first_imgBut there is some question about how committed the White Sox are to trading Sale (or his rotation-mate Jose Quintana) and it would likely take an overwhelming package of prospects to land the 27-year-old left-hander — something the Dodgers are capable of offering.“I think the strength and depth of our system puts us in really good position that deals won’t happen without us being in the conversation,” Friedman said recently.Seager back, Puig outRookie shortstop Corey Seager was back in the starting lineup Friday night after missing the three-game series in Washington with a stomach virus. Catcher Yasmani Grandal was also dealing with the bug but started the first two games against the Nationals.“It wasn’t great,” Seager said. “You don’t want to be sick like that.”Meanwhile, outfielder Yasiel Puig did some running drills in the outfield before Friday’s game after leaving with tightness in his right hamstring during the last game in Washington.Roberts said he was told by Puig that the injury was not as severe as the left hamstring injury that landed him on the DL in June – or the multiple hamstring injuries that landed him on the DL twice last season and limited him to 79 games.“It wasn’t as bad as prior which is a good thing,” Roberts said. “Today he told me it was about 85 percent.“I think Yasiel was honest with me and the training staff. He said when he went on the disabled list it was 40 percent. It was 85 percent today.”Roberts said “there’s a chance” Puig could play Saturday but a return to the lineup Sunday was more likely.Since returning from the June stretch on the DL, Puig has batted .298 with a .388 on-base percentage, 12 runs scored and 12 RBIs in 25 games. Urias cannot be recalled for 10 days unless it is to replace an injured player.“I think that’s the plan right now. I don’t know if we’re going to bring another guy,” Roberts said of the four-man rotation. “I know it’s not going to be Julio if we go with a fifth guy. I think we’re going to stand pat with four. Things can change and obviously we have some guys that could potentially make that start for us.”Some of those guys might not be in a Dodgers uniform yet.With 10 days to go before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Dodgers continue to be linked to starting pitchers, Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox, in particular.Archer seems destined to move with the Dodgers and Texas Rangers most ardent in their pursuit of the 27-year-old right-hander. Sale, meanwhile, is a more obvious example of the “elite-level” acquisition Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is on record as saying would be the Dodgers’ focus. The five-time All-Star and this year’s American League starter would restore the twin-aces look at the front of the Dodgers’ rotation – when Clayton Kershaw returns from his back injury. ST. LOUIS >> Julio Urias’ latest big-league cameo was a short one.The 19-year-old left-hander was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday after pitching four innings for the Dodgers in Thursday’s win over the Washington Nationals. Urias will get a few days off and then pitch out of the bullpen for OKC, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.That was the plan when the Dodgers sent Urias back to Triple-A following his July 4 start. But he made just one relief appearance before being recalled to start in Washington this week when Hyun-Jin Ryu went to the DL. Austin Barnes was called up from Triple-A to replace Urias on the roster.With three off days in an eight-day span starting Monday, the Dodgers won’t need to replace Urias in the rotation for awhile. They could wait as long as August 6 before using a fifth starter, though Roberts was non-committal about how long the Dodgers would go with a four-man rotation.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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