesday against the Indians, but Los Angeles' bullpen blew a one-run lead in the eighth.
Insight: Ryu (9-4, 3.08 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) allowed two runs on seven hits and had an 8/0 K/BB in seven innings. The left-hander hasn't regressed in his second season after going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP as a rookie.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/2/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) is not in the lineup Wednesday, and manager Don Mattingly said the team will decide soon whether or not to place him on the DL, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: The latest the Dodgers will wait is Thursday. Ramirez missed four straight games from June 24-27 with a shoulder injury and then strained his left calf on June 28 after returning to the starting lineup.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B 7/2/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is out of the lineup Wednesday due to a neck injury, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
Insight: Gonzalez was just starting to get his bat going again. He has hit .289 with six doubles, two homers and 14 RBI over his last 20 games after batting .133 (8-for-60) with zero homers from May 22 to June 8.
Carl Crawford, LF7/1/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford (ankle) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Crawford hasn't played since May 27 due to an ankle sprain. He was hitting .267 with four homers, 18 RBI, 21 runs and nine steals prior to his injury.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/1/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Ramirez, who pinch hit Monday, has a left calf strain and knowing how injury prone the shortstop is, manager Don Mattingly is being very careful about pushing him back in the lineup before he is ready.
Hanley Ramirez, SS7/1/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) was not in the lineup Monday, but did get in as a pinch hitter.
Insight: Ramirez has a left calf strain and knowing how injury prone the shortstop is, manager Don Mattingly is being very careful about pushing him back in the lineup before he is ready.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/30/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) is not in the lineup Monday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Ramirez has been dealing with irritation in his shoulder for a few weeks and now he has a left calf strain to worry about.
Andre Ethier, OF6/29/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier hit his first homer since May 27 Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: Ethier was once a 30-homer bat and had at least 20 four times. However, he has four homers this season to go with a .248 average and a .666 OPS. He's not a fantasy option, even in NL-only formats.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot6/29/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was brilliant again Sunday, striking out 13 batters over seven scoreless innings to win his sixth straight start.
Insight: Kershaw has thrown 24 straight scoreless innings with 36 Ks in his last three starts. He went 6-0 with a 0.81 ERA, a 0.68 WHIP and a 61/4 K/BB over 44 innings in June.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/29/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) was a late add to the lineup Saturday, but left after two at-bats and is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: We suspected the team just pulled him after the Dodgers posted a six-spot in the second inning to give him more rest since he had missed the past four games due to injury, but he may also be dealing with a calf injury.
Justin Turner, SS6/29/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers infielder Justin Turner left Saturday's game against St. Louis with an apparent strained left hamstring.
Insight: Turner has been hitting well, batting .302 with three homers, 21 RBI and a .792 OPS. He's played 2B, 3B and shortstop this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/29/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) was a late add to the lineup Saturday, but left after two at-bats.
Insight: We suspect the team just pulled him after the Dodgers posted a six-spot in the second inning to give him more rest since he had missed the past four games due to injury.
Dee Gordon, 2BHot6/28/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has added 21 points to his batting average in just four games.
Insight: Gordon went 11-for-17 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI in that span and is now hitting .297.
Zack Greinke, SP 6/28/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke threw his best start of the month to beat the Cardinals Saturday night.
Insight: Greinke (10-4, 2.78 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) lasted seven innings, walked none, struck out 10 and allowed one run on four hits. The right-hander had a 4.40 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in his previous five starts.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/28/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) has been added to the lineup Saturday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ramirez missed the last four games due to an AC joint irritation and wasn't initially in the lineup Saturday, but he worked out during pre-game warmups and is ready to play.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/28/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't start in Saturday's game against St. Louis.
Insight: It's the fifth game he's missed with shoulder irritation. Miguel Rojas (.273, 0 HR, 4 RBI) will get the start, but has no fantasy value.
Andre Ethier, OFCold6/27/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier is taking the night off Friday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: He's out with a swollen knee. Tonight's lineup will feature Scott Van Slyke (.271, 6 HR, 11 RBI) in center field with Yasiel Puig (.309, 11 HR, 45 RBI) in right and Matt Kemp (.267, 8 HR, 29 RBI) in left.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/27/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't participate in Friday's game against St. Louis. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB Nation
Insight: It's the fourth game he's missed with shoulder irritation. Miguel Rojas (.268, 0 HR, 4 RBI) is covering for him at shortstop.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/26/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: An MRI on Hanley Ramirez's right shoulder showed no structural damage. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: That's good news for fantasy owners. Consider the three-time All-Star day-to-day.
Juan Uribe, 3B6/26/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have officially activated third baseman Juan Uribe from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's batting sixth tonight against the Cardinals. Uribe (.303, 4 HR, 18 RBI) missed 34 games with a strained hamstring.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/26/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't be in the lineup Thursday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Michael Lananna, MLB.com
Insight: Ramirez (.269, 11 HR, 46 RBI) is still battling a shoulder injury. Miguel Rojas (.237, 0 HR, 4 RBI) is getting another start at shortstop.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/26/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez was out of the lineup again Wednesday and will see a doctor on Thursday, so make his questionable at best for Thursday's game with St. Louis.
Insight: Ramirez (.269, 11 HR, 46 RBI) is dealing with an irritated A/C joint in his right shoulder, an injury he also dealt with earlier in June.
Juan Uribe, 3B6/25/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe expects to be activated from the disabled list Thursday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: He's missed the last month with a strained hamstring. Justin Turner (.299, 3 HR, 19 RBI) will move back to a reserve role when Uribe (.303, 4 HR, 18 RBI) returns.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/25/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is out of the lineup again Wednesday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ramirez (.269, 11 HR, 46 RBI) is dealing with an irritated A/C joint in his right shoulder, an injury he also dealt with earlier in June.
Clayton Kershaw, SPHot6/25/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw allowed a hit to the second batter he faced Tuesday at Kansas City but threw eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 win.
Insight: Kershaw threw a no-hitter his last time out and now has a 2.24 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 94/9 K/BB. His 11.7 K/9 and 1.12 BB/9 are both career bests.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/24/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is battling an irritated A/C joint in his right shoulder. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Ramirez (.269, 11 HR, 46 RBI) missed time with a similar injury earlier this month. He's day-to-day.
