Rare Under 21 hurling win for Waterford

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Andrew Friedman: Rich Hill’s injury will not change Dodgers’ trade-deadline priorities

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season That area seems obvious.The Dodgers’ offense has only recently slipped from the top of the National League in runs scored and has shown more balance this year (they are 17-9 in games started by opposing left-handers). The starting rotation leads baseball with a 2.70 ERA.And then there is the bullpen. A recent run of stability allowed them to get their relief ERA for the season down to 4.15 (through Thursday). That still ranks just 11th in baseball, sixth in the National League.But Friedman sticks to his usual mantra of being “flexible” and “opportunistic” in pursuing trade additions, saying he doesn’t believe there are any glaring holes in the Dodgers’ roster that need to be filled before the deadline.“I think our area of focus will be similar to what it’s been in the past and that’s to find impact players,” he said. “That’s what moves the needle in October. That’s where our focus will be. We really like our team and our depth. Now it’s about supplementing with really good players and that’s what we will be focused on.” In the past, that search for “impact players” has led to acquisitions of Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, Rich Hill and Josh Reddick. This year, the greatest impact might come from adding a reliever such as Brad Hand, Will Smith, Alex Colome, Shane Greene or Sean Doolittle.“Like I’ve said in the past, a lot of our energy and focus is on helping each of our internal guys perform better and they have, which is great,” Friedman said of the current bullpen. “We’ll continue to monitor that while having external conversations about ways we can further improve our team.”STAR SEARCHIn a change to the All-Star voting system, MLB announced finalists at each position. Fans will choose from those finalists and vote for starters at each position next week. The final voting period will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.The only Dodgers finalists were Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson, who are among nine outfielders fans can choose from to start the game. Bellinger led all individual vote-getters in the “primary” voting.Whether a player is or is not a finalist does not affect his eligibility to be named to the eventual All-Star roster. The players vote for the reserves.INJURY UPDATESMax Muncy was back in the starting lineup Friday after leaving Thursday’s game when he fouled a ball off his right ankle. X-rays were negative but Muncy was still sore Friday.Muncy said the ball hit him right where his foot and ankle flex “so everything around it tightened up” making it feel “like a sprained ankle.”“Maybe I’ll finally invest in one of those shin guards,” he said before the game. “But where it hit wouldn’t have been covered anyway.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img LOS ANGELES — The best starting rotation in baseball lost one of its members for two months, potentially longer.But that doesn’t change the Dodgers’ priorities heading toward the July 31 trade deadline and won’t send them in search of a starting pitcher before the deadline, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.“No. I mean, with Strip and Julio and Ferg and the guys we have in the minor leagues and with Rich’s prognosis, I don’t see it being an area where we spend a lot of energy,” Friedman said. “Could that change? Of course. But I don’t expect it right now.“We don’t expect it to be an area of need.” Meanwhile, Corey Seager (hamstring) and A.J. Pollock (elbow) continue to make progress in their rehabs. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said both have expressed an eagerness to use the All-Star break to keep that process going.“(We) expect them both to forego their All-Star break,” Roberts said. “If all goes well, they’ll both be playing in some capacity, getting at-bats whether it be at CBR (Camelback Ranch) or with one of our affiliates during our break. That’s a credit to their desire to get back.”Seager has been out since June 11. Pollock completed a six-week course of antibiotics and resumed baseball activities on June 12.Reliever Scott Alexander (forearm) has not been cleared to throw off a pitcher’s mound yet.UP NEXTRockies (RHP Peter Lambert, 2-0, 6.00 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 9-1, 1.26 ERA), Saturday, 4:15 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11, 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more