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Dodgers’ Landon Knack Will Start Series Opener Vs Angels

With the Dodgers needing a starting pitcher Friday in the absence of Walker Buehler, who was placed on the injured list with hip inflammation Wednesday, the team went with the obvious choice.

Rookie Landon Knack, who’s 1-1 with a 2.61 earned-run average through his first four career starts this season, will get the assignment against the Angels.

Knack will be called up from Triple-A and join the team in Los Angeles, Dave Roberts told reporters Thursday in Denver, Colorado.

Knack, a 26-year-old right-hander, was the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2020 out of East Tennessee State. He made his debut on April 17 and, after allowing a home run to the first batter he faced, settled in to allow two runs over five innings against the Washington Nationals in a 2-0 loss.

Knack’s next start was more of the same: a two-run, six-inning effort against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. This time the Dodgers supported Knack with their bats and the rookie walked away with his first major league victory.

This will be Knack’s fourth stint with the big-league club, including his time with the club in Seoul, South Korea; Knack did not pitch in either game against the San Diego Padres.

Knack didn’t factor into the decision in either his next start (5 IP, 1 ER vs. Arizona) on April 30, or in a one-off spot start May 19 against the Cincinnati Reds (4.2 IP, 1 ER) at Dodger Stadium.

Knack is 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He last pitched on Sunday.

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JP Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra writes and edits Major League Baseball content for and is the author of 'The 50 Greatest Dodger Games Of All Time.' He once recorded a keyboard solo on the same album as two of the original Doors. Follow at


  1. It never ceases to amaze me how Dave Roberts can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Knack was cruising, and once again, Roberts finds a way to lose. But he is Friedman’s stooge, so we are stuck with this clown. Absolutely infuriating.

    1. I am not a big fan of Roberts. But, it is not his fault that Yarbrough shit himself. And the offense completely laid an egg.

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