The Dodgers have consistently been the most injured team in baseball, but that hasn’t stopped them from staying within 2 games of the Giants as well as leading the Wild Card race! On Sunday, a mix of news came out sending some to the DL, activating others from the DL, and keeping Clayton Kershaw somewhere in between.

The first news to drop was the activation of Kiké Hernandez for catcher Austin Barnes. Hernandez has been on a rehab assignment and has not appeared in a game in the major leagues since June 27th.

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Roberts also made it clear that he does not believe a return for Chris Hatcher is likely this year. On the year so far he has accumulated a 5.53 ERA with with 43 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched.

Dave Roberts is also hoping for an end of the year return for pitchers Alex Wood and Frankie Montas. Both pitchers will hopefully rejoin the club as relievers.

In other news, or rather no news, Clayton Kershaw is yet to receive a timetable. He has not made a major league start since June 26th, though he did throw a simulated game on July 17th which shut down his rehab.

*Update*

Bud Norris was pulled from the game on Sunday after only 13 pitches. Ross Stripling would replace him on short rest for starting pitching standards after pitching 3 innings on Wednesday. Early reports said that the cause of Norris’ exit was back muscle tightness, but it was later confirmed that it was tightness in his lat. He is expected to make his next start.

The Dodgers are gaining a great utility man in Kiké Hernandez who can play basically any position in the field and can also provide a great at bat off the bench. Unfortunately, they lose a reliever in Chris Hatcher who will hopefully be replaced by Alex Wood and Frankie Montas if all goes well. The only piece missing to complete the team is the lack of starting pitching, which a Kerhsaw return would fix! We’ve said this all year, this is not new territory so the Dodgers will continue to battle and thrive, even without their ace.

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