Dodgers Rookie Ryan Pepiot Reacts to Disappointing Injury News
Ryan Pepiot was ready to be on top of the world for Dodgers’ opening day on Thursday. But reality sunk in. A nagging oblique injury just wasn’t getting better and it became apparent that he’d need to open the season on the injured list.
Before yesterday’s 8-2 victory over the Diamondbacks, Pepiot spoke with reporters about his disappointment over the news.
“The past couple weeks there’s just been a little lingering oblique,” he said. “I tried to throw through it the other day, thought it would be fine. After the first inning, I just felt it even more. Tried to battle through it, probably overcompensated and woke up really sore yesterday.”
“I’m pretty disappointed. I’m pretty bummed. It was pretty disappointing coming in yesterday and getting the news. It was a dream come true being told I made the roster. But I’m just happy we caught it pretty early so it wouldn’t linger too long.”Via Bill Plunkett, OC Register
The right-hander still had his name announced along with his teammate on opening night in LA. It wasn’t quite the same but it was a nice consolation prize. Another consolation is that he isn’t expected to be out for long. The Dodgers took the extra cautious route, according to Dave Roberts.
“When you hear oblique … what that says to us is to be extra careful so it doesn’t linger. So I think that’s kind of where we’re at with that.”
Follow rookie hurler Michael Grove took Pepiot’s spot on the active roster and is expected to make his season debut against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Monday.
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