As all fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers know, this season been injury plagued to say the least. With a record-setting 26 separate players landing on the DL this season, hearing bad news on the injury front is nothing new.
It was reported Monday afternoon by Andy McCullough of the LA Times that young Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson has two fractures in his back. This news comes after Thompson was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for apparent slugger Rob Segedin.
An X-ray discovered two fractures in Trayce Thompson's back, he said. Thompson still thinks it's realistic he can play in September.
— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) August 8, 2016
Manager Dave Roberts previously said that he doesn’t expect Thompson back until the beginning of September when the teams roster will expand to 40 players.
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The move to place Thompson on the 60-day DL came in a flurry of roster moves last week.
Trayce Thompson moved to 60-day DL to make room on 40-man for Rob Segedin. Thompson eligible to return Sept. 9
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) August 7, 2016
While Thompson is not eligible to return until the 9th of September, McCullough reports Thompson feels like he will be healthy enough to play as the Dodgers head towards the playoffs. This is the latest in what has been a season filled to capacity with injuries, and honestly, it’s barely surprising anymore.
Before getting injured, Thompson was quite the revelation for the Dodgers. He wasn’t expected to make that big of an impact and didn’t look to get much playing time with the logjam of outfielders but injuries, surprise surprise, paved the way for Thompson.
He slashed .225/.302/.436 and while those numbers don’t blow you away, he was very solid defense as well and had a penchant for clutch hits.
Hopefully Thompson is able to make his return in September and bolster a roster that desperately needs as many healthy players as possible.
The Dodgers begin a three game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday as they now sit just a single game back of the San Francisco Giants. Julio Urias will be on the mound with first pitch set for 7:10 PM PST.
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