Dodgers’ pitcher Kenta Maeda was placed on the Injured List just one day after pitching a gem against the Padres on Wednesday. Madea tossed 6.2 scoreless innings and struck out 12 for his best start of the season. He was placed on the IL with what is being called a left-groin contusion.
Dave Roberts sat with David Vassegh to further explain the move. When asked how serious it was, Robert had this to say.
It’s not serious, it’s one of those things where the ball hits in and there’s some inflammation that could potentially cause anything to the arm…to protect him is kinda what we’re doing.
Kenta fouled a ball off of the leg during a swing in his last outing, and the team sounds like they wanted to make sure he would be entirely healthy before his next start. The off days the Dodgers have had lately don’t hurt the decision either. The Dodgers sat out two days this week and will sit out two more in the middle of next week. That means Kenta will only miss one start, which will get the rotation back on a more regular schedule anyway.
Matt Beaty and Kyle Garlick were called up to replace Maeda’s spot on the roster, which was at 24 after Thursday’s moves.
Roberts envisioned the two coming off of the bench and filling in as necessary for the team.