As a veteran player and familiar face of the clubhouse, Miguel Rojas is back in LA hoping to help lead the team while adding depth to the lineup.
Earlier this month, the Dodgers acquired Rojas in exchange for Jacob Amaya. For his second stint in Los Angeles, Rojas prepares to deliver as he comes off a wrist injury.
Rojas joined the Chris Rose Rotation Show to give insight on whether or not the injury will hinder him this upcoming season. The 33-year-old confidently stated that he will be ready for Spring Training.
“Yeah, 100%. (In a few days) I’m going to be removing (the cast) and I’m gonna be doing all the baseball activities that I need to do.”
Rojas made his Dodgers debut back in 2014 before his trade to the Miami Marlins where he spent the next eight seasons of his career.
While in Miami last season, Rojas initially injured his wrist in a game against the Texas Rangers and is looking to take time to tend to his injury after playing through the pain.
“We found a little extra piece of bone that was growing on my wrist. So, they had to take it out because it was bothering me swinging the bat. It didn’t actually restrict me from hitting, but I didn’t want to start a season with pain. I’ve been playing through pain before and I know how it is and I don’t think early January is a time to hit through pain. For me, it was necessary to take care of this right now so I could be 100% for spring training, the WBC, and to play for the Dodgers the whole year.”
In Miami last season, the vet slashed .236/.283/.232 with a .606 OPS across 140 games and 471 ABs. With the Dodgers, the club is looking to take advantage of his experience and versatility, to use him at second base, third base, and shortstop.
Now that Rojas can heal completely, he can focus on bringing his full skillset to the table next season.
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