The Los Angeles Dodgers had their six-game winning streak Friday night behind another subpar performance from Dan Haren.
Along the way, the Dodgers also suffered some bumps with Adrian Gonzalez leaving in the third inning after an awkward slide into home plate and Yasiel Puig being removed from the game after his efforts to score in the sixth inning.
Paul Maholm was one of four relievers who appeared in the loss. The left-hander allowed one run on two hits in two innings of relief in the 8-2 loss. The final out Maholm recorded came on a grounder to first base that required the reliever to cover the bag.
After taking the toss from Van Slyke, Maholm stepped on first and immediately fell to the ground in pain. The 32 year old eventually came to his feet and walked off the field under his own power but was set to undergo and MRI.
Amid suspect pitching at the backend of the starting rotation, one option to help remedy the issue has been lost for the season as the MRI revealed Maholm suffered a torn ACL, the Dodgers announced Saturday:
LHP Paul Maholm's MRI showed a tear of the ACL. He will see Dr. Neal ElAttrache and decide on treatment, including surgery.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 2, 2014
Maholm was signed in the off-season as one of the pitchers who would contend for the final spot in the rotation that went to Josh Beckett. As multiple starters suffered injuries throughout the year, Maholm filled in.
The left-hander appeared in 30 games with eight being starts and finishes the season with a 1-5 record. With more uncertainty heaped on the pitching staff, the Dodgers will likely be aggressive in adding to the roster before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline.
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