Andre Ethier, OFCold6/24/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier won't be in action Tuesday against the Royals. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB Nation
Insight: Ethier (.244, 3 HR, 26 RBI) is just one for his last 15. Scott Van Slyke (.278, 6 HR, 11 RBI) is filling in at center field.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/24/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will take a seat Tuesday at Kansas City, according to Mark Saxon of espnlosangeles.com. He was spotted icing his shoulder.
Insight: Carlos Triunfel is starting at shortstop. Ramirez has hit .269 with 11 homers, 46 RBI, 38 runs, 10 steals and an .823 OPS this season. With lefty Danny Duffy starting for Kansas City, Ramirez' absence is likely injury related.
Dee Gordon, 2B6/24/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Gordon is hitting just .231 with a .594 OPS against lefties this season and he'll get a night off with Danny Duffy on the mound for Kansas City. Miguel Rojas is starting at second.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP6/22/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu won his ninth game of the year Sunday at San Diego.
Insight: Ryu threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits. The left-hander doesn't often go deep in games -- he's lasted seven innings just once in his last nine starts -- but he's managed to win nine games anyway.
Yasiel Puig, RF6/22/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is 5-for-6 against Padres starter Eric Stults.
Insight: Puig, who injured his hip earlier this week, went 0-for-3 with a walk in last night's ball game. We're expecting much better results on Sunday.
Andre Ethier, OFCold6/22/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier has done poorly in his career against Padres starter Eric Stults.
Insight: Stults hasn't fooled many hitters this season (2-9, 5.76 ERA) but for some reason, he's always given Ethier trouble (2-for-15, 2 K's). Ethier hasn't had a good series, going hitless in eight at bats.
Josh Beckett, SP6/22/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett threw all zeros Saturday in a win against the Padres.
Insight: Beckett (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 8 K's, 2 BB) has completely resurrected his career this season, going 5-4 with a flawless 2.28 ERA and a .201 batting average against in 14 starts. He's certainly done enough to warrant a spot on the National League All-Star team, which will be announced later this month.
Yasiel Puig, RF6/21/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig is starting Saturday's game against the Padres. SOURCE: Dodgers on Twitter
Insight: Puig (.324, 11 HR, 44 RBI) strained his hip in last night's loss but he's going to play through it. He'll have a chance to extend his hitting streak to six games.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/20/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is just 2-for-16 (.125) against Padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Ramirez's numbers are well off last season, batting just .261 with an .812 OPS. He's hit safely in nine of the past 10 games, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/18/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is in the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Ramirez was hit in the hand by a line drive and left Tuesday's game, but he's fine. He has nine hits, including four doubles and two homers, in 23 career at-bats against Jorge De La Rosa, so make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/18/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday's game with a right finger injury. Fortunately for the Dodgers, his X-rays came back negative. SOURCE: Mark Saxon, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: It's just a bruise. Ramirez (.260, 11 HR, 42 RBI) might miss a game or two but it's nothing for fantasy owners to be overly concerned about.
Carl Crawford, LF6/17/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford recently had an MRI on his sprained ankle. SOURCE: J.P. Hoornstra, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: He's gone back to Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, which is never a good sign. Crawford's absence has allowed Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp to play everyday, which has made life a lot easier for manager Don Mattingly.
Andre Ethier, OF6/17/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is 12-for-29 (.414) with four extra base hits and a 1.185 OPS against Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Ethier (.258, 3 HR, 26 RBI) has hit safely in eight of his past nine games and should be in Tuesday's lineup.
Chad Billingsley, SP6/16/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley will need season-ending elbow surgery. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Billingsley was diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon late last week. He's had some terrible luck the last two seasons with Tommy John surgery and now this. The 29-year-old may not be back with Los Angeles next season as there's a $3 million buyout clause in his contract.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold6/15/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is stuck in a 14-for-80 (.175) slump with zero homers, and he'll face Bronson Arroyo of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Insight: Arroyo has limited Gonzalez to five hits in 32 at-bats, a .156 average. We'd avoid the Dodgers first baseman Sunday.
Matt Kemp, OF6/15/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp has had his best month of the season in June, hitting .295 with two doubles, two triples, one homer, seven RBI, 10 runs and an .885 OPS.
Insight: Kemp will face Bronson Arroyo of the Diamondbacks Sunday. He's gone 11-for-26 (.423) with two home runs against the right-hander.
Dee Gordon, 2B6/15/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon hit his second homer of the season Saturday against Arizona.
Insight: Gordon's biggest asset is his speed (36 steals) so anytime he can muster some power it's an added bonus. The second baseman has hit just .209 over his last 28 games and .278 on the season, though with a 23.5 percent line-drive rate, a 56.1 percent ground-ball rate and a 5.0 percent infield fly-ball rate, he should have a BABIP better than .318. He's hit .565 on line drives while the league average on liners is .693 this season. If he was closer to the league average on line drives, he'd have at least five more hits and a batting average that was at least 20 points higher than .278.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/13/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks. He missed yesterday's game with a sore shoulder. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: The cortisone shot he received Wednesday must have done the trick. Ramirez is tied for third among shortstops with ten home runs this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/12/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez was given a cortisone shot on Wednesday night. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: The Dodgers aren't expecting him to play on Friday. Ramirez (.255, 10 HR, 38 RBI) missed Thursday's game with a sore shoulder.
Miguel Rojas, 3B6/12/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Dodgers infielder Miguel Rojas will make a second consecutive start at shortstop in place of injured Hanley Ramirez.
Insight: Rojas has all of six bats in the majors, so his fantasy value is still up in the air, but he did bat .302 at Albuquerque.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/12/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez, a late scratch Wednesday, is also out for Thursday's game against Cincinnati.
Insight: He's dealing with a shoulder issue. Rookie Miguel Rojas (.333, 0 HR, 1 RBI) will get another start.
Matt Kemp, OF6/11/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp was thrown out of Wednesday's game for arguing balls and strikes. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Scott Van Slyke replaced him at left field in the bottom of the second inning. Kemp is hitting just .242 in 33 at bats this month.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/11/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch Wednesday versus Cincinnati. SOURCE: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He's dealing with a shoulder issue. Rookie Miguel Rojas (.250, 0 HR, 1 RBI) got the start in his place.
Josh Beckett, SPHot6/11/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett had his best start since his no-hitter Tuesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Beckett allowed two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.35. He's 4-3 with a 1.06 WHIP and 70 Ks in 72 2/3 innings. This is the best Beckett has looked since 2011.
