Sunday, August 03, 2014

Depressing Starting Pitching News

First off, Paul Maholm, potential starter given the struggles in the back of our rotation, is out for the year with an ACL tear suffered Friday:

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left-handed reliever Paul Maholm suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday night and is lost for the rest of the season.

Lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez was recalled to replace Maholm in the bullpen. Rodriguez had a 4.40 ERA at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he threw a perfect inning Friday night. This is the third recall this year for Rodriguez, who also was on the Opening Day roster.

Maholm underwent an MRI that revealed the tear. The Dodgers said treatment plans are still to be determined, but the injury almost certainly will require reconstructive surgery. Maholm tore the ACL in his left knee in high school.

If you go to the link, you can see the play where Maholm got hurt, but it's not something you'll want to see. I feel bad for Maholm, as you never want to see a guy in blue go down like that. Get well soon, Paul.

In other depressing news, Dan Haren, who has lost the groove that Stella had found, has no choice but to take his next start Wednesday, against the Angels:

LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Dan Haren had another rough outing Friday in an 8-2 loss to the Cubs, but as of now the Dodgers are still planning to start him Wednesday against the Angels.

"As I sit here today, Danny goes," manager Don Mattingly said Saturday. "I guess anything could change. You don't know what could happen between now and then. There's no plans, no talk of changing."

Haren allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings Friday, earning his fifth straight loss. Haren has a 10.03 ERA in that five-game losing streak, allowing 36 hits and six home runs in 23 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit .340 with a 1.016 OPS in that stretch.

After going 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA in his first 11 starts, Haren has going 3-6 with a 6.52 ERA in has last 11.

After Red Patterson, the next option for the Dodgers is Zach Lee, who is 6-10 with a 5.22 ERA in Triple-A ball this year. Gosh I'm hoping Beckett can figure it out, quick.