And it may not have even been the most important event of the day for the team.
Behind seven zero innings from Tyler Anderson and second-highest offensive scoring of the season, the Dodgers improved to 66–32 and increased their lead in the National League West to 12 games over the inactive San Diego Padres.
“Today was just a good day to be a Dodger,” manager Dave Roberts said.
Including a couple of injured pitchers who are now on the mend.
While the Dodgers dominated the Rockies (45-55), right-hander Dustin May completed his second rehab start with the Oklahoma City triple on his return from Tommy John surgery. And the exit on Thursday went much better than the first one.
Unlike last week, when May struggled with his team during a two-inning performance, the 24-year-old struck out six batters over three scoreless innings. He gave only two hits. He reached 99.9 mph with his weight. And he found a zone with 32 of his 46 pitches.
Before Thursday’s outing, Roberts said May will begin at least one more rehab next week. The team will then evaluate his progress, although he will probably need another walk after that.
Either way, May remains on track to return to the big leagues sometime next month, which should give the Dodgers time to decide if he’s ready to be part of their starting playoff rotation or take on a hybrid role that would look like on its use in previous postseasons.
Reliever Blake Trainen is on the same path.
Roberts announced Thursday afternoon that Trainen, who remained in Los Angeles, is due to take on hitters on Friday for the first time since a shoulder injury in April — a key step in the pitcher’s carefully managed recovery process.
The news comes just two days after Roberts initially said the right-hander was still a couple of weeks away from facing a live hit.
However, Trainen has since said he feels ready for the next progress in his rehab after a few weeks of regular bullpen sessions.
“[He’s] getting closer,” Roberts said of when Trainan will be able to return to the active roster. “I still don’t think Blake will be back in the next three weeks. So the end of August makes sense.”
For the Dodgers, Trainen and May’s status will not only be key in October, but could help determine how they approach the trading deadline on Tuesday.
If the team believes that these two pitchers, as well as several other injured hands including Walker Buhler, Brousdard Graterol, Tommy Kanle, Danny Duffy and Victor Gonzalez, can contribute further, it could reduce their need for pitching support. employees.
Conversely, if those players fall behind schedule or suffer any kind of setback, it could add to the team’s urgency to find reinforcements on the mound — calculations Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, said last week, the team’s front office would need to make in coming days. days.
“We don’t need anything,” Roberts said this week. “But any team can always improve on the edge. So if there’s anything that makes sense, I have complete confidence in our guys that they’ll pull the trigger.”
In the meantime, the Dodgers’ current roster continued its rise through July on Thursday, going 19-4 this month, coinciding with their most lopsided victory of the season.
Anderson was a key figure in the team’s seventh shutout of the season – pitcher Jake Reed and infielder Hanser Alberto also missed zero innings – after ignoring an early argument when Rockies manager Bud Black asked the umpires early in the game to force the southpaw to wipe the ball. rosin stains on the brim of his cap.
“There was a slight sediment, residual material [from the] rosin on his hat,” Roberts said. “They just wanted to remove it.”
Meanwhile, the Dodgers offense took three hits, three RBIs from Trea Turner, three RBIs from Will Smith and three hits from Gavin Lux in a night where everyone in the roster safely hit at least once.
“We just put it on earlier,” Lux said, “and tried to play from there.”
Rios playing for Oklahoma City
Edwin Rios began rehab Thursday in Oklahoma City, almost two months after the infielder fell due to a hamstring strain. Roberts said the team has not yet decided how much time Rios will need in the minors. They want the batter to get consistent playing time after appearing in only 52 major league games over the past two seasons.