Although the injured list of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been as high as 14 players recently, the current recovery trend suggests the team could conceivably be down to single digits in the coming weeks.
Saturday saw the return of both Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry to the Los Angeles lineup, but there wasn’t much of a homecoming considering the team’s 11-6 loss to division rival San Francisco. Still, with the added upgrades, Bellinger and McKinstry’s presences should be tremendously beneficial to the club moving forward, both on offense and defense.
As it stands, there are a total of 12 players on either the 10-day or the 60-day injured lists. The 60-day houses six players, all of whom could be out for the entire season, aside from righty swingman Tony Gonsolin, who could be rejoining the team much sooner than later.
Gonsolin made his second rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday and gave up three runs on two hits and a walk while striking out four batters over 3-2/3 innings. Manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Gonsolin could rejoin the team if the right-hander is able to pitch around five innings or 75 pitches in his next rehab appearance, finally bringing the team’s starting rotation back to full strength.
Nelson was put on the shelf last week after experiencing soreness in his forearm, but he may end up spending the minimum amount of time on the injured list, as there are hopes he could come back as soon as next weekend.
“Jimmy played catch yesterday,” Roberts said on Friday. “I think he’s planning on getting off a mound on Sunday. And we’ll set up a potential live batting practice on Tuesday, and if that goes well, then hopefully we can activate him on Friday or Saturday.”
Graterol topped out at 98 MPH during his throwing session Friday while facing hitters for the first time since he suffered tightness in his forearm. He will likely see game action as part of his rehab assignment in the coming days.
Alexander and Cleavinger are in a similar boat. Initially, both players were expected to miss minimal time, but recent reports indicate that their respective stays on the injured list might be longer than anticipated. Roberts said this week that while Alexander has been throwing, he still not near the point of facing live hitters.
“Garrett is kind of on the same program [as Alexander],” Roberts said earlier in the week. “Once he gets the inflammation out and the soreness, he’ll go out on rehab. For both of those guys, I would expect them to at least be out on rehab for a week and then see where we’re at.”
Pollock began his rehab stint on Saturday for Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, starting in left field and making two plate appearances. On Friday, Roberts said that Pollock is expected to rejoin the Dodgers for their road trip in Atlanta, which begins June 4.
While Seager is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks with a broken hand, he’s still staying active as far as baseball activities go. Seager has been doing work with his legs, his glove hand, and has even been swinging the bat one-handed.
“I think the overall plan is once he’s healthy enough to come back and play games, we just want him to hit the ground running,” Roberts said last week. “Corey is definitely on that plan. He’s just such a great worker.”