Pirates @ Dodgers Aug. 14, 2016: Welcome back, Brett Anderson

Happy Brett Anderson day! It’s been awhile, but Anderson is making his season debut after undergoing back surgery in early March.

1:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
2B  Harrison 2B Utley
SS Mercer RF Reddick
CF McCutchen SS Seager
1B Freese 1B Gonzalez
3B Kang C Grandal
C Cervelli CF Pederson
RF Rodriguez LF Kendrick
LF Frazier 3B Segedin
Kuhl (R)
Anderson (L)

Anderson will be the 13th starting pitcher used by the Dodgers this season and 29th pitcher overall. Oh my. To make room for him, Brandon McCarthy was placed on the disabled list (25-man roster) and Zach Walters was designated for assignment (40-man roster).

The last time Anderson pitched, he got lit up in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Mets. He was a free agent and opted to accept the qualifying offer given to him by the Dodgers, which turned out to be a wise move on his part. If the Dodgers can’t get anything out of him the season’s last 6-plus weeks, then, well, it probably wouldn’t have been worth it for the team in hindsight. Still, it was a worthwhile gamble at the time.

Justin Turner is still out after suffering a hand injury. Probably for the best. But just look at that lineup if Turner is in it — Howie Kendrick is the No. 8 hitter and second-worst (to use the term lightly) in the lineup. That’s awfully deep. Bodes well going forward.

Some news…

Brock Stewart was also recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City as Josh Ravin was placed on the DL.

Stacie saw Bud Norris‘ start last night. Go through her Twitter feed to see her first-hand reports.

Please please please please please please…

Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw debuting/coming back soon? Yes please.

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.