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Good morning baseball fans! It was an injury filled Thursday.
Cameron Maybin broke his wrist and will have to miss 4-6 weeks.
Dodgers lefty Brett Anderson underwent back surgery and will be out for three-five months.
Speaking of the Dodgers and their pitching, Dave Cameron talked about the eroding pitching depth of the team from LA.
Of course, if you put Urias in the big leagues in April or May, and he pitches well all summer, managing his workload gets significantly more challenging. There’s no real scrutiny attached to skipping his starts in Triple-A, but if he’s actually as good as ZIPS thinks, and is pitching like the team’s #2 or #3 starter, shutting him down after 120 innings in the middle of a pennant race won’t be as easy a sell to fans who care far more about the present than the future. The Dodgers front office has continually played the long game in building the franchise’s core, and I’d imagine they’d rather not get into a Strasburg-esque discussion about when to take a phenom off the mound, so the easier path is to keep him in the minors for as long as possible and make do with other options.
But with Anderson going down, and Ryu’s rehab perhaps not going as smoothly as they had hoped, the team might have to face a situation where their best option is the one they don’t want to use. As long as they can keep the remaining five starters healthy, this is an issue they can avoid, but the next headline about a Dodgers starter heading to the disabled list is probably going to be the one where the Julio Urias question becomes a bigger part of LA’s 2016 story.
Royals' outfielder Jarrod Dyson will miss six weeks with a strained oblique.
The name pitchers hate to hear is Dr. James Andrews. Carter Capps is heading to see him, liking meaning this situation will get worse.
San Diego inked Matt Thornton to a minor-league deal.
Dexter Fowler seems to make his biggest plate discipline mistakes at the worst times.
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