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Dodgers: Kenta Maeda Leaves Start Early With Injury



In what seems like a reoccurring theme on the season, the Dodgers appear to have lost yet another starter. After two of his best career starts, Kenta Maeda was removed from the game in the second inning.

It started in the top of the second with one out, as Dave Roberts and the trainer came out to look at Maeda.

He appeared to be fine, staying in the game. He then proceeded to strike out Jake Arrieta, but once again, Roberts and the trainer came out. This time for Kenta, he couldn’t convince his manager to let him stay in the game.

In 1.2 innings, Maeda allowed two runs and gave up three hits. He definitely did not look as dominant as he had in the past few games. After the loss, Dave Roberts gave us some insight into the injury. It appears that Maeda had been bothered by the hip strain for some time. It just happened to flare up during this start.

Analysis

It’s unclear at the moment what the full injury is, or what the extent is. Hopefully, for Kenta and the Dodgers, it’s not too serious. With Clayton Kershaw returning this week, it looked as if the opening day rotation was slowly coming back together. It looks as if we’re going to have to wait a little while longer.

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Written by Blake Harris

Blake is currently studying sports journalism at Arizona State University. He covers both the basketball and baseball teams, while hosting a weekly baseball show on the school's radio program. In his spare time, he edits highlight videos for collegiate and professional athletes. He currently has over 125,000 subscribers and 70 million views on Youtube. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he passionately roots for the Dodgers, Clippers, and Saints.

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  1. What another Dodger starter injured? That is just so hard to believe. Is it possible for even one of them to get through a whole year without going on the D.L. Something wrong with Honeycutt’s ideas about how to prepare maybe?

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