The season is at its prime and just when the Dodgers were getting out of their losing streak and things were looking up on the health front for the club. Then boom… Corey Seager gets hit on the hand and breaks a finger.
Another injury to try and drown the world champs.
However, the season is not over and the team will have to get through this and find ways to adapt considering the outcome of the past month.
Recently, a few big players have had to be placed on the team’s injured list.
Starting pitcher Dustin May had the worst possible outcome from his injury. He sustained an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. May is doing well and will have a long recovery, but should be back by June-July of next year.
We gon be alright ?
— Dustin May (@d_maydabeast) May 12, 2021
This is a low blow, but will not hurt the team considering there is plenty of talent that is still healthy.
The Dodgers pitching rotation will be just fine, with Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Bauer, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urías. All hope is not lost Dodgers fans. This rotation has shown out each week. As a matter of fact, Trevor Bauer has had an ERA of 2.50 or under within each game this month.
And the return on Tony Gonsolin is just around the corner.
Still, the injury list does not end there. The aforementioned Seager fracture in his right hand suffered on Friday will keep him out until at least June 18th. A.J. Pollock will be out until the end of the month with a hamstring injury. Cody Bellinger suffered a leg injury and is not expected to be back until the end of the month as well.
#Dodgers currently on the IL:
Ferguson (out for year)
Kahnle (likely out for year)
May (out for year)
Rios (out for year)
Seager joins them on Sunday.
That's 13 players for the world champs. Oof.
— Clint Pasillas (@realFRG) May 16, 2021
Not to mention, Edwin Rios injured his shoulder and will be out for the rest of the season and Chris Taylor also sat out Sunday with wrist soreness but will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
The team is making adjustments throughout the season in response to these setbacks. Gavin Lux is now in the starting lineup and at shortstop. Matt Beaty is producing at the plate while seemingly becoming the left fielder with Pollock and Bellinger out.
And through all the injuries and changes, the club rattled off a 4 game win streak last week and have won 5 of 7 games. Even with more than a dozen players on or having seen time on the IL, the Dodgers remain only 2.5 games back of the record in baseball and 2 games behind the Giants in the NL West.
The best team in baseball is simply learning, adjusting, and adapting to the hand they’ve been given.