Andre Ethier, OF6/10/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs against Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: Ethier (.251, 3 HR, 25 RBI) hasn't played since Saturday. Not coincidently that was the day he made a bad effort on a 10th inning game-winning fly ball. Update: Ethier is in the starting lineup batting sixth and playing in center field.
Dee Gordon, 2B6/10/2014 2:35:00 PM
Description: Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon is in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gordon left Saturday's game after three innings because of a sore hip. Gordon has been a nice surprise this season, posting a .288 batting average with 33 runs scored and 36 stolen bases in his first 60 games.
Andre Ethier, OF6/10/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs against Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: Ethier (.251, 3 HR, 25 RBI) hasn't played since Saturday. Not coincidently that was the day he made a bad effort on a 10th inning game-winning fly ball.
Scott Van Slyke, RF6/9/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke went 3-for-3 with two homers, two walks, four RBI and three runs Monday against the Reds.
Insight: Van Slyke is now second to Yasiel Puig among Dodgers outfielders in home runs with six, which says a lot because he has just 72 at-bats while Matt Kemp has 193, Andre Ethier has 175 and Carl Crawford has 150. He's also walked 18 times and has a 1.060 OPS.
Carl Crawford, LF6/9/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford doesn't have full strength back in his left ankle, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Crawford (.267, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 9 SB) is unlikely to be activated when he's first eligible on Thursday. He's been out since May 28 with a sprained left ankle.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold6/9/2014 3:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. The bad news is that Gonzalez is struggling with the bat (.247), particularly against left-handers (.164). With the left-handed Tony Cingrani on the hill, it's a good time to let him rest.
Dee Gordon, 2B6/9/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Dodgers infielder Dee Gordon is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gordon departed Saturday's game after three innings due to right hip discomfort. Chone Figgins started Sunday and will be in the lineup on Monday as well. Gordon has been a nice surprise this season, beating out Cuban Alex Guerrero in preseason and then posting a .284 batting average with 33 runs scored and 36 stolen bases.
Scott Van Slyke, RF6/9/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke will get the start on Monday in center field.
Insight: Van Slyke is batting .246 this season with a .924 OPS though he has never faced Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/9/2014 2:59:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig (.335, 11 HR, 40 RBI, 33 runs, 6 SB) is back in the lineup Monday versus Cincinnati.
Insight: Puig suffered a hip flexor injury when he slid into second base during Adrian Gonzalez's ground-ball double play in the fourth inning Saturday and missed Sunday's game.
Dee Gordon, 2B6/8/2014 2:31:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's "fairly confident" the hip injuries of Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon are "nothing long term." SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, mlb.com.
Insight: Gordon departed Saturday's game after three innings due to right hip discomfort. Chone Figgins started at second base and led off Sunday.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/8/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's "fairly confident" the hip injuries of Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon are "nothing long term." SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, mlb.com.
Insight: Puig suffered a hip flexor injury when he slid into second base during Adrian Gonzalez's ground-ball double play in the fourth inning Saturday. He left the game and wasn't in Sunday's lineup.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/8/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hip) is not in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: Puig suffered a hip flexor injury when he slid into second base during Adrian Gonzalez' ground-ball double play in the fourth inning Saturday. If Puig has to go on the disabled list, we could see prospect Joc Pederson called up. Pederson has hit .340 with 15 homers, 13 steals and a 1.073 OPS in 57 games with Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
Dee Gordon, 2B6/8/2014 12:59:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers announced that second baseman Dee Gordon (hip) is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Gordon departed Saturday's game after three innings due to right hip discomfort. Chone Figgins is starting at second base and leading off Sunday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold6/8/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hasn't been a hitter who struggles against southpaws in his career, but he's hitting just .169 with 23 Ks in 71 at-bats against them in 2014.
Insight: The bad news is that Gonzalez has gone 8-for-58 (.138) with zero home runs in his last 16 games and will face a lefty Sunday against the Rockies. The good news is that the lefty is Jorge De La Rosa, who has allowed Gonzalez to bat .382 with two doubles and three homers in 34 career at-bats against him.
Hanley Ramirez, SS6/8/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has hit .381 with four doubles, a homer and four walks against Jorge De La Rosa, who will start Sunday for the Rockies against Los Angeles.
Insight: Ramirez hit .345 with 20 home runs, 57 RBI, 62 runs, 10 steals and a 1.040 OPS in just 304 at-bats last year, prompting many fantasy owners to pick him in the first round. With a .254 average, nine homers, 35 RBI, 28 runs, eight steals and a .794 OPS, he's had a solid year but hasn't lived up to those lofty expectations.
Matt Kemp, CFCold6/8/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp hasn't homered in his past 21 games and batted .156 in his last 13, but he has a favorable matchup Sunday at Colorado.
Insight: Kemp is 11-for-29 (.379) with three doubles and three homers lifetime against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa and he also went 2-for-4 with a triple yesterday.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/7/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left Saturday's game at Colorado with a hip flexor injury, according to the Dodgers' television broadcast.
Insight: Puig suffered the injury when he slid into second base during Adrian Gonzalez' ground-ball double play in the fourth inning. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field, but if Puig has to go on the disabled list we could see prospect Joc Pederson called up. Pederson has hit .340 with 15 homers, 13 steals and a 1.073 OPS in 57 games with Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
Dee Gordon, 2B6/7/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers announced that second baseman Dee Gordon left Saturday's game with right hip discomfort.
Insight: Gordon departed the game after three innings and was replaced by Chone Figgins. He's day-to-day.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot6/7/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left Saturday's game at Colorado with an apparent injury.
Insight: The Dodgers' television network captured Puig limping as he ran to his position and he appeared to grab at his lower back at one point. We should know what's ailing him soon. Dee Gordon also left the game with an injury.
Dee Gordon, 2B6/7/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon left Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Chone Figgins took over at second base for Gordon. We should know what's wrong with Gordon soon.
Chad Billingsley, SP6/6/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley could begin a minor-league rehab assignment as early as this weekend.
Insight: The Dodgers' rotation is already pretty strong, so even if Billingsley proves to be healthy there may not be a spot open.
Juan Uribe, 3B6/6/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe (right hamstring strain) has been taking batting practice and fielding ground balls, a sign he could be back soon.
