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 Injury Notes: Gutierrez, Forsythe, Ryu, Segedin & More

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While many fans of the Dodgers were hoping that the team’s general bill of health would begin to improve heading into the first full week of May, the injury report continues to be a revolving door of wounded players. With a bit of luck, though, a few may conceivably return relatively soon as the club hopes to avoid yet another week of double digits on the disabled list.

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Dodgers Head to Arizona with High Expectations

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The Dodgers head into Arizona this weekend with a record of 8-8, a little sub-par for what most Dodger fans were hoping. Los Angeles currently is in third place in the division, behind both the Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. With a sweep of Arizona, the Dodgers would move ahead of them, and possibly be back on top of the NL West.

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Dodgers Send Forsythe & Segedin to Disabled List, Recall Taylor & Eibner

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The Dodgers on Wednesday placed infielder Logan Forsythe and infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin on the 10-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Brett Eibner and infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Forsythe is suffering complications from a fractured toe, while Segedin was diagnosed with a strain in his right foot.

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Dodgers Roster: Scott Van Slyke, Rob Segedin Vying for Same Utility Spot

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In the greater scope of things, there’s probably not enough room on the Dodgers‘ 25-man roster for both Scott Van Slyke and Rob Segedin, especially if the majority of the club’s key contributors are 100% healthy. However, with lefty killer Franklin Gutierrez still nursing a tender hamstring and veteran southpaw Rich Hill back on the shelf for an undetermined amount of time, the team turned to Segedin on Monday with hopes of creating a jolt of offensive energy against left-handed pitching.

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Dodgers Roster: Is It Too Early for a Few Performance-Based Adjustments?

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One week into the season, and fans of the Dodgers are already getting restless. The narratives from last year have carried into this one — the injuries, the inability to hit with runners in scoring position, and the troubles facing left-handed pitching. Other teams are changing their rotations to have as many left-handers as possible face the Dodgers. Rich Hill is the first starter to be placed on the DL, and Justin Turner left the game early last night with a quad strain.

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More Thoughts on the Oklahoma City Opening Day Roster

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If anyone took a glance at the Oklahoma City Dodgers roster entry on the team’s official website over the weekend, they would have seen that the number of active players was holding strong at 33, letting the thought linger that a huge personnel shakeup was on the horizon before the season opener against Iowa on April 6.

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Dodgers 25-Man Roster Notes: Taylor, Hernandez, Thompson, Toles & More

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Just one week now before the Dodgers start the regular season, and we are a little closer to knowing the final 25-man roster. Dennis wrote a story yesterday about the state of the starting pitchers. That may have become a little bit more clear, with the outcome of Scott Kazmir‘s most recent outing. Manager Dave Roberts today confirmed that Kazmir will start the season on the DL, dealing with issues in his left hip.

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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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Dodgers Roster: Putting Together an Outfield at Oklahoma City

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Even though there’s plenty of time left in spring training for the landscape of the big league outfield to change, it’s still not difficult to make an educated guess regarding the outfield crew at Oklahoma City, as the Dodgers‘ surplus of young talent has now created a very crowded locker room at even the Triple-A level.

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