Dodgers Injury Notes: Van Slyke, Ethier, Guerrero & More

Scott Van Slyke
(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

With the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ disabled list count still in double digits, numerous injury reports are finally beginning to emerge which indicate time frames for the returns of several key players.

While it would have been very handy to have outfielder Scott Van Slyke available early this week to DH against the Rays’ lefty tandem of Matt Moore and Drew Smyly, manager Dave Roberts told the media that Van Slyke’s back is still about a week away from sustaining any type of baseball related activities.

“Just in talking to (the training staff) and seeing (Van Slyke), he’s coming around better, but to even see him play catch or hit off a tee, we’re still a week from that,” Roberts said.

Although it’s difficult to speculate on an exact date for his return, many people around the clubhouse are guessing sometime after June 1.

“I’d say from the point he starts, to get back to playing with us, it’s a couple two, three weeks,” Roberts added.

Outfielder Andre Ethier is moving around much better and was in town late last week to have the fracture in his right leg evaluated for progress.

According to Roberts, the CT scan taken Friday showed improvement on Ethier’s cracked tibia, enough to where the veteran can start working out on an anti-gravity machine. Doctors estimated a possible return at mid-to-late June, which falls pretty much right in line with the original 10-to-14 week timetable for Ethier’s recovery.

Roberts stated last Monday that he had “no idea” about the status of Alex Guerrero‘s sore knee. “He’s still in Glendale, I guess, rehabbing,” Roberts said. “You would think he’s getting better.”

Yet towards the end of the week, Andy McCullough of the LA Times reported that Guerrero would be beginning rehab work, and that the newspaper already had space reserved to cover the outcome.

Initially, a mid-April return was anticipated, but early June now appears to be more realistic. The Dodgers are unable to send Guerrero to the minors without his consent, so he’ll likely stay in Glendale until the knee is back to full strength. What happens after that remains to be seen.

Last Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News had an opportunity to catch up with Brett Anderson and ask him what he’s able to do in regards to his recovery from having surgery to repair a bulging disc in his back.

“I get to look like a baseball player and stand outside with baseball players,” Anderson said jokingly, wearing a baseball glove on his right hand. “I get to get some Vitamin D, standing out in the sun, which is better than being indoors all the time.”

Hoornstra pointed out that the lefty is still on schedule with the three to five month time frame that was projected originally.

It was also specified by Hoornstra that Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy are on similar timetables in terms of potential returns to the Dodgers’ pitching staff.

Ryu had been in Arizona rehabbing from shoulder surgery last year, but recently struggled with a groin injury that prevented him from throwing several scheduled bullpens. McCarthy has also been throwing bullpen sessions, and continues to strive for a mid-season return after having Tommy John surgery last year.

And lastly, highly rated pitching prospect Jose De Leon finally arrived in Oklahoma City and is slated to join the OKC starting rotation sometime this week after spending all of April in extended spring training with an apparent ankle injury, or, according to other reports, was held back as a strategy to save innings for later in the season.

As we wait for updates on Yimi Garcia, Mike Bolsinger and Frankie Montas, please be sure to check back frequently for any other injury related announcements, as we’ll try our best to promptly share any breaking news as it happens.

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