The Dodgers have suffered way too many injuries to count this season as they have been forced to tinker different lineups and rotations all year long. But as the season shifts into the second half, they should be getting some key players back while some remain out for the foreseeable future.
Here’s how the injured Dodgers look as the All-Star break comes to a close:
Walker Buehler: Buehler has been working his way back from Tommy John Surgery that has kept him out all season. In June, he posted a video of himself throwing a bullpen session and he has even said that he hopes to return in September but it remains to be seen how likely that is. If Buehler can return, it would give this team a major boost come playoff time.
Daniel Hudson: Unfortunately Hudson will be out for the foreseeable future. Just a few games after he made his return after a year, Hudson sprained his MCL and will be out for a while. It’s a tough break for the veteran pitcher but the hope is that he can return at some point this season.
Shelby Miller: Miller has been out since the middle of June dealing with neck pain. Manager Dave Roberts said it’ll be weeks before we see Miller back on the mound. It’s likely that he is out until after the trade deadline but the hope is that he can come back and contribute before the year ends.
Ryan Pepiot: Pepiot just received some great news on his injury front. He will be joining the OKC Dodgers on Friday for a rehab assignment. Pepiot has missed the entire season dealing with an oblique injury but the hope is that his assignment goes well and he can rejoin the team soon.
Noah Syndergaard: Syndergaard has been out since early June with a blister issue but could soon return to the Dodgers. He was supposed to be throwing a rehab assignment during the All-Star break and could join the Triple-A team soon. LA considered activating him in their series against the Angels prior to the All-Star break so we could see him back sooner rather than later.
Clayton Kershaw: Kershaw has been out dealing with a shoulder issue but the thought is that he won’t miss much time after the All-Star break. The team more so sent him to the injured list for precautionary reasons to grant him extra rest to heal up for the second half of the season.
Dustin May: May is done for the year after undergoing season-ending surgery on his right elbow. He had battled back from Tommy John Surgery and was showing signs of his former self before having to leave a game in May early. He has missed time since and the hope is that he can join the team some time next season if all goes well.
Chris Taylor: Like Kershaw, Taylor should be returning shortly after the All-Star break. He has been dealing with knee soreness but completed a rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Manager Dave Roberts said that he will return once the team starts their upcoming road trip.
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