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Dodgers’ rotation hit with another injury in loss to Phillies 6-1

Dodgers’ rotation hit with another injury in loss to Phillies 6-1:

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Kenta Maeda held up his right hand in protest. He raised both hands as he saw Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and a member of the training staff approach him on the mound for the second time in two batters. He shook his head as his superiors drew closer. The gestures were futile. Maeda could not talk his way into staying. In the second inning of a 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, Maeda exited the game because of a right hip strain. The injury lacked the sinister connotations of soreness in the elbow or shoulder. Even so, the Dodgers have already lost three members of their opening day starting rotation to the disabled list, and have stretched their pitch depth thin to compensate. Advertisement Maeda will undergo an MRI on his hip Wednesday. Roberts described the injury as “not too severe” but indicated Maeda could land on the 10-day disabled list and miss at least one start. “I think I won’t be away for a long time,” Maeda said through his interpreter, Will Ireton. “At the same time, I do have to see what the MRI says.” After Maeda exited, the Dodgers (25-29) struggled to solve Phillies starter Jake Arrieta. The offense could not place a runner on third base through seven innings against him. Justin Turner provided an RBI single in the eighth inning, but Daniel Hudson gave up two runs in the ninth. A day after stringing together five scoreless innings, the Dodgers bullpen needed to cover the majority of a game once more. Maeda recorded five outs. The Dodgers may need to recall Brock Stewart, who was optioned Tuesday afternoon following his abbreviated start Monday, to pitch this weekend against the Rockies. The Dodgers may need to make a roster move Wednesday to bolster their bullpen. Roberts utilized six relievers Tuesday to fill the void created by Maeda’s injury. Maeda indicated he felt discomfort with his hip after his last outing. The condition improved in between starts. He hoped he could pitch through it. He discovered early Tuesday he could not, as he felt strain on his hip when placing weight on his back leg. “I made the decision that I was able to pitch today,” Maeda said. “Getting pulled out early is something I don’t want to do. That puts a lot of pressure on the team.” The rotation is already beset with maladies. Clayton Kershaw missed almost the entirety of May with biceps tendinitis; he will be activated Thursday. Hyun-Jin Ryu is not expected to return from his torn groin muscle until the second half. Rich Hill remains indefinitely sidelined with a blister on his left middle finger. Keeping the group afloat are Walker Buehler and Ross Stripling. Buehler owns a 2.20 ERA average in seven starts. Stripling has a 2.42 ERA in five starts. Maeda was dominant in his previous two outings, with 20 strikeouts across 14 2/3 scoreless innings. He could not extend that stretch of dominance Tuesday. “It’s an unexpected, Murphy’s Law type thing,” Roberts said. “But our guys are resilient.” The second inning did not begin w
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