Josh Fields lands on disabled list, stressing an already short-handed Dodgers bullpen

first_img Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense LOS ANGELES — Josh Fields, Pedro Baez and Tony Cingrani have been three of Dave Roberts’ go-to relievers this season.Now, all three are on the disabled list.Fields was placed on the 10-day DL Thursday with inflammation in his right shoulder. Roberts expressed hope that the right-hander would only need the minimum 10 days to recover.“He said he came in two nights ago, felt something in his shoulder, then didn’t feel it afterward,” Roberts said of Fields. “I think he threw six, seven pitches in relief of (Daniel) Hudson and after that night (Tuesday), said it was sore. He came in (Wednesday) and it was still sore.” Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching With Fields on the disabled list, the Dodgers forced Walker Buehler into action earlier than expected. The rookie right-hander flew in from Oklahoma City early Thursday morning, pitched out of the Dodgers’ bullpen in the afternoon, and was the losing pitcher in an 11-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Fields is 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA in a team-leading 37 appearances this season. He has inherited six runners this season and none have scored. Closer Kenley Jansen is the Dodgers’ only other active reliever who hasn’t allowed an inherited runner to score this season.The Dodgers lost Cingrani (left shoulder strain) and Baez (right biceps tendinitis) to the disabled list five days apart earlier this month. Both were expected to begin throwing in earnest off a bullpen mound this week.Baez (30) and Cingrani (28) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in appearances.Roberts said that four relief pitchers were “down” for Thursday’s game. The manager leaned on Buehler and left-hander Caleb Ferguson, who had pitched primarily as starters to this point in the season, for three of the final four innings against the Cubs. Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ HOME RUN DERBYThe Dodgers’ two home runs Thursday gave them 53 for the month of June, tying a franchise record. No major league team has hit more home runs this month.The Dodgers will play two more games in June, Friday and Saturday against the Colorado Rockies.Max Muncy has led the surge with 10 home runs this month. His solo shot to left field in the third inning against Jose Quintana was his 17th of the season, extending his career high.Justin Turner’s two-run homer in the ninth inning against Luke Farrell was his fourth of 2018. Three have come in June.The Dodgers also hit 53 home runs as a team in June 2017.ALSORich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling will start in that order this weekend against the Rockies. Colorado will counter with Tyler Anderson, German Marquez and Chad Bettis, respectively. … Left-hander Manny Bañuelos, switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, catcher Rocky Gale and outfielder Alex Verdugo were chosen to represent Oklahoma City in the Triple-A All-Star Game July 11 in Columbus, Ohio. … Turner has been hit by pitches in each of his last two games, ending a streak of 29 games without being hit by a pitch.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 1-2, 5.30 ERA) vs. Rockies (LHP Tyler Anderson, 4-3, 4.62 ERA), Friday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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