While there are still a few lingering issues that have affected the general makeup of the big league 25-man roster, injuries have not had a significant impact on the overall performance of the Dodgers so far in 2017. Veteran lefty Rich Hill is prepared to be reinstated from the 10-day disabled list to face the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon, and with a little bit of good fortune, one or two other players may soon follow in his footsteps.
Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is surely the next-closest to regaining his full health. Gutierrez strained his left hamstring in the series opener at Wrigley last week, and while some have estimated a worst-case scenario absence of up to three weeks, those who are close to Gutierrez believe he’ll face the minimum 10-days, which lines him up for a potential return against Arizona on the road next weekend.
“It’s not serious,” said Gutierrez, who has endured similar types of injuries in the past and is confident of a quick return.
Prior to the injury, he was 3-for-13 at the dish with two doubles and two runs scored.
Unfortunately, the news isn’t so good for fan-favorite Andre Ethier, who joined his teammates at Dodger Stadium to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Saturday evening. Ethier was asked by Rachel Robinson to stand for thanks, and was honored for his volunteer work with the Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars.
The 35-year-old veteran was troubled with a problematic back since the beginning of spring training, and was eventually diagnosed with a herniated disc. Although it has been reported that he wants to do more as far as health and fitness go, trainers have been extra-cautious and have limited his baseball activities. There’s still not even a ballpark target date for a possible rehab assignment.
“He’s doing some running, nothing baseball-wise, and he’s been a little sore,” manager Dave Roberts said of Ethier’s progress. “On the baseball front, I don’t know when that’s going to be. Once that starts, then we have the progression and we’ll have a more accurate timetable. He’s still a ways out.”
According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, lefty Scott Kazmir threw in another simulated game this past week at extended spring training in Glendale. Apparently, he endured a four-inning, 74 pitched session, and his four-seam sat in the 84-88 MPH range.
“I text messaged him today and he was very encouraged,” Roberts said before the series opener against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Kazmir was placed on the 10-day disabled list with hip problems on Opening Day, and there’s still no defined time frame as far as a rehabilitation program goes.
News on righty youngster Brock Stewart has been minimal. The last we heard, the 25-year-old native of Illinois was throwing up to 75 feet on flat ground a few days after the beginning of the regular season. The original estimate for a possible return from his inflamed shoulder was early May.
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