Los Angeles Dodgers

NL West

Rich Hill (forearm) will be placed on the 10-day injured list on Thursday, according to Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is nerve-wracking news for fantasy owners and baseball fans. Hill tossed a perfect first inning in Wednesday's game before being removed with what was labeled as left forearm discomfort. Forearm injuries to pitchers are usually more serious than day-to-day concerns, so it makes sense that the Dodgers are making this move. Hill will undergo an MRI later on Thursday, so more concrete details on the severity of his injury should be available then. Julio Urias was already penciled into the Dodgers' rotation to allow extra rest for other starters, and he now figures to stick in the rotation until Hill can return.

Category: Injury Updates


Justin Turner went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and an RBI as the Dodgers beat the Giants 9-0 on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: The 34-year-old has cooled a bit since his recent hot streak. Turner hasn't recored a multi-hit game in about a week now. Still, he's too productive of a hitter to ever consider benching in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Kike Hernandez crushed a pinch-hit grand slam on Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Giants 9-0.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez's shot came in the seventh inning and put the game out of reach. The 27-year-old began the year as a hot waiver wire pickup but has cooled considerably since and it just a bench player for the Dodgers.

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Joc Pederson hit his 19th homer of the year on Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Giants 9-0.

Fantasy Impact: It was his lone hit in three at-bats. Pederson is now batting just .235 on the year but also has 19 homers and a .903 OPS. He's more valuable in fantasy leagues that have daily lineups since he won't every play versus lefties.

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Clayton Kershaw improved to 7-1 on Tuesday versus the Giants, firing seven scoreless innings while striking out six and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw allowed just three hits in the outing, which the Dodgers won 9-0. It was Kershaw's first scoreless performance of the season and came exactly five years to the date of his no-hitter. The former MVP has proved a lot of people wrong so far this year, and he'll carry a strong 2.85 ERA into his next start versus the Rockies at home.

Category: Game Recaps


A.J. Pollock, recovering from elbow surgery that has sidelined him since late April, could play rehab games during the All-Star break. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: That still makes the outfielder at least a month away from returning to the Dodgers. Alex Verdugo has flourished in his absence, so the Dodgers are looking into giving Joc Pederson work at first base, which likely would mean Max Muncy moving to second. Since Pollock was hitting .223/.287/.330 with two homers and no steals in 28 games before getting sidelined, he's not an essential stash in shallow mixed leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Chris Taylor went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and an RBI as the Dodgers fell to the Giants 3-2 on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Taylor is in line for everyday playing time at shortstop with Corey Seager (hamstring) currently sidelined. However, Taylor is hitting just .218 with five homers and a .671 OPS this year. He has always been better versus lefties, so his success might come down to how many southpaws the Dodgers face over the next month. He's a name to monitor if he gets hot anytime soon.

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Max Muncy went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Giants on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Muncy accounted for two of the five hits LA would record in this one. His homer came in the second inning of Giants starter Tyler Beede, his 17th of the year. It's been a strong campaign for last year's breakout star, who has a .935 OPS on the year here in mid-June.

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Kenta Maeda fell to 7-4 on Monday versus the Giants, giving up two runs on three hits in five innings while striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Maeda also walked two as the Dodgers went on to lose 3-2. It's a bit of a disappointing start considering the prime matchup versus a weak San Francisco lineup, but it still wasn't a total dud or anything. Maeda gets the Rockies at home next time out and should remain in your fantasy lineups.

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Gavin Lux went 3-for-3 with a walk and two steals on Sunday for Double-A Tulsa.

Fantasy Impact: Lux now has four steals over his past five games, giving him seven on the year. The 21-year-old is one of the best prospects in baseball right now and is a name to start getting familiar with. Lux is hitting .309 with 13 homers and a .907 OPS in Double-A this year.

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Kenley Jansen allowed two baserunners but ultimately slammed the door on the Cubs in the ninth inning Sunday night, preserving a 3-2 Dodgers win.

Fantasy Impact: Jansen wound up with save chances in all three weekend games versus the Cubs. He blew the save on Saturday night but looked crisp in the other two outings. For the season he now has 21 saves and a 3.34 ERA.

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Cody Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday Night Baseball.

Fantasy Impact: Bellinger's homer tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning. It's the continuation of an MVP-esque performance from the 23-year-old this season. He's now hitting .355 with a 1.153 OPS, 23 homers, 58 RBI, and eight steals. Incredible.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu received a no-decision in Sunday's dominant performance versus the Cubs, allowing just two unearned runs over seven strong innings while striking out eight.

Fantasy Impact: Ryu allowed seven hits and didn't walk anyone as the Dodgers went on to win 3-2. The veteran lefty just refuses to show any signs of regression this year. Ryu now owns a 1.26 ERA to go along with a 0.82 WHIP and nine wins. He'll remain an elite fantasy option next weekend versus the Rockies (at home).

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says the team is currently considering giving Julio Urias a spot start in the near future. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Urias was starting games for the Dodgers earlier this year but the team has been very careful when managing his innings. LA is also fortunate to not have to rely on Urias, as they have a plethora of capable starters in the organization. With the team set to play 18 straight games, however, Urias could get a start mixed in. The 22-year-old has a 3.12 ERA in 40 1/3 innings this year and would be an interesting streaming candidate.


Austin Barnes went hitless in three at bats on Saturday as the Dodgers lost to the Cubs, 2-1.

Fantasy Impact: Barnes is just 1-for-16 since coming back from his groin injury. It's understandable why he would be rusty but Barnes doesn't need to be owned in single-catcher fantasy leagues right now.

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Alex Verdugo went 1-for-4 with a solo homer as the Dodgers fell to the Cubs on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact: Verdugo's homer was one of just five hits the Dodgers would record in this one, and it accounted for their only run. The 23-year-old continues to hit for a good average but is simply lacking in the power department. Saturday's homer was just his fifth of the year.

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Walker Buehler received a no-decision on Saturday versus the Cubs, hurling seven scoreless frames while striking out six and allowing just two hits.

Fantasy Impact: The Dodgers lost this one 2-1 as Kenley Jansen blew the save, and the chance for Buehler to get a win in this one. However, it's still nice to see the 24-year-old look dominant for a third straight start. Buehler has now given up just one run in his past 22 innings. He has thrown quality starts in seven of his past eight outings. Buehler has a plus matchup versus the Giants next time out.

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Seager (hamstring) was officially placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. (Source: J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News)

Fantasy Impact: This is an expected move, as early reports indicated that Seager is dealing with a Grade 2-plus left hamstring strain. An MRI on Thursday confirmed these reports. According to Hoornstra, Seager's estimated recovery time is 4-to-6 weeks. Matt Beaty (hip) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move; Chris Taylor represents the most likely candidate to start at shortstop for the Dodgers while Seager recovers.

Category: Injury Updates


The Dodgers optioned rookie catcher Will Smith to Triple-A on Thursday. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The move was made to clear room for the return of Austin Barnes. Smith impressed during his brief time with the Dodgers this past week, and he's a name to monitor in dynasty leagues.

Category: Transactions


Russell Martin went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 8-0 on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has hit well in replace of an injured Austin Barnes, batting .265 with a .763 OPS. The 36-year-old still isn't a fantasy option, however.

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