Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is likely to be out of the lineup for three or four days due to a right hamstring strain, according to manager Dave Roberts.
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Yasiel Puig upset the New York Mets with a long look at his three-run homer Wednesday night in a Los Angeles Dodgers' victory.
Puig posed at home plate and watched his fourth-inning drive off Tyler Pill. Wilmer Flores apparently said something to Puig as he rounded first base.
"I don't think he knows what having respect for the game is," Flores said. "We're playing horrible right now. We don't need his [behavior]. He disrespected us."
Puig told reporters he didn't see anything wrong with the home run trot and said Flores was overreacting.
Cody Bellinger has hit 18 home runs since the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted him to the Major Leagues on April 25 -- more than any player in baseball over that span.
Bellinger is open to an appearance in the Home Run Derby last month in Miami.
"I think it would be cool," he said. "I know I'd have my dad throw to me since he's thrown to me my whole life and in the offseason. He's got a good BP, so I'd probably consider it."
Bellinger participated in a home run derby when he was at Class-A in 2015, but said that he swung and missed twice during it. Bellinger called himself "not the greatest BP hitter," which gave him pause about joining the event this year.
Yasiel Puig was suspended one game and fined by Major League Baseball for making an obscene gesture to Cleveland Indians fans on Tuesday night.
Puig flashed the middle finger on both hands at fans sitting behind home plate at Progressive Field after hitting a home run.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder is appealing the decision. He was in Wednesday's night lineup and batting ninth.
Yasiel Puig flashed the middle finger on both his hands toward several fans close to the field who were talking to him both before and after his second-inning home run at Cleveland's Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
"I reacted that way," Puig said through an interpreter. "I stooped to their level."
Puig's home run gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in an eventual 7-5 victory. Asked if he regretted it, Puig said it happened suddenly.
"It's something that came out," he said. "There's really nothing I can do at this point."
The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:
- Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
- Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
- Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
- Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
- Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
- Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
- Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
- Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
- Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
- Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
- White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
- Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
- Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
- Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
- Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
- Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
- Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
- Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
- Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
- Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
- Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
- Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
- Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
- Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
- Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
- Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
- Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida
The Los Angeles Dodgers have six options for five rotation spots and Kenta Maeda is the latest odd man out.
Maeda, who has a 5.16 ERA, will make his first long relief appearance either Friday or Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds, according to Dave Roberts. Alex Wood is scheduled to come off the disabled list this weekend.
"This is not temporary for Kenta," Roberts said. "We need him to get back on track, get some momentum. I don't know what day he's going to pitch but he's open to it, and it's a credit to him as a teammate."
Maeda has lasted just four innings in each of his last two starts. He hasn't made a relief appearance since 2008, his rookie year in Japan.
Clayton Kershaw batted to end the seventh inning, but didn't come out to pitch the top of the eighth for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Kershaw was at a pretty reasonable 95 pitches, 23 shy of his season high, against the Washington Nationals.
Dave Roberts said he simply "changed my mind" about trotting Kershaw back out for the eighth. Kershaw was visibly irritated with the decision, but didn't let on.
"There was a lot going on there both ways," he said. "Without elaborating, that's the way it went."
Asked if he was surprised to be taken out, considering he came to bat a half-inning earlier, Kershaw smiled and said: "I'm going to say something cliché, but it is what it is. There you go."
Clayton Kershaw recorded the 2,000th strikeout of his career on Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.
He is the 79th Major League pitcher to accomplish the feat.
Kershaw and the Dodgers also matched a Major League record for strikeouts in a game with 26. The game went 12 innings.
The left-hander pitched eight innings and finished with 14 strikeouts, one shy of his career high.
"It will be cool someday. I guess when you retire you look back at that stuff,'' Kershaw said about the milestone.
The Dodgers say Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda has been hospitalized.
The 89-year-old Lasorda is resting comfortably, according to a team official. The club didn't provide any additional details Saturday on his condition.