The Dodgers are mired in a horrendous slump the likes of which the team hasn’t since the start of the 2018 season. That team was without the services of Justin Turner for the first month-plus of the season as he recovered from a broken wrist and the lineup couldn’t tell its head from its ass from time to time.
After a 16-26 start, JT made his return by mid-May and the team took off, eventually making it back to the World Series for a second consecutive year.
Flash forward now to the 2021 Dodgers and we can pick on a few little similarities here and there. Health has been a concern and the team has been without the services of MVP outfielder Cody Bellinger for most of the season. While they started out hot with a 13-2 record (mostly picking on the lowly Rockies), the injuries have lead to multiple players in roles they shouldn’t be in.
And, unfortunately, the cavalry doesn’t appear to be all that close to helping.
The latest update on Cody Bellinger isn’t overly promising if you’re looking for his return any time soon. He’s rehabbing and recovering at the club’s spring training complex in Arizona but still isn’t running full speed or with full body weight on his fractured left fibula.
Once he finally gets healed up, he’ll still have to go on a rehab assignment for a week to 10 days (prognosticating here), putting his return several weeks away at best.
According to Dave Roberts, the utility infielder is now moving without pain as he recovers from an oblique injury. However, with side injuries being so finicky, the Dodgers are erring on the side of caution with McKinstry. When he’s ready, he too will see some time with Triple-A Oklahoma City on a rehab assignment.
The Dodgers dodged a bullet with the righty flamethrower. He’s shut it down after experiencing right forearm tightness. An MRI came back clean, so the plan will now be to wait for the pain to subside before his picks up a baseball again. Brusdar will head to Arizona this weekend and ramp up a throwing program as soon as his arm is ready to go.
The only bit of good news on the injury front comes from Joe Kelly. The right-hander is set to rejoin the club as they play the Angels this weekend. He’ll likely be activated as soon as Friday afternoon.
The Los Angeles hurler had a previously undisclosed operation in the offseason that he recently revealed to a Boston radio network. The now Dodger and not Boston Red Sox reliever is in the final year of a 3-year deal he inked in the winter of 2018-2019.
The veteran left-hander is working his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered in a game on April 25th. He’s progressed to throwing off a mound and could be a candidate to return sooner rather than later.
Gonsolin is in the midst of building up to join the LA rotation as soon as possible. Still, the team is exercising caution with the right-hander as he returns from shoulder inflammation that has held him out all season. He threw a 35 pitch bullpen session earlier this week and will need to build up to about 75-80 pitches before rejoining the big club.
He’s another candidate for a Triple-A rehab assignment.
The right-hander will undergo Tommy John Surgery on May 11th in Los Angeles.
Infielder Edwin Rios just hit the injured list with what the team called “shoulder inflammation.” Dave Roberts had this to say on the injury and how it relates to his struggles this season.
I think that, as I talked to Edwin and kind of got more color on it, I think [the shoulder] had a big part to it. He’s not an excuse maker, so he’ll never use it as an excuse. But I certainly believe that the shoulder affected performance largely.
In the interim, Matt Beaty and Sheldon Neuse will likely see more playing time.