MILWAUKEE -- If ever there was a day for a Dodgers pitcher to deliver, this was that day. And Kenta Maeda delivered.
Hours after ace Clayton Kershaw hit the 15-day disabled list with a mild herniated disc, Maeda scattered three hits and surrendered a lone run in six innings of the Dodgers' decisive 8-1 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday. It gave injury-battered Los Angeles two wins in three days for a second series victory over Milwaukee in as many weeks.
MILWAUKEE -- Clayton Kershaw will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back pain, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts couldn't say he was optimistic that his ace will return in the minimum time.
Kershaw received an epidural injection for pain relief, and following an MRI on Thursday, the 28-year-old was diagnosed with a mild disc herniation that won't require surgery. The recovery time is not yet known.
MILWAUKEE -- Bud Norris has had a mixed-bag career, as well as a curious season. But under the circumstances, manager Dave Roberts said he's glad the Dodgers traded for the veteran right-hander, who pitched briefly last year for San Diego when Roberts was a bench coach there.
"I had him in San Diego for a bit, and he's really thrown well lately," Roberts said of Norris, an emergency acquisition after the Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list for a mild herniated disc on Thursday. "To give us a guy to go deep and eat innings was huge. He'll be our starter tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to getting reacquainted."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
All-Star Ballot end sets up Tuesday intrigue
Rosters announced at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN; Final Vote next
By Mark Newman
The people have spoken and the countdown is on.
After 68 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting position players for the 87th All-Star Game on July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.
MILWAUKEE -- Yasiel Puig bounced off the outfield fence at Miller Park on Wednesday night and was back in the lineup Thursday, but fellow Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was still unavailable after crashing into a wall, with a disabled-list stint still on the table.
"We'll make a decision as far as what we do with Joc and the roster in the next day or two," manager Dave Roberts said on Thursday.
MILWAUKEE -- The 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers are 14-2 when Clayton Kershaw starts for them. They are 30-35 when anybody else starts.
That captures the essence of this situation. Now, the one player on the Dodgers' roster who could truly be considered indispensable is headed to the 15-day disabled list with what was diagnosed as a mild herniated disc in his lower back that will not require surgery.
Jorge De La Rosa will pitch for the Rockies against Bud Norris, who will make his Dodgers debut, stepping in for the injured Clayton Kershaw, in the series opener on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Norris was acquired in a five-player trade with Atlanta on Thursday.
De La Rosa has faced the Dodgers 25 times in his career, opposing only the Padres, Giants and D-backs more. He has historically struggled against Los Angeles, holding a 5.22 ERA over 120 2/3 innings. However, he has a 3.90 ERA at Dodger Stadium and has a 2.87 ERA in his last five starts against the Dodgers, spanning back to August 2014.
MILWAUKEE -- The Brock Stewart summerfest will not be a one-and-done event. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, following Stewart's Major League debut Wednesday night in a 7-0 loss to the Brewers, said there is a "high possibility" the 24-year-old gets another start in five days.
That means Stewart nearly balanced the books on a five-run second inning by holding the Brewers at bay the other four innings. It also means the Dodgers have virtually no other options to fill the fifth starter spot, especially as they await word on how serious No. 1 starter Clayton Kershaw is injured.
MILWAUKEE -- Junior Guerra pitched eight scoreless innings and Ryan Braun homered on a four-RBI night in the Brewers' 7-0 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday at Miller Park.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a three-run home run and Braun added a two-run double as the Brewers spoiled Dodgers right-hander Brock Stewart's Major League debut with a five-run, 11-batter second inning. Stewart, a 24-year-old who began the season at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, rebounded to pitch through the fifth, but Guerra, another rookie, albeit a 31-year-old one, remained in control all night. After Corey Seager's double with one out in the first inning, no Dodger reached second base.
MILWAUKEE -- Yasiel Puig is not expected to miss a game, said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who removed the right fielder in the eighth inning of a 7-0 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday night after he crashed into the fence chasing a Ryan Braun home run.
Roberts said Puig sustained a minor left knee contusion.
MILWAUKEE -- The Dodgers needed to find a roster spot for Wednesday's starting pitcher, Brock Stewart, and it figured to be Kiké Hernandez's, but it came with a twist.
Instead of being optioned to Triple-A, the struggling Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of the left rib cage, which manager Dave Roberts said has bothered him for nearly two weeks.
MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wants Major League Baseball to define the check swing.
In the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 7-0 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday, Gonzalez struck out on an 0-2 check swing called by plate umpire Toby Basner. Gonzalez had a check swing on the previous pitch, with Basner asking for help from third-base umpire Dan Bellino, who called a strike.
MILWAUKEE -- What were you doing when you were 19 years old?
Left-hander Julio Urias was holding his breath as the Dodgers fended off a late Brewers rally for Urias' first Major League win, a 6-5 triumph on Tuesday at Miller Park. Urias set career highs for innings (six), pitches (100) and walks (six) while striking out six and limiting the damage to two runs on two hits to become the first teenager to win a game in the Majors since Felix Hernandez in 2005.
MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers prospects Willie Calhoun and Jharel Cotton have been selected to represent the organization in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at 4 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego.
Calhoun, an infielder currently playing with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, will be on the U.S. Team. Cotton, a starting pitcher currently playing with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, will be on the World Team.
MILWAUKEE -- As if discussing Clayton Kershaw's back injury wasn't painful enough for Dave Roberts on Tuesday, the Dodgers' manager also had to give a rundown on all of his other starting-rotation challenges.
Roberts now concedes the planned throttling back of 19-year-old Julio Urias to save innings for later in the season might be scrubbed, because the Dodgers simply don't have enough starting pitching.
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates landed the first blow Monday afternoon, jumping out to a big lead in the opening inning. But the Dodgers landed a pair of counters, silencing the Bucs' bats and rallying in the fifth to secure a 5-4 win at PNC Park.
"We salvaged the series," manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers avoided their first four-game sweep by Pittsburgh since 1944.
PITTSBURGH -- It's usually the other way around, but the Dodgers flipped the script on Monday and won a game after a Clayton Kershaw loss.
They avoided an historic four-game sweep by edging the Pirates, 5-4, after starting pitcher Scott Kazmir spotted the Pirates a four-run first inning. The win was almost enough to obscure apparent minor injuries to Kershaw (sore lower back) and Justin Turner (right leg cramp).
PITTSBURGH -- He's 22, a leading candidate for National League Rookie of the Year with a 10-game hitting streak. But on Monday, Corey Seager was out of the starting lineup in the Dodgers' eventual 5-4 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.
Seager said he fought manager Dave Roberts' decision, but got nowhere.
PITTSBURGH -- Sparked by one rookie on the mound and another in right field, the Pirates beat the seemingly unbeatable Clayton Kershaw on Sunday night at PNC Park, riding Chad Kuhl's Major League debut and a four-run second inning to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers.
"That was a really, really fun team win," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, "from all over the place."
PITTSBURGH -- Vanderbilt right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield's Instagram photo of him with pen in hand and a Dodgers script backdrop, the text reading "Not a bad first gig," seems to indicate the club has signed the 36th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Dodgers host third annual RBI PlayerFest
By Jack Baer
LOS ANGELES -- Usually, Dodger Stadium will play host to 50 baseball players. On Saturday, with the team in Pittsburgh, it instead welcomed more than 100 times that number as gates opened for the third annual Dodgers RBI PlayerFest.
6,000 members of the Dodgers Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, run by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, were given the opportunity to spend the day at Chavez Ravine with activities and giveaways. Among the experiences was a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, and running the bases in the infield.