Dodgers Injury Notes: Turner, Segedin, Ethier, Stewart & More

There’s plenty of good news heading into this weekend’s injury report, with the possible return of third baseman Justin Turner sometime next week capturing the headlines of many Dodgers outlets across the baseball blogosphere. What’s more, the current injury count on the disabled list has finally dwindled down to the single digits, a trend that many hope continues into the summer months.

Shifting outfielder Andrew Toles and pitcher Scott Kazmir to the 60-day DL on Friday permitted the organization a bit of 40-man roster flexibility. In turn, the club added utility man Mike Freeman and righty pitcher Chris Heston, who were both claimed off waivers from the Mariners. The placement of Toles on the 60-day disabled list was expected, but the Kazmir move may have been somewhat of a surprise, although many fans believed that it was doubtful that Kazmir could have made a positive impact with the team this season, anyway. With Tolesy and Kazmir joining Andre Ethier and Yimi Garcia, the Dodgers now have four players on the 60-day disabled list.

While Ethier still remains unable to run without pain, he can swing a bat without affecting his herniated disk. There’s still no firm date set for even a prospective rehab assignment, however, the team is still hopeful that the veteran outfielder could join the squad as soon as July.

And despite the murky outlook for Kazmir, who is striving to rediscover his mechanics after hip complications last spring, manager Dave Roberts continues to remain optimistic.

“The velocity has ticked up,” Roberts told the media before the series opener against the Cubs on Friday. “We got him on the gun at 90-92 off the mound, so that’s really encouraging.”

As far as news goes on Turner, the 32-year-old Long Beach native could potentially return from the disabled list before the end of next week’s road trip. Turner is currently dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, the most mild form of the injury. He was initially expected to need more than two weeks, but he has been able to take grounders on the field and appears to be progressing better than expected. While Roberts initially told reporters that it will be Turner’s own personal option in regards to rehabilitation, the consensus on Saturday evening was that he’ll appear in at least one rehab game before his return. The soonest that he’s eligible to be reinstated is May 29.

Righty Brock Stewart is finally scheduled to start his season by making one appearance with High-A Rancho Cucamonga this weekend before moving up to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Stewart has been on the disabled list since Opening Day after developing shoulder tendinitis towards the end of spring training.

In other news, utility man Rob Segedin underwent surgery for an injured wrist and will miss an additional 4-6 weeks. Segedin had been out initially with a toe injury since April 19 without making significant progress. That injury that was originally expected to keep him out for perhaps a month. However, he suffered a separate wrist injury while rehabbing, and this new ailment could conceivably keep him off the field until the All-Star break. With outfielders like Brett Eibner making his presence known and Chris Taylor continuing to add value at ultiple positions, there’s no guarantee Segedin will even make the major-league roster upon his return.

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Dodgers Outfield: A Quick Look at the Big League Depth Chart

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On a day when many folks close to the Dodgers await the outcome of an MRI on the right knee of Andrew Toles, it may be worth taking a quick moment to peek at the club’s outfield depth, if only at the majority of the players who appear to be major league ready.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: Joc Pederson, Logan Forsythe, Andre Ethier & More

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After Saturday evening’s come-from-behind, walk-off victory against the Phillies, many who are close to the Dodgers, including skipper Dave Roberts himself, believe that the monumental win has potentially infused a bit of momentum, and conceivably could be the one contest that may spearhead a new direction for the squad.

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Dodgers Injury News: Andre Ethier, Scott Kazmir, Franklin Gutierrez & More

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While there are still a few lingering issues that have affected the general makeup of the big league 25-man roster, injuries have not had a significant impact on the overall performance of the Dodgers so far in 2017. Veteran lefty Rich Hill is prepared to be reinstated from the 10-day disabled list to face the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon, and with a little bit of good fortune, one or two other players may soon follow in his footsteps.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: Kiké Hernández, Andre Ethier, Corey Seager & More

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As fans patiently wait on the management crew of the Dodgers to make the final few decisions regarding the team’s Opening Day roster, it may be worth recapping a few of the more notable injuries and how they may impact the overall makeup of the squad during the first month of the season.

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Dodgers Spring Training Notes: Kershaw, Roster Battles, Injuries & More

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The Dodgers looked nice and ready for Opening Day yesterday in their game against the Texas Rangers. Clayton Kershaw went for his longest outing yet, and was dominant — he struck out 11 of the 21 batters he faced in 92 pitches, allowing two hits and one walk. The prime time slot for the game last night showed MLB that its best pitcher he’s ready to go.

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All of a Sudden, the Dodgers Starting Rotation Doesn’t Seem So Deep

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For many fans of the Dodgers, it’s beginning to become an annual occurrence — overwhelming optimism about a stacked rotation in the winter, eventually turning into genuine concern about the prospective starting pitching crew as Opening Day draws near. What was once a highly talented staff extending to the rafters at Triple-A Oklahoma City now has a few gray areas even at the big league level.

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Dodgers Cactus League Notes: Kershaw, Ethier, Seager, Urías, Buehler & More

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The countdown is on — just two weeks until the Dodgers open up the season against the San Diego Padres. Clayton Kershaw will be the starter that day, but on his last start he looked less than Kershaw-like. Kersh allowed three home runs, four runs total on six hits in five innings. He also had eight strikeouts and two walks.

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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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Brett Eibner Could Be Dodgers’ 25-Man Roster Dark Horse

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The exact make up of the Dodgers outfield is still unknown. Manager Dave Roberts has come out many times saying that Yasiel Puig will be starting in right field, and Joc Pederson will retain his roll in center. Left field is a bit uncertain, but look for Andre Ethier to have the starting role there. Where the real fun begins is determining who will make the team as reserves.

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