The Los Angeles Dodgers played two three-game series against NL West opponents, San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers dropped two games against the Giants and finished the week but taking two from the Diamondbacks. Clayton Kershaw continued to make progress towards returning from inflammation in his back that placed him on the 15-day disabled list after his first start of the season on March 22.
Here’s a look at the news and rumors from around the division:
The Diamondbacks pitching staff was in flux this week as manager Kirk Gibson rearranged his starters. Rookie Mike Bolsinger made his first start on Saturday and Josh Collmenter made his second start on Sunday, after appearing as a reliever in four games. Bolsinger and Collmenter pitched admirably in their respective starts, but both games resulted in losses to the Dodgers.
The Colorado Rockies put a three-game winning streak together as they continue to play without multiple players. Right fielder Michael Cuddyer is still hampered by a hamstring injury and has yet to see any significant improvement. Jhoulys Chacin made his second rehab start with the Rockies Single-A affiliate on Saturday. Chacin is reportedly feeling well and remains on track to make his regular season debut in the near future.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The big news for the Dodgers this week was Kershaw’s ability to add to his workload without suffering any setbacks. The Dodgers have been cautious in how they brought the left-hander along, and on Sunday Kershaw made his most significant stride. The ace of the staff threw in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium, to none other than A.J. Ellis, who is also progressing quickly from surgery on his left knee. Ellis said he is able to complete all baseball activities, outside of running.
San Diego Padres
Second baseman Jedd Gyorko signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension with a team option for 2020. With the Padres heading out on a 10-game road trip, Carlos Quentin is going to make his way to the team’s Spring Training facility in Arizona to continue with rehab work as he has yet to appear in a game this season due to a bone bruise in his knee.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants looked impressive as they won two of three from the Dodgers, but closed out the week by dropping two games to the Padres. The Giants continue to have strong pitching while their offense sputters from game-to-game. Nonetheless, with an 11-8 record, the Giants are in second place in the NL West standings.
Dodgers News: A.J. Ellis Out, Knee Surgery, Clayton Kershaw Improving