Another day, another injury to a player on the Dodgers. Or at least it seems that way, especially to the pitching staff. The latest to incur an injury is starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy. He left Thursday’s game after four innings with a blister on his right index finger.
“I’ve dealt with them before,” McCarthy told Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve never had them as serious as Rich. He seem to be on a different level. Hopefully this is one that they take care of, get out in front of, and a couple days later, the whole thing dries out and we move on.”
He had left his previous start with discomfort in his right knee. An MRI on his knee did not reveal any additional injury, and McCarthy has said that he has been dealing with tendinitis since spring training. McCarthy’s next scheduled start is Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.
Thursday also brought the news that both Alex Wood and Adam Liberatore would be flying back to LA to consult with doctors about their respective injuries. Alex Wood has not healed as quickly from his SC joint injury as the team was hoping. Dave Roberts has said that he is not concerned about structural damage to Wood’s shoulder, and that the discomfort is in his sternum. Wood has been the biggest pitching surprise of the season, with a record of 6-0, 1.69 ERA, 1.87 FIP and 1.00 WHIP. Any long-term DL stint would lead to more starts for Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Liberatore will see his second trip to the disabled list the season after feeling left for arm tightness. His first trip was for a groin issue. He will visit Dr. Neil ElAttrache to see if that tightness is a sign of an elbow issue. Liberatore was replaced on the roster by left-handed reliever Grant Dayton.
Scott Kazmir still remains on the 60 day DL. He has been at Camelback Ranch for a throwing regimen to work on improving arm speed.
“The velocity had ticked up,” Roberts said last Friday. “We got him on the gun at 90–92 off the mound, so that’s really encouraging.”
There currently is no timetable for his return.
On Wednesday, Rob Segedin in underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his right wrist. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. He had already been on the 10-day disabled list with a right big toe strain, which was later re-diagnosed as turf toe.
It does not appear as though either Joc Pederson or Justin Turner will return to play during the current road trip. There was some hope that maybe Turner could return, but now it does not seem that either would resume playing with the team until after the series with the Washington Nationals.
“I put Joc and JT in that same bucket, where it is possible, but with the concussion and the neck, and with the hamstring, I think we’ve shown that we’re on the cautious side. I would rather err on giving JT an extra day or two then to try to get him early,” Roberts told McCullough.
Turner has been running drills with the team at Busch Stadium. Roberts also said that he would be likely to go on a short rehab assignment before being reinstated. Where he will perform that rehab assignment has yet to be determined. It is also not yet known if Pederson will do any rehab work before rejoining the team.
Andre Ethier has yet to begin any baseball activities. The earliest Dave Robert expects him to be ready would not be until after the All-Star break. Dealing with a herniated disc in his back, Ethier is having trouble recovering in timely fashion after working out. He is currently on the 60-day DL.
Brock Stewart made his first rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City yesterday. He threw 50 pitches over two full innings of work. Stewart allowed two runs, including a leadoff home run, no walks and five strikeouts. It was his second appearance on his rehab assignment as he recovers from shoulder tendinitis. It went much better than his first assignment at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he failed to make it out of the first inning.
“I like his fastball,” OKC manager Bill Haselman said to Jacob Unruh of NewsOK.com. “I like the velocity. It’s a good sign. It looks like his shoulder is pretty healthy.” Despite the high pitch count, Stewart was able to battle back and work his way out of bad counts.
While Luis Avilan is able to be activated from the 10-day DL tomorrow, it does not appear as though that will be the case. He had told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that while he would resume throwing this week, he expected to be out a little longer than the minimum 10 days.
A total of 21 Dodgers have been put on the DL so far this season, with the current count sitting at 11 players. Last year, Los Angeles set a record with 28 players total having visited the DL over the course of the season.