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Alex Wood is slated to throw a bullpen session on Saturday and, if all goes well, will pitch a simulated game on Tuesday. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is just one more step in Wood's progression as he works his way back from shoulder inflammation that has kept him on the injured-list since July 28th. Barring any setbacks he could rejoin the Dodgers towards the end of next week.

Category: Injury Updates

Will Smith is likely going to head to the injured-list with a stiff/sore neck. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith had been day-to-day with the neck issue since Wednesday when he exited the Dodgers game versus the Padres after trying to field a bunt. While his neck has shown slight improvement, he isn't progressing as quickly as the team had hoped. Smith had gotten off to a sluggish start this year with a .188/.341/.406 batting line with two home runs and eight RBI. Austin Barnes has filled in at catcher and figures to play everyday while Smith is out.

Category: Injury Updates

Cody Bellinger failed to get in on the action in Thursday night's win over San Diego, despite the Dodgers collecting thirteen hits and scoring eleven runs, going 0-for-3 on the night.

Fantasy Impact: He was able to draw a walk in the game, but his batting average sits well below the Mendoza Line through the season's first twenty games (.165). Despite not recording a hit, Bellinger had the hardest hit ball in the entire game for both squads- a scorched liner to the first baseman in the third inning with an exit velocity of 109.9 mph. He also lined out in the first inning, that one with a 101.3 exit velocity, so he's hitting the ball hard and perhaps this is a sign the turnaround is imminent.

Category: Game Recaps

Justin Turner singled in Thursday's win over the Padres, extending his hit streak to eight games, and also scored once.

Fantasy Impact: Turner is batting .321 over that stretch (9-for-28) and .267 on the year. He's been a bit streaky so far this season, starting the year 8-for-19 (.421) through the first five games, then going 3-for-28 (.107) over the next seven, and now to his current run over the last eight. The Dodgers begin a three-game series against the Angels Friday night in Anaheim and we'll see if he can keep it going.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Taylor added three base hits to the Dodgers' lopsided win in which they belted six home runs. Taylor came in to score each time he was on base. Over his last three games, Taylor has gone 6-for-11.

Category: Game Recaps

Austin Barnes went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Barnes was a part of the Dodgers' home run parade Thursday, contributing one of six long balls in the lopsided win. This was Barnes's first home run of the season, and he's 5-for-9 in his last three games.

Category: Game Recaps

Corey Seager went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Seager got right back into the swing of things after a few days off, taking Chris Paddack deep in the first inning for a two-run homer. Seager now has four home runs, and is slashing .333/.390/.630 with nine RBI.

Category: Game Recaps

AJ Pollock went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk, and two RBI in Thursday's win over San Diego.

Fantasy Impact: Pollock contributed one of the Dodgers' six home runs in the contest; his was a solo blast to left field off Chris Paddack in the first inning. Pollock is slashing .286/.355/.643 with five homers and 11 RBI this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with three home runs and five RBI in Thursday's win over the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Thursday marked Bett's sixth three-homer day of his career, making him the youngest player to reach that mark. Betts took Chris Paddack deep in the second inning, and went yard off Luis Perdomo in the fourth and fifth inning. Betts is slashing .319/.380/.694 and now has seven home runs.

Category: Game Recaps

Julio Urias (2-0) earned the win Thursday against the Padres, allowing two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Urias got off to a rough start, surrendering two solo home runs in the first inning. However, he settled down beautifully, and received plenty of run support from the Dodgers' offense. Urias sports a 2.53 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through four starts. He'll take on the Mariners next on Wednesday.

Category: Game Recaps

Tony Gonsolin is likely to get another start for the Dodgers per Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gonsolin's next start hasn't been confirmed but he's yet to be optioned by the team so his next appearance could come sooner rather than later. In two spot starts this year he's yet to give up a run while registering a sterling 0.69 WHIP and a 4.50 K/BB ratio across 8.2 innings. He's got streaming appeal whenever he makes his next start.

Category: Rumors

Edwin Rios was 2-for-3 with an RBI in Wednesday night's win over San Diego.

Fantasy Impact: Rios' second hit was a hard liner in the fifth inning that went all the way into right field after Padres pitcher Zach Davies deflected it with his glove, allowing Rios to reach base while also knocking in the first run of the game. Rios is now 6-for-22 on the season (.273), with his other hits being a double and three home runs. If he had enough at-bats to qualify, he'd actually lead the Dodgers with a 1.061 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps

Kenley Jansen appeared in a non-save situation Wednesday against the Padres. He struck out two in a perfect ninth inning.

Fantasy Impact: With a six-run lead, Jansen does not get credit for a save. Nonetheless, he's been very effective this season, registering 4 saves and posting a 1.13 ERA.

Category: Game Recaps

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly's suspension was reduced from eight games to five games on appeal, according to multiple reports. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kelly had been suspended eight games for throwing at Houston Astros batters, but his appeal successfully reduced the suspension to five games. He is currently on the injured list with shoulder inflammation and is eligible to return from that injury next Wednesday. He cannot begin serving his suspension until he is activated from the IL.

Category: Transactions

Ross Stripling (3-1) took the loss Tuesday against the Padres, allowing six runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: Two of the six runs he allowed were earned, but Stripling himself committed a costly error that led to a big inning for the Padres. This was Stripling's shortest outing of the season, and his first loss. He'll look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Angels next on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps

Dustin May (1-1) took the loss Monday against the Padres, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: May pitched effectively on Monday, but did not receive the necessary run support to tally one in the win column. He allowed a solo home run in the fifth, and an RBI base hit in the sixth. May has pitched well this season; his ERA sits at 2.75, and he 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. He lines up to face the Angels next on Saturday.

Category: Game Recaps

Walker Buehler did not factor into the decision Sunday against the Giants, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Buehler had his stuff working Sunday, but struggled with his command. His only earned run came via a single in the fifth inning. Buehler is 0-0 with a 4.40 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched so far in 2020. He has struck out 12 batters.

Category: Game Recaps

Kike Hernandez 1-for-3 in loss

Sun, Aug 9th 12:41pm EDT
By Jarod Rupp

Kike Hernandez went 1-for-3 in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: The hit was a triple, and one of only two hits the Dodgers could muster in the game. Hernandez was then able to score on an Austin Barnes grounder. After a hot start to the season, Hernandez has cooled off considerably, now slashing .255/.286/.383.

Category: Game Recaps

Max Muncy fractured his ring finger during summer camp, which was not previously disclosed by the Dodgers. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Muncy’s finger injury was not disclosed by the Dodgers. It could be the reason Muncy has had a slow start to the season. He is slashing .169/.310/.407 with four home runs and five RBI across 69 plate appearances. Despite the injury, Muncy has played every game so far this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Clayton Kershaw (1-1) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Giants. He allowed four runs on seven hits - including three home runs - and one walk in 4.1 innings. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw, coming off a 2020 debut in which he spun a scoreless gem, could not continue that momentum Saturday. He will try to bounce back in his next outing, scheduled for at home against the Padres on August 13.

Category: Game Recaps