Dodgers Injury Notes: Hill, Turner, Forsythe, Koehler & More

While there hasn’t been an overwhelming number of injuries so far this season, there have been enough to create a hindrance in some of the key areas of the Dodgers roster, perhaps even having an effect on the club’s overall performance.

The biggest blow of spring camp was undoubtedly the broken wrist of third baseman Justin Turner. The latest news on JT is that he still hasn’t begun to swing a bat, despite several reports over the weekend suggesting otherwise. However, the 33-year-old infielder is still participating in a few baseball activities, including an active regimen of throwing. He still has a teammate catch for him when he throws, to keep any pressure off his glove hand. Currently, the teammate normally catching for him is Logan Forsythe, who can’t throw yet because of his shoulder.

“It’s getting better every day and it’s been a good week as far as range of motion and pain tolerance, but not there yet,” Turner told reporters with a hint of sarcasm. “When I hit a ball off a tee, I’ll be the first one to stand here and let you guys know. I’ll send a tweet and tag you guys. Maybe you can get some followers.”

Speaking of Forsythe, he’s apparently been progressing with his inflamed shoulder, as he was recently seen taking dry swings in the batting cage. Additionally, skipper Dave Roberts hinted over the weekend that Forsythe may begin throwing over the next few days. Athough the 31-year-old Memphis native is eligible to come of the disabled list on April 25, the club has still yet to reveal a firm timetable for a return.

Rich Hill is also eligible to be reinstated on Wednesday after being placed on the 10-day DL with a cracked fingernail on his middle finger on April 18. The veteran southpaw called the disabled list move “precautionary” from the beginning, and as recently as Friday, told the media that he was fine to pitch.

“I could have pitched tonight,” said Hill. “No issues.”

Still, after the team shifted around the rotation in light of Hill’s absence, there is a need for another starting pitcher in the opener against the Marlins on Monday night. Many pundits have speculated that either Brock Stewart or Walker Buehler will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City; however, there still has yet to be a firm decision.

“We’ll know soon enough,” Roberts said over the weekend. “We’ve got a couple of ideas. I can’t say.”

(Update: At 2:00pm on Sunday, the Dodgers announced that Buehler will get the start against the Marlins on Monday)

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In other news, there hasn’t been much information surfacing on the progress of swing man Tom Koehler. During spring training, the right-hander suffered a shoulder injury that was diagnosed as an anterior capsule strain, and while his recovery sounds promising, the team will likely take it very slow in terms of a rehab program.

“The strength is there, the range of motion is great, but they want to make sure when I’m back, I’m back for good, and not just for a couple of weeks,” Koehler said a few weeks back. “It feels good today, but we want to make sure it’s good for the long haul.”

Another righty reliever, 27-year-old Yimi Garcia, has been rehabbing with Oklahoma City and may be available to the big league roster very soon. Garcia has been sidelined all season while working his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent back in October of 2016. While this is the final step in his recovery, the Dodgers haven’t specified how many rehab appearances Garcia will make before rejoining the big club, leaving his return date up in the air.

 

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Dodgers Place Logan Forsythe on Disabled List, Recall Breyvic Valera

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The Dodgers on Sunday morning placed infielder Logan Forsythe on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and recalled infielder Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Valera will wear uniform No. 33.

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Dodgers Roster: Justin Turner, Logan Forsythe Poised to Anchor 2018 Infield

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So far this spring, we here at Think Blue Planning Committee have kept close tabs on all the usual suspects and intriguing story lines—Matt Kemp and the outfield, the state of the pitching rotation, and who could be this season’s big surprise. This, of course, is with good reason as fans of the Dodgers are excited to see how all these scenarios play out.

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To Sign or Not to Sign Chase Utley

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Chase Utley is enjoying quite an offseason.

He’s hanging out at Disneyland, having a day with the singer from OneRepublic and their families. He’s in Dubai, talking about robot umpires. He’s on social media, celebrating the Hall of Fame induction of his buddy, Jim Thome. He’s out golfing at Justin Turner’s charity golf tournament (and outgolfing Turner, according to the host). He’s going viral, making Eagles hype videos with the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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Dodgers 2018 Roster: Where Exactly Does Logan Forsythe Fit in?

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A boring offseason leads to much speculation on the part of Dodger fans, as there is not much concrete news to concentrate on. One topic I’ve seen increasingly is who is going to be manning second base when the season starts.

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Dodgers Roster: Trying to Make Sense of the 2018 Outfield Picture

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It’s only November, and already many fans of the Dodgers have been trying to put together an outfield plan for the upcoming 2018 campaign. We are guilty of it, too—over the last few weeks we have talked about where Chris Taylor fits into next year’s roster strategy, in addition to discussing how Andrew Toles returns from a severed ACL. Anything can happen over the next few months, especially with the Winter Meetings approaching; but based on what we know right now, we decided to attempt to paint a picture of what may lie ahead.

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Dodgers 2018 Roster: A Few Thoughts About Second Base

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Earlier in November, the Dodgers exercised their option to bring back second baseman Logan Forsythe for another season at $8.5 million, perhaps making evident that the team views the 30-year-old Memphis native as the main guy at the keystone moving into 2018. But there’s one potential problem with the way the roster may shape up—there’s nobody at all on the radar who bats left-handed and can play second base.

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Dodgers Exercise Logan Forsythe’s 2018 Team Option

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As a prelude to what may be a busy winter, the Los Angeles Dodgers made several intriguing roster-related moves on Monday. They had previously declined to pick up the remaining $17.5 million on Andre Ethier‘s contract, instead opting to buy him out for $2.5 million. He is now a free agent. In theory, he could still return to the club, albeit at a lower salary.

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Dodgers Hope Hot Bats Stay Sizzling in Arizona

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So far, so good.

It’s very early in the postseason, but the Dodgers seem to have it together. All that worry about whether they would be able to get hot at the right time, if they feared the Diamondbacks, was all for naught. The bats look good, the pitching looks decent, and the Dodgers take a commanding 2-0 lead into Arizona.

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With NL Home Field Advantage Secure, What’s Next for Dodgers?

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Get ready, October is coming.

That’s really all anybody is thinking about right now, the postseason. The Dodgers have said that all of the team records, and winning 100 games for the first time 1974, is really cool, but it’s not the ultimate goal. I’m not saying winning 100 games is easy, of course it’s not, but the Dodgers have their eyes set on the Fall Classic, and so do all the fans. The Boys in the Blue clinched the National League West on Friday, in a game which they cemented the one thing we’ve known all season; the Dodgers know how to win baseball games. To make matters better, within five days of each other, two of the longest-running home run records in baseball were broken; the NL Rookie Home Run record, and the All-Time Rookie Home Run record, broken by Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge, respectively. So, after all this history, what’s next?

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