Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 6/15/2016 - Dodgers Links - Puig, Venable and Kenta Maeda

Oh noes!

In a season filled to the brim with injuries seeing Kenta Maeda crumble on the field after being struck on his right knee was distressing.  My immediate thought was, "what else could go wrong?"

At the start of the sixth inning Paul Goldschmidt lined a comebacker that was recorded at an exit velocity of 95 MPH.  Unable to catch it on the fly, the ball struck Kenta just below the knee.  Obviously in pain, Maeda still had the presence of mind to grab the errant ball and throw out the All-Start first baseman to record the first out of the inning.  Soon thereafter, he fell to the turf and writhed in agony.  Per Doug Padilla at ESPN:
"He's feeling better actually now," Roberts said. "It was something with a nerve that just lit him up."

"What I know for sure is that it didn't hit the bone," Maeda said through a translator. "But I wasn't able to put any strength or flex it at all, so I was a little bit in shock."
Fortunately, x-rays later on were negative and only revealed a very bad bruise.  Per Ken Gurnick at
"It's hard to tell at this point, but I will reevaluate [Wednesday]," Maeda said through his interpreter. "My hope is to make the next scheduled start. What I know for sure is it didn't hit the bone, but I wasn't able to put any strength or weight on it and I was kind of shocked. Among all the hits taken in the past, it hurt the most. "
I don't know if this team could have survived another major injury to its starting rotation.  So I think it's fair to say we dodged a bullet.  BTW, the Dodgers were victorious over the Diamondbacks, 7-4.  They slugged four home runs; including a pair by Joc Pederson.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game.  Below are more links to check:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1938 Johnny Vander Meer pitched his second consecutive no-hitter, beating the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.  He had no-hit the Braves four days prior.  In 1951 Buzzy Bavasi made his first trade as the Dodgers GM.  He received Andy Pfako, Johnny Schmitz, Wayne Terwilliger, and Rube Walker in exchange for Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten, Eddie Miksis, and Gene Hermanski. In 1996 the Dodgers turned their first triple play in 47 years.  It was against the Braves in the first inning.
  • Happy Birthday, Brett Butler and Dusty Baker!
  • Via Ken Gurnick at; "Puig expected to rejoin Dodgers on Monday."
Puig has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 3 with a strained left hamstring. In his first game, Puig homered and walked in three plate appearances.

"I saw the video, he came out of it healthy and the homer was a really good swing," Roberts said Tuesday before a 7-4 win over the D-backs. "It was a line drive to right-center and the mechanics looked better than when he was here. The challenge is for him to sustain that, but it was positive."
  • BTW, I hadn't realized that Will Venable played for Dave Roberts in San Diego - when Dave was a bench coach.  Per Doug Padilla at ESPN:
“You know what, you look at our roster right now, a left-handed bat for a start in the outfield or off the bench late in the game, I think it was needed," manager Dave Roberts said. "I had him in San Diego, a very good defender, athletic, can steal a base and get a bunt down if we need it. So if there is an opportunity to start against a right-handed pitcher, we’ll have that to.”
“I like to think that I’m a guy that whatever is asked of me I can get the job done to help the team win,” Venable said. “Whether that’s running the bases well, playing good defense, putting together a tough at-bat out there, Whatever is asked of me, I’d like to think that I go out there and can get the job done.”
Which raises the possibility that Kershaw is something akin to Stephen Curry, whose success rate on three-point shots, against all logic, doesn’t seem to go down when he takes more (and, consequently, harder) three-point shots. Kershaw’s success rate on Zone 12 pitches doesn’t seem to go down when he threw more (and, consequently, more dangerous) Zone 12 pitches. It’s conceivable that Kershaw could get away with throwing every single galdarn pitch down the middle. Hold me?

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