It’s been a busy week of injury news for the Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts. Shortstop Corey Seager suffered a fracture on his right hand during Saturday night’s game against Miami and does not have a timetable to return. Chris Taylor was a late scratch on Sunday due to a sore right wrist according to Dodgers announcer Joe Davis.
Thankfully, not all of the recent injury news for the Dodgers has been negative.
Roberts confirmed Sunday that the versatile McKinstry is taking full swings and will begin a rehab assignment this week.
“Zach is taking swigs. Live swings. My best guess is he’ll go out on assignment sometime in the middle fo this week.”
McKinstry has been out of the starting lineup since April 20th with a strained right oblique. He was slashing 296/.328/.556 before his injury. Roberts will certainly need McKinstry sooner than later, especially with Seager out for a while.
Bellinger is another potent bat that should be back in the mix for Roberts in the next couple of weeks. The 2019 ML MVP has missed virtually the entire season after suffering a hairline fracture on his left leg the second week of April.
When asked if Bellinger would begin a rehab assignment by the end of this week, Roberts responded with, “that’s the hope”.
Unlike Bellinger and McKinstry, Dodger pitcher Tony Gonsolin has missed all, not just most, of the 2021 season.
His manager confirmed that Gonsolin is scheduled to pitch in a three-inning simulated game sometime in the middle of the week.
Roberts also specified Gonsolin’s workload for when he returns from his shoulder injury.
“ I think we like him built up to four [innings].”
Once Gonsolin is stretched out, it would be a surprise if Roberts didn’t slide him into the currently vacant fifth starter spot.
Doc also verified that veteran David Price will be activated and available for Monday’s divisional tilt against Arizona. Price had been recovering from a hamstring injury.
Regardless of Price’s role moving forward, Roberts and the Dodgers could certainly use another battle-tested arm.