Four players from the Los Angeles Dodgers made rehab appearances on Monday night with the team’s Single-A affiliate, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Paco Rodriguez started the game for the Quakes and gave up a leadoff triple. However, the next batter hit a grounder to fellow Dodgers Scott Van Slyke at first, who threw the runner out trying to take home. Rodriguez then set down the next two batters with two ground outs to hold the High Desert Mavericks scoreless.
The left-hander is pitching with a bone spur in his left elbow, an issue that will eventually require surgery, but Rodriguez is hoping to get through the season without an operation.
Van Slyke, who was placed on the disabled list with a back injury, started the game at first base and had a great game for the Quakes. In his first at bat, the outfielder flew out, but quickly recovered in his second at-bat, belting a home run to left field. He also singled in his next at-bat and ended his night 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
After six innings of one-hit baseball thrown by Jharel Cotton, Joel Peralta took the mound in the eighth inning for the Quakes. Peralta, who did not allow a run in 5.2 innings in the MLB this year, continued his dominant stretch, not allowing a ball out of the infield on two pop outs and one groundout.
Brandon League took the ball from Peralta in the top of the ninth inning, holding a 9-0 lead. League struck out the first batter, but the next batter hit one back up the middle, deflecting off his leg for a single. However, the right-hander pulled himself together and retired the next two batters to hold on to the win and the shutout.
All four players performed quite well in their rehab appearance and should be back with the Dodgers shortly. Although the team has not had bullpen issues recently, it should be helpful to have a veteran like Peralta and extra arms in the later innings.
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