The Dodgers have been overtaken by the injury bug this season. At least half of the team has gone down with some sort of injury and most recently, Max Muncy hit the injured list with a side issue. Still there is some positive news on the injury front for LA.
On Saturday, Dave Roberts provided an update on a trio of players as they recover from their individual injuries.
Those three players happened to be Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Scott Alexander, and Corey Seager.
Alexander was recently moved to the 60-day IL to make room for Tony Gonsolin’s return to the active roster. The southpaw reliever has been sidelined since late May with a shoulder injury. However, Scott recently threw a bullpen with the team that consisted of 15-20 pitches. He’s also scheduled to have another similar bullpen session in the coming days which signals that his return may come sooner rather than later.
Before the injury, the 31-year-old was enjoying a solid start to the season. Hopefully, he can return and give the pen another lefty weapon.
As for Yoshi, who was placed on the 10-day IL last week with a right calf strain, will miss more time than anticipated. Roberts mentioned that Tsutsugo will head to OKC on Sunday and is slated to be in the lineup on Monday with the AAA team. That could mean that his injury may need more time to heal before making the jump back up into the majors, or it could mean that the team wants him to stay down and make adjustments to his game.
He hasn’t made much of an impact since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays, and with more players getting healthier his presence may not be as needed as it once was.
The Dodgers 2020 NLCS and World Series MVP has not been his usual self, or maybe he has as he’s found himself on the IL again. This time around wasn’t really anything he could have prevented as he suffered a fractured hand after being hit by a pitch against the Marlins in May. Thankfully, Seager has been healing rather quickly and could soon find himself back out on the field.
When asked about Seager’s progress, Doc was certainly happy with the results so far.
“I think each day so far it’s been a net gain – net positive. Today if you saw him taking grounders, the way he’s moving and throwing the ball. He didn’t throw the ball across the diamond today but everything looks like he’s made tremendous progress.”
Not only has he been working out on the field, but also at the plate. The 27-year-old shortstop has moved on to taking two-handed swings with a tennis ball and could be seeing live pitching within the next week. If all goes according to plan, then within two weeks we could very well see his healthy return.