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Dodgers News: J.D. Martinez ‘Could Potentially’ Head to IL, Says Dave Roberts

Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez left Sunday’s game early with a hamstring injury. Martinez was struggling to walk in the dugout, and it was immediately a concern that he would have to go on the injured list.

Three days later, Martinez is still yet to be placed on the IL. On Tuesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that the team is hoping he avoids the IL, and called him “day-to-day.”

“From what I understand, it’s going to be a few-days situation, not an IL right now but could potentially be,” Roberts said. “Right now, I think it’s safe to say day-to-day.”

Via Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register

On the flip side, Roberts did admit he was concerned with the injury.

“I think to say there’s no concern would be putting your head in the sand,” Roberts said. “So I think, for us, it’s just doing what we can do to manage it. I don’t know what else we could do. But to say it’s not concerning – yeah, it’s concerning. It is.”

Via Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register

Based on the way the Dodgers have talked about injuries this year, I’m concerned about Martinez. He was out of the lineup on Tuesday, and it doesn’t sound like he’s coming back on Wednesday, either.

The Dodgers don’t want to put him on the injured list, as he’s been one of the team’s best and most consistent hitters this season.

However, if he doesn’t improve by Thursday, I expect them to place him on the injured list for the second time this season, and call up the red-hot Michael Busch from Triple-A.

Hopefully I’m wrong, and Martinez is back sooner rather than later. But for now, the Dodgers remain without their All-Star designated hitter, and it could be for the foreseeable future.

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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