A day after a mysterious disappearance of command ignited discussion about a recurrence of “the yips,” Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy was put on the disabled list because of tendonitis in his right knee. The Dodgers executed a series of roster moves before Monday’s game against the Angels. McCarthy was shut down for 10 days. Reliever Ross Stripling was optioned to the minors. To fill the roster spots, the Dodgers recalled pitcher Brock Stewart and outfielder Trayce Thompson. Manager Dave Roberts indicated that he was unsure if McCarthy’s knee issue affected his performance Sunday. In the second inning against the Colorado Rockies, McCarthy (6-3, 3.25 earned-run average) was unable to command
The Los Angeles Dodgers unleashed yet another weapon to continue their winning streak: the vaunted wild pitch. The Dodgers made some baseball history Sunday, albeit with a great assist from the Colorado Rockies, scoring a record five runs in the final two innings on four wild pitches by Adam Ottavino. Add the almost requisite home-run production from rookie sensation Cody Bellinger — this time he had two — and the Dodgers had a 12-6 comeback win over the Rockies for their 10th consecutive victory.
In May of 2016, in a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs, right fielder Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals walked 13 times. The Cubs went on to win the World Series while Harper tailed off the rest of the season, hitting .243 with 24 homers after batting .330 with 42 longballs in 2015. Harper and Cubs manager Joe Maddon will be reunited Monday when Chicago begins a four-game series in Washington against the first-place Nationals.