Dodgers Being Extra Cautious With Miguel Rojas’ Groin Injury as He Progresses Towards Return
Miguel Rojas hasn’t played for the Dodgers since Sunday due to a minor groin strain. Rojas injured himself while trying to turn a double play, and the Dodgers are being extra cautious before bringing him back.
On Thursday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to reporters, and gave an update on Rojas’ progress (per Jack Harris of the LA Times).
“The position he’s playing and that part of the body, the groin, it’s so dynamic,” Roberts said. “One move can set you back weeks. We just can’t afford that.”
The Dodgers definitely can’t afford to lose Rojas for an extended period of time, as the only other shortstop on the roster is Chris Taylor.
As Roberts said, the shortstop position requires so much movement, that you really can’t afford to rush someone back unless they’re fully healthy. So, that’s why the Dodgers have been extra careful with Rojas.
Roberts didn’t sound too optimistic that Rojas would be back on Friday — he sounded much more optimistic about the injured Miguel Vargas — so we’ll see how long it takes for Rojas to return. However, it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be going on the injured list, so he should be back sooner rather than later.
While Taylor has filled in nicely, the Dodgers would love to have their starting shortstop back — and at the very least, have a little more depth at the position.
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Now more than anytime do I realize that the Dodgers to make a trade for Tim Anderson. Lux goes down for the year with a bad knee and Rojas has to step up…only for him to step down with an injury. Shows he can’t handle the position on a full time basis. I like Miggy, but he needs to be a backup.