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Ross Stripling (R) Headshot

Stripling was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma on Monday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Stripling ate up two innings Sunday, which was all the Dodgers really needed from him. He owns a mediocre 4.03 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 38 innings and will likely be up and down all season long.
7:49 pm (EST)
Brandon McCarthy (R) Headshot

McCarthy was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a knee injury before Monday's game, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

McCarthy lasted just three innings in a brutal no-decision last time out Sunday, in which the Rockies knocked him around for five runs on four hits. He owned a sharp 2.87 ERA heading into that start, so it's possible he tweaked the knee either before or during the start. McCarthy will be eligible to return from the disabled list June 6. Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports McCarthy should be back on or near that date.
7:47 pm (EST)
Scott Kazmir (L) Headshot

Kazmir will make his first appearance of the season in a rehab start Monday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Kazmir was reportedly hitting the low 90s with his fastball in previous sessions, which is what gave the team enough confidence to send him into game action. He will likely require a full 20-day rehab assignment before he's fully stretched out and ready to return to the majors, but there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel for the injury prone veteran. As long as he avoids setbacks, Kazmir can be expected back soon after the All-Star break.
7:38 pm (EST)
Brandon Finnegan (L) Headshot

Finnegan left Monday's game in the fourth inning with a left triceps strain.

This is a tough blow for Finnegan, as Monday marked his first start since April 15 after spending more than two months on the DL with a shoulder strain. The Reds haven't yet provided a timetable for the 24-year-old, though it should become clearer after he's further evaluated Tuesday. A trip back to the disabled list seems possible at this point, in which case lefty-throwing Amir Garrett would be an option to return from Triple-A Louisville to take his place in the rotation. Finnegan has made just four starts this season, lasting a combined 13 innings.
7:37 pm (EST)
Yunel Escobar (R) Headshot

Escobar (thumb) is starting at third base and batting cleanup Monday against the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Escobar is good to go after missing a pair of games over the weekend due to a left thumb strain. The 34-year-old, who is slashing .280/.331/.415 in 58 games this season, will face southpaw Rich Hill in his return to the lineup.
7:27 pm (EST)
Luis Valbuena (L) Headshot

Valbuena is not in the lineup Monday against the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena will retreat to the bench with the Dodgers sending southpaw Rich Hill to the mound. The 31-year-old is batting just .083 (1-for-12) against left-handed pitching this season, so the Angels will continue to play matchups with him moving forward. Albert Pujols will start at first place in his place.
7:23 pm (EST)
Jefry Marte (R) Headshot

Marte was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City on Monday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

He'll take the place of Kaleb Cowart, who was optioned back to Salt Lake City in a corresponding move. After a slow start with the Bees, Marte settled in at the plate, reaching base in 9-of-10 games before being recalled to the majors. He'll serve as infield depth for the Angels, though he likely won't see enough at-bats to carry any significant fantasy value.
7:15 pm (EST)
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