The injury list of the Dodgers continues to grow longer.
Although not overly serious, reliever Joe Kelly is among the recent injury casualties. J.P. Hoornstra of the OC Register reported on Friday evening that the righty is experiencing back stiffness after standing too long during a cookout that he hosted for his teammates at his Scottsdale home earlier in the week.
Fellow relievers Joe Broussard and JT Chargois handled the majority of the chef duties, but it was Kelly who sustained the damage. Both Broussard and Chargois are natives of Louisiana and apparently prepared more than 150 lb. of crawfish which fed the entire team.
“That’s one of the more unique ones,” skipper Dave Roberts said. “I guess I have to keep him away from the stove.”
Originally, Kelly was supposed to make an official Cactus League appearance against the Indians on Wednesday evening, but the discomfort in his back caused him to miss two days of action. Instead, he threw a light bullpen on Friday.
“Long cookout,” Kelly told Hoornstra. “Crawfish boil. We made chicken tacos, too.”
Kelly joined battery mate Russell Martin on the list of players affected by back ailments. The veteran catcher has not appeared in a game since February 26, but he’s apparently on the back-end of his recovery, according to team reports. Currently, it appears as if Martin may return to the lineup on Sunday against the Rockies.
Shortstop Corey Seager, who has been fighting off a minor illness, is expected to resume baseball activities on Saturday morning.
Staff ace Clayton Kershaw is gradually ramping up his activities, but he’s yet to throw off a mound.