For fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals, last night wasn't very pretty. Dodgers starter Brett Anderson and Royals starter Jason Vargas left their starts with potential injuries. The Dodgers described Anderson's injury as irritation in his left Achilles tendon area, while Vargas suffered pain in his left medial elbow.
It was already stated that the Dodgers were going to be active in the starting pitching market, with their eyes set on the prizes of Johnny Cueto or Cole Hamels. But an injury like this might speed up the process-- just what the trade market needs to get going.
Farhan Zaidi: "I don’t know that we could ratchet up our search for starting pitching any more.. but this emphasizes the need to add."— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) July 22, 2015
Already stacked with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Grienke, the Dodgers were looking for a little insurance for the postseason after losing Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy to season-ending injuries. They had gotten wonderful contributions from Anderson, along with Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger to go with their big two. It's unclear at this point if Anderson will need to miss any time, but an MRI today should provide the answer that the Dodgers front office will need.
The Royals are in a bit of a tougher spot. Their Opening Day starter and ace of the staff, Yordano Ventura, was demoted to Triple-A yesterday. In fourteen starts, Ventura has a 5.19 ERA. They have relied on veterans Jeremy Guthrie and Chris Young to lead the way, supported by Edinson Volquez and Danny Duffy.
If Vargas does need to hit the disabled list, it may be a quick minor league stint for Ventura, as the need for him to return is obviously. The Royals could want him to get some starts in the minors to find himself again, which could amplify their needs to make a trade for a starter. Kansas City has been linked to Johnny Cueto and other starters on the open market.