Ross Stripling Shut Down; Other Dodgers Notes

While the Los Angeles Dodgers await news on the MRI for Matt Kemp’s ankle that was taken Thursday, news came down that pitching prospect Ross Stripling needs an MRI on his right elbow. Stripling has been shut down until the results of the tests are known.

The 24-year-old said he experienced pain “five or six days ago” yet didn’t let team officials know about it according to manager Don Mattingly. Stripling is participating in his first major league camp after being drafted in 2012 out of Texas A&M and is considered one of the better pitching prospects in the organization.

Depending on the results of the MRI, the right-hander could miss considerable time left in the condensed spring schedule if not some of the year if it’s serious. Stripling was 6-4 with a 2.78 ERA in Double-A Chattanooga in 2013. In 94 innings he struck out 83 while walking just 19 batters.

In other Dodger related news:

  • Zack Greinke continues to downplay the calf strain that caused him to leave Thursday’s game. If it were a regular season game he would have continued and doesn’t seem to think it will be an issue at all. Greinke could throw a bullpen on Saturday after playing catch today.
  • Brandon League threw a simulated inning against Kemp today. League has been dealing with a strained lat for most of camp.
  • Chad Billingsley continues to show signs of progress and will begin throwing breaking balls on Saturday. This is another milestone in coming back from surgery.
  • Carl Crawford said that the tight quadriceps he has been dealing with feel fine and could play in Saturday’s game if it happens. Weather is expected to put games in jeopardy over the weekend.
  • The Dodgers signed two right-handed pitchers that participated in their open tryout on Thursday. Steven Edlefsen, 28, is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 27 career games at the big league level with the San Francisco Giants. Dan Keller, 21, is 3-9 with an 8.03 ERA in 38 games (all at the rookie level) with the Milwaukee Brewers.