Dodgers Injury Notes: Corey Seager, Andre Ethier, Pedro Baez & More

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While last week’s injury report brought on a bit of concern from many fans of the Dodgers, the outlook for this week is much better, as the two-week mark before the season opener is quickly approaching and the projected 25-man roster becomes a bit more defined.

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Dodgers Injury News: Andre Ethier, Scott Kazmir, Henry Ramos and Corey Seager

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While the Dodgers survived the first three weeks of spring camp without any significant harm, a few potentially notable injuries occurred during the early days of March, three of which came to light in Monday’s contest against the Rockies.

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Kazmir’s Latest Setback Hinders Dodgers’ Starting Rotation Plans

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To say that Scott Kazmir‘s rehab start for Oklahoma City on Wednesday evening “didn’t go so well” would probably be a bit of an understatement.

Early reports from the clubhouse after the game indicated that Kazmir was suffering the same types of neck and rib cage pain that initially landed him on the disabled list last month. The 32-year-old southpaw was removed from the playoff opener against Nashville with just two outs in the first inning. During the struggle, Kazmir hit two batters, walked two more, and gave up a home run before making way to righty Lisalverto Bonilla. OKC would make an effort to battle back from the early deficit, but eventually fell to the Sounds, 10-7.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: Ethier, Kazmir, McCarthy & More

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As fans are gearing up for a start from resident ace Clayton Kershaw at the onset of the Miami series this weekend, the Dodgers may be in store for a boost in the offense with a possible return from veteran outfielder Andre Ethier.

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Dodgers Not Ruling Out Surgery for Kershaw

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On a day when bad news from the injury department seemingly rolled in waves, manager Dave Roberts admitted before Wednesday’s game that lower back surgery isn’t being ruled out for Dodgers‘ ace Clayton Kershaw.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: Pederson, Kershaw, Ethier, Ryu & More

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As the seconds tick closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on August 1, without even having to pick up the phone or sacrifice a top prospect, the Dodgers may receive their own instant infusion of talent in the form of several key players returning from the disabled list.

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Dodgers’ Ethier Eyeing Early August Return

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier waits to hit during a spring training workout Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 in Glendale, Ariz. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: dodgers.0229.kjs — Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register — 2/28/16 The Los Angeles Dodgers. 2016 Dodgers Spring Training at Camelback Ranch Sunday February 28, 2016 in Glendale, Ariz. 2/28/16
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While most of Andre Ethier‘s time on the disabled list has been relatively quiet in terms of news surrounding the healing of his cracked tibia, Dodgers‘ manager Dave Roberts gave the media a brief update on Wednesday which revealed an August 2 target date of returning to the bigs.

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Dodgers Injuries: McCarthy Stretched Farther, Ryu on Deck

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After completing his longest rehab outing since having Tommy John surgery in April of last year, right-hander Brandon McCarthy got one step closer to the Dodgers‘ starting rotation Wednesday night, coming just one out shy of throwing a full four innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: McCarthy, Ryu, Ethier & Puig

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Many fans are wondering at what point the Dodgers will begin stirring the pot as the hot stove season quickly approaches, yet if the team can bring back a productive Yasiel Puig next week, and a healthy Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-jin Ryu and Andre Ethier sometime in July, the club may be in a position to transform the roster without even having to make a trade.

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Andre Ethier’s Potential Return Pushed Back

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The Dodgers took another small dose of bad news on the injury front on Wednesday when the club learned that outfielder Andre Ethier‘s original timetable to return from a cracked tibia has essentially become null and void.

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