The Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 13-0 at Coors Field on Thursday, the first game of an eight-game trip. It might not have been the most important thing to happen to the team that day.
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The Dodgers are now 66-32 and have a 12-game lead over the idle San Diego Padres in the National League West. Tyler Anderson pitched seven innings without giving up any runs, and the offense had its second-highest scoring output of the season.
“To be a Dodger tonight was just a good day all around,” manager Dave Roberts said.
even for a couple of pitchers who were hurt and are now getting better.
While the Dodgers beat the Rockies (45-55), Dustin May made his second rehab start with triple-A Oklahoma City. He is coming back from Tommy John’s surgery. The trip on Thursday was much better than the first one.
Last week, May had trouble controlling his pitches during his two innings of work. This week, the 24-year-old pitcher struck out six batters in three scoreless innings. He only got hit twice. With his sinker, he reached 99.9 mph. And 32 of his 46 pitches were in the strike zone.
Roberts said before May’s game on Thursday that he would make at least one more rehab start the following week. The team will then look at how he is doing, but it is likely that he will need another outing.
May is still on track to return to the major leagues sometime next month. This should give the Dodgers time to decide if he is ready to be part of their starting rotation for the playoffs or if he should play a hybrid role similar to how he was used in previous postseasons.
Blake Treinen, a reliever, is going in the same direction.
Roberts said Thursday afternoon that Treinen, who stayed in Los Angeles, would face live batters for the first time since he hurt his shoulder in April. This is a big step in the carefully planned recovery process for the reliever.
The news came just two days after Roberts had said the right-hander wouldn’t face live hitting for another two weeks.
After a few weeks of routine bullpen sessions, Treinen said he felt ready to move on to the next step in his recovery.
Roberts said that Treinen was getting closer to being able to join the team again. I still don’t think Blake will be back in three weeks. So it makes sense for the end of August. “
The Dodgers will need to know a lot about Treinen and May’s health in October, and it could also affect how they handle Tuesday’s trade deadline.
If the team thinks that these two pitchers and a few others who have been hurt, like Walker Buehler, Brusdar Graterol, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Duffy, and Victor González, will be able to help down the stretch, they might not need to add more pitchers.
On the other hand, if these players fall behind schedule or have any setbacks, it might make it more important for the team to get more pitchers. Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations, said last week that the team’s front office would have to make these calculations in the next few days.
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This week, Roberts said, “We don’t need anything.” But every team can always get a little bit better. So, if there’s something that makes sense, I’m sure that our guys will pull the trigger. “
In the meantime, the Dodgers’ current team kept rolling through July on Thursday, matching their most lopsided win of the season to improve to 19-4 for the month.
Anderson was a big part of the team’s seventh shutout of the season. Reliever Jake Reed and infielder Hanser Alberto also pitched scoreless innings. Anderson did this despite a dispute at the start of the game when Rockies manager Bud Black asked the umpires to make the left-hander wipe rosin off the brim of his cap.
“There was some leftover rosin on his hat,” Roberts said. “All they wanted to do was get rid of it.”
The Dodgers’ offense was led by Trea Turner, who had three hits and three RBIs; Will Smith, who also had three RBIs; and Gavin Lux, who also had three hits. Everyone in the lineup reached safety at least once.
Lux said, “We just put it on early and tried to play better from there.”
Ros is an Oklahoma City Thunder player.
Edwin Rios started a rehab assignment in Oklahoma City on Thursday, almost two months after he went down with a strained hamstring. Roberts said that the team hasn’t decided how long Ros will be in the minors. They want the big hitter to play more often because he has only played in 52 big league games over the past two seasons.
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