The MLB lockout has been a drag for baseball fans and MLB players. Especially, for those players recovering from injuries. Due to the labor dispute, players on the 40-man roster cannot communicate with their clubs in any way, shape, or form. That includes Dodgers reliever Caleb Ferguson.
Ferguson underwent Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2020. Prior to the lockout, he was able to be in constant contact with the Dodgers training staff.
Ferguson joined AM570’s David Vassegh to discuss the challenges of rehabbing during the MLB lockout.
“Being a rehab guy, working with a PT all summer long through the team and doing all that. Then not being able to talk to our medical team at all, the people that lead this whole thing. Being left in the dry on that, that’s definitely part of this lockout that sucks.”
Unlike the owners in the CBA negotiations, Ferguson hasn’t enjoyed having to use an intermediary to communicate with the Dodgers.
“We have to use a middle man for everything. [I] can’t pickup the phone and call our head trainer about what’s going on or anything like that. It really sucks, but it is what it is.”
The lefty reliever appeared in 21 games in 2020 for the Dodgers and posted a 2.89 ERA.
According to Ferguson, he should be ready around the start of the 2022 season. He figures to be a key contributor in a Dodgers bullpen that could be one of the best in the league.
As far as the lockout, it’s hard to argue with Ferguson.
It just sucks.
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