Royals @ Dodgers July 8, 2017: Kennedy vs. McCarthy

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers’ penultimate game before the All-Star break is being broadcast on FOX, hence the afternoon start time.
Brandon McCarthy (3.25 ERA, 3.22 FIP, 3.80 DRA) will make his return from the disabled list to try to help the Dodgers (59-29) secure a series victory against the Royals (44-41).

Royals
Dodgers
4:15 p.m.
Los Angeles
2B
Merrifield
2B
Utley
RF
Bonifacio
SS
Seager
CF
Cain
3B
Turner
1B
Hosmer
1B
Bellinger
C
Pérez
LF
Taylor
3B
Moustakas
CF
Pederson
SS
Escobar C Grandal
LF
Gordon
RF
Puig
P
Kennedy (R)
P
McCarthy (R)

McCarthy was reactivated today after missing about a week and a half while dealing with right knee tendonitis. His last start came on June 25 against the Rockies. It was a rough outing, as he allowed four runs in just three innings and made three wild pitches. (The Dodgers won that game, 12-6.)

Ian Kennedy (4.44 ERA, 5.33 FIP, 5.13 DRA) takes the mound for Kansas City. The 32-year-old right hander is in the midst of a rough season. Defying a league-wide trend, his strikeouts are down from years past, and his walk rate is worse than league average.

Kennedy spent 2010 through 2015 with the Diamondbacks and Padres, so he’s seen the Dodgers a fair amount in his career (and you may remember him as the guy who hit Yasiel Puig in the face, then threw at Zack Greinke‘s head). Still, it’s been a little while, as this will be Kennedy’s first time facing the Dodgers since June of 2015.

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The corresponding move to get McCarthy back from the DL was to option Scott Van Slyke back to Triple-A. Van Slyke, who was called up on Thursday, entered that night’s game as a pinch hitter and drew a walk, but was erased on a pickoff.

McCarthy will likely get the first start for the Dodgers following the All-Star break:

Clayton Kershaw, who starts tomorrow, may get some extra down time:

And quick updates on Chris Hatcher and Hyun-Jin Ryu:

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She now writes for The Hardball Times, FanGraphs and Sporting News, and co-hosts a podcast, The Hardball Times Audio. She recently earned her master’s degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor’s in History and a minor in American Studies. She’s an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.