Insight: Uribe was off to a very good start, batting .303 with four homers, 18 RBI and a .785 OPS in his first 40 games. He's had a couple of hamstring pulls this season so its likely that the Dodgers will bring him back a little slower than usual.
Carl Crawford, LF6/6/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford (sprained left ankle) took batting practice Wednesday and is still on pace to return when first eligible (June 12).
Insight: Crawford is batting .267 this season with four homers, 18 RBI, 21 runs and nine steals. The crowded Dodgers outfield situation still remains and other than Yasiel Puig anyone could be out of the lineup on any given day.
Chris Withrow, RP6/3/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Dr. James Andrews will operate on Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow on Tuesday.
Insight: Withrow's Tommy John surgery will put him out of action until the middle of the 2015 season. He's a solid reliever with a 2.95 ERA, but holds no value for fantasy owners even when healthy.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/31/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez could do no wrong Saturday in a win against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Ramirez went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI. He also added his fifth steal of the season. Ramirez will finish the month with a .255 average across 106 May at bats.
Carl Crawford, LF 5/28/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford has a left ankle sprain and says he's going on the disabled list, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Crawford's X-rays came back negative but "didn't look good." With Crawford out, Matt Kemp should get back in the everyday lineup after getting benched for five straight games due to poor defense.
Andre Ethier, OF5/28/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is 0-for-18 with six strikeouts in his career against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Ethier went 2-for-4 with a triple, a homer, four RBI and two runs Tuesday and has started the past five games due to Matt Kemp's benching, but he isn't a good fantasy option overall and especially shouldn't be used Wednesday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B 5/28/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has laid waste to Homer Bailey in his previous meetings against the right-hander.
Insight: Gonzalez is 10-for-21 (.476) with two doubles and five homers against Bailey, who hasn't had a good season. Make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday.
Zack Greinke, SPHot5/28/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke won his eighth game of the year Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: Greinke (8-1, 2.18 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 76 Ks in 66 IP) struck out 11 and didn't walk anyone while allowing three runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. He was close to extending his streak of starts with no more than two earned runs to 23 but allowed a two-run homer to Devin Mesoraco with two outs in the eighth inning. He's having his best season since he won the AL Cy Young in 2009.
Andre Ethier, OF5/28/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier had a triple, a homer and four RBI Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: The Dodgers are unhappy with Matt Kemp's defense in center field and haven't started him the last five games. Ethier started all of them and is hitting .277 with three home runs, 25 RBI and a .747 OPS.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/27/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Hanley Ramirez (calf) is in the updated Dodgers lineup on Tuesday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ramirez initially wasn't in the starting lineup for the fifth straight game, but he'll play after all. That's a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners who were expecting Ramirez to go on the disabled list.
Matt Kemp, CF5/27/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is out of the lineup again Tuesday.
Insight: Kemp hasn't started since Thursday because the Dodgers have been unhappy about his defense in center field. He's expected to start doing some work in left field.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/27/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Ramirez had an MRI on his injured calf, but we have not seen the results. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly seemed pessimistic and a trip to the DL could be in the works for the oft-injured shortstop.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/27/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez missed his fourth consecutive game on Monday with a calf injury.
Insight: Ramirez had an MRI, but we have not seen the results. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly seemed pessimistic and a trip to the DL could be in the works for the oft-injured shortstop.
A.J. Ellis, C5/26/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (ankle) has landed back on the disabled list.
Insight: Ellis missed five weeks after having knee surgery and now he's dealing with a right ankle sprain. He reportedly suffered the injury during the celebration following Josh Beckett's no-hitter on Sunday when he landed on Drew Butera's discarded catcher's equipment. Butera and Tim Federowicz will handle the catching duties while Ellis is out.
Matt Kemp, CF5/26/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is not in the lineup again Monday, according to Eric Stephen of truebluela.com.
Insight: Kemp hasn't started since Thursday because the Dodgers have been unhappy about his defense in center field. He's expected to start doing some work in left field.
Matt Kemp, CF5/26/2014 7:30:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp sat again Sunday against the Phillies, but has a favorable matchup on Monday and could get back on the field.
Insight: Kemp is 6-for-12 with a pair of homers against Reds starter Johnny Cueto. Kemp hasn't started since Thursday. He's not hurt.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/26/2014 7:05:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez wasn't part of the action Sunday against the Phillies and could be out a few more days.
Insight: Ramirez will have an MRI, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that it "didn't sound very good," according to reporter Alanna Rizzo. Erisbel Arruebarrena (.300, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 664 OPS) has made the last three starts at shortstop for the Dodgers and would continue if Ramirez is sidelined.
Josh Beckett, SPHot5/25/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett fired his first career no-hitter Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: It's the first no-hitter of the 2014 season and the 283rd in major league history. Beckett froze Chase Utley on a sinker for the final out. He had retired 20 hitters in a row prior to walking Jimmy Rollins with two outs in the ninth. Beckett is now 3-1 on the season with a 2.43 ERA in nine starts.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold5/25/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez could be in for a rough afternoon Sunday versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Gonzalez is a .167 career hitter against the right-hander. He's also hitless in his last 15 at bats so maybe today isn't the best day to have him in your fantasy lineup.
Matt Kemp, CF5/25/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is sitting again Sunday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Dodgers on Twitter
Insight: Have things gotten so dire for Kemp, a former MVP runner-up, that he's reached platoon status? It sure looks that way. This wouldn't have been a good matchup for him anyway as Kemp is hitless in eight career at bats against today's probable starter A.J. Burnett.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/25/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't be in action Sunday against the Phillies. SOURCE: David Vassegh, 570 AM Los Angeles
Insight: It's the second game he's missed with a sore calf. The injury will allow Erisbel Arruebarrena (.167, 0 HR, 0 RBI) to make his third start of the year at shortstop.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/24/2014 3:14:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez was a last-minute scratch Saturday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He's battling a sore calf. Erisbel Arreuebarrena will be asked to fill in at shortstop. Ramirez (.250, 7 HR, 24 RBI) is day-to-day.
Matt Kemp, CF5/24/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp didn't play Friday against the Phillies and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier will man the outfield. Kemp is batting .265 with five homers and 13 RBI, a far cry from the guy who had a stated goal to be a 50-50 player a few years ago.
