The Washington Nationals have placed catcher Matt Wieters on the 10-day disabled list with a mild left oblique strain.
Catcher Pedro Severino has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and is listed as the starter in Monday night’s game at Atlanta.
[Possible transactions] have got to clear the internal bar, Zaidi said. We like the guys we have. It’s good for the group of guys we have here to feel like [positional] competitions are being kept in-house as opposed to introducing different variables into the equation.
That’s a very Dodgers way of putting it and, really, why would L.A. have shaken things up This group has been knocking on the door together. It’s fitting they get another chance to stare down their annual quietus and, instead of succumbing to it, take that last step through to the other side.
For the Dodgers, the time is now. Thirty years is a long time to be living in the past.
Here is my list of potential breakout studs — not rookies who already had stellar 2017 seasons, such as the Saints’ Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara — to keep an eye on:
It’s a weird week with off days for teams on each weekday, so keep an eye on schedules and make sure you’re getting a full lineup.
It seems to be only aces or streamers on Tuesday’s slate, though all three starting pitcher picks could find themselves in this column regularly or even kept on as longer-term options. It’s hard to make anything of early-season hitting numbers, so a few of the batter options are players you can consider holding beyond Tuesday.
Ty Blach (L), 8 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Seattle Mariners: Blach enjoyed a sharp debut against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, earning the win with five scoreless innings, scattering three hits and three walks and fanning three. The Mariners registered just the 23rd-best slugging percentage against lefties in 2017, and Nelson Cruz could be out with an ankle injury that might lead to a stint on the disabled list. Blach doesn’t miss a ton of bats, but he keeps the ball down (career 1.5 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio).