December 18, 2014

Kuroda Sidelined with Tendonitis – Park to Start Saturday

Hiroki Kuroda’s MRI revealed tendonitis in his right shoulder, resulting in the pitcher being scratched from his Saturday night start against the Indians. Kuroda’s injury means Chan Ho Park gets the nod for Saturday night, following up Eric Stults who will pitch in place of the injured Brad Penny on Friday.

The Dodgers have not said whether Kuroda will end up on the 15-day DL at this point – they could make it retroactive to June 13th, thus minimizing the time he misses on the roster if the injury is minor. However, Torre and Colletti seem determined to use releiver to manage Kuroda’s absence at this point.

At least Derek Lowe and the Dodger bats seem to be performing (albeit against the lowly Cincinnati Reds) – the boys in blue scored six runs on nine hits while Lowe went 5 1/3 innings with only one run, three hits, two walks and six strikeouts on the board.

Maybe there is hope…

Dodgers Face Winning Astros in New Series Tonight

So the dodgers aren’t the only team in the NL that’s had a string of wins. The Astros, who happen to be coming to Chavez Ravine today, have won five out of their last six after an 8-3 loss to the Nationals at Minute Maid Park. Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee each had a pair of hits for the ‘stros, who had 10 overall but all but one were singles.

Likewise, the Dodgers coughed one up to the Mets at the end of this last series thanks in part to some mediocre pitching from our old friend Brad Penney. Tonight, it’s Derek Lowe’s turn on the mount. Lowe, who is 2-2 with a 3.66 ERA, was credited with the loss on Sunday in Colorado, as he allowed five runs and six hits in five innings. Here’s hoping he can manage a bit better against the Astros.

Houston is starting a fresh face for this season as a starter- right-hander Brian Moehler. This is the first start for Moehler since September of 2006 when he was with Florida. In place of the injured Wandy Rodriguez, Moehler may have his work cut out for him as he has struggled out of the pen this season for the Astros, pitching to a 7.04 ERA without recording a decision.

The Dodgers definitely need to bring their bats tonight – particularly because the Astros have Lance Berkman in their stable and he is on fire as of late. Berkman, who had two hits and an RBI in Thursday’s 8-3 loss to Washington, has reached base 17 times in his last 20 plate appearances. The 10-year veteran is hitting .813 (13-for-16) with two home runs and seven RBI in the last four games.