Dodgers @ Giants April 6, 2018: Rained Out

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It’s rare for a team to look like they need an off day a week into the season, but yesterday’s off day couldn’t have come at a better time for the Dodgers. They got swept in Arizona and looked very bad on Wednesday afternoon, as they managed only one hit and three walks in their third shutout loss of the week.

Their scheduled off day came before a surprise off day, as Friday night’s game has been postponed due to weather in San Francisco. Hopefully two days is enough for the offense to get on track. If not, the team also has days off next Monday and Thursday.

Along with tonight’s postponement, tomorrow afternoon’s game has been pushed back two hours and first pitch is now scheduled for 3:05 PST. The Dodgers announced that Rich Hill will still start tomorrow and Clayton Kershaw will start on Sunday. Kenta Maeda, who was scheduled to start tonight, will apparently be skipped.

The Giants will also be skipping Friday night’s scheduled starter, Derek Holland.

Chris Stratton and Ty Blach will start against the Dodgers this weekend. The Dodgers faced both pitchers during their opening series. They scored three runs in 5 1/3 innings against Stratton last Sunday, but were held scoreless in five innings against Blach during their hope opener.

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In some off day news, former Dodger Trayce Thompson was claimed by the Oakland Athletics on Thursday morning. This could lead to a potential revenge series, as the A’s will be in Los Angeles for a two-game series next week.

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The Dodgers also designated Zach Neal, who made his Dodger debut in Wednesday’s loss, for assignment. They claimed RHP Alec Asher off Baltimore’s waivers and optioned him to Triple-A OKC.

Neal’s spot on the 25-man roster will likely be taken by Josh Fields, who will be returning from the Paternity List.

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In some rare good news for the Dodgers.

Justin Turner broke his wrist during a Spring Training game on March 20th. Next Tuesday will mark three weeks since Turner’s injury, which means he seems to be on track with this David Vassegh tweet from Monday.

Hopefully, Turner can get back without any setbacks. Logan Forsythe has had a rough time defensively at third base, and the team has a .202/.263/.286 triple slash line through seven games this season. Dodger third basemen have combined for a .077/.111/.192 triple slash line this season, so I’m not entirely sure that a one-armed Turner wouldn’t be their best option at this point.

About Alex Campos

Alex Campos
I'm a writer that has blogged at a whole bunch of places about a whole bunch of sports. I was most recently writing for Chavez Ravine Fiends, but was also the former editor at Dodgers Way. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Marketing. At Long Beach, I covered the Dirtbags in the 2014 season as an assistant sports editor at the Daily 49er.