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Dodgers Injury News: Outlook for Daniel Hudson and Jimmy Nelson Not Good

The Dodgers got some less than ideal news on Friday with a couple updates from the injured list. A pair of rehabbing relievers — Daniel Hudson and Jimmy Nelson — won’t be joining the team any time soon.

Dave Roberts revealed to reporters that Nelson had been shut down indefinitely after experiencing a setback in his throwing program. The oft-injured right-hander has missed most of the last two seasons and counting while recovering from 2021 Tommy John surgery. He began a minor league rehab assignment over two weeks ago and made one appearance for the Triple-A club before reportedly returning to Camelback Ranch where he’s been since.

At this point, with several setbacks and other issues popping up along the way, his season and, really, career are in jeopardy. He re-signed with the Dodgers for $1.2 million this past offseason.

As for Hudson, the hope was he would be able to break spring training with the team, but issues with his surgically repaired knee have made it impossible for him to bounce back from throwing sessions.

The latest update on Huddy is more of the same. Irritated scar tissue from the surgery has him in a holding pattern and any chance of him returning “down the road,” according to Roberts.

“He’s doing everything he can to be ready but right now the knee just isn’t cooperating.”

For now, what we see is what we’ll get with the Dodger bullpen.

Just Dingers

DH J.D. Martinez returned to the Dodger lineup after a 15 game hiatus. The veteran spent time back at the club’s complex in Arizona this week taking about a dozen swings off pitchers in lieu of heading out on a minor league rehab assignment.

“Just having him in the lineup is a presence,” Roberts said of Martinez. “We’re better with him in the lineup.”

He started in the DH spot and batted clean up on Friday night.

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Clint Pasillas

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