Clayton Kershaw was spotted and later reported to be throwing from 60 feet on Sunday, June 10. Dave Roberts told the media during his daily scrum that the team’s ace is, in fact, throwing from that distance at a fair intensity all of which is occurring with no discomfort. In the past, Kershaw has rebounded well from his back injuries and worked quickly to get back on the mound. This year appears to be no exception as Kershaw is progressing quickly threw his recovery and should be back on or before schedule providing all goes well.
- Ross Stripling is enjoying the fruits of his labor this season as he won his fifth consecutive decision as a starter and continued to show his pure dominance in 2018 on Sunday, June 10. Stripling has been the Dodgers best starter this year with an ERA of 1.65 and a 1.05 WHIP in 60 innings pitched. Stripling has also struck out 72 batters against just 12 walks and his strikeout total is currently sitting just two K’s shy of his career high in a single season. But, perhaps of the highest importance is Stripling’s ability to pitch late into a game, saving a bullpen that has otherwise been used heavily, from covering a strenuous amount of innings. Stripling’s domination against every team he has faced has inserted his name into the All-Star conversation and for good reason.
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- Justin Turner was held out of the lineup on Sunday against the Braves yet again. Turner is said to be dealing with soreness in the same wrist that he broke during spring training. Turner has not had a major league at-bat since Wednesday, June 6, and after five days out of the lineup, moving Turner to the ten-day DL retroactive to the sixth could be a great way to get a minor league bat on the major league roster for a few games.
- Speaking of a hot minor league hitter, 24-year minor leaguer, Edwin Rios, is tearing it up at AAA despite just coming back from an injury that held him from playing in a game for the first month of the season. But, in his 13 games played in 2018, Rios has seven matches with an extra-base hit capped off by Sunday’s performance in which he hit two monster home runs. Adding Rios to the roster is a bit premature even with the fantastic start and he is not yet on the 40-man roster.
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