With five pitchers and one catcher on the disabled list, the Los Angeles Dodgers roster looks much different than it did in the beginning of the season. However, there are positive developments for three of the six players.
After both Carlos Frias and Chris Hatcher began their respective rehab assignments with High-A Rancho Cucamonga last weekend, the pair of right-handers are scheduled to continue pitching for the Quakes. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Hatcher will pitch Wednesday with Frias scheduled to start Friday.
Frias allowed two runs on three hits in his first outing (Sunday) and was removed with two outs after throwing 24 pitches in the first inning. He was originally slated to throw around 50 pitches in the rehab start. “He came out in the first [inning] once he got to 24 [pitches],” Mattingly explained.
“He ended up pitching two more innings in the bullpen, so he got to his pitch count. Any time on a rehab assignment, you don’t let a pitcher throw 30 in one inning.” Frias has been on the disabled list since July 5, retroactive to July 1, with lower back tightness.
Hatcher’s first appearance with the Quakes was a rocky one as he started the game and allowed two runs on three hits in the first inning. He then bounced back to throw a scoreless inning of relief on Monday. Hatcher has been less than impressive with the Dodgers, holding a 6.38 ERA and 3.18 FIP over 18.1 innings. He was placed on the disabled list June 17 with an oblique strain.
Though not nearly as close to returning as Frias and Hatcher, Paco Rodriguez is also on the radar so to speak. The left-handed reliever underwent arthroscopic surgery on the elbow in his throwing arm July 2 and has begun a throwing program.
The initial prognosis projected a September return for Rodriguez. Mattingly didn’t provide an update Tuesday other than to say there isn’t a set timetable. “Paco is doing really well, He’s feeling great,” Mattingly did however add.