Dodgers News: Daniel Hudson, Jimmy Nelson to Open Season on Injured List
Dodgers RHPs Daniel Hudson and Jimmy Nelson will start the 2023 season on the injured list, Dave Roberts said on Thursday. This doesn’t come as a surprise, but finally, a week before opening day, it’s official. Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic was among those to report on the news.
Hudson already had confirmed he would not be ready to go for opening day, so it’s not a surprise he’s going to start the season on the IL. In his case, it will almost certainly be the 15-day IL, as he works his was back from the torn ACL and ankle tendinitis.
As for Nelson, he’s just struggled all spring, and hasn’t been able to find the strike zone as he works his way back from major injuries.
Nelson is likely to also start on the 15-day IL, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds himself on the 60-day IL sooner rather than later. He doesn’t look anywhere near ready to pitch right now, and since he’s on a major league deal, the options are either keep him in the big leagues, put him on the IL or cut him.
With these two moves confirmed, there are some spots in the Dodgers’ opening day bullpen up for grabs. With Justin Bruihl getting optioned to minor league camp on Wednesday, that hopefully clears the path for RHP Andre Jackson to make the opening day roster out of the bullpen.
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