Matt Kemp, CF5/23/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp won't be in action Friday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Dodgers on Twitter
Insight: It marks Kemp's eighth absence of the season. Andre Ethier (.262, 2 HR, 21 RBI) is taking over in center field.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/23/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't start Friday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Don't panic, it's just a routine day off. Ramirez's batting average is lower than we were expecting (.251 in 183 at bats) but he's made up for it by driving in 24 runs with an OPS in the high .700s (.789).
Clayton Kershaw, SP5/23/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw took a ball off his right shin in Wednesday's batting practice, but is expected to take his turn in the rotation Friday in Philadelphia.
Insight: Kershaw had a 1.74 ERA and a 25/1 K/BB in his first three starts this season, but Arizona treated him badly in his last outing. Wild fluctuations can happen when you have just four starts. He'll try to chip away at his 4.43 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
Alex Guerrero, 2B5/22/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Alex Guerrero will need about five weeks to recover from plastic surgery. SOURCE: Danny Knobler, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Miguel Olivo, who was released by the Dodgers earlier today, bit part of Guerrero's ear off during a dugout altercation. It's a shame because both players were tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A. Guerrero (.376, 10 HR, 29 RBI in 33 games for Albuquerque) will be a candidate for promotion when the rosters expand in September, assuming he's healthy by then.
Miguel Olivo, C5/22/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers have released minor league catcher Miguel Olivo. SOURCE: Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com
Insight: Olivo got in a fight with teammate Alex Guerrero and wound up biting part of Guerrero's ear off. The veteran hit .217 in eight games for the Dodgers earlier this year.
Dee Gordon, 2B5/22/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Chone Figgins will get the start, but has little-to-no fantasy value. Gordon has been a great surprise, first winning the job in preseason and then batting .296 with 25 steals and 26 runs scored through 44 games.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot5/21/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Gonzalez didn't have a home run in 14 straight games before hitting one Sunday at Arizona, and he's followed it up with one in each of the past two games. After a few years of declining power, Gonzalez has blasted 12 homers in 175 at-bats while batting .286 with 33 RBI, 27 runs and a .916 OPS.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP5/21/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) won his fourth game of the year in his return from the disabled list Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Ryu, who had been out since April 28 with shoulder inflammation, allowed nine hits and two runs while striking out nine in six innings. He has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 45 innings.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/21/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Ramirez has doubled three times, hit three home runs and drove in nine runs over his last nine games. He's batted just .251 on the year but has contributed in other categories.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot5/21/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig hit his seventh homer of the month Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Puig has hit .403 with 22 RBI this month and .333 with 10 home runs, 37 RBI, 25 runs and a 1.037 OPS this season.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/21/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: The Dodgers placed Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Uribe suffered a more severe right hamstring strain Tuesday night that the one he dealt with earlier this month. He could be out more than 15 days. Justin Turner and Chone Figgins are expected to split time at third base.
Alex Guerrero, 2B5/21/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Dodgers top prospect Alex Guerrero needs plastic surgery after losing part of his ear in a fight with teammate Miguel Olivo. SOURCE: Jon Morosi, Fox Sports
Insight: Olivo pulled a Mike Tyson and bit part of Guerrero's ear off. Guerrero, who lost the Dodgers' starting second base job to Dee Gordon in spring training, is hitting .376 with 10 HR and 29 RBI through his first 33 games with Triple-A Albuquerque.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/21/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe could be headed to the DL after re-injuring his hamstring Tuesday against the Mets. SOURCE: Kun Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Justin Turner came in to pinch-run for Uribe in the ninth inning. He'll serve as the everyday third baseman while Uribe (.303, 4 HR, 18 RBI) recovers.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5/18/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez broke out of a slump with three hits Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Gonzalez's two-run homer in the third inning was his first since May 1st. He's hitting just .212 for the month of May (14-for-66).
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP5/18/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will come off the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Mets, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Ryu, who has been out since April 28 with shoulder inflammation, went 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in his first 39 innings. Paul Maholm will move to the bullpen.
Matt Kemp, CF5/18/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has batted .423 (11-for-26) with two homers against Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo, but he'll take a seat Sunday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Andre Ethier will start in center field with Carl Crawford in left and Yasiel Puig in right. Kemp has hit .323 in May, albeit with one homer and a .799 OPS.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold5/18/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has not had a good month of May.
Insight: He's collected 11 hits in 62 at-bats (.177). He'll also face Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo Sunday, who he's gone 5-for-32 (.156) against.
Matt Kemp, CF 5/18/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has batted .423 (11-for-26) with two homers against Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Arroyo has struggled at Chase Field this year, allowing 14 runs on 29 hits in 23 innings (5.48 ERA), so make sure Kemp is in your lineup Sunday. He has hit .323 in May, albeit with just one homer and a .799 OPS.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot5/18/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig homered for the fifth time in his last eight games Saturday night.
Insight: Puig has hit .403 with six homers and 20 RBI in 15 games this month and is hitting .329 with nine homers, 35 RBI, 22 runs, four steals and a 1.012 OPS this season. Puig has displayed much better plate discipline this season than he did in his rookie year, lowering his chase rate from 38.9 percent to 28.5 percent.
Clayton Kershaw, SP5/17/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw had one of the uglier games of his career Saturday, allowing seven earned runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Kershaw had a 1.74 ERA and a 25/1 K/BB in his first three starts this season, but Arizona treated him to an early shower Saturday. Kershaw didn't allow more than five earned runs in any regular season start last year. In fact, there were two months in which he gave up less than seven earned runs. He'll try to chip away at his 4.43 ERA and 1.34 WHIP at Philadelphia his next time out.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/16/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles 3B Juan Uribe (strained hamstring) will return to the starting lineup Friday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Uribe strained his right hamstring while running out a double-play grounder last Thursday and didn't start the last six games. He had a pinch-hit double Wednesday and is hitting .311 with 10 doubles, four homers, 17 RBI and an .817 OPS this season, though with an 18.9 percent K rate and a .362 BABIP his average will soon fall.
Scott Van Slyke, RF5/16/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke ought to get a spot start on Friday as he's 5-for-13 (.385) with two doubles and three 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 .255 this season with a .949 OPS. He's worth a flier IF he's in the starting lineup.
A.J. Ellis, C5/14/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (knee) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Ellis had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee five weeks ago. The Dodgers sent Miguel Olivo to the minors in a corresponding move.
Kenley Jansen, RP5/14/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has given up a lot of baserunners this season.
