While the Dodgers have been blessed with relatively good, overall health so far this spring, there are a handful of issues among a few players that continue to linger.
The most severe injury belongs to outfielder Joc Pederson. The 27-year-old lefty hitter has been dealing with a problem in his side, still preventing him from picking up a bat.
News out of camp on Wednesday indicated the injury might be worse than originally indicated.
For a moment during the winter, it looked as if both Pederson and righty pitcher Ross Stripling would be traded to the Angels, but for a multitude of speculated reasons, the deal eventually fell through.
If Pederson finds himself healthy come Opening Day, he might be in a platoon scenario with the right-handed hitting A.J. Pollock. Nevertheless, with Matt Beaty, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor lurking about the 26-man roster, there is not any hurry to rush Pederson back into action, even if it means he would not be available for the regular season opener against the Giants exactly one month from Wednesday.
Similarly, righty pitching prospect Dustin May has been experiencing an issue in his side and has been shut down temporarily. According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, May has not thrown a ball since the opening of spring camp.
Team management has already stated that May will be groomed as a starter for the early part of the season, so it remains logical to assume that he’ll begin the year at Triple-A Oklahoma City, considering the surplus of available starters at the big league level. That being the case, there’s no reason to expedite May’s recovery.
Connor Joe, who the Dodgers brought back to the organization after he spent last season in the San Francisco system, left camp to attend to personal issues. The 27-year-old outfielder made his MLB debut for the Giants last year, eventually logging 15 big league AB over eight games early last spring.
According to injury reports from a few outlets, lefty reliever Scott Alexander is listed as having a problem with his hand, but nothing concrete has yet to be mentioned to the media. Alexander has not thrown a big league pitch since June 5 of last year.
On a positive note, veteran right-hander Jimmy Nelson seems to be pitching well after experiencing soreness in his back and groin at the onset of camp. He has thrown several bullpens since last Thursday and appears to be on track for inclusion on the Opening Day roster.
Nelson remains a longshot for the starting rotation, but there’s a good chance he begins the year in the bullpen, should he stay healthy throughout the spring.