18 Facts About Kenta Maeda

1. Kenta Maeda came into the ninth inning with a two-run lead and got DJ LeMahieu to fly out before striking out Nolan Arenado to earn his second save of the year.

2. Kenta Maeda struck out one in a two-out save against the Rockies on Friday.

3. Kenta Maeda was 27 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 6, 2016, with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

4. Kenta Maeda said the hip began bothering him at the end of his previous start, last Wednesday against the Rockies.

5. Kenta Maeda talks about his hip strain, when he initially felt the pain and possibly heading to the DL.

6. Kenta Maeda will undergo an MRI on his hip Wednesday and almost certainly go to the DL, missing one start if not more.

7. Kenta Maeda pumped his fist as he skipped off the mound, the threat defused.

8. Kenta Maeda came back to strike out the Rockies' number-3 hitter, Nolan Arenado, on three sliders.

9. Kenta Maeda has started 24 games in his major league career on four days of rest and 24 on five days of rest (3.43 ERA).

10. Kenta Maeda is a 6 ft 1 in, 175 lb (79 kg) right-handed pitcher.

11. Kenta Maeda made his MLB debut in a game that saw the Dodgers getting the better side of the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

12. Kenta Maeda helped lead Japan to a third place finish in the tournament and drew plenty of MLB eyes throughout the competition.

13. Kenta Maeda struck out 153 compared to 43 walks in 125.1 innings.

14. Kenta Maeda started for MLB and threw two shutout innings in his return to his former park.

15. Kenta Maeda wore a shirt poking fun at his old pal, the retiring Hiroshima Carp slugger Takahiro Arai.

16. Kenta Maeda lives in Tokyo with his wife Saho and their daughter.

17. Kenta Maeda competed for the Japanese national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and said he would use the tournament to assess his desire to compete in MLB, based on how he fared against their hitters.

18. Kenta Maeda picked up the win in his MLB debut on April 6, 2016, pitching six shutout innings against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.