The Dodgers had another big scare for their pitching staff last night when Pedro Baez took a hard line drive off of his leg. Rays’ shortstop Willy Adames lined a ball sharply destined for centerfield, but Baez took it off of the knee and went down immediately. The initial outlook seemed bleak, but we received a few positive updates on him earlier in the day.
Dave Roberts said Pedro Baez’s x-rays were negative.
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David Vassegh sat down to speak with Dodgers’ bullpen coach Mark Prior to ask about Baez‘ status. Here is what Prior had to say when asked how he was feeling:
We expected him to be a little sorer and more cautious today, but it seems like he’s walking fine. It’s his push-off leg so thats’s going to be a bit of a concern.
Baez had been lights out before he exited the game with that line drive. He had not allowed an earned run to be charged to him in 9 straight appearances before Tuesday’s game and was shutting down some fairly tight situations. He owns a 3.38 ERA in total on the year with 22 strikeouts and 4 walks. Baez has allowed just 1 home run all year.
We hopefully dodged a bullet and we will see where we’re at with him in the next couple of days with him.
Baez is officially listed as day-to-day and it looks like the Dodgers will not be using him any time soon. The worry, as Prior said, is that it is his push-off leg which could change up his mechanics. It will be something to watch as Baez has been a key member of the Dodgers’ bullpen as of late.
The Dodgers have 5 total off-days scheduled for May, with tomorrow being the last one of the month.