Insight: He has gone 12-for-14 in save opportunities but has a 4.34 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. In a small sample size, Jansen has a line-drive rate of 30.4 percent and a BABIP of .432. He also has a 14.95 K/9, however.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP5/13/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session since his injury on Tuesday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Ryu, who is out with shoulder inflammation, threw a 45-pitch session using all his pitches and could be back in 7-10 days.
A.J. Ellis, C5/13/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (knee) finished his rehab assignment Monday and was expected to be activated Tuesday, but he's yet to be removed from the disabled list. SOURCE: truebluela.com
Insight: Ellis had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee five weeks ago. Drew Butera is starting Tuesday, but Ellis should be back Wednesday.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/13/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles 3B Juan Uribe (strained hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, but he's available off the bench for the second straight game. according to truebluela.com.
Insight: Uribe (.306, 4 HR, 17 RBI) strained his right hamstring while running out a double-play grounder last Thursday. He should return to the lineup in a few days.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/12/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: According to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick, Los Angeles 3B Juan Uribe (strained hamstring) will be available off the bench Monday against Miami.
Insight: Uribe (.306, 4 HR, 17 RBI) will not be placed on the disabled list. It's possible he could return to the starting lineup as early as Tuesday.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/12/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe won't be in action Monday against the Marlins. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: If Uribe's strained hamstring doesn't heal quickly he could be placed on the disabled list. Justin Turner (.180, 0 HR, 4 RBI) will continue to start at third base for Los Angeles.
Carl Crawford, LFHot5/12/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the lineup for Monday's game against Miami. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He didn't start Sunday's game either. With Crawford (.255, 1 HR, 9 RBI) and Ethier (.264, 2 HR, 16 RBI) splitting time at left field, fantasy owners would be wise to look elsewhere.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/12/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe didn't start Sunday's game and is doubtful for Monday's game against Miami.
Insight: Uribe has missed the last three games with a strained hamstring. The good news is he will be available off the bench should the Dodgers need a pinch hitter or a late inning defensive replacement. Justin Turner has been filling in at third base during his absence, but is just 2-for-9 over the past three games and has little fantasy value.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot5/11/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig drilled his sixth home run of the season Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: Puig has hit .413 with 11 RBI during his 11-game hitting streak. The 23-year-old has played like an MVP this month and should be started in all fantasy leagues.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/11/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe didn't start Sunday's game against the Giants. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Uribe has missed the last three games with a strained hamstring. The good news is he will be available off the bench should the Dodgers need a pinch hitter or a late inning defensive replacement. Justin Turner (.183, 0 HR, 4 RBI) has been filling in at third base during his absence.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP5/11/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) played catch Friday and will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, according to beat reporter Eric Stephen.
Insight: Ryu is eligible to come off the DL on May 13, but won't be ready. The left-hander is out with shoulder inflammation and likely needs at least a week more.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/11/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) was not in the lineup Friday or Saturday and is questionable for Sunday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Uribe left Thursday's game due to a hamstring strain, which the team called "minor." He's day-to-day. He's batting .306 with four homers and 17 RBI.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5/11/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 9-for-20 (.450) with a pair of homers against Giants veterab right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: He's in the midst of a 2-for-20 slump, so may not be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Dee Gordon, 2BHot5/10/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and three steals Saturday against San Francisco.
Insight: We thought Billy Hamilton would be the one to approach 80+ steals in 2014, but it's Gordon (.336) who is wreaking the most havoc on the basepaths. He has 24 steals on 27 attempts in 35 games.
Zack Greinke, SPHot5/10/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke improved to 6-1 with a win over the Giants on Saturday.
Insight: Greinke tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts. The right-hander has rediscovered his 2009 Cy Young form in 2014, posting a 2.38 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 55/10 K/BB in 45 1/3 innings.
Matt Kemp, CFHot5/10/2014 12:29:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has raised his average 65 points during a 13-for-28 (.464) stretch.
Insight: Kemp went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday against the Giants and is now hitting .270 with 10 doubles, five homers, 11 RBI, three steals and an .837 OPS in 2014.
Andre Ethier, OF5/10/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is a stunning .429 hitter in 70 at-bats against Giants right-hander Matt Cain.
Insight: Ethier is batting just .248 with two homers and 16 RBI. He's simply not the hitter he once was and all his numbers are trending downward, but this is a nice matchup.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP5/9/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) played catch Friday for the first time since he went on the disabled list, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ryu is eligible to come off the DL on May 13 but won't be ready. The left-hander is out with shoulder inflammation.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/9/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) is not in the lineup Friday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com. Justin Turner will start in his place.
Insight: Uribe left Thursday's game due to a hamstring strain, which the team called "minor." He's day-to-day.
Andre Ethier, OF5/9/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is not in the starting lineup Friday night against the Giants.
Insight: Ethier has managed only three hits off Madison Bumgarner in 24 at bats (.125 AVG). Lefties in general have been giving Ethier trouble as he has just two hits in 16 at bats against them this season. Carl Crawford (2-17 against LHP) is also sitting out Friday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold5/9/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is mired in a 1-for-23 slump and Friday's matchup against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner won't help matters.
Insight: He's hitting .154 versus Bumgarner in 26 at bats. Gonzalez has seen his average fall from .321 to .273 in the last eight days.
Andre Ethier, OF5/9/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is still lost when it comes to hitting against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Ethier has managed only three hits off Bumgarner in 24 at bats (.125 AVG). Lefties in general have been giving Ethier trouble as he has just two hits in 16 at bats against them this season. Obviously, Friday isn't a good day to start Ethier (.248, 2 HR, 16 RBI) in any fantasy leagues.
Matt Kemp, CFHot5/9/2014 12:29:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is someone you want to avoid starting Friday against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: He owns a miserable .167 average against him in 24 lifetime at bats. Kemp has shown signs of life lately, hitting .429 over his last six games. With that said, this isn't a good matchup for him and it's possible Don Mattingly may keep Kemp out of the lineup on Friday for this exact reason.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP5/9/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: The Dodgers don't expect Hyun-Jin Ryu to come off the disabled list when he's first eligible on May 13th. SOURCE: Dodgers.com
Insight: He's been out with a shoulder injury but has yet to resume throwing. Before the injury, Ryu had been off to a decent start (3-2, 3.00 ERA in 39 IP). Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.70 ERA) has been filling in for Ryu in the starting rotation.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/9/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe injured his hamstring Thursday in a loss to San Francisco. SOURCE: Dodgers.com
Insight: The team called Uribe's hamstring soreness "mild" so it doesn't sound like a DL stint will be necessary. With that said, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get the night off on Friday. Chone Figgins (.167, 0 HR, 0 RBI) is a candidate to start in Uribe's place.
