Dodgers News: Josh Ravin Breaks Left Forearm
Right-handed reliever Josh Ravin, who threw 9.1 innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, broke his left radius in a car accident on Monday. The radius, for those who do not know, is the forearm. He is scheduled, according to the various reports going around, to have surgery on it today.
Ravin is a 28-year old relief pitcher from the Southern California area, and he was signed by the Dodgers in free agency back in December 2013. He has flashed good stuff and showcased good results, and some did believe that there was a spot for him in the bullpen very soon. That has all changed now.
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From Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times on Twitter shortly ago:
Josh Ravin broke his left radius (forearm) in an car accident yesterday. Scheduled to undergo surgery today.
— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) March 1, 2016
According to medical reports, a broken forearm can take anywhere from three to six months to fully heal, depending on the type of break you have and just how damaging the break happens to be. Hopefully, at least in Ravin’s case, the break was not too bad and he’ll be back out there sooner rather than later.
Ravin was having a pretty tough beginning to the new season, according to reporter Alanna Rizzo:
Ravin missed several workouts with flu, lost significant weight & got into auto accident yesterday. Rough Spring. #Dodgers
— AlaNNa Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 1, 2016
All of that added up now, and the Dodgers will definitely be missing Ravin’s bullpen work. Last season, Ravin pitched 9.1 innings for the big league club and struck out 12 batters. In Triple-A last season, he registered a 3.86 ERA in 28.0 innings and picked up 38 strikeouts. He was really good.
We’ll see what this injury does to him, and the team, down the line, but for now we just want to wish Ravin a very speedy recovery and hopefully he can come back to where he was prior to it. The good news, if there is good news out of this, is that it was to his non-pitching arm. That’s definitely a positive.
Ravin will be back sometime in the next three to six months, so we wish him the best and hope to see him out there as soon as possible.
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This is heartbreaking for the young man. He could certainly have challenged Baez for a spot, but would at least been a late inning reliever at OKC. Rhame will now assume that high octane late reliever lead, and will probably pass Ravin some time this year. I was pulling for Ravin, because I have no confidence in Baez. With Sierra clearing visa issues now, he will probably assume the closer role at OKC. This will also give new life to C Anderson as a potential closer. At least the Dodgers are not lacking in potential pitchers.