It’s really not that difficult to inadvertently overlook the injuries of the Dodgers considering the club’s most recent string of success; however, looking ahead, the overall health of the squad could become a critical factor during the stretch run of the regular season and into the playoffs.
As it stands now, Los Angeles has 11 players on the disabled list, with five of the 11 — Andre Ethier, Andrew Toles, Rob Segedin, Scott Kazmir and Yimi Garcia — all listed on the 60-day DL. While we do know that Tolesy and Garcia aren’t expected back until next year, it’s beginning to look bleak for Kazmir and Segedin, even though Kazmir has appeared in a rehab outing for High-A Rancho Cucamonga as recently as last Sunday. There is still a bit of hope for Ethier, though, as skipper Dave Roberts not too long ago outlined September 1 as a new target date for the veteran outfielder’s prospective return.
Lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu and southpaw reliever Grant Dayton were the two newest additions to the disabled list, but neither injury appears to be very serious. Ryu was placed on the shelf resulting from being hit on the foot by a comebacker in his most recent start against the Angels less than two weeks ago. There was minimal damage, as the diagnosis was listed as a simple bruise. Dayton was sent to the DL with a case of neck stiffness and will likely be available after the minimum 10 days, should the team require his immediate services.
There’s no new insight on Franklin Gutierrez‘s latest bout with ankylosing spondylitis, a rare inflammatory disease which forced him to sit out the entire 2014 season. Gutierrez had managed the condition in the past with a number of different medical treatments, but this latest spell simply became too much to handle in conjunction with playing on the field.
The immediate future doesn’t look too bright for lefty reliever Adam Liberatore, as he is currently at Camelback Ranch attempting to rehab a left forearm strain. He’s still not throwing at all, and Roberts recently indicated that the lefty is “at least” a few weeks away from throwing in a rehab appearance.
“He’s trying to work through that. I know he’s not off a mound right now. I don’t know when a day of return would be,” Roberts said on Friday. “There would obviously be a few week-rehab assignment.”
Liberatore last pitched on May 30 against the Cardinals.
Righty reliever Chris Hatcher isn’t showing any signs of improvement, either, after landing on the disabled list on June 23 with thoracic inflammation in his spinal area. He received an injection of cortisone for his pain earlier in the week, and probably won’t even be deemed fit for a rehab game until well after the All-Star break.
In a bit of brighter news, veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was able to take 40 swings of the bat prior to Friday’s game against the Royals, with 20 of the cuts coming off a tee. Gonzo has now been on the shelf for more than a month with a herniated disc in his back, and this latest activity marked the first signs of rehab for the 35-year-old in a number of weeks. There’s still no timetable for a projected return, although some believe that mid-August is a realistic goal.
Until he’s absolutely 100% healthy, there’s certainly no hurry to rush Gonzalez back onto the active roster, especially with rookie sensation Cody Bellinger holding down the fort at first base.
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