Andre Ethier, OF5/8/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier is getting the night off Thursday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB Nation
Insight: With Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig all healthy, it's going to be tough for Ethier to see regular at bats. His .248 batting average through 101 at bats isn't helping his case.
Joc Pederson, OF5/8/2014 2:22:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson is destroying the PCL this season.
Insight: Pederson is hitting .369 with eight homers, 17 RBI, 10 steals and a 1.107 OPS. The Dodgers outfield runs four deep so we may not see Pederson until 2015.
Dee Gordon, 2BHot5/8/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has gone 9-for-23 (.391) with a triple and three steals against San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Gordon has been a fantasy monster this season, batting .341 with 19 runs, 20 steals and an .822 OPS while carrying both shortstop and second-base eligibility. He'll get to face Vogelsong Thursday.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/8/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is a .438 lifetime hitter against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, going 7-for-16 with a double and a triple.
Insight: Uribe hit .199 with six home runs over 143 games in the first two years of a three-year contract with the Dodgers, but he rebounded to bat .278 with 12 homers and 50 RBI in 388 at-bats last year to earn a new two-year deal. He's continued to produce in 2014, batting .313 with nine doubles, four homers and 17 RBI in 131 at-bats.
Yasiel Puig, RF5/7/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (head) is back in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Puig (.309, 4 HR, 21 RBI) had missed the last two games because of headaches. However, he passed his concussion tests and is ready to go.
Carl Crawford, LF 5/6/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Back-to-back three-hit games has Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford's batting average up to .245.
Insight: Crawford is trying to dig himself out of a hole after going 4-for-45 (.089) from April 15 to May 2. He went 8-for-13 with a homer over his last four games.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/6/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez hit his fourth home run of the season Tuesday at Washington.
Insight: Ramirez is batting .267 with 15 RBI, 15 runs and three steals in 131 at-bats this season, though he does have 13 doubles.
Clayton Kershaw, SP5/6/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: In his first start in the United States in 2014, Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out nine Tuesday at Washington.
Insight: Kershaw allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings on March 22 against Arizona in Australia but went on the DL with a teres major muscle (upper back) strain soon thereafter. The 2013 NL Cy Young Award winner threw 200+ innings and struck out 200+ batters in each of the last four seasons and had aan ERA below 3.00 in each of the last five.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BCold5/6/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will get a night off Tuesday against the Nationals.
Insight: He's in the midst of a 0-for-15 slump. Scott Van Slyke will start at first base Tuesday.
Yasiel Puig, RF 5/6/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (head) passed concussion tests, but he's not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Puig (.309, 4 HR, 21 RBI) banged his head against the right field wall trying to make a game-saving catch Sunday against the Marlins and didn't take batting practice Monday because of a headache. The 23-year-old should be able to avoid the DL.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot5/5/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is out for Monday's game after injuring his head Sunday in an outfield collision. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: Puig (.309, 4 HR, 21 RBI) banged his head against the right field wall trying to make a game-saving catch. He didn't take batting practice today because of a headache. Puig initially passed all his concussion tests so the team is still cautiously optimistic he won't need to be placed on the 7-day DL.
Dee Gordon, 2BHot5/4/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Dee Gordon had a monster game Saturday in a win against the Marlins.
Insight: Gordon finished the night with five hits, two RBI and three stolen bases. A few months ago, it didn't look like Gordon would make the team out of spring training. Now he's third in the NL in batting average (.357) and first in steals (19 on 21 attempts).
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP5/2/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu is going on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Luckily, the team is getting Clayton Kershaw back on Tuesday so the loss won't sting too badly. Ryu (3-2, 3.00 ERA) should be back as soon as the 15 days are up.
Clayton Kershaw, SP5/2/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Clayton Kershaw's return has been pushed back to Tuesday. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Originally, Kershaw was supposed to start Monday's game against Washington. Back inflammation has limited the reigning Cy Young winner to just one start in 2014.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/2/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe is not in Friday night's starting lineup against Miami.
Insight: Uribe (.327, 4 HR, 15 RBI) has produced solid numbers for I guy who wasn't on radar screen at the draft. He was 5-for-8 in Thursday's double header and is just getting a day to rest.
Juan Uribe, 3B5/1/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe delivered four hits Thursday in the first game of a day/night doubleheader.
Insight: He also scored two runs as the Dodgers captured a 5-1 victory over the Twins. Uribe's resurgence has certainly been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners this season. After going undrafted in almost every format, Uribe (.324, 4 HR, 14 RBI) is now owned in a respectable 44.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
Yasiel Puig, RFHot5/1/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig jolted four hits Thursday afternoon in a victory over Minnesota.
Insight: Puig's first trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes has been a huge success. Including the second game of tonight's double-header, which is already in progress, Puig is 8-for-11 in the series with three RBI. His average is back up to .319, which is exactly what he hit last season when he finished second to Jose Fernandez in Rookie of the Year voting.
Clayton Kershaw, SP5/1/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Last year's NL Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, is ready to return from the disabled list. SOURCE: Alanna Rizzo, Dodgers.com
Insight: The plan is for him to pitch Monday against Washington. Kershaw, who has been out since late March with back inflammation, tossed five innings Wednesday in a rehab start for Double-A Chattanooga.
Clayton Kershaw, SP4/28/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Clayton Kershaw (back) will make his final rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Chattanooga, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Kershaw said Sunday he feels healthy and ready to return following his first rehab start on Saturday, but the Dodgers want him to make one more rehab start to get up to 70-80 pitches. Starting Wednesday lines him up to return to the Dodgers' rotation on May 5 at Washington.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/28/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez did not start Sunday, but did get in the game as a pinch hitter.
Insight: Ramirez sat out the start of Sunday's game because of a bruised thumb, but was obviously close to being ready since they let him pinch hit. He should be back on Tuesday.
