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Dodgers News: Joc Pederson Placed on 15-Day DL, Brandon McCarthy Returns Slated to Start Sunday

Jun 28, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson (31) is helped off the field with an injury after catching a fly ball in the eighth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Friday that they have placed Joc Pederson on the 15-day disabled list. Pederson was diagnosed with a sprained right AC joint and joins ace Clayton Kershaw on the DL.

Pederson left the game early vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday after making an outstanding catch on the run in center. After crashing into the wall he had to leave the game.

The Dodgers announcement comes before the start of the Dodgers longest home stand before the All-Star break.

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Pederson was a key piece for the Dodgers and is currently second in home runs for the team behind Corey Seager. He also has 16 doubles to go along with his 13 homers, 31 walks and a .476 slugging percentage.

The good news is that Pederson should be back after the All-Star break. Also, with so many key players going down due to injury the Dodgers have activated Bud Norris and called up Will Venable.

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Despite the Dodgers acquiring Bud Norris, the Dodgers still needed more pitchers to fill out the rotation. Fortunately, pitcher Brandon McCarthy is set to make his return and his debut on Sunday. Julio Urias will get 5 days rest and pitch for the series opener vs. the Baltimore Orioles on July 4th.

Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is still working on making his way back to the Dodgers. He is scheduled to pitch for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Friday.

The Dodgers are back home for the next two weeks, with their next road trip being on July 15th.

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