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Dodgers Place Kyle Hurt On 15-Day Injured List

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Right-hander Kyle Hurt has been placed on the Dodgers’ 15-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation, manager Dave Roberts told reporters (including the Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya).  Hurt’s placement is retroactive to April 17.  Right-hander Nick Ramirez was called up from Triple-A to take the open spot on Los Angeles’ 26-man roster.

Hurt was only just recalled from Triple-A himself last Tuesday, and that same day pitched two scoreless innings in the Dodgers’ 6-2 victory over the Nationals.  With just one earned run allowed in 6 2/3 MLB innings this season, Hurt has a 1.04 ERA over his 8 2/3 total frames as a big leaguer, including his one-game cup of coffee of a debut last year.  While not the biggest of sample sizes, the fact that Hurt has only issued one walk against Major League batters is encouraging, as he has experienced some control problems in the minors.

The righty’s ungainly 14.03% walk rate over 188 2/3 minor league frames is offset, to some extent, by his equally outsized 36.6% strikeout rate.  The ingredients are clearly there for a potential future as a bullpen weapon, though Hurt has started 41 of his 65 career minor league games, so the Dodgers will likely want to more fully explore what they have in Hurt as a starter before considering a transition to relief work.

For now, however, Hurt will become the 10th different pitcher on the Los Angeles injured list, as the Dodgers continue to search for healthy arms to fill innings.  The pitching schedule is further complicated by the team’s desire to keep Yoshinobu Yamamoto on a once-per-week schedule (mirroring his usage in Japan) for the time being, rather than on a regular turn through the rotation.  Of everyone on the IL, Walker Buehler might be the closest to activation, though Buehler will be making at least one more minor league rehab start as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.

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