Dodgers @ Brewers May 4, 2015: Transactions, awards, Kershaw

Instead of having individual posts for every transaction, it seems the game threads are going to double as that — you know, since it isn’t the offseason and we aren’t struggling to produce content.

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Pederson
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Gomez
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Herrera
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Uribe
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Gomez
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Kershaw (L)
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Lohse (R)

Today, the Dodgers did a few things. First up, Matt West.

They sure did. He was promptly optioned to Double-A Tulsa. To make room for West on the 40-man roster, Hyun-Jin Ryu was moved to the 60-day disabled list. This is nothing to really be concerned about, since it’s retroactive to March 27. When Ryu originally suffered the shoulder injury, it would have been surprising to see him back before June. This just seals it. And there wasn’t any setback, just a procedural move.

What’s next, Bill?

Ahh yes, Daniel Coulombe. He was throwing well in Oklahoma City and was pretty impressive overall in 2014. He’s getting his first look at the big leagues this year, and now the Dodgers have four left-handed relievers (which seems unprecedented for this club) — Coulombe, J.P. Howell, Adam Liberatore and Paco Rodriguez. That’s nice.

Andy Wilkins was acquired last night and is apparently going to Oklahoma City. He hit 30 home runs and 38 doubles in Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox) last year as a 26-year-old. If nothing else, this gives the OKC Dodgers some more depth. To make room for Wilkins, the Dodgers designated Scott Baker for assignment. He’ll probably clear waivers and go back to OKC.

Got all that? Good, ’cause we don’t, either.

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On the awards front, there was some news.

Adrian Gonzalez was a no-brainer. Alex Guerrero won the NL Rookie of the Month with a whopping 28 plate appearances. But he made them count, posting a .423 batting average and a 1.077 slugging percentage. Joc Pederson was probably more valuable (and had a 1.057 OPS), but it’s hard to overlook what Guerrero did in limited playing time. ‘Tevs.

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Oh, Clayton Kershaw is pitching tonight, so that’s fun.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Craig Counsell is making his managerial debut, taking over for the recently fired Ron Roenicke. Both are former Dodgers, on some level.

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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.