Clayton Kershaw, SP4/27/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Clayton Kershaw (back) will make one more rehab start before returning to the Dodgers rotation and he's not happy about it. SOURCE: ESPNLosAngeles.com
Insight: "Not really," Kershaw said Sunday when asked if he was satisfied with the Dodgers' decision. "I did the best I could, but I'm not going to fight the team if everybody doesn't want me to do something." The left-hander threw his first rehab start Saturday and the Dodgers want him to get up to 80 pitches in his next one. Kershaw said he feels healthy and ready to return. "That's the hard part," he said. "You want to pitch in a game when you feel healthy."
Dee Gordon, 2BHot4/27/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon went 2-for-5 with a stolen base Sunday against the Rockies.
Insight: Gordon (.353) has hit safely in five straight games and stolen 13 bags in 14 attempts this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/27/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez hopes to return Tuesday against the Twins. SOURCE:
Insight: Ramirez is sitting out Sunday's game because of a bruised thumb. The three-time All-Star has hit .400 over his last five games (8-for-20).
Matt Kemp, CF4/27/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp has tormented Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa throughout his career.
Insight: In 26 at bats, Kemp is hitting .423 with three homers and eight RBI against the left-hander. Kemp belted a home run yesterday and could hit another one today with De La Rosa (1-3, 6.38 ERA) throwing for Colorado.
Andre Ethier, OF4/27/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier won't be an appealing fantasy option Sunday against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Insight: That's because Ethier is hitting just .158 in 19 at bats against the left-hander. As a general rule of thumb, Ethier is always a poor play against lefties. It would make sense for the Dodgers to sit him on Sunday but unfortunately, the alternative in left field would be Carl Crawford, who is also left-handed. We'll see how manager Don Mattingly fills out his lineup card in a few hours.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/27/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez bruised his thumb Saturday in a win against Colorado. SOURCE: Alanna Rizzo, Dodgers.com
Insight: He came out in the fourth inning. Even though his X-rays came back negative we doubt Ramirez (.272, 3 HR, 10 RBI) will play Sunday in the series finale. Expect utility man Justin Turner (.200, 0 HR, 4 RBI) to get the start at shortstop.
Carl Crawford, LFCold4/26/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is getting a rest Saturday against the Rockies. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: Crawford got off to a hot start but a recent 1-for-13 slump has driven his average all the way down to .209. Andre Ethier (.194, 2 HR, 13 RBI) is starting in left field on Saturday.
Juan Uribe, 3B4/26/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe will get the night off Saturday against Colorado. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: It's Uribe's first absence of the season. Mets castoff Justin Turner (.189, 0 HR, 4 RBI) will draw the start at the hot corner.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B 4/23/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is getting a routine day off Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: That will allow him to avoid lefty Cole Hamels. Gonzalez has a .722 OPS against lefties this year, compared to a 1.039 OPS against right-handers.
Carl Crawford, LFCold4/23/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford will not start Wednesday against Phillies lefty Cole Hamels.
Insight: Crawford is 1-for-14 (.071) against left-handers this season and is batting .217 with a .543 OPS and four steals in 17 games.
Dee Gordon, 2B4/23/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Dee Gordon injured his head Tuesday against the Phillies but has already passed all his concussion tests. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: He suffered the injury while sliding into second for his 12th stolen base of the season. That total leads the major leagues. Gordon's .369 average won't last but fantasy owners can always rely on his blazing speed. We wouldn't expect this ailment to sideline him for more than a day or two.
Andre Ethier, OF4/22/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier will take a seat Tuesday against the Phillies, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ethier (.220, 2 HR, 13 RBI) wasn't in Monday's lineup with lefty Cliff Lee on the mound and he won't start against right-hander A.J. Burnett either.
Matt Kemp, CFCold4/22/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has seven plate appearances against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett and has yet to put the ball in play.
Insight: Kemp has walked twice and struck out five times. He's batting .213 this season, but does have three homers. We're still searching for the 2011 version of Kemp to re-appear, but it might be a long wait.
Clayton Kershaw, SP4/21/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw is hoping to begin a rehab assignment on Friday. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Kershaw threw a simulated game on Sunday and seemed to be encouraged by how he felt. He was placed on the DL with a back injury late last month. Kershaw's return would probably bump Josh Beckett (0-0, 2.57 ERA) out of the starting rotation.
Carl Crawford, LF4/21/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford will sit out Monday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Crawford is hitting .083 against left-handers this season so it makes sense to give him the night off with Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.00 ERA) throwing for Philadelphia. Scott Van Slyke (.333, 2 HR, 4 RBI) is making his sixth start of the year in left field.
Matt Kemp, CFCold4/21/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Don't be surprised if Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is the odd man out again on Monday.
Insight: Kemp is just 1-for-15 with nine strikeouts against Phillies starter Cliff Lee. The outfield options aren't great for manager Don Mattingly with Andre Ethier 0-for-8, Scott Van Slyke 0-for-5, Yasiel Puig 1-for-7 and Carl Crawford 7-for-33 (.212).
Adrian Gonzalez, 1BHot4/21/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez is a .500 career hitter (11-for-220 versus Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Gonzalez has rediscovered the power stroke, posting a .969 OPS through his first 19 games. He and Hanley Ramirez (also a .500 hitter against Lee) make for a solid option on Monday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/21/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a stunning 8-for-16 with three homers and a 1.750 OPS versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee.
Insight: Not many guys have that kind of consistent success against Lee, but the Dodgers has two - Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez. Ramirez is off to a bit of a slow start batting .246 with a couple of homers this season and missed some time with a hand injury.
Clayton Kershaw, SP4/20/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (upper-back strain) said he assumes his next step is a rehab assignment, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Kershaw threw a bullpen session and a simulated game on Sunday and was hitting 90 mph with no restrictions. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will beat his expected mid-May return if he can avoid a setback with his back injury.
Matt Kemp, CF4/20/2014 2:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is the odd man out on Sunday.
Insight: The Dodgers will roll with Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig in the outfield. Kemp is batting .209 with three homers and 16 Ks in 43 at-bats.
Yasiel Puig, RF4/19/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is not in the starting lineup Saturday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Puig is getting a rest. The 23-year-old is still dealing with a left thumb injury and has hit .235 with one home run and five RBI this season.
Andre Ethier, OF4/19/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Saturday against Arizona.
Insight: Ethier has 13 RBI this season but he's batting just .214 with a .596 OPS. The two homers are his only extra-base hits.
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.