Dodgers starter Walker Buehler was pulled from his start with rib soreness, in another blow to an injury-depleted Los Angeles pitching staff.
Buehler was perfect through four innings against the Atlanta Braves and still cruising with one out in the sixth when manager Dave Roberts and trainer Nathan Lucero went to the mound. After a lengthy discussion, Buehler was pulled.
Buehler was hit in the ribs by a comebacker from Colorado’s Trevor Story on May 21, and Friday was his third start since then. But a problem was evident to manager Dave Roberts when Buehler’s velocity dropped.
It was a difficult thing to watch for the Dodgers pitching staff, but the bullpen came through, allowing a combined two runs over the final 3 2/3 innings to preserve Buehler’s win.
It makes my stomach sick, to be honest you,” said Kenley Jansen, who pitched a scoreless ninth. It was a crazy game. Thank God Venditte and [Adam Liberatore] picked it up. Me coming in to close it out, that was great.”
Strasburg said he’s been dealing with the issue prior to Friday.
White Sox: OF Adam Engel (right hamstring strain) missed his fourth straight game.
Red Sox: OF Mookie Betts (10-day disabled list, left abdominal strain) continues to progress towards a rehab assignment. Cora said Betts hit in the cage during Sunday’s game and had a great day. … 2B Dustin Pedroia (10-day DL, left knee inflammation) still has discomfort, but will travel on the team’s upcoming road trip. It’s been a slow process, Cora said.
Porcello won a foot race to first on Thompson’s sixth-inning grounder, but stumbled into first base umpire Quinn Wolcott. Anderson took advantage, rounding third and easily beating Porcello’s throw home.
McCutchen’s solo home run in the first inning was his third in five games and he later singled. He entered the game 3 for 22 against Strasburg.
Reyes Moronta (2-0) got two outs for the win.