Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 240 – ASG, Machado, Muncy, Turner hurt

On this episode of Dugout Blues, before Jared and I are back to talk about a busier week than expected … being the All-Star break and all.

Max Muncy participated in the Home Run Derby. Matt Kemp and Ross Stripling participated in the All-Star Game. That was basically it. Onto the next.

The Dodgers acquired Manny Machado! If you didn’t hear our recap of it, you can listen to it here.

The Dodgers took 2-of-3 from Milwaukee over the weekend. The middle game of the series saw Clayton Kershaw pitch decently and Muncy commit a couple errors that turned the game in favor of the Brewers. Still, 2-of-3 from a playoff team on the road is never a bad thing.

On Sunday, Justin Turner made his first start since July 11. Coincidentally or not, he left this game early after aggravating his adductor/groin injury. Perhaps they’ll actually put him on the 10-day disabled list (it’s literally 10 days!) this time.

In the minors, there were some standouts. Gavin Lux and Ronny Brito have been on first. This is nothing new for Lux, but Brito is doing this in Ogden. I’d like to see him get to full-season ball and play well before getting too bullish on him, but I’ve always liked him. Keibert Ruiz took a foul ball off his hand in the Futures Game. Luckily, it was just a bruise. Alex Verdugo is still hitting .350 in Triple-A (and might be getting recalled to the majors). Drew Jackson might be a guy here before too long, and he (like Ruiz) will have to be placed on the 40-man roster this winter to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Mitchell White struggled again, while Yadier Alvarez might be a reliever at this point (still unconfirmed, but his last couple outings have been as a reliever).

We end with a strong Q&A session — best one in awhile. Keep the questions coming.

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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.