Right-handed relief pitcher Shane Loux joined Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday to begin his rehab assignment. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 29th (retroactive to June 26th) with a neck strain that occurred during a workout. The veteran pitcher said he feels good and the heat in Fresno is helping his neck strain.
Loux threw one inning for the AZL Giants in Arizona this past Saturday before heading to Fresno. In that outing, he struck out one and didnt allow a hit. He threw two bullpen sessions between Saturday and Tuesday to make sure everything recovered the way it was supposed to.
He expects to be ready to compete at the big league level after two outings. He is working on sharpening his pitches, especially his fastball.
I want to establish the fastball, which has been my problem Loux said. Getting the finish on my fastball because it requires a lot of the same strain from the injury.
Before hitting the disabled list on June 29th, Loux made 11 appearances out of the bullpen for the San Francisco Giants. He posted a 4.50 ERA with nine runs, eight strikeouts and three walks in 16 innings of relief work.
Anything you can do, I can do better.
A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.
Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.
Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.
Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.
In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.
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A day after going 0-for-4 in his major league debut, Christian Arroyo gets to face Clayton Kershaw Tuesday and he's batting second.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
1. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
7. Chris Taylor (R) 2B
8. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P
San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Nick Hundley (R) C
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Ty Blach (R) P