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.
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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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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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.
“Boys come along a dime by the dozen
That ain’t nothing but ten cent
Pretty little thing let me light your
‘Cause mama I’m so hard to handle now
Yes I am”
Monday I wrote a nice little piece about my thoughts on the trade deadline, that the Dodgers did pretty well, and ended it with, “Let’s go.” Well, the Dodgers went — and not in a direction any of us thought they would go.
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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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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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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.
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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Triggered by a taxed bullpen and the need for an emergency starter, the Dodgers added right-hander Mike Bolsinger and lefty reliever Luis Avilan to the 25-man roster on Monday, and may be prepared to employ several other personnel changes as a number of players are on the doorstep of returning from injury.